Recently proposed legislation would impose new taxes and fees for recycling programs. While one of the main ostensible reasons for this proposal is to reduce plastic waste in the ocean, research has found over 90 percent of ocean debris consisted not of the bags and packaging targeted by lawmakers but of larger objects such as […]
California already has among the nation’s highest gas taxes, but a new proposal to raise taxes on oil could make the situation even worse. Critics of the proposal warn the tax increase would be an additional burden on California motorists and could cost jobs, reports the LA Times. Click here to read the article.
California isn’t the only state in the USA to shift an enormous burden on their taxpayers. Critics like Stuart Varney, writing in Fox Business, point out that Connecticut is looking to tax parking, haircuts, vet visits, and much more, while Illinois is looking to their own plastic bag tax and even taxing 401ks! Many are […]
Many Californians know little about the special districts intended to serve a variety of community needs, but their spending has increased rapidly in the last decade and their reserves have increased even faster, reports the Redlands Daily Facts. With cumulative cash and investments of over $47 billion, watchdogs are expressing concerns that they are hoarding […]
With local prosecutors failing to file charges in cases where public officials have used public funds for political purposes, the state Fair Political Practices Commission is proposing their powers be expanded to allow the FPPC to prosecute misuses of taxpayer dollars. In response, the California State Association of Counties is filing a lawsuit to prevent […]
In preparation for the November 2020 ballot, the California Teachers Association (CTA) has announced its support in defeating Prop. 13 and introducing a split roll property tax. Mike Antonucci, a critic from LA School Report, writes that despite knowing that their opposition will aim to raise upwards of $100 million to defeat the measure, the […]
A sharp stock market decline has pushed CalPERS funding level to 67 percent, highlighting the urgent need for action by policymakers, reports Dan Walters in the Appeal Democrat. However, the situation could actually be much worse when new accounting procedures are introduced, potentially doubling the liability. Click here to read the article.
With California’s gas prices being among the highest in the nation, lawmakers started asking questions after the California Energy Commission found an unexplained surcharge in September 2017, costing Californians over $17 billion since February 2017. A week ago, nineteen Democrat lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General Xavier Becerra asking for an investigation of the […]
Los Angeles schools are currently facing a financial crisis due to rising pension and healthcare costs, demands for higher wages from teachers, and falling state reimbursements related to declining enrollment. California’s newly-elected governor, Gavin Newsom, is proposing a $3 billion one time pension contribution to help deal with rapidly rising unfunded obligations, but many experts […]
California has the second highest gas tax in the nation at 52.22 cents per gallon, second only to Pennsylvania. With the state now expected to raise an additional $6 billion per year in gas taxes and vehicle fees, it is worth taking a look at how the state has managed gas tax money in the […]