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Minimum wage jumps to $9 an hour
Here's what the minimum wage does: it destroys tens of thousands of jobs to increase the pay of tens of thousands of other jobs. It does this by increasing government coercion over our lives even more than it already does. So nothing good can come from the new $9 per hour California minimum wage ...
CA vs. FL dogfight over stealth plane subsidies
Like a professional sports team in search of a new taxpayer-funded arena, two defense contractors are playing California and Florida lawmakers against each other in a bid to win more tax breaks and, in turn, a $55 billion federal contract. The home team, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed...
Green flack thinks <2% annual growth in CA ‘cleantech’ is impressive
The fallout from the news that 16 Assembly Democrats were willing to go on the record with their concerns that AB 32 will drive up gas prices and cause economic pain to struggling folks in their home districts continues to grow. It's gotten attention not just in California but national play. Th...
Will dockworkers strike?
West Coast dockworkers are threatening to strike again from their incredibly high-paying jobs. Their members already earn $25 to $40 an hour, with plush benefits. But this time it's different. A $5.25 billion project is making the Panama Canal wider, making it easier for ships to go directly from...
Supreme Court sticks Brown with county jails
States' rights won't save Gov. Jerry Brown from getting involved in California's county jails. Despite a forceful argument that federalism relieved the state of the added responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court persisted in making life more difficult for Brown. The justices refused to reconsi...
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