Posts Tagged ‘Prop. 30’

Warning for CA: Japan’s tax increases sparked recession

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just called for a snap election under their parliamentary system. We'll soon see if voters affirm his tax-increase policies, which were supposed to restore strong growth but instead slammed the country into another slump. Due to high taxes and regulations, and f...

Higher tuition hikes — for what purpose?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
boa constrictor

  Last week, on a post-election panel presented by Capitol Weekly, I raised the issue of potential tax increases being contemplated by public unions and other groups in the next election and said that one of the reasons more revenue was sought was to cover pension obligations. A union rep...

Want to extend Prop. 30 tax increases?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Prop. 30

You probably saw this one coming. Just two years ago Gov. Jerry Brown and his union allies hoodwinked voters into passing Proposition 30, $7 billion in tax increases. Most of the taxes hit "millionaires," which in California New Math means anyone making more than $250,000 a year -- still the middle-...

Absurd Prop 2 provision shows extent of teacher unions’ clout

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
cta.in.charge

If you want an example of just how powerful the teachers unions are in Sacramento, consider Proposition 2. The measure was placed on the November ballot by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown, who depicts it with about 70 percent persuasiveness as establishing the sort of rainy-day fun...

In debate gaffe, Jerry Brown channels Gerald Ford

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
carter_ford_debate

The Sacramento press corps has been acting bored with the governor's race ever since the spectacle of Tim Donnelly as the GOP nominee faded away. So now we have a debate in which Jerry Brown makes a debate gaffe as dumb as President Gerald Ford's 1976 claim that Eastern Europe wasn't dominated by th...

The myth of California’s underpaid public school employees

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Prop. 30

  Eduardo Benard, a custodian at San Francisco’s Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, received $107,912.31 in pay and benefits in 2013. He was one of 31 custodians employed by California public schools that boasted more than $100,000 in compensation last year, according to just-release f...

How will Brown budget proposal address pensions, taxes, debt?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

California's budget battles will begin on Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. The media and political buzz in the Capitol building is that the state has a surplus -- and maybe voters even are ready for higher taxes. "We now fin...

Rich sheltering dough in South Dakota

Monday, December 30th, 2013
South Dakota flag

When Proposition 30 was being pitched in the fall of 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown and others pooh-poohed the idea that rich folks would find ways to avoid its $7 billion in new taxes. Because the national and state economies have been growing, and the Prop. 30 money has been flowing in, it seems as if Bro...

Now Bill Lockyer thinks tax cuts create jobs

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Tesla Model S wikimedia

When opponents of Proposition 30 said it would kill jobs, Treasurer Bill Lockyer backed it anyway: "I worry a little bit about fairness, although when you look at the income distributions in the last 20 years and see that essentially 80 percent of the people in California have either stagnated or f...

Who pays for LAUSD’s broken or stolen iPads?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
the Net movie poster

I've written a couple of things on the Los Angeles Unified School District's gift of iPads to its students. In July, I predicted the kids would "jailbreak" the iPads. They did. Remember, these iPads are costing taxpayers $1 billion. That's 1/7th what the Proposition 30 tax increase is bringing in...