June, 2011

Brown Signs Punitive Amazon Tax

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

(This is an updated Washington Examiner story from June 29.) JUNE 30, 2011 By KATY GRIMES With the California legislature having just passed a flawed budget full of accounting tricks, budget gimmicks and money grabs, one area of small business is about to be taxed right out of business -- just so...

Pension Iceberg Will Sink State Budget

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

JUNE 30, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Imagine you’re a passenger on the ill-fated RMS Titanic luxury liner on its 1912 maiden voyage. But the Titanic had no warning of an iceberg lurking below the ocean surface -- unlike the Pirate Ship California that can detect with modern sonar a huge iceberg of pe...

Brown Upholds Farm Worker Secret Ballot

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

JUNE 30, 2011 By KATY GRIMES After months of protests, lobbying and speeches, on March 31, César Chávez Day, the California Senate passed SB 104 to eliminate secret ballot elections for farm workers voting on unionization. And Tuesday night, in a move that surprised many, Gov. Jerry Brown veto...

Cal Biz Climate Ranks Pathetic 32nd

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

JUNE 30, 2011 By JOSEPH PERKINS The Legislature passed a budget this week that assumes $10.6 billion in higher tax revenues flowing into the state’s coffers next year. That sum includes not only the $6.6 billion Gov. Jerry Brown projected in the budget proposal he submitted last month, but also...

Budget Ignores Public Employee Reform

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

JUNE 29, 2010 Commentary By LANNY EBENSTEIN The state budget approved on Tuesday is the wrong way forward for the state of California. Though this budget does not rely upon new or extended general taxes, it would cut many vital services. This is neither desirable nor sustainable. The 2011-12...

Democrats Pass Hinky Budget

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

JUNE 29, 2011 By KATY GRIMES With a surprising lack of debate between parties, the California Legislature passed the budget late last evening, and only with a majority vote, attempting to close what began the year as a $26.6 billion deficit using a great deal of hope for increased state revenues. ...

Brown, Leg Conjure Up Phantom Budget

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

JUNE 28, 2011 By KATY GRIMES In the shadow of the 2009 tax increases set to expire this Friday July 1, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat party leadership announced Monday that a majority-vote budget deal had been reached. There was no Republican involvement or support. Based largely on the hope o...

July 1 Tax Cut Will Boost CA Economy

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

NOTE: This article first appeared yesterday in Flashreport.org. JUNE 28, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Assuming Republicans in the Legislature stand solid, Californians could get an early Independence Day gift this year: tax cuts. And that gift will provide a needed boost to the state economy. On July 1, ...

Redevelopment is Prop. 13 in Reverse

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Redevelopment is Prop. 13 in Reverse

JUNE 28, 2011 by WAYNE LUSVARDI To California redevelopment advocates, the policy brings the Midas touch to cities, turning everything into gold for the Golden State. Redevelopment fans point to all the beautiful new malls, restored Old Town business districts, industrial parks and mixed-use deve...

John Chiang Blazes Future of CA Politics

Monday, June 27th, 2011

JUNE 27, 2011 By JOHN SEILER As they said in old-school physics, nature abhors a vacuum. Passed last November, Proposition 25 marginalized California Republicans by dropping from two-thirds to a majority the threshold for passing a state budget. That left the Democratic majority in the Legislatur...