Archive for January, 2018

Oroville Dam Costs Soar to $870 Million


Wednesday January 31st, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last February 7 during heavy rains, the Oroville Dam’s concrete spillway failed, launching fears of a complete dam failure, and forcing the evacuation of 188,000 people downstream from the structure. As the anniversary approaches, the total costs of the spillway reconstruction, including emergency response, have risen to $870 million according to the state Department...
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Attack of the Bridge-Eating Microbes?


Tuesday January 30th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

According to an NBC report by Jaxon Van Derbeken, “Caltrans is investigating whether microscopic organisms are attacking critical welds on the submerged foundation of the new Bay Bridge tower, potentially endangering the projected 150-year lifespan of the troubled $6.4 billion structure.” Brian Maroney, Caltrans’ chief engineer on the project, told NBC that experts report...
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Should Taxpayers Pay Tab for Government Sexual Abuse?


Tuesday January 30th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:11am PDT   •   2 Comments

As we noted last month, sexual abuse has been thriving in Hollywood, Congress, the media, and in the California legislature. Senate boss Kevin de Leon sought to hire an independent legal firm to investigate but the latest revelations come from a different source. According to an investigation by the Sacramento Bee, “the state paid...
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A Bigger Pentagon Budget


Monday January 29th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

If President Trump gets his way, the amount of U.S. defense spending will increase by nearly 13% above their current level in 2019. Bloomberg Quint‘s Eric Watson and Tony Capaccio report on the proposed surge in U.S. defense spending. President Donald Trump will propose $716 billion in defense spending in his fiscal 2019 budget...
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Jerry Brown’s Statist Curtain Call


Friday January 26th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:05pm PDT   •   1 Comment

Before Jerry Brown’s 16th and final State of the State address Thursday, the New York Times wondered if he would use the address to “push for reforms in California’s notoriously dysfunctional tax system, hamstrung by Proposition 13 and a heavy reliance on volatile capital gains tax revenues.” Brown did no such thing but he...
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Taxoholism Goes Epidemic


Friday January 26th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:47am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, California has the highest top marginal income-tax rate of 13.3 percent and the highest base sales tax rate of 7.5 percent. The state also deploys a corporate tax rate of 8.84 percent but now state Democrats Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting want a constitution amendment that would slap any company with...
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Government Spending Thousands a Day to Guard Porta-Potties


Thursday January 25th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:16am PDT   •   0 Comments

In late 2017, the city of San Diego developed a public health crisis involving an outbreak of Hepatitis A among the city’s population of homeless residents, which arose as a result of personal contact with others who were openly defecating in public areas without facilities to wash their hands. At least 20 deaths in...
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USPS BS


Tuesday January 23rd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

On Thursday, December 28, 2017, a Los Angeles publication mailed me a check via the United States Postal Service. I received the check on January 18, 2018, a full 21 days after it had been mailed, so the cost worked out to just pennies a day. On the other hand, in 21 days I...
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Latest Episode of Government Shutdown Theater Suddenly Ends


Monday January 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:33pm PDT   •   1 Comment

The latest episode of federal government shutdown theater turned out to be a total bust! Hardly anybody outside of Washington D.C. even noticed, and now, it’s all over—at least for a few more weeks. The Washington Post reports on the sudden demise of the 19th federal government shutdown since 1974’s Budget and Impoundment Control...
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Ruling-Class PayPal Service


Monday January 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:17pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Californians pay the highest income and sales taxes in the United States, and the government recently piled on a $5.2 billion tax on gasoline, diesel fuel and vehicle fees. Taxpayers recently got some clues about what the state will do with all that money. According to the state controller, the state is bulking up...
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