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CA green jobs program disappoints

CA green jobs program disappoints

. Three years after California voters passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, the tally for “green” jobs created by the measure has fallen far short of expectations, touching off another round of controversy about the costs and consequences of the Golden State’s environmental policies. Disappointing numbers Voted in as Proposition 39, the act “raised taxes on corporations […]

CA wrestles with minimum wage domino effect

. Forging ahead with plans to take minimum wages to new highs, California’s San Francisco Bay Area has touched off tit-for-tat increases, deepening fears that the region’s high cost of living has become a business-killer. A growing dilemma “Berkeley’s City Council approved a hike in June 2014 that will lift the minimum wage to $12.53 by […]

As Legislature reconvenes, businesses hone the art of the deal

As Legislature reconvenes, businesses hone the art of the deal

. What’s business looking for in the remaining legislative session and what kind of deals are being discussed to get there? A number of large business organizations have offered support for funding sources to be used for transportation infrastructure purposes on one hand, while on the other strongly opposed both general and specific tax measures […]

CA lawmakers square off against drones

CA lawmakers square off against drones

Burning Man bests perk-hungry regulators

Burning Man bests perk-hungry regulators

By James Poulos . A nerve-wracking negotiation with federal officials has been resolved in favor of the Burning Man festival, saving the organization behind the event from shelling out big sums for luxe accommodations. The controversy, which made national news, pitted festival organizers against the Federal Bureau of Land Management, the agency that has the power to […]

Court weighs documents in high-speed rail case

Court weighs documents in high-speed rail case

Boxer and Feinstein push homeless vet relief

Boxer and Feinstein push homeless vet relief

Dueling road plans propose higher taxes, seek to reduce driving

Dueling road plans propose higher taxes, seek to reduce driving

CA regulators plot end to gas-fueled cars

CA regulators plot end to gas-fueled cars

By James Poulos . California officials have begun a massive effort to eventually eliminate gas-fueled cars from state roads, led by a powerful regulator with Gov. Jerry Brown’s unwavering support. Legislating the future Mary Nichols, head of the state’s Air Resources Board for the past eight years, “is pushing regulations today that could by midcentury all but banish the internal combustion engine […]