Gov. Jerry Brown: State budget deficit now $16 billion — up slightly from his $9.2B deficit revision in January

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Gov. Jerry Brown: State budget deficit now $16 billion Gov. Jerry Brown said in a video release today that California’s budget deficit has mushroomed to $16 billion, nearly twice as high as the $9.2 billion he estimated in January. Gosh, what a stunning revelation! Who’d a thunk it? http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/05/gov-jerry-brown-state-budget-deficit-now-16-billion.html#disqus_thread#storylink=cpy But the good news is that it’s not Assemblyman’s Nathan Fletcher’s …

Peer review report condemns CA HSR, yet the train lurches on

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This week the peer review group studying the California High Speed Rail plan (as amended and/or exposed) came out with their report. Even though they as individuals probably were mildly supportive of the core HSR option, their report has nothing but scathing criticism for this “plan.” http://www.cahsrprg.com/files/CommentsonCHSRA2010FundingPlan.pdf I made a quick search of CA newspapers referencing this report. I could …

Rider on Fox Business News network

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Today I did segment on the national Fox Business News network. We dealt with the new California budget, and the planned tax increases. I think it went well. Governor Brown likely would not concur with this assertion — he took a bit of a beating in the interview.  Well deserved, of course. It airs TONIGHT after 6 PM Pacific time. …

Top 10 IMPLICIT fallacies justifying opulent government pensions

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There are many, many fallacies in the sometimes explicit but often IMPLICIT reasons given for paying out great government pensions. Here’s my selection for the top ten excuses: 1. “Public employees deserve high pensions because they work for low wages.” FALSE. Perhaps true at one time, but not any more. In many instances, today’s government employee is earning 10%-30% more …

Economic Lessons for California from North AND South Dakota

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North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 3.5%. Ten counties in ND have less than 2% unemployment. They have an oil and gas extraction boom going on, though their low unemployment rate predates that growth in oil and gas jobs. Critics like to claim that ND is having a temporary boom that will shortly be followed …

Top five CA 2012 state tax increase props — egad!!

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Here’s a link to an excellent summary of the main CA 2012 state tax increase initiatives currently in play, backed by money, but far from ballot qualified. Tip of the hat to the “Fox and Hounds” website, run by x-HJTA Grand Poobah Joel Fox. The piece is written by Joe Mathews, a frequent opponent of mine on issues. But, like …

CA: 12% of nation’s people, 1.6% of new industrial

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“From 2007 through 2010, according to a study by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, 10,763 industrial facilities were built or expanded across the country—but only 176 of those were in California.” So with roughly 12% of the nation’s population, we got 1.6% of the built or expanded industrial facilities. And that’s BEFORE AB 32 takes effect! From City Journal …

Not a CA budget “shortfall” — rather a revenue projection fantasy

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One sad aspect of this year’s California school budget “trigger” fiasco was that, for fiscal realists, the “unexpected” budget shortfall was evident the day the CA state budget was passed. This “budget” made unusually bold (a.k.a. moronic) Pollyannaish assumptions about revenue. All economic indicators predicted lower figures, but the legislature was intent on passing a budget — ANY budget — …

Leftist cesspool California is model for Obama’s America

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Cross-posted from the Washington Times Communities Welcome to the People’s Republic of California. Famous for “California Gurls,” the Orange County and Beverly Hills Housewives, labor unions, and corrupt politicians, the Golden State welcomes you to chaos, superficiality, and exorbitant spending! Hate the Tea Party? Party it up in Maxine Waters’ hellish district! Hate wealthy people and believe in high taxes? …

SF building useless 1.7 mile subway for $1.6 BILLION

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Many of us simply marvel at the idiocy underlying California’s high speed rail (HSR) project. It was sold to the public with what are now obvious lies, falsehoods and, well, more lies. The backers are in it for the billions of profit, yet the left loves these “green” corporatist conmen. Knowing what we now know, how can any sane person …

CA misses revenue mark by 10% in July

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To avoid making the painful cuts in CA state spending that are so badly needed, the Democrat budget passers and the Governor blithely assumed big-time revenue increases this fiscal year. To no one’s surprise, it’s not working out as projected. Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/08/california-revenues-miss-mark-10-percent-july-2011.html#ixzz1UZNRl6eJ CAPITOL ALERT: The latest on California politics and government Posted by Kevin Yamamura August 9, 2011 1:01 …

CA proposition process is bad, but legislative process is worse

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Liberals in CA vehemently dislike the CA initiative process. Indeed, they just tried to enact an effective ban on the process, but the bill was vetoed by Gov. Brown. These mislabeled “progressives” dislike citizen-signed propositions, as such measures bypass the institution the Big Government advocates control throughout most of the state — elected officials. I doubt we’d be hearing the …

Gov. Brown Vetoes SB 168 – a bill to cripple petitioning in CA

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In a welcome but widely unexpected move, Governor Brown has vetoed SB 168 — the state Democrat legislators’ slimy bill to all but outlaw the petition process for putting props and initiatives on the state and local ballots. Gov. Brown Ignores the Weak Fraud Argument, Vetoes SB 168 By Joel Fox Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the …

Good news! New local taxes CA legislative bill is dead. For now.

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GOOD news! CA Senate President Darrell Steinberg recently announced he is tabling, until next year, his efforts to push SB x1 23 (formerly SB 653), an insane bill to expand the types of taxes CA cities, counties and local school districts can levy – including local income taxes. Sadly, the proposal isn’t completely dead. http://latimesblogs.latimes.co​m/california-politics/2011/07/​local-tax-measure-shelved.html Part of me hopes this …

CA vs. other states — revised 1 July, 2011

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Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Version 1.770 Revised 1 July, 2011 Updated version online at: www.RiderBlog.NotLong.com Phone: 858-530-3027 Here’s a depressing but documented comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (I keep updating this fact sheet): …

Beware! Sales tax drops tomorrow (7/1/11).

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A quick note: Most of you (intelligent all) know that starting tomorrow (7/1/11) the California statewide sales tax drops a full 1%. But I’m finding CA businesses that are unaware of the change. Beware. Perhaps our CA state government is not as good at letting companies know about sales tax REDUCTIONS as it is at informing them about sales tax …

To Whining CA Community College Students: Pay Up!

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Across the state, California community college officials and student activists have been holding coordinated protests. With the usual claimed victim status, they demand higher taxes to subsidize their academic fantasyland. But these bureaucrats fail to tell the full story. It’s the CA community college STUDENTS (who benefit the most from the education) who should be paying more for their education …

Lutar & Rider debate public employee reps

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Last month Lani Lutar (CEO, San Diego County Taxpayers Association) and yours truly debated the pension morass with two public employee labor union defenders. We were invited to speak before a hostile but largely civil audience — a small CA state convention of (mostly) retired county employees meeting at the Kona Kai Club. All the usual points from both sides …