Category Archives: Public Employee Unions

California’s legislative Democrats answer to public employee unions

By John Moorlach | This past year, many California legislators had the answer of who dominates them: the public-employee unions. Bill after bill, these wealthy unions showed who runs those under the Capitol dome, showing the unions own the supermajority … Continue reading

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Cities facing fiscal mess plead with CalPERS as pensions consume budgets

By Steven Greenhut | If you ask the union-controlled California Public Employees’ Retirement System about the state’s looming pension crisis, you’re likely to get this answer: What pension crisis? But the story was much different at CalPERS’ own Finance and … Continue reading

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Democratic governor hopefuls genuflect to unions

By Sal Rodriguez | Democratic candidates for governor flocked to Riverside last week to pay their respects to the most important constituency of the Democratic Party: public employee unions. On Wednesday and Thursday, John Chiang, Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa … Continue reading

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Taxpayers pay for lobbying in Sacramento

By Jon Coupal | The latest lobbying reports are out in Sacramento, showing how much special interests are spending to influence lawmakers. After reading the reports, you can’t blame taxpayers for feeling like the man who has been unjustly condemned … Continue reading

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How about naming rights for the state capitol building?

By Joel Fox | For $12 million a year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to offer naming rights to the field within Dodger Stadium on which the ball club plays. If that helps the Dodgers meet its budget obligations, perhaps … Continue reading

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Public employee union bill (AB 1250) will drive up California counties’ costs of providing services

EDITOR’S NOTE: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva voted for this bill on June 1. By Steven Greenhut| Municipal governments exist to provide essential services, such as law enforcement, firefighting, parks and recreation, street repairs and programs for the poor and homeless. But … Continue reading

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Gibberish to you, but not to candidates for governor. By David Crane | Ask the average Californian what those acronyms stand for and you’ll draw a blank stare. Ask a candidate for governor and they’ll snap to attention. Those acronyms … Continue reading

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New data tells old story of public employee greed

By Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator | Yet another prominent study highlights the depth of California’s and the nation’s pension crisis. The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released a report on the “state pension funding gap” — i.e., the $1.1 trillion-dollar … Continue reading

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A Happy New Year for state workers

By Jon Coupal | In a recent column, I commented on how joyous the holiday season would be for members of the state legislature and our constitutional officers who are seeing a four percent increase in their pay. California lawmakers … Continue reading

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The latest estimate of California’s total public pension debt

Pension Tracker, a website founded by Professor Joe Nation at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), is now publishing monthly estimates of California’s total public pension debt (aka its unfunded liability). Below are SIEPR’s estimates released this morning for … Continue reading

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