Archive for July, 2017

Inside the Budget: More Law Enforcement Spending


Friday July 21st, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:19am PDT   •   0 Comments

While running for office, Donald Trump pledged to reduce the regulatory burden for Americans while also increasing the amount of spending to support federal law enforcement agencies in their work, much of which involves enforcing federal laws and regulations. Budgets are about priorities, so perhaps it isn’t much of a surprise that President Trump’s...
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Stop Erosion of Property Rights


Monday July 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:19am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s Coastal Commission has shut down the last beach-sand mine in the United States, operated by the Mexico-based Cemex company. Coastal Commission boss Jack Ainsworth told reporters, “This settlement is an incredible victory for the public.” Taxpayers might not think so. The Commission blamed Cemex for erosion along Monterey Bay. Company official Walker Robinson...
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How Fiscally Healthy Is Your State?


Monday July 17th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:38am PDT   •   1 Comment

The Mercatus Center has released its fiscal rankings of each state in the nation. Find your state in the map below to see how highly (or lowly) it may have ranked: Here’s what the report’s authors, Eileen Norcross and Olivia Gonzalez, had to say about the five states occupying the fiscal basement in 2015,...
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More Change Taxpayers Can’t Believe In


Friday July 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:20pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California taxpayers were the first to pay for the sexual-reassignment surgery of a violent criminal, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who as Rodney Quine gunned down Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, then stole his car. Taxpayers nationwide have also been footing the bill for sex-change surgery, and Congress just decided that...
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The CBO Scores President Trump’s Proposed Budget


Friday July 14th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:29am PDT   •   0 Comments

The Congressional Budget Office has scored President Trump’s first budget proposal. In its report, the CBO finds significant reductions in the U.S. government’s annual budget deficits compared to their baseline estimates, which reflect their projections of how those deficits would have grown if the spending policies of the Obama administration had continued on autopilot....
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Contract on Private Contracts


Wednesday July 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:26am PDT   •   0 Comments

California Assembly Bill 1250, authored by Los Angeles Democrat Reginald Jones-Sawyer, would restrict counties from contracting out for key services. The bill is sponsored by two of the most powerful government employee unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). As the San Jose...
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Quotas Crash the Lobby


Tuesday July 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:58am PDT   •   0 Comments

Lobbyists seldom get much sympathy from taxpayers, but that could soon change. According to a report by Taryn Luna of the Sacramento Bee, the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Jewish, Latino, LGBT and Women’s caucuses in the California legislature “are asking lobbying firms to provide them with demographic data – including race, ethnicity, gender and...
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Illinois Now Has a Budget, and a Huge Backlog of Bills to Pay


Monday July 10th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

After going over two years without any kind of fiscal plan, Illinois’ state government now has a budget after the state’s legislature overrode a veto by the state’s governor to impose large tax increases on the incomes of the state’s residents and corporations. Unfortunately, Illinois’ legislature made no effort to address the state’s biggest...
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GovWasteBloviator.Con


Thursday July 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:17pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Two years ago, California’s Legislative Analyst learned that 3,500 Caltrans engineers were doing little more than sitting at their desks and sought to eliminate those positions. Caltrans bosses cried foul and so did Bruce Blanning, executive director of Professional Engineers in California Government. As the union boss told reporters the Legislative Analyst was “childish,”...
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The U.S. Department of Education’s $1 Trillion Debt Milestone


Thursday July 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Department of Education has now cumulatively borrowed over one trillion dollars from the public for the purpose of funding its Federal Direct Student Loan program since January 2009. Political Calculations’ charted the history of the Education Department’s borrowing to support its student loan business. Between January...
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