The Buzz: Jerry Brown boosts coastal conservation fund

09/24/2013 12:00 AM

09/24/2013 12:25 AM

Brown adds checkoff box to tax form

Gov. Jerry Brown marked California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday by announcing he had signed legislation creating a checkoff box on the state’s income tax form for a fund supporting coastal conservation.

The fund has lots of company, with 18 other voluntary funds supporting everything from cancer research to school supplies for homeless children. Assembly Bill 754, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi , D-Torrance, is one of the least controversial bills Brown will sign this year.

“The beauty and allure of California’s coast is unrivaled,” the Democratic governor said in a statement, “and this bill gives taxpayers a simple way to help keep it that way.”

In addition to a handful of Republican lawmakers, however, an entity close to Brown registered its opposition.

“This bill is of limited value as there is nothing currently preventing California taxpayers from contributing directly to this cause if they so choose,” Brown’s own Department of Finance said in a bill analysis.

Because taxpayers who contribute may claim an itemized deduction the next year, the department also said the general fund could lose $10,000 a year in revenue.

David Siders

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