California has 17 propositions on the ballot this year. And usually what can help determine whether a proposition succeeds or fails is how much money is spent in support or opposition to it. One of the most hotly contested campaigns this year would have to be Prop. 56. Both sides have spent almost $45 million combined! […]
High property taxes are a major factor causing Illinoisans to leave the state, reports the IllinoisPolicy.org. Over the last decade, Illinois has experienced a domestic outmigration of 290,000 and 27 percent cite taxes as the primary factor in their decision to leave. Click here to read the article.
The bullet train is running into another redesign as operating parameters have changed again. The project will use shorter trains (which use shorter platforms) to navigate the decrease in the size of tunnels they will travel through. The bullet train project is continuing to prove it will be delivered not on time nor within budget. […]
Businesses usually come out swinging against tax increases. However, this year they appear to be refraining from pouring money into any races. The biggest surprise being a paltry $3,000 raised for No on Prop 55 compared to the $56 million raised in 2012. Click here to read the article.
Whenever there is a local tax increase the buzz is that it will fix -insert problem here-. However, a closer look at California’s local tax increases on the ballot show it might do the opposite. These tax increases say they might fix a problem, like kids drinking too much soda, but in reality, the money […]
Californians who use Covered California for their healthcare are in for a rude awakening. Starting in 2017, healthcare premiums will go up 13.2%, and this is seen as a success compared to other states. Minnesota’s premiums are about to go up anywhere from 50-67% in 2017. Click here to read the article.
Tom Steyer is a well known name in California. However, the WikiLeaks emails from John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign chair, expose how influential he was on the national stage. Leaked emails show Steyer helped direct energy policy though Podesta, a top White House energy policy advisor at the time. Click here to read the article.
While everyone is focused on the presidential race, but for those concerned about tax increases, the focus should be on local elections. almost 100 local governments will ask their residents to vote on 427 measures authorizing new taxes and bonds. One of the main reasons for these new revenue-raisers is increased pension spending. Click here […]
Marin County employee unions are seeking to challenge local and state authority on setting employee benefits in the California Supreme Court. These unions had previously attempted to challenge the law in early August but an appeals court ruled against them. Click here to read the article.
There may have been incidents of pay-to-play in West Contra Costa School District. Over a six year period, contractors who were attempting to get School District contracts donated over $2 million to two entities controlled a school board candidate and a former and current trustee. Click here to read the article.