(North County Times) The federal "fiscal cliff" deal.
President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Gov. Jerry Brown's sales and income tax initiative.
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That triumvirate of tax increases is kicking in for the state's highest earners. Beginning this year — and in some cases retroactive to last — the wealthiest among us will see a greater share of their compensation captured not only by the federal government as a means of averting the fiscal cliff and funding health care reform but also as an antidote to the state's long-running budget morass.