May, 2010

Green-job future a fraud

Monday, May 31st, 2010

  JUNE 1, 2010 By JOHN SEILER California’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, at 12.6 percent. That’s 2.7 percentage points above the national average. The persistence of unemployment also is something Californians haven't seen since the Great Depression. The May 30 Sacramento B...

Read Skelton's lips: More new taxes!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I'll give L.A. Times columnist George Skelton marks for consistency: He always favors tax increases. Here he is back in 2007, even before the economy crashed, calling for "a temporary tax increase to balance the books." And I'm consistent, too: I always oppose him and his obsession. I'm always on t...

Fast-tracking personal info

Friday, May 28th, 2010

MAY 28, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Are transportation agencies selling California drivers' personal information? Commuters on California toll roads and highways subscribe to a device kept in the car, allowing electronic toll collection as they pass through a toll booth. Payment is made by credit card. ...

State is always hiring

Friday, May 28th, 2010

MAY 28, 2010 “The California Government is Always Hiring,” boasts an advertisement in Capitol Weekly newspaper. “Even during recent hiring freezes, the state hired 3-4000 new employees EVERY MONTH and accepting applications for over 1000 job titles at any one time,” stated the advertisement...

State to foist inmates on counties

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAY 27, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI Although state legislators say that state-to-county unfunded mandates are illegal, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to use an exemption in sentencing laws to force counties to take title to state law offenders. On Wednesday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Commi...

CA budget tops sensible limits

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAY 27, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Budget time. So I thought I would revisit an analytical tool I devised a few years ago to help better understand the California state budget. Back in the early 2000s, I was pouring over state government budget documents and noticed something peculiar: whenever state ...

Response To Steinberg Staffer’s Response

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

After a CalWatchdog story last week about Democrat Senate Pro Tem President Darrell Steinberg’s response to a constituent’s letter expressing her dismay that he would encourage a boycott of Arizona’s businesses because of the recent immigration law passed, (Senator Steinberg Writes Back), CalW...

Cooley as pension-reform poster boy

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

MAY 26, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO Recent news reports have mentioned our state public employee pension liabilities topping half a trillion dollars. This is an astronomical figure, but one that’s pretty hard for most people to understand. One easy way to make it easy to comprehend is to talk abou...

Yet higher taxes?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

USA Today reports: A record-low 41.9% of the nation's personal income came from private wages and salaries in the first quarter, down from 44.6% when the recession began in December 2007. So, government is bigger than ever, assuming North Korean proportions. And the private-sector is smaller than e...

Will initiative spur sewage spill?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

MAY 25, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Cities all over California are attempting to “increase revenue” to make up massive budget deficits. “Revenue increase” is government code language for tax increases.  But residents in some cities are doing something to prevent this. Last June when the Sacramen...