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The mismanagement of California: Follow the Money

The mismanagement of California through waste, fraud and abuse costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year that could be better spent on priorities that people actually care about. Follow the Money 2013, like the “Piglet Book” previously produced by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation, exposes numerous examples of this mismanagement.

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Tax Credits in California: Economic Growth Engine or Wasteful Corporate Welfare?

This study looks at certain corporation tax and sales and use tax credits, deductions and exemptions in order to evaluate whether they serve their purpose. The argument offered in support of such tax breaks is that they will improve the lives or livelihoods of certain classes of individuals, businesses or industries. But their costs are frequently ignored. While they may encourage business activity in a certain sector of the economy, this comes at an unseen cost, which is the business activity that would otherwise have taken place in other sectors of the economy.  Read more >>

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New Study on Alarming Compensation Trends for State Workers

This study, sponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation found that total expenditures by the State of California to finance salaries and pension benefits for State workers grew three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians.

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OPINION: Analysis: If only union-hugging Democrats could learn to say 'no

James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times takes a critical look at the Democratic Party's continual pandering towards union interests as exemplified by speeches at the DNC, and how the fight to retain bloated pensions and benefits has fed into the backlash against public unions.

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California Prisons Study

This study, sponsored by HJTA, gives a detailed report of the financial condition of state prisons in California. The study shows how a privatized prison system would be a huge step to correcting a hemorrhaging state prison budget.

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