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Commentary | Taxing Californians’ patience – Killing Prop 13

Commentary | Taxing Californians’ patience – Killing Prop 13

. . . By Larry Sand . There is yet another potential tax grab coming to California in the form of a school bond, which will be on the March 3rd ballot. The ironically named Prop. 13, a “School and College Facilities Bond,” would authorize $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facilities. The […]

Commentary | The faux nonprofit prophets

Commentary | The faux nonprofit prophets

.. . . By Larry Sand . Among the many vapid rallying cries in the 2019 presidential follies is the one that stresses the importance of eliminating for-profit charter schools. In October, Elizabeth Warren released her education plan that proposed eliminating them, and using the IRS to investigate existing schools that may “actually serve for-profit interests.” […]

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

    By Edward Ring When trying to understand why Californians continue to elect liberals, several explanations routinely surface. Chief among them is the theory that conservatives forever alienated California’s diverse electorate by championing “discriminatory” policies. The early example of this was Prop. 187, passed in 1994, which banned providing government services to illegal aliens. Most of […]

The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

    By Edward Ring By now anyone who works as an independent contractor in California has heard of AB 5, which will force companies to reclassify them as employees. The justification for AB 5, which was reportedly written by the AFL-CIO, is to prevent companies from exploiting workers. Without AB 5, the reasoning goes, companies hire freelancers to […]

The New Era of Sustainability Groundwater Management Act Begins with Problems on the Horizon

The New Era of Sustainability Groundwater Management Act Begins with Problems on the Horizon

    By Darin DuPont As the year comes to an end, the beginning of 2020 will bring a multitude of issues and policies to the next legislative session. Groundwater will be one of those issues, as the Sustainability Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has a deadline of January 31, 2020 for Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) […]

Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

    By Edward Ring Nobody knew how the fire started. It took hold in the dry chaparral and grasslands and quickly spread up the sides of the canyon. Propelled by winds gusting over 40 miles per hour and extremely dry air (humidity below 25 percent), the fire spread over the ridge and into the town […]

Elizabeth Warren’s “No Teachers Union Left behind” Campaign

Elizabeth Warren’s “No Teachers Union Left behind” Campaign

.. . .. . By Larry Sand . As I wrote back in May, the Democratic presidential contenders were battling each other fiercely to score the endorsement of the nation’s teachers unions. The anointment comes with cash, free ads and hordes of activists ready to rumble. As of now, it would seem that Elizabeth Warren is the […]

A Journey Through the Inferno

A Journey Through the Inferno

California Policy Center     A JOURNEY THROUGH THE INFERNO Good morning! Welcome to today’s edition of the California Policy Center Week in Review! We have a lot of news to cover so buckle up, keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle, and let me guide you through the Golden State Inferno.  We begin our […]

The 2020 California Tax Grab

The 2020 California Tax Grab

By Larry Sand   Like a bad zombie movie where no one really dies, California’s “split roll property tax” is back. The last time it had a heartbeat was in 2015 via the so-called “Make it Fair” initiative, which was headed for the ballot in 2016. But due to some Democratic pushback, the proposition was pulled, […]

How much will YOUR city pay CalPERS in a down economy?

How much will YOUR city pay CalPERS in a down economy?

    By Edward Ring CalPERS still hasn’t issued their actuarial analyses for the period ending 6/30/2018, even though a year ago, the 6/30/2017 analyses were available. Could it be related to the fact that the DJIA index on 10/01/2018 was 26,447 and as of midday 10/01/2019 it sits at 26,599? Did CalPERS have a bad year […]

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