March, 2011

I Can't Afford a Tax Increase

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

John Seiler: I usually make coffee at home. But this morning, I got a Starbucks. Fishing around in my wallet for the money, I noticed I only had a couple of dollars left. Yet I recently patronized the cash machine. The culprit: soaring gas prices that now cost me $70 to fill up my flivver at the p...

Brown's Punch & Judy Budget Show

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Brown's Punch & Judy Budget Show

MARCH 30, 2011 By JOHN SEILER California's budget comedy resembles an old Punch & Judy puppet show, with Gov. Jerry Brown in the role of Punch, whom Wikipedia describes: He carries a stick as large as himself, which he freely uses upon most of the other characters in the show. He speaks in a...

Green Energy Bill Will Bring Higher Rates

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Will High-Speed Rail Kill All Rail?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

MARCH 30, 2011 The promise of California’s proposed high-speed rail network is unambiguous: the 800 miles of bullet trains across the state will run clean, make money, put people to work and get people out of their cars. “California’s high-speed rail system will be profitable, will attract pr...

Will High-Speed Rail Kill All Rail?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

MARCH 30, 2011 The promise of California’s proposed high-speed rail network is unambiguous: the 800 miles of bullet trains across the state will run clean, make money, put people to work and get people out of their cars. “California’s high-speed rail system will be profitable, will attract pr...

Green Energy Bill Means Higher Rates, Say Utilities

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Educators Threaten Classroom Cuts

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Katy Grimes: The latest budget threat over Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax extensions is coming from a group of school superintendents in the state who are urging Republican lawmakers to accept the tax extensions. Brown says the tax extensions will raise at least $12 million toward closing the budg...

Wyland Bill Targets the 'Bill Factory'

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

MAR. 29, 2011 By KATY GRIMES The massive production process of the “bill factory” at the Capitol can be considered a success if quantity is the goal, rather than quality. More than 2,000 bills have already been introduced since January 1, and the quality appears to be lacking. For the third c...

Logue Critical of Green Bill

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Katy Grimes: There were outbursts and antics on the floor of the Assembly today while legislators debated a green energy bill authored by Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian (Palo Alto). SB 2 would increase California's renewables portfolio standard to require all retail sellers of electricity and public...

Who's Drinking the Budget Kool-Aid?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

John Seiler: Some budget action might take place today. But who knows. Meanwhile, government apologist Peter Schrag charges that Republicans, "having swallowed Grover Norquist's no-new-taxes Kool-Aid, and intimidated by a couple of Southern California radio talkers, would try to block any version ...