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Obscure state agency continues assault on direct democracy

February 13, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 13, 2013 By Chris Reed Jerry Brown's nonstop self-accolades for his alleged genius in bringing California back to solid ground are rather dubious. But it is with pensions that Brown's self-congratulation is most incoherent. While he congratulates himself for achieving moderate pension reform via the Legislature last summer, his appointees continue their anti-reform rampage on the...

Crazifornia: Will it be Gov. Brownout?

February 13, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 13, 2013 By Laer Pearce On Jan. 31, the strained California electricity grid marked the one year anniversary of the shutting down of Unit 3 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The reactor was taken off-line when pinhole leaks were discovered in water pipes that carry heated radioactive water from the reactor to a steam generator. The process of shutting down the reactor c...

Declare war on lawsuit abuse

February 12, 2013 By Joseph Perkins. Feb. 12, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Inmate lawsuits have become a cottage industry here in California. The Associated Press reports that such litigation has cost the state’s taxpayers more than $200 million over the past 15 years. Gov. Jerry Brown suggests that much of that litigation is frivolous, ginned up by trial lawyers motivated less by concern for the state’s prison inmates, an...

Are higher taxes killing CA tax collection?

February 11, 2013 By CalWatchdog Staff. Feb. 11, 2013 By Chriss Street In January, California state tax collection beat Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 budget projections by $4.3 billion, or 39.1 percent.  The out-performance was due to two expected one-time events that took place: $1 billion in delayed sales tax deposits and $3.3 billion of taxes on capital gains, dividends and bonuses collected in January for a prior period....
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