California’s legislative session, which completed its work in the wee hours Saturday morning, was one of the more controversial ones in years, given the degree to which the Democratic majority was able to secure various tax and fee increases. It was also one of the more divisive recent sessions from a partisan standpoint. Many efforts involved […]
The speaker of the state assembly, Anthony Rendon, calls the main portion of the Legislature’s biennial session, which finished a week ago, “the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory.” However, he’s correct if on the off chance that one gauges such things by the overflowing of possibly broad measures, including an augmentation of […]
California’s political leadership has failed to govern from a sane fiscal perspective, and their insistence on ever-higher taxes has worsened with Democrats’ recent attainment of super-majority power, writes retired CPA James de Bree in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The state’s fiscal mismanagement is compounded by volatile tax revenues that the political establishment reacts to […]
California’s Department of Social Services currently maintains a registry of all home care aides in the state and includes only the name of the aide, along with their registration status. If The bill AB 1513 becomes law the registry would allow consumers to determine if an aide has passed a background check, and the personal contact […]
James Conca from Forbes discusses AB 726 and the backroom deals that have been made to put it in place. California would give up sole control of the state’s power grid, giving conservative states like Utah and Wyoming significant influence over California’s energy mix. It could completely change how the regional grid is managed and who […]
A new report by the Hoover Institution has found that most local governments in the United States have massively underreported the unfunded liabilities in their employee pension systems. The California state government, for example, identifies unfunded liabilities totaling $242,746,943. But according to Hoover’s calculations, the real figure owed by the Golden State is $769,407,011—or nearly 217 percent […]
Caltrans is currently using taxpayer money for numerous projects that are more elaborate than necessary or even almost pointless, says a retired civil engineer in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The wasteful spending is made worse by the lack of oversight by agencies ostensibly responsible for examining proposed projects. Click here to read the article.
California politicians are taking advantage of a legislative perk that allows incumbents to send mailers and have taxpayer dollars foot the bill during election years. The Associated Press reports that the California Legislature spent $3.5 million on sending mail to constituents during last year’s election cycle. Click here to read the article.
Californians pay some of the highest taxes in the nation and the state has a mind-boggling budget of $180 billion for the next fiscal year. In this huge budget, safe drinking water is not accounted for because, as Michael Reagan of Newsweek reports, the legislature is preparing to pass a bill that will tax Californians […]
Josh Newman is currently undergoing a recall effort that has Republicans clamoring for his dismissal and Democrats rallying for his protection. CalWatchdog reports that State Senate Democrats are using the state’s court system to delay Josh Newman’s recall election until 2018 when conditions would most favor them. Click here to read the article.