I Can't Afford a Tax Increase 0

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 pump.

I don’t drive a gigantic, gas-guzzling Mercedes military vehicle, like our recently departed eco-governor, Arnold Schwarznegger.… Read more

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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 distinctive squawking voice, produced by a contrivance known as a swazzle or swatchel which the professor holds in his mouth, transmitting his gleeful cackle.Read more

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Will High-Speed Rail Kill All Rail? 0

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 private investment, and will create tens of thousands of jobs in the state at a time when they are needed most,” high-speed rail authority executive director Roelof van Ark said in a March 11, 2011 press release.Read more

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Will High-Speed Rail Kill All Rail? 0

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 private investment, and will create tens of thousands of jobs in the state at a time when they are needed most,” high-speed rail authority executive director Roelof van Ark said in a March 11, 2011 press release.Read more

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Educators Threaten Classroom Cuts 0

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 budget deficit.

If the measure fails, Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson said, “We will spend the ’11-’12 school year decimating, devastating and tearing down programs … across this entire state,” the Sacramento Bee reported today.… Read more

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Wyland Bill Targets the 'Bill Factory' 0

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 consecutive year, attempting to address this production and substance problem, Sen.… Read more

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Logue Critical of Green Bill 3

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 publicly owned utilities to buy 33 percent of the electricity delivered to their retail customers from renewable resources by 2020.… Read more

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Who's Drinking the Budget Kool-Aid? 0

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 of Gov. Jerry Brown’s split-the-difference budget solutions.”

But Schrag is the one who “swallowed…the Kool-Aid.” The reference is to the the 1978 massacre at Jonestown, Guyana of 918 people.… Read more

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