Archive for April, 2017

Cal State University System Bloats Up Bureaucracy

Monday April 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

  As we recently noted, the University of California is spending $504 million on UCPath, a computer payroll system that was supposed to cost $156 million. UC bosses have spent $327 million on UCPath, but it remains four years behind schedule. That’s quite a performance by a university system that regards itself as the...
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The Arch of U.S. Government Spending

Monday April 24th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

One of the great difficulties of trying to describe the sheer amount of money that the U.S. government processes each year is that the numbers are so large that they lose all sense of human proportions. The Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl took on the challenge for the amount of money that the U.S. government...
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UC Computer Caper Triples Costs for Taxpayers

Thursday April 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

In recent years the University of California has been hiking tuition, and when students at UC Davis held a peaceful protest, campus police pepper sprayed them. The ensuing $1 million settlement was mostly waste, with attorneys and consultants cashing in on every hand. In response to funding cuts, the bloated UC bureaucracy began to...
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An Opportunity to Eliminate Unnecessary Federal Agencies

Thursday April 20th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

The new White House director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, is looking for help to create a list of federal government agencies that can be either eliminated or have their budgets greatly reduced because they do things that have become unnecessary. Whether it’s because the agencies have obsolete missions...
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Is Donald Trump the New Swamp Fox?

Tuesday April 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

As a candidate, Donald Trump contended, “there’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, an easily verified reality. As we noted, a recent internal study exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in Pentagon business operations, where the purchasing bureaucracy alone counted 207,000 full-time workers. The Environmental Protection Agency allowed “policy advisor” John...
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Monday April 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:39am PDT   •   0 Comments

California government employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will soon be getting “bonus checks” of $2,500. It remains unclear what this “bonus” is for, but it is not tied to any performance measure such as greater efficiency or accountability. The office of California’s state controller, which sends out the checks, had...
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U.S. Government Sees Record Tax Revenues, Still Runs Huge Deficit

Monday April 17th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:27am PDT   •   0 Comments

Tomorrow, April 18, 2017, is Tax Day in the United States, the date by which all Americans who earned income in 2016 must either file their income tax returns and send a payment to the IRS or file for an extension to file their income tax returns for 2016 later this year. It’s no...
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Government Dams Up Information on Safety Issues

Thursday April 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

During winter storms back in February, the emergency spillway of the Oroville dam failed, forcing the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. Engineers had known for decades that the rock-and-soil spillway was unreliable but did nothing. California Rep. John Garamendi said the spillway “worked fine until it had to be used.” Governor Jerry Brown said,...
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U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico Sliding Toward Bankruptcy?

Thursday April 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

Nearly one year ago, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico officially defaulted on its debts. In response to that default, and the looming threat even larger defaults the U.S. Congress passed an emergency debt relief bill to rescue the territorial government of Puerto Rico, which President Obama signed into law on June 30, 2016....
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United Airlines Incident Makes A Case for Less Government Regulation

Wednesday April 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

The forced removal of Mr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight has touched off outrage around the world, justifiably so. The airline should have adjudicated the overbooking issue before the boarding process, and as UA CEO Oscar Munoz said, nobody should ever be treated that way. The video of the removal grabbed worldwide...
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