While San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights was hailed as a historic victory for employees when it was approved in 2014, newly released emails have raised questions about influence-trading by unions, writes Michael Saltsman in the San Francisco Examiner. The emails indicate the legislation was written by unions, who coordinated with politicians and rallied […]
Los Angeles airport officials have decided to build a new lounge for private jet passengers, reports Chriss W. Street in Breitbart.com. While the funds spent to build this facility come from commercial departure taxes paid broadly, the new lounge will only be enjoyed by those wealthy enough to fly on private jets. Click here to […]
A recently released comprehensive study has documented 9,000 California businesses disinvested in the state between 2008 and 2014, writes Steven Greenhut in the San Diego Union Tribune. Many California policymakers and analysts have attempted to minimize business flight, but numerous examples of entrepreneurs harmed by the state’s difficult tax and regulatory climate are becoming increasingly […]
A new 1.9 mile subway line’s projected cost has grown by $130 million before construction has even begun, reports the Los Angeles Times. Experts say Los Angeles infrastructure projects often go over budget and cost overruns so early indicate there may be additional added costs. Click here to read the article.
Strong October revenue has put the state $1 billion above projections for the fiscal year beginning in July, according to the State Controller. The Controller stated California can now meet its cash flow needs without borrowing for the first time in 15 years, reports Capital Public Radio. Click here to read the article.
State officials have settled a lawsuit brought by minority students who argued their local public schools failed to deliver a quality education, reports CalWatchdog. The students’ testimony that they were assigned to fake classes and were unable to sign up for classes needed to graduate garnered attention from national press and prompted legislation banning classes […]
A recent newsletter from the California Federation of Teachers contained misleading rhetoric with omissions, lies and half truths, writes Larry Sand in Union Watch. Teachers, citizens and journalists should examine these claims objectively and hold the union accountable instead of accepting the misinformation at face value. Click here to read the article.
State health insurance co-ops are failing around the country, leaving people without insurance, leaving people searching for other healthcare options and fearing they might lose their doctors, reports the Washington Free Beacon. Experts say artificially low premiums, strict regulations and too many people requiring payouts are among the factors contributing to the crisis. Click here […]
The release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a report card on school performance across the country, reveals the failure of Governor Jerry Brown’s education policy. California’s poor performance relative to other states also shows higher teacher salaries have failed to produce better outcomes, writes the San Diego Union Tribune. Click here to read […]
Californians have continuously experienced rising prices for many key aspects of life such as housing, higher education, energy and water, but a high tax rate has not translated into quality services writes Joe Mathews in Fortune. Underinvestment has produced a crumbling infrastructure that does not meet the needs of the growing population. The political establishment’s […]