Columns-June, 2011

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...

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...

California's Mess Not Texas' Fault
Monday, June 27th, 2011

June 27, 2011 As California's budget battle continues, Republicans and Democrats have engaged in a rhetorical battle regarding the relative merits and demerits of our lovely state and one of the nation's other megastates, Texas. This debate started after a legislative delegation made up mostly of R...

CA Overdue For Part-Time Legislature
Monday, June 27th, 2011

JUNE 27, 2011 The latest budget drama shows how California needs a part-time Legislature. It hasn't had one since the late 1960s. Since then, few budgets have been balanced while meeting the June 15 constitutional deadline. In the past 24 years, only one budget met both criteria, the 1999-2000 budg...

Prop. 13 Split Roll Would Be Ripoff
Monday, June 20th, 2011

JUNE 20, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI and CHARLES B. WARREN Democrats in the California Legislature want to repeal the property tax reassessment protections of Proposition 13 for commercial properties under the dubious notion that there is a pot of California 49er gold at the end of the rainbow. Prop. 1...

Redevelopment Agencies on the Brink
Monday, June 20th, 2011

JUNE 20, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT Hours before the midnight Wednesday deadline for passing a state budget, legislative Democrats rammed through a ridiculous, gimmick-laden, majority-vote spending plan that failed to reform anything and failed to impress Gov. Jerry Brown, who wisely vetoed it le...

The Paycheck Protection Budget
Friday, June 17th, 2011

JUNE 17, 2011 The California Legislature just passed a budget. Less than 24 hours later, the governor vetoed it, leaving many political wonks scratching their heads in wonderment at why Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a budget from his own party. Could this have been the plan all along, so that legislator...

CA GOP Shouldn't 'Go Wobbly' on Taxes
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

JUNE 16, 2011 I met Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, back in 1993 on a visit she made to California to promote her memoir. I remember her talking about the first Gulf War and how she overcame the reluctance of George H.W. Bush to use military force to drive Saddam Hussein out ...

Budget Tax Rhetoric Ignores Jobs
Monday, June 13th, 2011

JUNE 13, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The NBA season is over. But a full-court press is on by Gov. Jerry Brown and the tax-increase forces in the Legislature and government-employee unions to increase taxes $9 billion. In his video address Sunday, Brown talked about the state's budget problems, including b...

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