February, 2011

Little Hoover: Cut Current Pensions

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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 wh...

Gov. Gets Snarky With Harkey

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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, pepp...

Bulldoze Williamson Act Subsidies?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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 $...

Economist on Government Unions

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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 co...

Supreme Court Upholds States' Flexible Inmate Rule

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Native Americans Sue To Halt Solar Projects

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

New Taxpayer Caucus Takes Hard Line On Budget

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

2/3 Wis. 8th Graders Not Proficient

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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...

Decent Bill to Ban Redevelopment

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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 ...

CARB Dumps On Dump Truck Industry

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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,...