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NEW: CA advances driver’s licenses for illegals

Despite incomplete approval from the federal government, California has begun forging ahead with driver's licenses for immigrants who are illegally present in California. A bill signed into law last year, As...

VIDEO: Is California becoming the boring state?

Demographics are not on the side of the Golden State. The people we need to live here are leaving. Reason Magazine's Editor Matt Welch joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to talk about his greatest fear of all: Ca...
 

Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire

On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insura...

VIDEO: Can the GOP build a better brand by embracing unions?

We may be experiencing a libertarian moment, but are blue collar workers the secret to give this moment a lasting impact? The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss a...
 

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Stormwater tax drowns voters

California is embarking on a program of capturing storm water from flood control channels for urban landscaping at high costs.  And stormwater capture projects won’t require voter approval under Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, because courts have ruled stormwater recapture is not a tax on top of basic water service. Prior to 2014, there was no taxing authority and no legal way for county flood...

Counties vie for ‘disadvantaged’ cap-and-trade bucks

  In the fictional town of Lake Woebegon, all of the children are above average. But in the real world of California, all of the counties are disadvantaged. Or so it seemed at a recent California Air Resources Board meeting as officials from all over the state poor-mouthed their districts to gain a share of cap-and-trade funds set aside for “disadvantaged communities.” Cap and trade is one of the ma...

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Municipal Bankrupcy

 

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: CalPERS’ $100K club increases 900%

Let the good times roll! for those getting pensions from the California Public Employees Retirement ...

NEW: Has CA ranch found cheap route to carbon containment? Maybe

If a recent San Francisco Chronicle story is right, the problem posed by carbon and other greenhouse...

Federal official calls for regulating CA medical marijuana

For once, the Feds have a point. Outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole has helped alter Pre...

CA unemployment drops to 7.3%

Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign slogan is right: "California is back." Unemployment dropped ...

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