LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gray Davis might be setting the stage for political turmoil with a package of proposed tax increases to offset the state’s $34.6 billion budget shortfall, but it’s the 1 percent increase in the state sales tax that has many retailers in the Western region agitated.

The increase is part of Davis’ plan unveiled last Friday to help fund social and public health services, like alcohol and drug programs, mental health and child welfare services. Other proposed levies include an increase in personal income tax and a cigarette tax of $1.10 a pack.

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