Assembly passes bad Cap and Trade bill 18

May 29, 2012

Katy Grimes: The Assembly today passed the controversial Cap and Trade bill,  Assembly Bill 1532, by Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, which would deposit Cap and Trade carbon credit permit monies into a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account, to be managed by the California Air Resources Board.

What a great idea. California is already precariously perched on the edge of a financial cliff – this could be the push that sends the state right over.… Read more

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California counting its carbon tax riches 15

May 29, 2012

By Katy Grimes

While the rest of the country shuns carbon trading schemes, California politicians continue to embrace the concept, and are forging ahead with a Cap and Trade carbon trading system. But eight states have dropped out of California’s Western Climate Initiative, leaving many scratching their heads in wonderment, as only California and Quebec are left alone to solve the world’s global warming and climate change issues.… Read more

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“Debacle:” Obama’s space alien movie made in California 40

May 29, 2012

By Wayne Lusvardi

President Barack Obama’s “stimulus” flying saucer landed in California in February 2009. This isn’t something from Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” It’s the actual description from Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist.

Krugman is quoted in the new book, “Debacle: Obama’s War Against Jobs and Growth,” by John Lott and Grover Norquist.… Read more

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CA debt much larger than reported 17

May 29, 2012

By Katy Grimes

Reports of California’s debt usually just include the $17 billion budget deficit. But California also owes the federal government $14 billion, and public schools $10 billion.

While California sputters under  the massive debt, legislators continue to take up ridiculous bills and resolutions, and ignore bills which would begin necessary reforms.

Last week the Assembly voted to adopt Assembly Resolution 99 recognizing September 2012 as National Coupon Month.… Read more

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Tom Fuentes’ California Legacy Continues 0

May 28, 2012

By Brian Calle

Saying goodbye to a friend is never easy.

Last week was particularly difficult for many residents of Orange County and elsewhere who had known – or had their lives impacted by – Tom Fuentes. The chairman emeritus of the Orange County Republican Party finished his battle with cancer May 18 at 63 years of age.

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More perks for our government masters 0

May 26, 2012

By Steven Greenhut

Democrats and Republicans in the California Legislature have once again broadcast this troubling fact: they are far more concerned about the ever-expanding demands of a relatively small group of public sector union members than they are about the public welfare of the citizens of our state.

On May 17, the state Assembly voted 68-0 to support the most despicable piece of legislation that’s come through the halls in a while, which is saying a lot given the foolhardy proposals routinely on display in Sacramento.… Read more

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UC San Fran’ s hypocrisy on Prop. 29 campaign funding 14

May 25, 2012

By John Seiler

I love this part of the political campaign, just before the election, because the candidates and special interests get desperate and start slinging mud at one another. The late, great columnist Mike Royko said that “mud-slinging” is really “truth-slinging.”

Consider the University of California, San Francisco, which put up a list of endorsements of the anti-Proposition 29 campaign that have received bucks from Big Tobacco.… Read more

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Growing CA’s education welfare system 38

May 25, 2012

By Katy Grimes

SACRAMENTO — Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, has been pushing unusually hard to get a tax bill passed, but it’s not looking good. There is no getting around the fact that AB 1500, a bill he’s sponsoring, would impose a $1 billion tax increase on businesses which are not headquartered in California, but have significant business operations in the state.… Read more

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Big dairy sours on state price controls 2

May 25, 2012

By Joseph Perkins

A civil war has broken out within California’s dairy industry, pitting milk producers against cheesemakers.

The two sides are at odds over the state Department of Food and Agriculture’s valuation of whey, the liquid left after curds are separated from milk to make cheese.

But the real issue is the Ag Department’s anachronistic milk marketing program, which has regulated dairy prices here in California for more than three-quarters of a century.… Read more

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Prop 29 shaping up to be fiscal disaster 20

May 25, 2012

By Katy Grimes

What do stem cell research and cancer research have in common?

In California, both health causes serve as money making mechanisms for bureaucrats.

Stem cell research

In 2004, California voters passed the stem cell initiative, Proposition 71, which authorized the creation of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, at a cost of $3 billion to taxpayers.… Read more

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