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NEWS: Regulators Aid Union Effort to Kill Franchising

Key officials from the US Labor Department recently participated in a conference sponsored by labor interests and liberal billionaires, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The officials offered remarks about their efforts to impose new regulations on franchise owners that could further empower labor unions but harm small business owners.

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OPINION: California embraces pension-spiking bonanza

Columnist Steven Greenhut says recent actions by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) are a brazen attempt to undermine pension reforms implemented last year. Governor Jerry Brown's office is currently considering how to respond to the new CalPERS regulations, writes Greenhut in Human Events.

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OPINION: Michelle Steel: Regulators blindside taxpayers with hidden tax

Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel writes in the Orange County Register that state regulators plan to implement a hidden tax increase on gas beginning in January. Steel urges legislators to stop this tax increase, noting California already has the nation's highest gas taxes.

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NEWS: How much does $100 buy you? No big bang for your buck in California

A new study by the Tax Foundation has found California ranks near the bottom in purchasing power, reports the Orange County Register. Other states where money does not go far include New York, New Jersey and Hawaii, while people in Mississippi, Arkansas, South Dakota, Alabama and Missouri enjoy the ability to receive stronger-than-average value for their dollars.

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OPINION: State would create more jobs without Prop. 30

Board of Equalization Member George Runner writes in the Ceres Courier that the Proposition 30 tax increase has cost jobs and hurt California's economic competitiveness. Runner points out many states with lower tax rates have outperformed California in job creation while unemployment here remains the fifth highest in the nation.

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