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As America Divides, Florida and Texas Head One Way, California and New York Go the Opposite Direction

As America Divides, Florida and Texas Head One Way, California and New York Go the Opposite Direction

BY MARK TAPSCOTT News Analysis In her long and futile search for why she lost the 2016 election, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton did manage to find some solace in the areas she carried against President Donald Trump. “So, I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” Clinton told an audience during a 2018 […]

Don’t Let Trump’s Budget Proposal be Used to Distract You From the Real Spenders

Don’t Let Trump’s Budget Proposal be Used to Distract You From the Real Spenders

  By Thomas L. Knapp As a political junkie, I get lots of email pleas from politicians and political advocacy groups. Today, I got one from US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Well, not exactly. That’s what the “from” header said, but the message was signed “Team AOC” and delivered via Daily Kos. What does Team […]

Worst Fears Realized

Worst Fears Realized

  By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views   When it comes to California politics, I have been rightfully accused of being a protégée of Henny Penny or Chicken Little. Much like the fairy tale, I have warned ”The sky is falling” and imminent disaster will soon  be upon us. My concern was generated by […]

Is Jerry Brown ‘diverting’ 30 percent of California’s new gas tax money?

Is Jerry Brown ‘diverting’ 30 percent of California’s new gas tax money?

By Chris Nichols on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 2:50 p.m. (note date) California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks after the state Legislature passed a gas tax increase in April 2017. Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio Drivers in California will start paying a higher gas tax this fall, as part of a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to […]

Ventura | You Can Stop Wasteful Spending

Ventura | You Can Stop Wasteful Spending

“Courage Cannot Be Counterfeited. It Is One Virtue That Escapes Hypocrisy.” —Napoleon Bonaparte The City of Ventura has a spending problem, and it’s time for an intervention. The fiscal crisis is not widely understood. At its core are the promised unfunded pensions for public employees.  Ventura’s pension contributions for 2018 are $17,410,000. The annual contributions will balloon […]

California’s Major Government Unions Collect At Least $900 Million Per Year

California’s Major Government Unions Collect At Least $900 Million Per Year

. . . by Edward Ring . In the wake of the Janus ruling, it is useful to estimate just how much money California’s government unions collect and spend each year. Because government unions publicly disclose less than what the law requires of public corporations or private sector unions, only estimates are possible. The primary source of information […]

Stimulus puts US debt on an upward trajectory

Stimulus puts US debt on an upward trajectory

As part of a pledge to “Make America Great Again,” President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers are pursuing aggressive economic stimulus while slashing taxes at the same time. The result, budget analysts say, is likely to be swelling debts and deficits for the world’s largest borrower. – A ballooning deficit – America’s budget deficit was […]

Conejo Valley Public Schools: Resident claims spending excesses, weak results

Conejo Valley Public Schools: Resident claims spending excesses, weak results

By Barry Gabrielson .  Let’s address the facts regarding Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD)  Deputy Superintendent’s statement “Expects 7M in annual loss over the next 3 years”.  These facts are based on California Public Education and Districts reported numbers below:  . 1)      Received 187.1M Funding in 2016-17, Actuals of 181.7M, added reserve of 5.4M 2)      Reserve […]

How much have you spent on Amazon over the years? Here’s how to tell

How much have you spent on Amazon over the years? Here’s how to tell

Are you spending too much money on Amazon.com? There’s a little-known way to find out the exact amount you’ve spent on the e-commerce site over the years. There are four main steps to figuring out your total Amazon spending.

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

. by Thomas L. Knapp President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on November 2. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Republican “tax reform” theatrics have worn thin over  many months of waiting, but I still prefer a more […]

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