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Does anyone cover the news in Sacramento?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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California is perhaps the most significant state in the union both culturally and economically. One in every eight Americans lives here. In 2012, California’s GDP was $1.9 trillion — roughly the same size as that of Italy and Russia.  If we were a nation, we’d consistently be in the top-10 l...

CA vs. FL dogfight over stealth plane subsidies

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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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...

Supreme Court sticks Brown with county jails

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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...

How Obama energy rules hurt, help CA

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

  On June 2, President Barack Obama announced his new rules to mothball “dirty” coal power plants so as to reduce carbon-dioxide power plant emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 level. He also set voluntary targets for the percentage of renewable energy in each state by 2029. Cove...

Sweeping new legal challenge to bullet train

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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A massive California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed June 4 in Sacramento Superior Court over the newly certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the bullet-train project segment linking Fresno to Bakersfield. This EIR is supposed to have far more details about the impacts of th...

CA air board may invalidate 1.3 million pollution-offset credits

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's repeated punishment of an Arkansas waste disposal firm has led the California Air Resources Board to consider invalidating 1.3 million environmental offset credits bought from the Arkansas company by California firms to offset the effects of air pollution. ...

Tesla latest CA company to diss Golden State

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

  Tesla Motors, the Palo Alto maker of luxury electric cars, is holding its annual stockholder meeting next Tuesday. It will be interesting to see whether CEO Elon Musk announces the two states that will compete in a “bakeoff” to determine where Tesla decides to build its new $5 billion ...

CA cities gain tool to chop retirement benefits

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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A cliche in government circles is that there is no "magic bullet" available to address many big, difficult problems. But thanks to a recent action by the California Supreme Court, many local governments now do have a "magic bullet" to reduce their unfunded retirement benefits. On April 30, the co...

Taxpayers win Fresno rate hike court ruling

Monday, May 5th, 2014
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A group of taxpayers battling the City of Fresno has won a critical legal victory in their fight to get a referendum of the city's water rate increases on the November ballot. On April 28, Superior Court Judge M. Bruce Smith reaffirmed his preliminary ruling granting the "Citizens of Lower Water ...

CA vies with other states’ film tax credits

Monday, April 28th, 2014
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The market for movie and television production is now an incentive-laden free-for-all. Faced with fierce competition from statehouses around the country, two California assemblymen have introduced a new bill upping the stakes in the tax credit arms race. Assembly Bill 1839 has been introduced...