Little Hoover: Cut Current Pensions 4

John Seiler:

It’s not Wisconsin — yet. But today the Little Hoover Commission released a new report on California pensions that pushed forward the serious cutting of government-worker costs on the state budget.

Public Pensions for Retirement Security” is 106 pages of well-reasoned analysis of what got the Golden State into a sinkhole of budget trouble — and some reforms that can help get us out.… Read more

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Gov. Gets Snarky With Harkey 0

Katy Grimes: In a surprise appearance today, Governor Jerry Brown met with the Conference Committee on the Budget in order to push legislators to vote for his proposal to place tax increase extensions on the ballot in a June special election.

After Brown made his presentation to the committee, peppered with his straightforward, ad-lib jocularity, legislators had a chance to comment and ask Brown questions.… Read more

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Bulldoze Williamson Act Subsidies?

Feb. 24, 2011

By DAVE ROBERTS

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget cuts, but the outcry over elimination of state subsidies for millionaire landowners may be overkill. Brown has zeroed out funding for the Williamson Act, which this year is providing $10 million (and recently was providing $39 million) to farmers, ranchers and speculative landowners to keep their land in farms, ranches and open space.… Read more

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Economist on Government Unions 0

John Seiler:

Economist Thomas DiLorenzo, who recently testified in Congress before Ron Paul’s subcommittee on monetary policy, has a great new article on public-employee unions. He writes:

The main reason why so many state and local governments are bankrupt, or on the verge of bankruptcy, is the combination of government-run monopolies and government-employee unions. Government-employee unions have vastly more power than do private-sector unions because the entities they work for are typically monopolies.Read more

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2/3 Wis. 8th Graders Not Proficient 0

John Seiler:

Wisconsin teachers have been on strike. And they object to Gov. Scott Walker’s move to end or limit collective bargaining. They’re also the highest-paid teachers in the Midwest.

So, how well are they teaching? This is from CNS News:

Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.Read more

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Decent Bill to Ban Redevelopment 0

John Seiler:

After Gov. Jerry Brown in January proposed ending redevelopment to save $1.7 billion currently wasted, cities took action: They worked to lock up the money for themselves.

Now, Brown is advancing a bill that would allow the state to review such actions.

I have a lot of problems with Jerry. But does anyone think Meg Whitman could have come up with such an angle?… Read more

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CARB Dumps On Dump Truck Industry 3

FEB. 23, 2011

For Lee Brown, who’s run a dump truck company in Upland for the last 20 years, business is as bad as it has ever been. The construction industry in California is half of what it was three years ago, and credit is tight for those small companies still hanging on.

“It’s terrible,” said Brown. “There are so many contractors out there fighting for so little work, it’s jammed prices so low that nobody’s making any money.… Read more

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