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Prop. 13 Split Roll Would Be Ripoff

June 20th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 20, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI and CHARLES B. WARREN Democrats in the California Legislature want to repeal the property tax reassessment protections of Proposition 13 for commercial properties under the dubious notion that there is a pot of California 49er gold at the end of the rainbow. Prop. 13's existing protections for homeowners would remain the same. If the commercial protecti...

Budget Tax Rhetoric Ignores Jobs

June 13th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 13, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The NBA season is over. But a full-court press is on by Gov. Jerry Brown and the tax-increase forces in the Legislature and government-employee unions to increase taxes $9 billion. In his video address Sunday, Brown talked about the state's budget problems, including budget cuts and ongoing reforms that would "put the budget on a firm footing." He called o...

CA Enviro Plan Channels Pol Pot

June 8th, 2011 By admin. JUNE 8, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Remember Pol Pot, the Cambodian dictator and head of the Khmer Rouge? According to Wikipedia, "During his time in power, Pol Pot imposed a version of agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects, toward a goal of 'restarting civilization' in a 'Year Zero.' The combined effe...

McClintock: Water Actually 'Abundant'

June 2nd, 2011 By admin. JUNE 2, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The history of California practically is the history of water. So it's not surprising that the recent history of the state involves a shift from government facilitating growth to government sharply restricting growth -- in water and the rest of the economy. The older model must be restored for California to again become an engine of economic growth, Rep. To...
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