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CA admits higher taxes kill tax collection

February 21, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 21, 2013 By Chriss Street Gov. Jerry Brown was just forced to admit reality. His supposed $5 billion boost in January tax collection from Proposition 30, which increased sales and income taxes, was really just an early collection of taxes. Two weeks ago, California state revenues were up by $4.3 billion in January over Brown's proposed 2013-14 budget proposal.  At the time, I s...

Outrage at CalPERS’ 85% rate hike for long-term care

February 20, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 20, 2013 By Dave Roberts When tens of thousands of state employees signed up for the California Public Employees Retirement System's long-term care insurance plan as it was first offered in 1995, they thought they were doing the prudent thing for themselves and their loved ones. For a reasonable premium, they were ensuring they would not be a burden to their families should they b...

How can computer science not be state graduation requirement?

February 20, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 20, 2013 By Chris Reed The reports earlier this month that the state will no longer require eighth-graders to take Algebra 1 and allow them instead to take a somewhat less rigorous course covering algebra touched off a minor flap between those who saw this as dumbing-down standards and those who noted that the less rigorous course was better preparation for new state standardized ...

More fracking would increase CA tax revenue

February 19, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 19, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi Is California the only state that does not have an oil and gas tax? This is what some politicians and advocates want you to believe and the mainstream media fail to fact check.  But is it true? * On Feb. 13, Capital Public Radio did not contest the statement of state Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, that “an oil severance tax is long overdue” and...
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