Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Federal Slush Fund Shovels Millions to Favored Activist Groups


Tuesday May 24th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted in 2013, an immigration bill pending in Congress included a hidden multimillion-dollar slush fund for left-wing nonprofits that would provide almost $300 million over three years and grow over time. A primary beneficiary of the slush fund was the National Council of La Raza, whose former senior policy analyst Cecilia Munoz...
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Recalling California’s Stem Cell Bust


Tuesday May 17th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

As John Tozzi and Michelle Cortez of Bloomberg report on the stem cell front, “press releases, popular media, and even some journal articles routinely inflate expectations for future therapies based on early findings that probably will never turn into cures.” Now the International Society for Stem Cell Research, representing more than 4,100 researchers, wants...
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Count the ARC for Looming OPEB Obligations


Friday May 13th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

When counting the cost of government, taxpayers should pay close attention to OPEB, the “Other Post-Employment Benefits” of government employees aside from their pensions but including their health care costs. Now taxpayers have a calculating tool, State Retiree Health Plan Spending: An examination of funding trends and plan provisions, a new report from the...
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GovSecrecy.Con


Thursday May 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

As the story goes, somebody opened a restaurant with politicians and bureaucrats as waiters but it failed because they kept serving the food under the table. In the real world, likewise, politicians and bureaucrats strive to keep things out of sight from taxpayers. As Taryn Luna writes in the Sacramento Bee, one way they...
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Wasteful Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Will Hurt Consumers


Monday May 9th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we observed in “Financial Crisis and Leviathan,” a deep recession, widespread unemployment, and fathomless debt were the prevailing conditions when the Obama administration created the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2011. The CFPB was based on the premise that consumers were unable to look out for themselves without help from the federal...
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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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