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At this weekend’s convention in Sacramento of the California Democratic Party, Sen. Dianne Feinstein attacked Republicans and Tea Partiers for wrecking the country.
True enough, Republicans bear much of the blame. They held the presidency from 2001 to 2008. And they ran the full Congress from 2003 to 2006, four years of which they also controlled the White House — the whole shebang.… Read moreRead More
By WAYNE LUSVARDI
A March 24 Los Angeles Times-USC opinion poll indicated that 80 percent of likely California voters favored putting a cap on state spending.
That is a remarkable statistic that didn’t make the original headline in the Times about the results of the poll. Instead, the Times thought that what was a headline story was that 53 percent of survey respondents supported “tax hikes to help close budget gap,” when only 9 percent actually stated they favored tax increases.… Read moreRead More
By WAYNE LUSVARDI
A bureaucratic creature has crawled from murky waters of the Sacramento Delta.
What could be worse? The pork-laden $11 billion proposed California Water Bond, on the ballot in 2012, that does not include any new water storage and would usurp control of water from local water agencies? Or the “pernicious” $3.4 billion public goods water charge originally proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission?… Read moreRead More
Katy Grimes: It’s so exciting that fast food giant Carl’s Jr. plans on opening 300 new fast food restaurants! Wow. That’s such good news for the economy.
Unfortunately for California, the restaurants will be opening in Texas. Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Pudzner explained the economics of CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr.’s parent company) recently at an Economic Recovery Group monthly meeting, while delivering the bad news.… Read moreRead More
Here’s what’s really going on in California — while Gov. Jerry Brown, the Democrats in the Legislature and the government-worker unions are plotting how to tax us more to preserve plush union pensions. Reports Yahoo Finance:
American Ghost Towns of the 21st Century
There are several counties in America, each with more than 10,000 homes, which have vacancy rates above 55 percent….… Read moreRead More
By JOHN SEILER
California’s tax-increase cult is lobbying to grab every last dollar it can tax — the future of the state be damned. The drumbeat is daily. I wrote yesterday how all three top Los Angeles Times columnists came out, simultaneously, for higher taxes.
Even as I was writing, the California Budget Project — better termed the California Tax-Increase Project — came out with a new study: “Narrowing the Gap: Options for Boosting California’s Sales Tax Collection from Online Retailers.” It begins:
California loses more than $1 billion each year in uncollected taxes on Internet sales because out-of-state online retailers refuse to collect the taxes owed on consumers’ purchases.… Read moreRead More
By WAYNE LUSVARDI
Chalk up one knockout punch for the little guys who oppose eminent-domain abuse.
National City in San Diego County blew a $2 million hole in its General Fund budget due to a $7 million decline in sales taxes mainly as a result of declining auto and lumber sales.
To fix its structural budget deficit, it wanted to to create a sales tax incubator called a redevelopment project by demolishing 692 properties, that would also divert property taxes away from public schools to city hall.… Read moreRead More
Katy Grimes: In a room full of Capitol journalists at the Sacramento Press Club lunch meeting Wednesday, Democratic Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg began down a road that should have frozen the insides of everyone in attendance.
But even journalists get desensitized to political rhetoric.
Answering questions about the budget, Steinberg said that if Republicans lawmakers will not vote for a budget that includes tax increases, he supports making targeted cuts in GOP districts.… Read moreRead More
When Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio took away some collective-bargaining rights of government-worker unions, we were warned that freedom was over; that the workers’ democratic rights had been suppressed. Supportive demonstrations were held all across the country, including California.
In February, 2,500 California workers rallied in Sacramento in support of the Wisconsin union members.
But now the Democratic House of Representatives in Massachusetts has voted to deny most collective bargaining rights to government-union workers.… Read moreRead More
Katy Grimes: When a lawmaker admits that an agency created from a bond measure that he supported and help get passed has grown ineffective and needs a serious makeover, it is evident that there is a problem.
Democratic Sen. Alan Lowenthal has authored a bill to overhaul the High Speed Rail Authority and has even gone as far as asking the Bureau of State Audits to conduct an audit of the Authority.… Read moreRead More