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Even Silicon Valley Ruined
John Seiler: The disastrous policies of federal, state and local governments have not spared even Silicon Valley. Sure, the top digital geeks still trek there. Companies like Facebook still locate there. But Facebook has only about 2,000 employees, many of them in other states. Scott McNealy, one ...
CA Budget Still Needs Fumigation
Feb. 22, 2011 By JOHN SEILER As Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature continue crafting a budget, skunks keep being thrown into the room. The biggest skunk is that the $146 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System, CalSTRS, is effectively insolvent. Funded at 80 percent of liabi...
Courts' 2-Billion-Buck IT Bust
FEB. 22, 2011 By KATY GRIMES While courtrooms across the state are being closed, courthouse employees furloughed and criminal and civil cases taking record time to come to trial, the Administrative Office of the Courts refuses to halt the implementation of a $1.9 billion computer system. After spe...
Union Reforms Are Not Assaults
John Brinkman: President Barack Obama called recent the Wisconsin vote to curb unbridled union power “an assault on unions." This is untrue. In fact, public sector unions have been exploiting the American taxpayer for decades while Democrats facilitated this situation. Obama and the Democrats hav...
State Lawmakers Introduce 2,323 Bills