Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Whopper Government Pension Raids Operating Budget


Monday June 27th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, the Regional Transit authority in California’s capital of Sacramento cut 20 administrative positions, saving taxpayers $1.5 million. In similar style, the salary of incoming business manager Henry Li is $14,000 less than that of outgoing boss Mike Wiley. Those reductions set a good example, but all is not well at...
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Sweet Deals for Government Unions Boost Costs for Taxpayers


Friday June 24th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back in 2013, some 8,000 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied at the California state capitol in Sacramento chanting, “We’re letting them know this is our house!” In 2012, the government employee unions had helped elect big-government, tax-hiking politicians such as Jerry Brown, and they were now clamoring for more money...
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Expensive Failure at California Department of Veterans Affairs


Friday June 17th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:47am PDT   •   0 Comments

As Craig Eyermann observed last year, veterans who survive combat face health care rationing by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Contrary to official proclamations, veterans wait months before they can even get on a schedule to receive care. In Phoenix, as many as 40 veterans died before receiving care, all due to a...
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University of California Fails Lesson in Cutting Costs


Tuesday June 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:16pm PDT   •   0 Comments

The regional transit authority in California’s state capital recently laid off 20 employees, most of them administrators. “We don’t have business needs to justify these positions,” new business manager Henry Li told Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee.  In other words, the jobs were not necessary, and therefore wasteful. The staff reductions will save...
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Mo’ Bigger Government, Continued


Monday June 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted back in January, the California Coastal Commission, the most powerful land-use agency in the nation, fired executive director Charles Lester. Since high-level bureaucrats seldom lose their lucrative jobs, this move hinted at the prospects for improved accountability. That didn’t happen, however, and the firing of Lester, an appointee beyond the reach...
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Crime Still Pays for Corrupt Government Pension Boss


Thursday June 2nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:22pm PDT   •   0 Comments

From 2002 to 2008 Fred Buenrostro, a former deputy director of the state Department of Personnel Administration, was the chief executive of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest pension fund. In 2008 CalPERS paid Buenrostro an annual salary of $238,992, but that wasn’t enough for the government pension boss. As...
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Predatory Teachers Cost Taxpayers $300 Million in Four Years


Wednesday June 1st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

When taxpayers count the cost of government, they would do well to include the tab for waste, fraud and abuse by the government monopoly K-12 educational system—particularly abuse. As Richard Winton and Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times report, the Los Angeles Unified School District, second-largest in the nation, missed a series of...
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Secret EPA Slush Fund: Who Will Get the Remaining $3.5 Billion?


Wednesday May 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:00am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted in 2013, it is possible for an EPA “policy advisor” such as John Beale to falsify his employment record, claim that he actually works for the CIA, and maintain this ruse for 20 years while bagging fat bonuses but performing no actual work of any value. The EPA’s secret agent man...
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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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