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Two Critical Budget Dates Approaching 17

Jan. 17, 2013 By John Seiler On PBS NewsHour yesterday evening, Gov. Jerry Brown enthused about his new budget: “The budget is fixed. I inherited a $27 billion deficit. That’s what it was two years ago. “And that’s gone. This

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‘Fiscal cliff’ tax increases will slam U.S., CA

Jan. 2, 2013 By John Seiler Congress and President Obama just worked out a deal for massive tax increases that will slam Californians. The federal tax hikes hit even the middle class, whose payroll taxes will rise 2 percentage points.

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State turns bureaucrats into millionaires 10

Dec. 26, 2012 By Steven Greenhut California’s political leaders continue to defend a public-employee-compensation system that is so far beyond sanity it’s hard to know where to begin. Here is a Bloomberg story about a cop — a California Highway

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The hardball tactics that got Prop. 39 tax hike passed 5

Dec. 20, 2012 By Chris Reed In June, California voters rejected a hike on cigarette taxes to fund cancer research. The defeat of Proposition 29 strongly suggested that the general anti-tax beliefs of most of the Golden State electorate remained

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Economist outlines CA road to prosperity 12

Dec. 20, 2012 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — California’s economy isn’t dead — yet. With a few smart, pro-growth policy changes, California could get back in the game and be the economic leader it once was, Jonathan Williams told me

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CA state budget goes off the cliff 52

Dec. 12, 2012 By Chriss Street California State Controller John Chiang announced that total State revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8 percent, below budget.  Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters

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Winning idea for CA GOP: A right-to-work initiative 14

Dec. 6, 2012 By John Seiler California Republicans seeking to get back in the game should look to Michigan. The big issue there now is advancing a right-to-work law. Given Michigan’s heavy union representation, especially by the powerful UAW, the

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Do the math: 55% taxes loom for $300K-plus earners in California 15

Nov. 25, 2012 By Chris Reed Matt Miller, a quirky and interesting writer-thinker for a lefty think tank (the Center for American Progress), has a warning for Gov. Jerry Brown. Writing in the Washington Post, Miller does the math and

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CA tax increases fund unaccountable spending machine 4

Nov. 20, 2012 By Mark Landsbaum On Nov. 6, Californians voted to raise taxes, but weren’t told the whole story. They repeatedly were told their state government was frugal to the point of pain, yet still in dire need of

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