Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Transit Boss Bonanza Stresses Taxpayers


Monday August 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:59pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In California’s capital of Sacramento, rapid transit has been in terrible shape, but not for lack of spending on management. As we noted, after hiring Mike Wiley as manager, the RT district plunged into financial distress, tapping reserve accounts to balance its budget and raising fares 10 percent. Though a major bust as transit...
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More Costs Flowing from Government Dam Negligence


Wednesday August 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:08pm PDT   •   0 Comments

National Water Quality Month is turning out rather dry in California, but trouble will soon be washing up in court. Farmers and business owners have filed more than 90 claims against the state government for causing a total of $1.7 billion in losses from the spillway failure at Oroville Dam back in February. Might...
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Advanced Waste Studies in the UC System


Wednesday August 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, the University of California at Davis garnered national attention in 2011 when campus cops pepper-sprayed students peacefully demonstrating against tuition hikes. The ensuing lawsuits cost taxpayers more than $1 million, most of it going to crony consultants. No UCD administrators got fired, least of all chancellor Linda Katehi, who also came...
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California Waterboards Property Rights


Tuesday August 1st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

August is National Water Quality Month and that might prompt a meditation on agencies such as California’s State Water Resources Control Board. The Board’s five full-time members are appointed by the governor and “the mission of the Water Board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the state, while allocating those...
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Pillage People Plot to Increase Asset Seizures


Monday July 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeks a “new directive on asset forfeiture” and plans new policies to “increase forfeitures.” The target is supposedly big-time criminal organizations but all citizens have good cause to be wary. As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas notes, the issue is “whether modern civil-forfeiture statutes can be squared with...
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Stop Erosion of Property Rights


Monday July 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:19am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s Coastal Commission has shut down the last beach-sand mine in the United States, operated by the Mexico-based Cemex company. Coastal Commission boss Jack Ainsworth told reporters, “This settlement is an incredible victory for the public.” Taxpayers might not think so. The Commission blamed Cemex for erosion along Monterey Bay. Company official Walker Robinson...
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More Change Taxpayers Can’t Believe In


Friday July 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:20pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California taxpayers were the first to pay for the sexual-reassignment surgery of a violent criminal, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who as Rodney Quine gunned down Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, then stole his car. Taxpayers nationwide have also been footing the bill for sex-change surgery, and Congress just decided that...
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Contract on Private Contracts


Wednesday July 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:26am PDT   •   0 Comments

California Assembly Bill 1250, authored by Los Angeles Democrat Reginald Jones-Sawyer, would restrict counties from contracting out for key services. The bill is sponsored by two of the most powerful government employee unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). As the San Jose...
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Quotas Crash the Lobby


Tuesday July 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:58am PDT   •   0 Comments

Lobbyists seldom get much sympathy from taxpayers, but that could soon change. According to a report by Taryn Luna of the Sacramento Bee, the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Jewish, Latino, LGBT and Women’s caucuses in the California legislature “are asking lobbying firms to provide them with demographic data – including race, ethnicity, gender and...
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GovWasteBloviator.Con


Thursday July 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:17pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Two years ago, California’s Legislative Analyst learned that 3,500 Caltrans engineers were doing little more than sitting at their desks and sought to eliminate those positions. Caltrans bosses cried foul and so did Bruce Blanning, executive director of Professional Engineers in California Government. As the union boss told reporters the Legislative Analyst was “childish,”...
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