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California Govt. Spends 6th Most Per Capita On Health Care In U.S.

California Govt. Spends 6th Most Per Capita On Health Care In U.S.

Mike LaFirenza The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on the U.S. health system over the last two years. With hospitals and providers facing heavy workloads, a fractured supply chain, and labor shortages, the system is continuing to struggle as the Omicron variant brings the newest, largest wave of COVID cases yet. These challenges are […]

A different kind of pandemic is stalking California’s cities

A different kind of pandemic is stalking California’s cities

By California Policy Center If you’re looking for dark entertainment, you could do worse than the reality show unfolding throughout California. First, state and local officials supported the nearly total shutdown of the state’s economy as a necessary response to Covid-19. That killed the sales and other tax revenues that are the life’s blood of local […]

‘Truth in Accounting’ Awards 10 States “F” Grades

‘Truth in Accounting’ Awards 10 States “F” Grades

By Chriss Street A new financial review awarded “F” grades to 10 states that did not have balanced budgets and have taxpayer burdens of over $20,000 per year. The bi-partisan Truth in Accounting (TIA) review plows through the voluminous comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) for each of the 50 states to determine their solvency and burden […]

Let’s get real about the education budget

Let’s get real about the education budget

 .. . By LARRY SAND  . Trump’s proposed budget includes some minor cuts; union leaders launch hyperbolic grenades. Did you know that the Trump/DeVos budget is manifestly cruel to children and catastrophic to public schools? Are you aware that Trump/Devos are planning to slash funding for public schools, and use voucher schemes to funnel taxpayer […]

Refocusing a Chicago water summit: Proposed EPA budget cuts have activists in dither over wrong issues and imaginary problems

Refocusing a Chicago water summit: Proposed EPA budget cuts have activists in dither over wrong issues and imaginary problems

. By Paul Driessen President Trump’s proposal to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.1-billion budget by $1.6 billion was cut to an $80-million trim in the omnibus spending bill. However, the EPA funding and staff controversy will undoubtedly resume during the next budgetary battles in September. That’s fueling consternation and con jobs in the heartland. […]

High costs plague embattled high-speed rail

Simi Valley gets thumbs up from auditor on financials: Will be raising most city fees

Simi Valley gets thumbs up from auditor on financials: Will be raising most city fees

By Debra Tash At their January 26th meeting, the Simi Valley city council heard a presentation by Peggy McBride, CPA and Principal with Vasquez & Company regarding the annual audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  Ms. McBride gave the city a clean bill of health.  She went on further to state that she’s been using […]