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What CA can learn from North Dakota’s stunning boom
The boom that North Dakota's enjoyed because of fracking is usually depicted in newspaper stories and network reports as being about housing shortages and a flood of in-migration driven by job hunters. Rarely do accounts offer stark statistics that illustrate just how big the boom has been. Thank...
More money, problems for CA high-speed rail
Proponents of California's much-ballyhooed high-speed rail got a big boost in the state's new budget. But in every other area where the struggle for its fate is playing out, the project is facing an array of daunting roadblocks. Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown's staunch support, Sacramento legislat...
Chart warns of possible stock crash
We can't predict the future. But we prudently can make preparations for unfortunate events. That's why the California government and local governments should make sure they have budget surpluses. Check out the following chart. It shows that the current DJIA stock rally (blue line) is si...
CA Legislature boosts budget up to $156 billion
Convinced that California's fiscal crisis is effectively over, state Democrats led the state Legislature to pass a $156 billion budget. They did so after a round of negotiations that left Sacramento just six hours away from missing the state's constitutional deadline for passing a budget into l...
Dem strategist (albeit a paid one) rips Nanny State push
A classic Nanny State bill failed in committee Tuesday within hours after a leading Democratic strategist warned California lawmakers that they shouldn't count on flattering headlines if it kept advancing. Details on the bill's demise from the LAT: "A proposal to affix health warning labels to s...
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