Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Tax Limitation Measure Still Under Attack


Wednesday September 21st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s Legislative Analyst has released Common Claims About Proposition 13, the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation 65 percent of California voters approved in 1978. The LAO examines whether Proposition 13 stabilizes property taxes, discourages new business creation, increases home ownership, and so forth. Prop 13 opponents, primarily government ruling-class types, claim it reduces...
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Education Fat Cats No Joke for Taxpayers


Monday September 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:25am PDT   •   0 Comments

Chris Evans, superintendent of the Natomas Unified School District, bears a strong resemblance to the late Chris Farley of “Saturday Night Live,” but for students, parents and taxpayers, Evans’ latest happy meal is no joke. As Diana Lambert notes in the Sacramento Bee, the district’s board just boosted Evans’ pay by $46,130, a raise...
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Corruption and Waste at Government Water Agencies


Monday September 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

Government corruption is a staple of the news, with politicians such as San Francisco Democrat Leland Yee, a consort of gangsters such as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, recently landing in prison. Chris Reed of Calwatchdog has charted corruption in the California city of Bell, which “was being run like a criminal enterprise.” In the...
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How Government Mistakes “Balloon into Sizable Money”


Thursday September 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last year an independent audit revealed that the City of Sacramento, California’s capital, had overpaid city retirees by $2.8 million. The overpayments, which had been going on since 2005, prompted the Sacramento Bee to editorialize that “a mistake can balloon into sizable money,” citing a $60 million gap between projected payouts and expected revenue...
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State Stem Cell Institute Still Conflicted


Wednesday September 7th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California’s $3 billion Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, Proposition 71, promised life-saving cures and therapies for a host of afflictions including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Celebrity promoters included Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2004 voters approved the measure, which created the California Institute for...
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New State-Funded Center Targets Gun Owners


Thursday September 1st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:54am PDT   •   0 Comments

Thanks to bills California governor Jerry Brown signed in July, Californians now face ID and background checks to purchase ammunition, and the state will create a new database of ammunition owners. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds are banned and the state now restricts the loaning of guns, without background checks, even to close...
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Feds Foil California Pension Reform


Wednesday August 31st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

Shortly after signing a contract with general manager Mike Wiley, Sacramento’s Sacramento Regional Transit “slipped into financial duress from which it has yet to recover,” wrote Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee. “The agency has tapped reserve accounts in the last three years to balance its budget, leaving it with virtually no emergency funds...
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Costing Out Governor’s Tunnel Vision


Wednesday August 24th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:49pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California’s vaunted high-speed rail project will require 35 miles of tunnels through the mountains north of Los Angeles. Governor Jerry Brown, a backer of the bullet train, also has tunnel vision for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Brown wants to dig 35 miles of tunnels to convey water to the State Water...
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Armed Enforcement: Bureaucracies Get Bigger and More Militant


Monday August 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

They came before dawn, a squad of six armed officers, banging on the door of Maria Elena Hernandez, 62, a Los Angeles grandmother. When she identified herself, one of the officers twisted her arms behind her back and slapped her in handcuffs. Hernandez protested that the officers had the wrong person, but they duly...
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Trickle-Down Debt, Failure


Monday August 15th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:38am PDT   •   0 Comments

Politicians may bill it as “free”, but government monopoly in education is big business that racks up considerable public debt. As Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee observes, in recent decades California has issued $45 billion in school bonds now being repaid at a cost of nearly $3 billion a year. With interest the...
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