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CA state budget goes off the cliff

December 12, 2012 By admin. Dec. 12, 2012 By Chriss Street California State Controller John Chiang announced that total State revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8 percent, below budget.  Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners hav...

Rail series: A capitalist solution for California train travel

December 12, 2012 By admin. This is Part 2 of a series. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. Dec. 12, 2012 By Stan Brin Before I go any further, I would like readers to understand that this proposal is strictly a real-world alternative to High-Speed Rail. It isn’t intended to challenge anyone’s worldview. In making it, I am assuming that there is no other practical answer...

Green water grab sinks farmland, blocks salmon runs

December 11, 2012 By admin. Dec. 11, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi An Indian proverb says, “A bird thinks it a favor to give a fish a lift in the air.” In a similar way, politicians think it is a favor to help lift salmon upstream to feed commercial fishing, tourist, real estate development and environmental jobs programs by calling it a "river restoration project." In the Indian proverb, the bird eats the fish. ...

CARB: The Gremlin in California’s garage

December 11, 2012 By Katy Grimes. Dec. 11, 2012 By Katy Grimes The California Air Resources Board’s first cap and trade auction in November is yet more proof that CARB is responsible for making people cough, snort and wheeze in California. While trying to convince everyone that the carbon credit auction was a success, CARB officials have blown more smog around the state than an oil-burning AMC Gremlin. Mary Nichol...
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