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NEW: Split-roll tax bill strikes at Prop. 13

  Almost every year in the California Legislature Proposition 13 becomes a target for those seeking higher taxes. The 1978 tax-limitation measure, among other things, requires a two-thirds vote for local ta...

NEW: Video: Taking on the teachers unions’ political agenda

Rebecca Friedrichs is an Orange County school teacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation's most powerful union. She is ready to take her fight all the way ...
 

NEW: Video: Would a flat tax make CA’s comeback last?

CalWatchdog.com editor-in-chief Brian Calle discusses the California economic comeback with writer Stephen Moore. http://youtu.be/4OJNdIKfKes

NEW: Video: Stephen Moore: CA is crushing the middle class

Stephen Moore, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, gives his take on California and what he terms its entitlement mentality. http://youtu.be/OJ0A9swPHT0
 

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Sen. DeSaulnier grills high-speed rail CEO on funding

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Skepticism took center stage as the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held hearings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to use cap-and-trade revenues to fund the project. The committee reviewed the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2014...

Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature. The initiative liberalizes the definition of “blight” to include areas where the unemployment...

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What are the alternatives to bankruptcy?

Editor’s Note: This is the Ninth in a CalWatchDog.com Special Series of in-depth articles on municipal bankruptcy. It was 1975 and New York City was running out of cash. Its excessive spending and lack of financial oversight created a $14 billion debt, with more than half of it short-term. A request for a bailout from the federal government, headed by President Gerald Ford, didn’t happen and was memorialized...


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NEW: L.A. County ground zero for invasive state surveillance

"Enemy of the State," the 1998 movie about government using technology to track everyone, feels less...

CA going Third World

It took California more than a century to rid itself of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads ye...

Tax Day lamentations

Today is government workers' favorite day, the ultimate pilfering of taxpayers to pay for all the la...

This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train...

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a...

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