Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Trump Tax Plan Ignores Basic Injustice


Thursday April 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Trump’s new tax plan will cut seven tax brackets down to three, with rates of 10, 25 and 35 percent. The Trump plan also drops the top rate of taxation from 39.6 to 35 percent. The corporate income tax rate falls to from 35 to 15 percent and the estate tax is eliminated....
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University of California’s Hidden Money Trick


Wednesday April 26th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

When we last checked in with the University of California they were spending $504 million, more than half a billion dollars, on a computer system that was supposed to cost $156 million. The UCPath project costs taxpayers three times as much as announced, and remains four years behind schedule. UC president Janet Napolitano also...
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Cal State University System Bloats Up Bureaucracy


Monday April 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

  As we recently noted, the University of California is spending $504 million on UCPath, a computer payroll system that was supposed to cost $156 million. UC bosses have spent $327 million on UCPath, but it remains four years behind schedule. That’s quite a performance by a university system that regards itself as the...
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UC Computer Caper Triples Costs for Taxpayers


Thursday April 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

In recent years the University of California has been hiking tuition, and when students at UC Davis held a peaceful protest, campus police pepper sprayed them. The ensuing $1 million settlement was mostly waste, with attorneys and consultants cashing in on every hand. In response to funding cuts, the bloated UC bureaucracy began to...
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Is Donald Trump the New Swamp Fox?


Tuesday April 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

As a candidate, Donald Trump contended, “there’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, an easily verified reality. As we noted, a recent internal study exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in Pentagon business operations, where the purchasing bureaucracy alone counted 207,000 full-time workers. The Environmental Protection Agency allowed “policy advisor” John...
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GovPayPal.Con


Monday April 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:39am PDT   •   0 Comments

California government employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will soon be getting “bonus checks” of $2,500. It remains unclear what this “bonus” is for, but it is not tied to any performance measure such as greater efficiency or accountability. The office of California’s state controller, which sends out the checks, had...
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Government Dams Up Information on Safety Issues


Thursday April 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

During winter storms back in February, the emergency spillway of the Oroville dam failed, forcing the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. Engineers had known for decades that the rock-and-soil spillway was unreliable but did nothing. California Rep. John Garamendi said the spillway “worked fine until it had to be used.” Governor Jerry Brown said,...
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United Airlines Incident Makes A Case for Less Government Regulation


Wednesday April 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

The forced removal of Mr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight has touched off outrage around the world, justifiably so. The airline should have adjudicated the overbooking issue before the boarding process, and as UA CEO Oscar Munoz said, nobody should ever be treated that way. The video of the removal grabbed worldwide...
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“President Trump’s proposed budget is an out and out theft from the least of us to give to those with the most.” That is Bay Area Democrat Delaine Eastin in the April 5 San Jose Mercury News. The piece notes that Eastin is a candidate for governor and a former state education superintendent but...
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Wasteful Board of Equalization Makes Strong Case for Its Elimination


Tuesday April 4th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last month we suggested that California’s Board of Equalization deserved a stop on the California Corruptour, modeled on the one now functioning in Mexico. The BOE, which does not equalize anything, has misallocated nearly $50 million in tax revenue. BOE members have been spending public funds to promote themselves, staging useless events, and dishing...
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