Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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No One-Stop Shop with Government


Monday May 2nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:20am PDT   •   0 Comments

California is a high-tech state and that leads Zócalo Public Square columnist Joe Mathews to wonder: “Why, in this Internet age, doesn’t my state offer a one-stop shop where I can renew my driver’s license, register to vote, pay my taxes and buy passes to a state park?” This one-stop shop, says Mr. Mathews,...
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A Government Money Pit Grows Wider


Thursday April 28th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted in March, the Sacramento headquarters of the California State Board of Equalization, known among reporters as a “24-story money pit,” sprung two leaks during heavy rains. Floors 10 and 22 both had a history of leaks and other troubles, but these were apparently unaddressed, despite more than 20 reports calling for...
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TSA Endures Despite Failure


Monday April 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:56am PDT   •   0 Comments

On a recent trip, this writer found that employees of the federal Transportation Security Administration were courteous and professional, but that is not always the case. As we noted, the TSA sometimes forces passengers through the screening process twice on the same trip, before a connecting flight, with no warning and no explanation. So...
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More Fine Print on the Pepper Payout


Monday April 18th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, a report from the state auditor outlines how the University of California made substantial efforts to recruit nonresident students who pay significantly more tuition than California residents. In recent years, the University of California has hiked tuition for residents as well and in 2011 that touched off student protests at...
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Lift the Bridge on Wiser Transportation Spending


Thursday April 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:12am PDT   •   0 Comments

The California Department of Transportation has been rebuilding parts of Interstate 80 between the city of Auburn and the Nevada state line. Part of this work was the elevation of bridges to 16 feet 6 inches above the road surface so they can accommodate larger trucks. The final project, completed in March, was the...
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Internal Revenue “Service” Surges from Horrible to Mediocre


Monday April 11th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:47am PDT   •   0 Comments

In recent years the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting groups for extra scrutiny and abuse based on their political views favoring limited government, lower taxes and accountability. According to the President of the United States “there were some boneheaded decisions,” but “not even a smidgen of corruption” was involved. As we noted, IRS...
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Costs and Consequences of Minimum Wage Hike


Friday April 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

California is hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, and governor Jerry Brown is hailing the boost as a matter of “economic justice.” As Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee recalls, Brown had previously resisted this move and argued for a hike to $13 an hour. But then, “Brown not only...
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A Milestone in Federal Education Waste


Wednesday April 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55am PDT   •   0 Comments

Shirley Hufstedler, the nation’s first federal Education Secretary, has passed away at 90. That news might surprise some, and not just the younger set, who imagined that the first federal education secretary appeared way back in 1776. There wasn’t one, because the Constitution gives states, not the federal government, domain over education. Under these...
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UC Disadvantages California Students, State Auditor Charges


Monday April 4th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:40am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, California State Auditor Elaine Howle has been riding herd on Caltrans for shoddy maintenance practices that promote waste, fraud and abuse. Now the auditor turns attention to the University of California in a new report charging that UC admissions and financial decisions have disadvantaged California’s own resident students. Over the past...
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More Bureaucracy a Bust for the Homeless


Wednesday March 30th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:52am PDT   •   0 Comments

“More bureaucracy isn’t a solution for homelessness.” That is the kind of headline readers would expect in a libertarian publication. It’s actually the headline of the lead editorial in the March 24 edition of The Sacramento Bee, the newspaper of record in California’s capital. Since this publication rarely criticizes bureaucracy, taxpayers will find the...
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