Archive for March, 2017

Governor Brown Begs the Spending Questions


Thursday March 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:13am PDT   •   0 Comments

After the 2016 election, California governor Jerry Brown showed signs of early onset Trump Derangement Syndrome, pledging resistance and warning that California would “launch its own damn satellite” if President Trump backed off on climate research. On his trip to Washington this week, Brown toned down the defiance and held out the begging bowl....
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Medicare’s Willful Blindness to Its Own Waste


Thursday March 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

Every year for the past four years at least 40 billion dollars has gone to waste because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has declined to audit its own expenditures to ensure that unintentional medical billing errors are caught and corrected. That is a stunning claim being advanced by Kristin Walters of...
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Worker’s Comp System Abuses Victims of San Bernardino Terrorist Attack


Monday March 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California’s troubled Victims Compensation Board will reportedly provide $4 million for the victims of the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The backstory here is that these seriously injured government workers have become victims of government agencies. “The problems started when San Bernardino County placed the terror victims into California’s...
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The Hysterical Reaction to the Skinny Budget


Monday March 20th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

Since President Trump released his “skinny” budget last week, there has been a lot of political posturing, if not outright hysteria in the media, from the advocates of the various government programs targeted for reduced levels of federal spending. And perhaps more remarkably, there have been widespread accusations of spending cuts where none have...
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Spying Out EPA Waste, Fraud and Abuse


Friday March 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:29am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Trump wants to cut the budget of the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, from $8.2 billion to about $5.7 billion, a reduction of $2.6 billion and more than 3,000 positions. The proposed cuts have drawn attacks from politicians, the old-line establishment media, and regulatory zealots. For their part, taxpayers might keep...
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Getting Skinny


Thursday March 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   0 Comments

Before he became president, Donald Trump perhaps made his biggest impression on Americans in his role on the reality TV game show The Apprentice. Today, with the release of the president’s so-called “skinny” budget, he looks to be in the starring role for a government-version of The Biggest Loser. Reuters reports on President Trump’s...
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VA Loses Lawsuit for Denying Timely Health Care


Wednesday March 15th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   0 Comments

On Monday, March 6, 2017, a federal judge awarded $2.5 million to a military veteran who was denied timely medical care at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Republic‘s Jacques Billeaud reports on the results of the civil trial in federal court. A judge on Monday awarded $2.5 million...
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Proposed Teacher Tax Exemption Is Separate and Unequal


Tuesday March 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:54am PDT   •   0 Comments

Californians pay the highest state personal income taxes in the nation, but if state Senators Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) have their way, teachers will be off the hook. Galgiani and Stern’s Senate Bill 807 would provide teachers with tax credits for college tuition, certification expenses and other costs. If they...
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State Victim Compensation Bureaucracy Victimizes Taxpayers


Monday March 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

“Haven’t Crime Victims Paid Enough?” runs the headline on a color half-page newspaper ad from the California Victim Compensation Board. A terrified woman appears to be agreeing with the headline. The ad explains that “financial resources are available,” and “We cover: mental health treatment, medical expenses, funeral and burial, income loss, relocation expenses.” No...
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The Debt Ceiling and the Skinny Budget


Monday March 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PDT   •   1 Comment

For the U.S. national debt, the date of March 16, 2017, marks the day when the statutory debt ceiling, which limits how much money the U.S. government can borrow, will go back into effect for the first time since it was suspended back on November 2, 2015, as part of former President Obama’s last...
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