Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Taxpayers Beware of Scam Cell Ad Copy


Tuesday January 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:05am PST   •   0 Comments

For more than a decade, according to David Jensen of the California Stem Cell Report, the $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been “has given away money at a rate of $22,000 an hour, seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” Donald Kohn of UCLA got $52 million from CIRM and...
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Brown Green-Lights More Government Greed


Monday January 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:57pm PST   •   0 Comments

As Chriss Street of Breitbart News reports, California Governor Jerry Brown wants a 42-percent increase in the tax on gasoline and seeks to hike Californian’s vehicle registration fees by 141 percent. These tax and fee increases are not to fix the state’s terrible roads, build more water storage, which the state desperately needs, or...
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Bullet Train Waste Still Railroading Taxpayers


Monday January 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:02am PST   •   0 Comments

Before anybody else climbs aboard California’s “high-speed rail” project they might give a listen to Ralph Vartabedian of the Los Angeles Times, who has been riding herd on this boondoggle from the start. The reporter has obtained a confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis charging that the bullet train could cost taxpayers 50 percent...
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Double Jeopardy Waste in Reactionary California


Tuesday January 10th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:01am PST   •   0 Comments

California imposes some of the highest income and sales taxes in the nation, and Governor Jerry Brown’s own budget team says the state could face a budget deficit of $4 billion by the summer of 2020. Even so, the governor maintains the statist view that there is always money for everything. The Golden State...
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Change Taxpayers Can’t Believe In


Monday January 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:38am PST   •   0 Comments

  As the Associated Press reports, on Thursday, January 5, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, 57, “became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery.” The procedure cost some $100,000, so Californians might wonder what Shiloh Heavenly Quine did to receive such an expensive procedure on the taxpayers’ dime. In February of 1980 in Los Angeles,...
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Government Postal Union Cuts Convenience for Consumers


Friday January 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:19pm PST   •   0 Comments

Customers of Staples Inc. have been enjoying the conveniences of in-store postal services but as Bloomberg reports, that will soon come to an end. The cancellation is a “coup for the Postal Service’s largest union,” the American Postal Workers Union, which fought Staples’ merger with Office Depot and urged customers to boycott the company....
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The Coastal Commission’s High Tide of Waste


Tuesday January 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:17am PST   •   0 Comments

“We are not now in deficit, we were never in deficit and we won’t be in deficit at the end of the year.” That was Susan Hansch, chief deputy director of the California Coastal Commission last August, explaining that the CCC had received almost enough money to repay $1.45 million from the state Department of Finance. According...
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Presidential Vacations Cost Taxpayers Nearly $100 Million


Thursday December 29th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:41am PST   •   0 Comments

President Obama is vacationing in Hawaii, the state where he was born and spent his childhood. According to Anita Kumar of McClatchy News, this annual trip cost taxpayers $3.5 million and the total cost of the first family’s travel comes to $85 million, possibly $90 million when further records are released. All told, except...
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Boomers Beware SS BS


Tuesday December 27th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:36am PST   •   0 Comments

Shortly before the holiday season, the Social Security Administration sent out an official letter titled “Important Information.” If you are now at the full retirement age of 66 or older, the letter says, “you may keep all of your benefits no matter how much you earn.” That kind of generosity is hard to top,...
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Government Sinecure Santa is Scrooge with Taxpayers


Wednesday December 21st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:28am PST   •   0 Comments

Maybe it is the season to be jolly, but California taxpayers are still getting over their sticker shock on higher property tax bills, and the extension of steep income-tax hikes that were supposed to be “temporary.” Governor Jerry Brown, a born-again tax hiker, promoted that extension and has also been playing the sinecure Santa...
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