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California’s Government Unions Collect $1.0 Billion Per Year

California’s Government Unions Collect $1.0 Billion Per Year

By Ed Ring  “If you say there is an elephant in the room, you mean that there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about.” –  Cambridge Dictionaries Online If you study California’s legislature, it doesn’t take long to learn there’s an elephant in both chambers, bigger and […]

Minimum Wage – It’s All About Perception!

Minimum Wage – It’s All About Perception!

By  Dave Bego  , Recently, the “Fight for Fifteen” demonstrations at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart stores across the country have sparked empathy in the news coverage by the main stream media. The liberal coverage of these outlets portrays employees as being taken advantage of and in need of increased wages and benefits. As with most things […]

Pension Reformers are not “The Enemy” of Public Safety

Pension Reformers are not “The Enemy” of Public Safety

By Ed Ring  . “You will find that powerful financial and investment institutions are the ones promoting the attacks on your pensions. Firms like Berkshire-Hathaway and the Koch brothers are backing political candidates and causes all over the country in the hopes of making this issue relevant and in the mainstream media. Why? Because if […]

Pension Reform is BAD for Wall Street, and GOOD for California

Pension Reform is BAD for Wall Street, and GOOD for California

By Ed Ring . “His idea [Mayor Chuck Reed’s] of pension reform is, pill you sign up for one pension system, we’re going to change it now in mid career, and now you’re going to get something different.” Lou Paulson, President, California Professional Firefighters (ref. CPF Video,  April 1, 2015) The biggest problem with Mr. Paulson’s comment […]

Desalination Plants vs. Bullet Trains and Pensions

Desalination Plants vs. Bullet Trains and Pensions

By Ed Ring  Current policy solutions enacted to address California’s water crisis provide an object lesson in how corruption masquerading as virtue is impoverishing the general population to enrich a handful of elites. Instead of building freeways, order expanding ports, story restoring bridges and aqueducts, and constructing dams, desalination plants, and power stations, California’s taxpayers […]

Farmworkers and the New Civil Rights Struggle – Decertification of Bad Unions

Farmworkers and the New Civil Rights Struggle – Decertification of Bad Unions

Summary: It’s a basic civil right: the ability of union members to get rid of a union if it no longer serves its members effectively. Today, that right is being denied to a group of farmworkers in California by officials who refuse to count the votes the workers cast in a decertification election. That denial […]

The Amazing, Obscure, Complicated and Gigantic Pension Loophole

The Amazing, Obscure, Complicated and Gigantic Pension Loophole

“The bottom line is that claiming the unfunded liability cost as part of an officer’s compensation is grossly and deliberately misleading.”

California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

California’s 2014 Local Tax Proposals – The Costly Alternative to Pension Reform

On November 4th, along everything else on the ballot, California’s voters will be asked to approve local tax measures. A list compiled by the California Taxpayers Association, “2014 Local Elections,” shows that across California’s cities and counties, local tax increases proposed include the following: –  Tax increases requiring only a majority vote: 5 business taxes, […]

Watsonville, California – Another Tax That’s Really Just For Pensions

Watsonville, California – Another Tax That’s Really Just For Pensions

Editor’s Note: Public pensions are a growing problem all over the state of California By Ed Ring The city of Watsonville lies nestled among some of the most verdant farmland on earth. Just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the moderate, moist air nurtures endless fields of strawberries, apples, fresh flowers, cauliflower, broccoli and […]

The Financial Impact of Pension Obligations on Ventura County

The Financial Impact of Pension Obligations on Ventura County

By Ed Ring Reposted with permission of: http://unionwatch.org/ The rare problem of high pensions going to top public executives was solved last year by state legislation. Pensions will now be based on the salary cap for Social Security taxes: $117,000…  The highly exaggerated “unfunded liability” problem is resolving as the stock market and tax revenues […]

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