Category Archives: Dan Walters

California’s on a tax binge, despite having one of the nation’s highest tax burdens

By Dan Walters, CALmatters | Last year, California voters approved a big boost in cigarette taxes, from 87 cents a pack to $2.87, and extended for 12 additional years the nation’s highest income-tax rates on the highest-income residents. This year, … Continue reading

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In California, accountability depends on transparency, which is under siege

By Dan Walters | If we – the California public – are to hold politicians and other government officials accountable, we must first know what they are doing or not doing. Thus, the first point of conflict is always access … Continue reading

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Growing pension costs are hitting new state budget hard

By Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee | California’s rapidly growing public employee retirement costs weigh heavily on the 2017-18 state budget now being fashioned, but their impact is only partially revealed in budget documents. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget does tell … Continue reading

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