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The Think Long Committee for California is rolling out a sweeping proposal for fixing the Golden State, and it includes overhauling the tax system.

Read the full Think Long report here. (draft obtained by the Bee)

It's no small change. Californians would pay sales tax on all services except health care and education starting in July 2013, as The Bee's Torey Van Oot and Kevin Yamamura explained in Sunday's Bee.

The big name, bipartisan coalition also hopes to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would set up an independent state commission tasked with long-term planning. Think Long officially unveils its 22-page proposal this morning.

In other news, California Finance Director Ana Matosantos is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in Sacramento Superior Court. Matosantos, who isn't expected to appear, was arrested near the Capitol late last month on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, meanwhile, challenged his colleagues and other Capitol denizens last month to a duel of sorts: Could they collect more canned food for charity than a bunch of fifth-graders?

Fifth-graders can't drive, but it turns out they can run a can drive.

The Sacramento Democrat announced last week that Capitol folks managed to collect 1,951 cans, to be exact. But students from Bannon Creek Elementary School, Leonardo da Vinci School and Theodore Judah Elementary School did far better, collecting 5,031.

Let's see ... 1,951 plus 5,031 equals 6,982. All of them go to Operation Gobble, a local program that delivers turkeys to families in need.



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