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Were Pensions Benefits Retroactively Enhanced Without Notifying the Public?

Were Pensions Benefits Retroactively Enhanced Without Notifying the Public?

    By Edward Ring   In 1999, at the height of the stock market runup fueled by the internet bubble, California’s state legislature passed SB 400, which increased pension benefits for officers with the California Highway Patrol. Over the next several years, pension benefits were similarly increased for government employees working in nearly every one of […]

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Visits Ventura County

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Visits Ventura County

By George Miller Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) President Jon Coupal dined with some people invited by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) recently. He was there to thank them for their role in providing an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief in support of HJTA’s lawsuit on state pensions. The two organizations, not to […]

For the Next Generation | A New Republican Party in California

For the Next Generation | A New Republican Party in California

  By Richard Colman Like failing business, the Republican Party in California can reinvent itself with a renewed interest in issues.. The party’s focus should be on the next generation. Here is how the reinvention should be done: EMBRACE THE FUTURE:  The future of California lies in doing what California does best:  agriculture; science; mathematics; […]

California is not creating jobs fast enough to support tax increases for pensions

California is not creating jobs fast enough to support tax increases for pensions

.. . . by Jon Coupal . On a superficial level, things look pretty good in California. Sure, we have big problems with wildfires and other periodic disasters, but the state’s finances have made a strong recovery since the depths of the recession. Indeed, Gov. Brown has repeatedly touted the multi-billion-dollar surplus and the state’s balanced […]

How to Reduce the California State Budget by $40 Billion

How to Reduce the California State Budget by $40 Billion

by Ed Ring, California Policy Center | December 28, 2017   As of a few days ago, high-wage earners have a new reason to leave California: their state income taxes are no longer deductible on their federal income tax returns. Can California’s union-controlled state legislature adapt? Can they lower the top marginal tax rates to keep […]

Without Government Unions, there Would be No Gas Tax Increase

Without Government Unions, there Would be No Gas Tax Increase

by Ed Ring, California Policy Center, Nobody argues that California’s roads need huge upgrades. But the solution didn’t require the $0.12 per gallon tax hike that goes into effect today. The root cause of these neglected roads – and the reason even more taxes will never be enough to fix them – is the power of […]

No wait, It gets worse: City of Thousand Oaks Pensions and Budget

No wait, It gets worse: City of Thousand Oaks Pensions and Budget

    By Dr. Kevin McNamee The 2016 council meeting ended on a bleak note. The city’s $187 million budget ended $4 million in the red. We were told tough budget decisions were on the horizon. No wait, it gets worse. Previous budget deferred $18 million in street repairs. Patchwork and slurry seal are not […]

Unaddressed Problems That Threaten Your Quality Of Life In Ventura

Unaddressed Problems That Threaten Your Quality Of Life In Ventura

VREG’s State Of The City No doubt that Ventura is a magnificent place to call home. On many aspects, VREG agrees on more points with our Mayor and City Council, than disagree. Ventura’s citizens are proud of our fine police force and our fire department. Our city employees are a dedicated group of men and […]

Neglecting the Pension Crisis Doesn’t Make It Disappear

Neglecting the Pension Crisis Doesn’t Make It Disappear

NEGLECTING THE PENSION CRISIS DOESN’T MAKE IT DISAPPEAR For eight years Ventura has done little to remedy the unfunded pension liability. During that time, there have been three different City Councils. Yet they made only a modest effort to solve the problem. They got employees to agree to contribute toward their own retirement. Meanwhile, those […]

County thinks “Public” means “Public Employee”

County thinks “Public” means “Public Employee”

    Pathetic Attempt to Pack the VCERA Board For most of us in the taxpaying private sector, when we think of the “public”, it is probably a near certainty that most of us are not thinking of someone who is a government employee. Not so it seems when it comes to the County of Ventura.  […]

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