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California payrolls add 101,800 jobs; unemployment rate stays at 8.3%

California payrolls add 101,800 jobs; unemployment rate stays at 8.3%

By Seth Sandronsky  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – California employers added 101,800 nonfarm payroll jobs in April, almost 40% of the U.S. employment growth but down from March’s upwards-revised gain of 132,400 jobs, according to the state Employment Development Department (EDD). The April jobless rate in the Golden State was 8.3%, compared with the national rate […]

Legislative analyst says Newsom has $38B surplus, not $76B

Legislative analyst says Newsom has $38B surplus, not $76B

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – A state office reviewed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed “May Revision” budget proposal and found there’s only half of the expected budget surplus Newsom’s promoting.  The California Legislative Analyst’s Office, a nonpartisan state department, released its impressions on Newsom’s budget this week. Most notably, the report said Newsom […]

Officials: California to fully reopen June 15

Officials: California to fully reopen June 15

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – The state of California will shed its COVID-19 restrictions in less than a month. Citing improving infection and hospitalization rates and a growing acceptance of vaccinations, public health officials said Friday the state is ready to see its mitigations released with some exceptions for private organizations […]

State officials say California is better prepared this year to minimize rolling blackouts

State officials say California is better prepared this year to minimize rolling blackouts

Bethany Blankley | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – State energy regulators told state lawmakers this week at an oversight hearing that they are better prepared to handle rolling blackouts this coming summer despite facing an historic drought, expected high temperatures and worsening wildfires projected by Cal Fire. Officials said the state’s power grid is […]

Study: California’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate for children overcounted

Study: California’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate for children overcounted

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – New research on COVID-19 hospitalizations of children in California has found nearly half of them were unlikely to have been because of the disease.  A peer-reviewed commentary from two University of California San Francisco academics – Dr. Monica Gandhi and Amy Beck, associate professor of pediatrics […]

Dollar value in California amounts to 84 cents based on cost of living

Dollar value in California amounts to 84 cents based on cost of living

The Center Square  The dollar’s purchasing power in California is 84 cents based on the regional cost of items such as housing, groceries and services in 2019, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St. California is tied with New York and New Jersey for the worst value in the U.S. Goods and services […]

California deviates from CDC; masks stay on until June 15

California deviates from CDC; masks stay on until June 15

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said Californians will remain under mask requirements for another month, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance that said people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can ditch face coverings. California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Monday the state […]

California real estate agents say wealthy homeowners leaving for Arizona, Texas, other tax havens

California real estate agents say wealthy homeowners leaving for Arizona, Texas, other tax havens

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – California’s wealthiest residents sought to purchase luxury homes in other states during the COVID-19 pandemic, if not leave the state entirely. A report from realty company Coldwell Banker suggests many of their California-based home sellers saw their wealthy clients selling and heading for more tax friendly climates that […]

California ranked 2nd worst on taxpayers’ return on investment

California ranked 2nd worst on taxpayers’ return on investment

The Center Square  California finished 49th in a new study by the WalletHub website on whether residents of the 50 states are getting the most bang for the buck for their tax dollars. The analysis, which noted that the taxpayer return on investment (ROI) is not uniform across the country, assigned each state a rank for total […]

Newsom unveils record-breaking $268B budget proposal

Newsom unveils record-breaking $268B budget proposal

By Cole Lauterbach  | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling his record $268 billion spending proposal a “historic, unprecedented, generational and transformational” plan to get the state back on its feet.  The budget relies on a $75 billion boost from the state’s wealthiest largely staying employed during the COVID-19 pandemic […]