Category Archives: California Legislature

Your life and liberty aren’t really safe, despite the end of the legislative session

By Steven Greenhut | It’s that time of year. The California Legislature has concluded its session and I can again publish one of my favorite quotations, from 19th century New York Judge Gideon Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty or property … Continue reading

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The two most insightful responses to the governor’s budget

By Jon Coupal | Last week, Gov. Brown released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. But few citizens even pay attention to public finance issues except in the most general sense. For example, we hear from media either that the budget … Continue reading

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Why do Californians pay more state and local taxes than Texans?

By John Woolfolk | California was the birthplace of the 1970s tax revolt, but its residents still pay more in state and local taxes than those in most other big urban states. And many are asking why as they assess … Continue reading

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Legislative Report Card ignores the spin, exposes the truth

By Jon Coupal | In 2017, the California Legislature launched a sustained and withering assault on middle-class taxpayers. Its victories were numerous and significant: A $75 per document recording tax was approved, affecting up to 400 different transactions; a gas … Continue reading

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Democrats push new election rules to help protect Josh Newman

Just when you think you’ve seen everything in California politics, along comes something new and astounding. According to a news story by reporter Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee posted this afternoon: Democrats are pushing a late-blooming bill to significantly … Continue reading

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Single-payer bill could bankrupt California

This is the greatest case of fiscal malpractice in the state’s history By Marc Joffe | The state Senate’s vote to pass Ricardo Lara’s single-payer healthcare bill last week was a singular act of fiscal malpractice. By failing to control … Continue reading

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Fullerton legislators Quirk-Silva and Newman both vote for massive $52 billion tax increase

It didn’t take long for the public employee unions’ investments in the campaigns of Assembly Member Sharon Quirk Silva and state Senator Josh Newman to pay off bigtime. Both voted in lockstep with their fellow Democrats last night to pass … Continue reading

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California’s total government debt rises to $1.3 trillion

By Ed Ring | A just released study calculates the total state and local government debt in California as of June 30, 2015, at over $1.3 trillion. Authored by Marc Joffe and Bill Fletcher at the California Policy Center, this … Continue reading

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Political party money was key to California Democrats’ super-majority success

Democrats have restored their two-thirds super-majorities in both houses of California’s Legislature, and according to this story in the Sacramento Bee, that achievement rests heavily on millions of special-interest dollars moving to and from political party campaign committees, effectively avoiding … Continue reading

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California governor, Legislature are now highest paid in nation

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times | Gov. Jerry Brown, state legislators and other state elected officials received a 4% pay raise Monday, months after a citizens panel approved the increase citing California’s improved economy and healthy state budget. Brown’s … Continue reading

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