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NEWS: Chevron CEO slams cap and trade, calls California ‘difficult state’

Chevron CEO Bill Watson criticized California's cap and trade program and burdensome regulations for harming the state's business competitiveness in a talk at The Economic Club of Minnesota, reports Richmond Confidential. Watson pointed out the cap and trade program, associated with Assembly Bill 32, also harms manufacturers who rely on an abundance of affordable power to create jobs.

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NEWS: Labor Giant Puts Politics, Pay Over Serving Teachers

Federal labor filings have revealed the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teacher's union, spends three times as much on politics, overhead and administration as on activities such as representing its members in collective bargaining, reports the Washington Free Beacon. Some California teachers feel the union has failed in its duty to represent them and are suing to opt out of their union dues.

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OPINION: California lawmakers throw business new roadblock

California small and independent businesses often have difficulty obtaining government contracts because of Project Labor Agreements, or PLA's, and new legislation could make the situation worse, reports WorldNetDaily. PLA's require contractors to use only union labor, effectively excluding non-union businesses from competing for opportunities in many areas of the state.

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OPINION: California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

As a result of the failure of policymakers to implement pension reform, local governments throughout California have had to resort to numerous tax increase proposals, writes Ed Ring of UnionWatch. Although the average household income in California is approximately $60,000, the average total compensation of California city employees is now over $120,000, which places a heavy burden on taxpayers.

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NEWS: Gas prices fueling debate

California's gas prices are already among the nation's highest, but prices could go up as much as 76 cents a gallon in January, when new cap-and-trade regulations take effect, reports the Press Enterprise. With the nation's highest gas taxes and a special fuel blend that drives gas prices up more, bipartisan leaders are urging a delay of any additional cost increases.

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