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Prop. 30 silver lining: Open meeting law restored

December 21, 2012 By admin. Dec. 21, 2012 By John Hrabe Taxpayers have billions of reasons to gripe about Proposition 30 and one reason to cheer. Gov. Jerry Brown’s multi-billion dollar tax initiative contained a little-known and frequently misunderstood provision that effectively restored the state’s open meeting law for local governments and special districts. Under the state’s landmark Brown Act, local...

Economist outlines CA road to prosperity

December 20, 2012 By admin. Dec. 20, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- California's economy isn't dead -- yet. With a few smart, pro-growth policy changes, California could get back in the game and be the economic leader it once was, Jonathan Williams told me in a visit to our state capitol to analyze the Golden State. He is one of the authors of the 2012 report "Rich States, Poor States" published by the Ame...

Restoring the GOP and the American Dream

December 20, 2012 By admin. Commentary Dec. 20, 2012 By B. Wayne Hughes Jr. The Republican Party lost the presidential election of 2012. Here in California, my own state doubled down on big government by adding a novel surcharge to its already high 11.3 percent income tax rate and ignored spending cuts and entitlement reforms needed to modify a deficit-driven state budget. The California state Legislature now ...

CA public worker pay soars to unsustainable levels

December 19, 2012 By admin. Dec. 19, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Last week Bloomberg News reported that California has the highest paid state workers in the 12 largest states by population.  But that didn’t tell the entire story. Sure, California has the highest paid public workers. But it also has the highest median income. Adjusting for median income levels, California still has one of the highest levels of publ...
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