Category Archives: Dan Walters

Despite law, politicians use taxpayer funds for campaigns

By Dan Walters, CALmatters | Government Code Section 8314 is unambiguous, declaring, “It is unlawful for any elected state or local officer, including any state or local appointee, employee, or consultant, to use or permit others to use public resources … Continue reading

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Coy about taxes and pension costs

By Dan Walters, CALmatters | California’s economy may be booming, but throughout the state, local governments—including school districts—are feeling the financial pinch and asking their voters to approve new taxes of one kind or another. There were 111 local tax … Continue reading

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Battle over gas-tax hike intensifies

By Dan Walters, CALmatters | A measure to repeal California’s hefty new increases in taxes and fees on motorists, more than $5 billion a year, is awaiting signature verification for a place on November’s ballot. However, it’s already an issue … Continue reading

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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.

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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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