Investigation-April, 2011

Inflation Means California Default

Friday, April 29th, 2011

APRIL 29, 2011 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.  Inste...

Brutal Tax Assault on Internet Sales

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

APRIL 28, 2011 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 wri...

Greenhut-Berardino Debate on Pensions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Greenhut-Berardino Debate on Pensions

APRIL 27, 2011 By JOHN SEILER It was the Great Pension Debate. Yesterday Steven Greenhut, editor-in-chief of, debated Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union. It was held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach and sponsored by th...

Calif. Descends Into Class Warfare

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

APRIL 27, 2011 With the sharp political divide found in just about every issue today, class warfare has taken an interesting turn. Issues including education, food choices, housing, health care and even pet care no longer are just defined as tensions between groups of different social classes Now,...

CA Legislators Hustle More Tax Bills

Monday, April 25th, 2011

APRIL 25, 2011 By KATY GRIMES With another poll out today saying that voters want to vote on Gov. Jerry Brown's tax extension increases, the media are mum about the many other tax bills slithering through the Legislature which would greatly increase every taxpayer's total tax bill. Highlights of...

Why Republicans Hate Tax Increases

Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Why Republicans Hate Tax Increases

APRIL 22, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Republicans are ridiculing President Obama's call to increase taxes on the rich. And in California, so far Republicans in the Legislature have resisted siren calls to join Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic legislators to back tax increases, or even to put tax incre...

Redevelopment Blights The Golden State

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

This article was first printed in the Spring 2011 issue of City Journal. APRIL 22, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT In Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown is planning to close California’s $26.6 billion structural deficit through spending cuts and tax extensions. Opposition has been spirited but less conte...

Guards' 'Sweetheart Deal' Hits Taxpayers

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

APRIL 21, 2011 By JOHN SEILER In the midst of trying to convince Californians to boost their own taxes by $12 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown showed where his true priorities lie. As the Los Angeles Times reported on the deal he just worked out with the prison guards' union: The guards...would be able t...

CA’s Bond Rating Equals F-Minus Grade

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

APRIL 21, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Why is there such a large discrepancy between California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s assurances that the state is not broke and has plenty of money to pay off its bonds and the state’s effective bond rating of F-minus? Lockyer says California isn’t broke ...

Will Gov. Brown Suspend AB 32?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

APRIL 20, 2011 By JOHN SEILER In negotiating, each party are expected at some point to put forth a "good-faith effort" to show that it is serious -- that it will give something in return for gaining something. So far in the state's budget negotiations, Gov. Jerry Brown has shown no good-faith effo...

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