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Lawmakers calling Gov. Brown’s bluff on Prop. 30 revenues 56

Jan. 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes On the first day of the new legislative session on Monday, two Republican lawmakers wasted no time introducing legislation to add some necessary spending restrictions to Proposition 30. Passed by California voters in November, Prop.

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‘Blazing Trains’ HSR plan resembles comedy Western 8

Jan. 7, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — In 1974 Mel Brooks produced a classic comedy about the construction of the railroad into the West. With California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic politicians pushing forward to build a high-speed rail

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Sacramento ‘recovery’ reliant on government growth 13

Dec. 30, 2012 By Katy Grimes A front page news story in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee claimed that 2012 “is shaping up as another year of solid but not spectacular economic growth – more groundbreakings, more cars sold, more stores and restaurants

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Legislators make new push to gut Prop. 13 55

Dec. 27, 2012 By Katy Grimes The final votes from the November election were not even counted before state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced a constitutional amendment to Proposition 13 to forever alter the landmark tax-revolt measure. Let the debate begin.

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Cap-and-trade could benefit new overseers 21

Dec. 21, 2012 By Katy Grimes The California Air Resources Board just named the American Carbon Registry and the Climate Action Reserve as California’s two new “carbon overseers” for the state’s cap-and-trade program. The “carbon overseers” phrase commonly is used for them at CARB

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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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Calif. economy: Ya sure, you betcha, we’re fine! 18

Dec. 10, 2012 By Katy Grimes The latest barrage of “news” reports that California is enjoying an economic recovery is evidence that this is most likely being driven by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office. Ya sure, you betcha, we’re fine. Given

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Right-to-work is a real economic stimulus 1

Dec. 7, 2012 By Katy Grimes In Michigan, game-changing right to work legislation was just passed. The change will make it legal for employers to pay workers who choose not to be union members, and would make paying union dues voluntary. Currently, Michigan

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Legislative fractured fairy tale

Dec. 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes The swearing-in of new legislators is usually a party atmosphere. Lawmakers feel celebratory after long campaigns. Yesterday’s swearing-in  was not a disappointment however, along with the celebratory mood, there was an air of fantasy and

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The govt. wants your 401(k) plan 16

Nov. 30, 2012 Katy Grimes: With the recent Democratic reelection win by the Obama administration, get ready for more than tax increases. The government now wants your private 401(k) retirement plan.  “As Washington debates what to do about the fiscal

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