March, 2010

State tax receipts down sharply
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

March 31, 2010 By JOHN SEILER A new study by the U.S. Census Bureau found that the tax receipts of the California state government dropped 13.9 percent. That was fifth highest of the states, with the higher states being: Alaska 41.2 percent drop in revenue, Arizona 17.9 percent, South Carolina 15....

Is Public Transit Bankrupt?
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

March 31, 2010 By KATY GRIMES With the announcement this week by Sacramento Regional Transit that it is reducing bus and train service by 22 percent, it’s never too late to address the problems faced by the chronic deficit-plagued transit systems in the state. The American Public Transportati...

State violates e-waste rules
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

March 31, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Despite a state Auditor’s report and a four-year-old law that prohibits consumers from throwing old and broken electronic devices into the trash, many state agencies are apparently still throwing computers, television sets, radios, printers, copiers, radios ...

Fighting Without Skin in the Game
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Usually when two sides fight over a contentious issue, both have skin in the game. But when the government fights American citizens, it’s with bully tactics, intimidation, threats and not about the well-being of anyone. Which is probably one of the biggest reasons that Americans and Californians ...

Public financing on ballot
Monday, March 29th, 2010

March 29, 2010 By JOHN SEILER With California’s politics messed up seemingly beyond repair, it’s not surprising two reform initiatives are on the June 8 ballot. I earlier wrote about Proposition 14, the “Top Two Primaries Act.” The other initiative is Proposition 15, which would establish...

Vallejo avoids tough pension fights
Monday, March 29th, 2010

March 29, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT (Originally printed in the Wall Street Journal) In 2008, Vallejo, Calif., was nearly broke. Faced with falling tax revenues, rising pension costs, and unmovable public-employee unions, the city was unable to pay its bills and declared bankruptcy. Now, as it prepa...

State touts 'green' progress
Monday, March 29th, 2010

March 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered all state buildings to be 20 percent more energy efficient by 2015 and “encouraged” the private sector to do the same.  And now, the Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a “Green” Progress Report (dated S...

Eastin defends nutrition boondoggle
Friday, March 26th, 2010

March 26, 2010 By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY The current issue of The Atlantic features a letter from Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her letter does not include any episodes from her tenure in that post, every bit as interesting as her current tangle. Eastin, al...

Job Creation Means Unions Jobs
Friday, March 26th, 2010

I recently gave a speech to two-hundred Republican women on the current state of politics in California and how businesses are being destroyed by the majority party’s regulations, taxes and now, global warming laws. During the speech I asked the audience how many of them owned businesses – nearl...

The Pandernator
Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Sometimes, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's ability to pander amazes and awes even me. One week it's the environmentalists, the next it's the firefighters. Everybody needs help, everybody needs some special exemption or set-aside. This week, it's Vietnam Vets. Specifically, it's our governor's call...