While many California school districts are already deeply in debt, voters in communities around the state will be asked to approve up to $11.8 billion in new school bonds intended to finance the construction of new facilities, says Kevin Dayton of the California Policy Center. Before approving these bonds based on emotional appeals, Dayton encourages voters […]
Gas prices could rise as much as 70 cents a gallon in January when new cap and trade regulations by the California Air Resources Board take effect, writes Dan Walters in the San Diego Union Tribune. While backers of the regulations hope the recent drop in gas prices keeps consumers from noticing when the regulations […]
A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has found, while education is improving, there is still significant room for progress in the areas of international competitiveness and career readiness. The National Center for Policy Analysis says only 10 states received “A” ratings in international competitiveness. Additionally, the teaching force is not yet adequately prepared for the high-tech environment […]
A CBS LA investigation has uncovered thousands of dollars donated to CSU schools for improving students’ education were squandered by administrators on extravagant parties, expensive restaurants and bars and season tickets to the Hollywood Bowl. While voters approved tax increases for colleges in 2012, new concerns are now emerging on whether funds are being spent […]
Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange, awarded $184 million in contracts without competitive bidding, found the Associated Press in a public records act request. Some of these funds were given to individuals tied to the agency’s executive director, prompting concerns about transparency and accountability by good government advocates. Click here to read the article.
The influential American Federation of Teachers spent nearly $120,000 on limousine service for its President, Randi Weingarten, and other top officials, reports the Washington Free Beacon. While Weingarten rails against the wealthy, she herself collects a $560,000 salary and has prioritized spending on union administration over representing teachers in contract negotiations. Click here to read […]
In the last election Democrats briefly won supermajorities in both legislative houses only to lose their advantage due to one lawmaker’s retirement and numerous others who were caught up in scandals. Regaining a supermajority could lead to an extension of the Proposition 30 tax increase passed temporarily in 2012 and possibly a new tax on […]
Special interest groups and several of our elected and appointed officials who are very vocal and influential are on a crusade to throw the California economy under the bus. Click here to read the article.
Vouchers that help parents send their children to a private school of their choice actually save taxpayers money by reducing the number of public school students, according to a recent analysis. Larry Sand writes in Union Watch that voucher programs have the additional benefits of empowering students in low income communities with access to a […]
When Governor Brown and his allies asked voters to approve higher taxes in 2012, they said the tax increase would expire in 2016, but now they may try to extend the tax hike longer, writes Steve Williams in the Victorville Daily Press. Williams says unions hope to use class warfare in upcoming efforts to extend […]