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More Fixes Won't Fix Things 0

SEPT. 27, 2010 It’s easy to conclude that California may become, as former state librarian Kevin Starr put it, a “failed state.” It’s just too big, unruly and diverse to be effectively governed, commentators frequently say. Californians are also said

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Lawmakers Like Prop 25 0

SEPT. 27, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Proposition 25 has many of the state’s legislators up in arms, but for very different reasons. Some fear losing the two-thirds vote threshold on budgets and taxes, while others fear the initiative process is

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When Is A Tax Just A Tax? 0

SEPT. 24, 2010 By KATY GRIMES When is a tax just a tax, and a fee just a fee? A November ballot initiative seeks to answer the question by defining both a tax and a fee, and then require both the

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Officials Hid Size Of Pension Crisis 0

SEPT. 22, 2010 By DAVE ROBERTS Due to “Alice in Wonderland” accounting methods, the amount that taxpayers owe to provide pensions for local and state government employees is much larger – perhaps an extra $2.5 trillion – than government officials

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Tax Hike Idea Ignores 'Capitalization' 4

SEPT. 22, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Debra Saunders has proposed raising the annual rate of property tax increase allowed under Proposition 13 from 2 percent to 2.5 percent to solve the state budget crisis (see “What I Would Do If I Were Governor,”

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The Attack on Seniors 0

SEPT. 21, 2010 by KATY GRIMES This op ed originally appeared in The Sacramento Business Journal Sept. 17, 2010. On the weary backs of California seniors, the governor’s May budget revision offers a plan to help alleviate the state’s $19.1

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West Covina's Great Ed Reform 0

Steven Greenhut: Per the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: “WEST COVINA – Board members supportive of a new district policy are confident that West Covina Unified can maintain enrollment despite new guidelines that allow any student to transfer to other districts.

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Ending Earmarks Saved CA Schools 0

SEPT. 19, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI The prevailing public media perception is that raiding redevelopment agency funds in 2010 saved California’s public schools from devastating funding cutbacks. Actually, a little-known piece of legislation in 2009 saved the public schools in 2010

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GOP Split Over Pro-Redevelop Measure 0

SEPT. 17, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Proposition 22 appears to be a seething two-headed snake, with strong division between supporters and opponents, and cleverly worded, but confusing ballot language. According to Ballotpedia, language for the Proposition 22 was filed with

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CalPERS' Ailing Long-Term Care Plan 107

Editor’s note: A new article on this controversy, published Feb. 20, 2013, is here. It concerns the recent 85 percent rate hike. SEPT. 16, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO For a long-term care benefit plan, the news has mostly been bad.

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