Oakland Voters Approve Higher Taxes

Oakland voters overwhelmingly approved four budget measures in yesterday’s election, agreeing to raise taxes on medical marijuana and hotel rooms, and slashing the amount of money the city spends on after-school programs. Voters approved all four measures by at least 71 percent, according to the Chron. The vote helps the city balance its budget. It also came as state political leaders reached a deal that would raid local government coffers to fix California’s financial mess.

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