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California to allow ‘honor system’ as COVID-19 vaccine proof

California to allow ‘honor system’ as COVID-19 vaccine proof

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor Businesses can allow fully vaccinated Californians to ‘self attest’ that they’re vaccinated, allowing them to leave their face covering off (The Center Square) – California officials have confirmed residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can leave their face masks in their back pockets with a few exceptions. Businesses, however, still will […]

This is How Many People Work for the Government in California

This is How Many People Work for the Government in California

Samuel Stebbins | The Center Square contributor The Biden administration has proposed a $6 trillion budget aimed at improving infrastructure, education, and health care. If passed, it would push federal spending to its highest level since World War II. It could also usher in the reversal of a long term-trend of declining government employment. Over the last […]

California Ban On Assault Weapons Violates Second Amendment, Federal Judge Rules

California Ban On Assault Weapons Violates Second Amendment, Federal Judge Rules

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – A federal judge has ruled that a 1989-era California ban on so-called “assault weapons” violates the Second Amendment. “Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, a George W. Bush nominee, wrote in his 94-page ruling. In Miller […]

IRS: California Shrank By 165K Taxpayers, $8.8 Billion In Gross Income

IRS: California Shrank By 165K Taxpayers, $8.8 Billion In Gross Income

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor California residents of all ages and incomes are leaving for more tax friendly climates, and they’re taking billions of dollars in annual income with them. The Internal Revenue Service recently released its latest taxpayer migration figures from tax years 2018 and 2019. They reflect migratory taxpayers who had filed in […]

Poll: California parents sour on public schools after pandemic

Poll: California parents sour on public schools after pandemic

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – More than a year of remote-only learning has left a bad impression on voters, many of which are parents of California public school students. The results of a poll released Wednesday by the California Policy Center, a free-market think tank, show opinions of public schools staying […]

State border officials fear large spikes in overdose deaths with drug traffic increases

State border officials fear large spikes in overdose deaths with drug traffic increases

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Texas officials said Thursday they’re worried about dramatic spikes in drug overdose deaths in some areas of the state as illegal border crossings and drug trafficking have picked up since President Joe Biden took office. Gov. Greg Abbott joined Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director […]

Lawmaker: Newsom’s job growth claim is false

Lawmaker: Newsom’s job growth claim is false

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat facing a recall election this year, claimed last week that the state created “nearly 40%” of all new jobs “in the nation” in April. That claim is false, a Republican legislator argues. The state’s Employment Development Department said California had regained 1.3 […]

California vaccination lottery to use $116.5M in federal funds

California vaccination lottery to use $116.5M in federal funds

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – California officials are giving away millions of dollars in a COVID-19 vaccination lottery, following the lead of other states. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced “Vax for the Win,” a multiwinner vaccine lottery he hopes will increase the number of residents that will roll up their sleeves.  The lottery is […]

Power officials: California could see blackouts this summer

Power officials: California could see blackouts this summer

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – A hot summer or surge in wildfires likely are to cause blackouts across California this summer, according to a panel of public and private officials involved with maintaining the state’s power grid.  The Sacramento Press Club on Thursday hosted Robert Foster, former Mayor of Long Beach and former […]

California homicide rate increased by 27%, largest yearly increase in in 30 years

California homicide rate increased by 27%, largest yearly increase in in 30 years

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – From 2019 to 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom presided over the largest yearly increase in homicides in California in 30 years. According to preliminary death certificate data published by the California Department of Public Health, there were 2,300 homicides in California, a 27% increase – the largest […]