A provision in the Legislature’s recent budget deal would exempt a $1.3 billion project to renovate or replace the Capitol annex building from the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. The Los Angeles Daily News points out the hypocrisy of legislators exempting a pet project that benefits themselves from CEQA while failing to reform the […]
61,000 more people have left California in the last twelve months than have moved here, with many analysts blaming high costs of living and long commutes, reports Breitbart.com. Middle to lower class Californians have been especially impacted by high housing costs. Click here to read the article.
Governor Jerry Brown is currently advocating for tax increases to fund transportation, but Reason Foundation transportation analyst Baruch Feigenbaum argues in the Orange County Register that the real problem is waste and inefficiency, not a lack of revenue. Waste at the California Department of Transportation, or CalTrans, includes 3,500 excess staff and investment in planning […]
California’s carbon trading program now faces numerous challenges that raise questions about the system’s long-term viability, reports the Los Angeles Times. Court challenges, a carbon auction that recently fell far short of expectations and a possible sunset of the program in 2020 are among the challenges faced by the effort, which has raised gas prices […]
Recently released data from State Controller Betty Yee on May revenue showed a $154.3 million shortfall because of higher than anticipated corporate tax refunds, reports the Orange County Breeze. However, the Controller attempted to reassure the public that the shortfall is not cause for alarm as other tax revenues, such as income taxes, actually exceeded […]
The influential government employee union, SEIU Local 1000, recently held a festive rally at the State Capitol urging a 22 percent raise, reports the Sacramento Bee. While the governor’s proposed budget allocates 3.4 percent raises, SEIU Local 1000 leaders have indicated a much more substantial raise would motivate them to mobilize their members to campaign […]
Although many voters are focused on the presidential election, there are also numerous local tax and bond proposals throughout California that deserve to be the subject of vigorous debate, writes Ed Ring in Fox and Hounds Daily. These proposals include 46 local bonds and 52 tax increases. Click here to read the article.
Although the Bay Area city of Richmond suffers from high rates of poverty and joblessness, data recently revealed by Transparent California illustrates disproportionately high compensation for the community’s fire chief, reports Breitbart.com. Click here to read the article.
San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved a pension reform plan with 66 percent of the vote, but repeated attacks on the plan by government employee unions could block the intent of the voters, writes April Boling, a CPA and one of the authors of the plan, in the San Diego Union Tribune. Unions are suing to […]
A sharp reduction in demand for carbon credits has resulted in a $600 million revenue shortfall, reports the Fresno Bee. Carbon auctions are part of the state’s climate change plan, but a pending lawsuit argues the program is actually an illegal tax. Click here to read the article.