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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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NEWS: Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

One of the world's largest solar fields, a $2.2 billion expanse of panels in the Mojave desert, is causing birds to ignite in mid-air reports the Associated Press. Wildlife investigators say the solar plant incinerates a bird every two minutes and some experts say the amount of birds killed could be as high as 28,000 annually.

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OPINION: California’s Golden Goose Getting Throttled

Howard Hyde writes in Western Journalism that California's anti-business climate has led numerous companies to flee the state for other locations. High taxes and burdensome regulations have cost jobs, but many citizens now recognize change is needed to reinvigorate the economy.

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EDITORIAL: Putting The Brakes On Unions' Free Ride On Employee Dues

While labor unions believe workers should be required to pay dues to the union, the Investor's Business Daily editorializes that workers should instead be able to choose for themselves. A recent ruling from the US Supreme Court struck down mandatory union fees paid by health-care workers and encouraged activists who advocate further reforms.

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