Tough decisions 0

Heard this very interesting commentary by Sacramento Bee editorial page editor Stuart Leavenworth this morning on Capital Public Radio. Hooked to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent (and bizarre) statement that “the worst is over” as far as the state’s economic troubles

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Car tax: Another call for boosting it 0

On Monday, I wrote a research piece on how the car tax cut in 2003 is not to  blame for California’s budget deficits. I cited a couple people blaming the cut for the deficits, and saying the old, high car

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Arnold on taxes in 2003 vs. 2010 0

Here’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger, when he was running for governor in 2003, solemnly pledging not to raise taxes: I am firmly opposed to raising taxes. Californians are already overtaxed. California has one of the highest tax burdens in the nation,

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Obama's State of the Union and California 0

I listened last night to President Obama’s State of the Union address to find out whether he will adapt policies that will revive the economy. This is critical for California because the assumptions in the state budget proposed by Gov.

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Stem cell pork 0

Back in 2004 California voters passed Prop. 71: $3 billion in bonds for research on embryonic stem cells. The full cost, including interest on the bonds, will be $6 billion. Many people opposed it because of the abortion argument. But

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Interview With A Candidate 0

I just finished an interesting interview with California’s Insurance Commissioner and candidate for Governor, Steve Poizner. Among the topics of discussion were his plans for immediate economic relief for the state upon taking office, how to permanently cut the size

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