Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Audit Tees Off on Statewide Waste


Friday August 28th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:21am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) pays 3,500 full-time employees to sit around at their desks, as one legislator put it. According to Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees, a new report by state auditor Elaine Howle, they were doing much more than that. One Caltrans engineer,...
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Government Tunnel Vision Versus Drought Solutions


Tuesday August 25th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:44am PDT   •   0 Comments

California borders the Pacific Ocean, the largest body of water in the world, so desalination is a no-brainer for the Golden State. But as Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee shows, government is not exactly eager to slake the parched state’s thirst. The San Diego County Water Authority is building a desalination plant near...
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Obamacare Excise Tax Inflicts Increasing Misery


Thursday August 20th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:57am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, Emily Bazar of the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting has been working three shifts documenting the abuses of Covered California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare. These abuses include a dysfunctional computer system that cost nearly $500 million, cancellation of health insurance without notice when people report...
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Compound Education Waste


Monday August 17th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:35am PDT   •   0 Comments

In recent years California has raised per-pupil education spending about 50 percent, to $13,000 a year. As Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee shows, despite this increase, “national academic testing has found that California’s students rank near the bottom in achievement.” The response of the state’s education establishment is to attack the tests. As...
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Thanks a Billion for the Debt


Tuesday August 11th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

Lingering debt of $1 billion and beyond tends to be associated with federal, state or municipal governments. Taxpayers should not be surprised, however, when a school district incurs a debt of more than $1 billion. In 2008, voters in the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) in San Diego County approved $179 million in bonds...
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Government No-Cut Contract Hurts Taxpayers


Thursday July 30th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen has noticed that the California Department of Transportation, also known as Caltrans, is paying “3,500 people to just be sitting around at a desk.” As Andrew Holzman notes in the Sacramento Bee, Olsen wants to cut those 3,500 full-time positions, for a saving of $500 million, half a billion dollars. As...
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GovWasteEntitlement.Con


Friday July 24th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

California is not exactly a hot spot for jobs, but as Dan Walter explains in the Sacramento Bee, it’s not for lack of government spending. California has, count ‘em, at least 30 “workforce development” programs in, count ‘em, nine state agencies. And these programs spend “an estimated $5.6 billion each year, $3.1 billion from...
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GovSpending.Con


Monday July 20th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

California taxpayers, the most embattled in the nation, have good reason to wonder how much their government is spending. According to Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee, a veteran observer, government is spending a lot more than people think. The 2015 state budget has been reported as $115.4 billion, for the general fund, and...
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Big Bucks for Bureaucrats


Wednesday July 15th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:21am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, on July 1 the Twin Rivers Unified School District in the Sacramento area boosted the pay of superintendent Steven Martinez by $20,000, an 8.3 percent increase that raised his pay to $260,000. The district also double his retirement payment and allowed Martinez to convert a $10,000 car allowance into salary....
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Feds Waste Water During Drought


Monday July 13th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:25pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As this column regular notes, government is good at wasting money on everything from obsolete tanks, improper tax refunds, and Social Security payments to dead people and old Nazis. Now it emerges that, during a severe drought, when Californians face mandatory water restrictions, the federal government excels at wasting water. CBS reporter David Goldstein...
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