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California Voters Approve Billions in Local Taxes and Borrowing

California Voters Approve Billions in Local Taxes and Borrowing

    By Edward Ring In March 2020, for the first time in a generation, Californians did not approve the overwhelming majority of new tax and bond proposals that were put before them. Out of 125 proposed local bonds, only 31 percent passed; out of 111 proposed local tax increases, only 41 percent passed. Early returns from the November […]

The Battle for California is the Battle for America

The Battle for California is the Battle for America

    By Edward Ring By now, this is a familiar story. California is a failed state. Thanks to years of progressive mismanagement and neglect, the cities are lawless and the forests are burning. Residents pay the highest prices in America for unreliable electricity. Water is rationed. Homes are unaffordable. The public schools are a joke. […]

How to Realign California Politics

How to Realign California Politics

    By Edward Ring The working class, which still constitutes a supermajority of California’s voters, is being destroyed by the policies enacted by California’s government. This is why political realignment in California can happen fast. In three fundamental areas, public education, land use, and energy infrastructure, California’s current policies are destroying lives, livelihoods, and land. […]

Why Can’t Sacramento’s Financial Reporting Match Private Sector Standards?

Why Can’t Sacramento’s Financial Reporting Match Private Sector Standards?

    By Edward Ring If you want current financial information on California’s state government, you won’t find it. The most recent consolidated annual financial report for California’s state agencies is for the fiscal year ended 6/30/2018. That’s over two years, or nine quarters ago. To put this in perspective, America’s publicly traded multinational corporations, with operations spread all […]

Firefighting Unions Can Help Fix Forestry Mismanagement

Firefighting Unions Can Help Fix Forestry Mismanagement

    By Edward Ring What we quaintly refer to as “super fires” have incinerated nearly 5,000 square miles of California’s forests so far this year. In response, Governor Newsom has declared he has “no more patience for climate deniers.” But it isn’t climate change that caused these superfires. It was negligent forestry. When it comes to […]

Death of Prop 13 | Union Backed Prop. 15 Will Destroy Small Businesses

Death of Prop 13 | Union Backed Prop. 15 Will Destroy Small Businesses

    By Edward Ring California’s state and local governments, and the public sector unions that exercise nearly absolute control over the politicians who supposedly oversee them, have always had an insatiable desire for higher taxes. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more urgency to their insatiable quest for more money from […]

Prop. 16 is Real Racism to Combat Perceived Racism

Prop. 16 is Real Racism to Combat Perceived Racism

    By Edward Ring Lest anyone be tempted to suggest this analysis is written under a pretense of journalistic indifference, let’s make its ideological position clear: Affirmative action, preferential hiring or admissions, or legislatively enforced quotas of any kind – based on race, gender, religion, income, or anything else relating to an identifiable “group” – […]

The Wealth Tax Steals Money and Time

The Wealth Tax Steals Money and Time

    By Edward Ring Can you imagine having to do an inventory and net worth calculation every year? Let alone potentially being audited and having to prove that values were not intentionally understated? It’s not only financial robbery, it’s time theft! – Senator John Moorlach, Moorlach Update, August 14, 2020 What Senator Moorlach is referring to […]

A Pension Recommendation for the California Teachers Association

A Pension Recommendation for the California Teachers Association

    By Edward Ring This week a fascinating article on the website of the Education Intelligence Agency revealed that the California Teachers Association, one of the most powerful labor unions in the world, is itself having labor problems. Moreover, the labor problems they’re encountering are because they’re trying to be fiscally responsible. Setting aside for a moment all the […]

California’s Public-Sector Unions Rake in $921 Million in Annual Revenue

California’s Public-Sector Unions Rake in $921 Million in Annual Revenue

    By Edward Ring There is no special interest in California that wields more influence over state and local politics than public sector unions. At every level of government, from the office of the governor to a school board managing a district with only a few hundred students, public sector unions are omnipresent. With rare […]

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