Archive for April, 2017

U.S. Government Sees Record Tax Revenues, Still Runs Huge Deficit


Monday April 17th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:27am PST   •   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 PST   •   1 Comment

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 PST   •   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 PST   •   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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“President Trump’s proposed budget is an out and out theft from the least of us to give to those with the most.” That is Bay Area Democrat Delaine Eastin in the April 5 San Jose Mercury News. The piece notes that Eastin is a candidate for governor and a former state education superintendent but...
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The Time Cost of Regulation


Monday April 10th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:19am PST   •   0 Comments

The Mercatus Center’s RegData project has created a database of federal regulations and used it in some pretty interesting ways to describe their cost to both American businesses and regular Americans. One of those ways involved estimating how much time it would take to read through the entire Code of Federal Regulations at the...
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Dallas Mayor Rejects Taxpayer Bailout of Public Employee Pension Fund


Thursday April 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:16am PST   •   0 Comments

Since the middle of 2016, the city of Dallas has been dealing with a Texas-sized problem for one of its public employee pension funds. Specifically, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System was so at risk of becoming insolvent that the city’s retired firefighters and police officers were effectively conducting a run on the...
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Wasteful Board of Equalization Makes Strong Case for Its Elimination


Tuesday April 4th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:48am PST   •   0 Comments

Last month we suggested that California’s Board of Equalization deserved a stop on the California Corruptour, modeled on the one now functioning in Mexico. The BOE, which does not equalize anything, has misallocated nearly $50 million in tax revenue. BOE members have been spending public funds to promote themselves, staging useless events, and dishing...
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Tax Hike to Fix Roads Punishes California Workers


Monday April 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:01am PST   •   1 Comment

As any motorist can easily verify, California’s roads are a disaster. Governor Brown and the legislature are running to the rescue with a $5.2 billion deal that will raise the tax on gasoline, raise the tax on diesel and raise user fees on motorists. California taxpayers, the most embattled in the nation, have good...
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The VA’s $388,000 Parking Spaces


Monday April 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:29am PST   •   0 Comments

Six years ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Louis A. Johnson Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia had a shortage of over 600 parking spaces, so federal officials began planning to put in a new parking garage at the facility. Six years later, all the VA had to show for all their planning...
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