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Dems Spike Prevailing Wage Reform 13

JAN. 5, 2012 By KATY GRIMES As work in the California Assembly began for 2012, on Wednesday the festive mood quickly was quashed. In the first committee hearing of the New Year, the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee killed two

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A Jagged Legislative Battle Ground 0

Katy Grimes: During Gov. Jerry Brown’s first year in office, business interests were able to kill so many bills they came out ahead, a recent news story reported. Is that so? Just how well are California businesses doing right now?

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'Mary Kay Tax' Mugs Small Businesses 5

JULY 27, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Call it the Mary Kay Tax. It hits small businesses — such as Mary Kay and Avon distributors — with heavy administrative costs, while bringing a pittance to the state treasury. It’s a tax

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Commish Gives Dems 2/3 Majority 0

John Seiler: A year and a half ago I was the first person to predict that, in 2012 or 2014, redistricting would bring Democrats two-thirds majorities in both houses of the California Legislature. My March 10, 2010 article, “Census Pushing

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U.S.-Calif. Stuck in Stagnation Spiral 2

JULY 26, 2011 BY JOHN SEILER Welcome to the desert of economic and jobs growth. I keep reminding people that California actually still is part of the United States of America. That we are not the “eighth largest world economy,”

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Economic Decline Accelerating 4

John Seiler: The recent phony budget deal that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law anticipated $4 billion in extra revenues from a booming economy. Oops. All the indicators coming out show that the economy is declining again, meaning tax revenues

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CA Businesses Split for Utah 0

JULY 13, 2011 What do California-based companies Adobe Systems, eBay, Electronic Arts, Oracle and Twitter have in common? All have expanded over the past two years not in the Golden State, but in neighboring Utah. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert makes

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Assembly Budget Advice To Congress 0

Katy Grimes: In what should have been an thoroughly embarrassing move on Monday, California’s Assembly voted and passed a resolution to tell Congress to raise the national debt ceiling. Really. Even with my writer’s imagination, I could not make this

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N.Beach Cops: $5,600 To Wash Hogs 0

John Seiler: Our friend and colleague Brian Calle reports in the Orange County Register: It pays well to wash your motorcycle if you are a cop in Newport Beach, where officers who patrol on motor bikes are paid an additional

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Lopez: TaxTaxTaxTaxTaxTaxTax 4

John Seiler: L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez continues his tax obsession with another attack on Proposition 13. His title is, “Speaking the unspeakable in California politics” — except that the “unspeakable” has been spoken continuously ever since voters passed Prop.

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