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In his Sunday column, L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez praises unions — but doesn’t distinguish between private and public unions. He writes:
Neither of my parents went to college, but we always did just fine because my dad had union jobs that paid a living wage. He drove trucks for milk and bread companies, and later worked as a candy and tobacco salesman.… Read moreRead More
That’s the key phrase in an excellent L.A. Times investigative story that ran today on how a $5.7 billion L.A. community college bond was spent.
Keep that in mind as Gov. Jerry Brown and others demand $12 billion in new taxes for the state. About 40% of state general-fund spending goes to K-14 schools, including community colleges.… Read moreRead More
Let the cry go up across the land: Stop Maldonado!
Taxpayer traitor Abel Maldonado now is running for U.S. Congress. It was just two years ago that, as a state senator, he sold taxpayers down the river by proving the key Republican vote for the record $13 billion tax increase of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger-Shriver-Kennedy. Maldo even had given his solemn word that he never would increase taxes.… Read moreRead More
Looking over Katy Grimes’ budget piece today on Jerry Brown’s testimony before the Legislature, “Is An All-Cuts Budget Ahead,” I was wondering: Does he want his tax increases to fail? Has he all along planned to have an all-cuts budget?
If Republicans don’t put his tax-increases on a special June election, then he can blame them. “Those mean old Republicans forced me to cut $25 billion instead of just $13 billion,” he could say to his union allies, who helped elect him.… Read moreRead More
By KATY GRIMES
SACRAMENTO — There is never a dull moment with California Gov. Jerry Brown. In a surprise visit to a budget committee meeting yesterday, Brown threatened to produce a budget that cuts $26.6 billion from state services if legislators do not vote to put his tax extensions on the June ballot, and voters do not approve the tax increases.… Read moreRead More
By KATY GRIMES
SACRAMENTO — As the Budget Conference Committee hearings began on Wednesday, Republicans challenged the frequent use of the word “balanced” for describing the tax increases and budget cuts within the governor’s budget proposal. With Republicans and Democrats coming at the budget from different ideological positions, several large state issues remain unresolved.
The conference committee is charged with the responsibility of bridging the differences.… Read moreRead More