Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Thursday July 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:28am PDT   •   1 Comment

As Loretta Kalb of the Sacramento Bee reports, Deborah Bettencourt, superintendent of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, will receive a pay increase of $24,269 as of July 2. The increase of 7.5 percent boosts the superintendent’s pay from $221,500 to $245,769. Bettencourt’s salary is far beyond that of California’s governor ($173,000), the attorney...
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Failed TSA Confirms No Bureaucracy Left Behind


Monday June 29th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

Summer travelers know that the Transportation Security Administrative troops, drill sergeants decked out in Jiffy Lube blue shirts, do a bang-up job of making air travel more miserable than it should be. As they take off their shoes and belts, travelers may also know that the TSA is a miserable failure at its appointed...
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High Court Slams Government Raisin Ransacking


Tuesday June 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, Big Government has been colonizing economic activity through schemes such as the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. This New Deal act, based on the notion that central planning works, set up cooperative boards and conscripted growers into reserve set-asides. This meant that Fresno raisin growers Marvin and Laura Horne, like...
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Bullet Train Is Slow-Speed Boondoggle


Wednesday June 17th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

We have been keeping track, so to speak, of California’s vaunted “Bullet Train,” officially the state’s High-Speed Rail project. But as it turns out, “high speed” is something of a misnomer, as William Bigelow notes on Breitbart. The first actual construction on the project is a viaduct over the Fresno River, nowhere near the...
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Bay Bridge Keeps Right On Corroding


Wednesday June 10th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:35pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have repeatedly noted, the stylish new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was 10 years in the making, a whopping $5 billion over budget, and yet riddled with safety issues. We have done our best to keep up with the problems, but they keep on coming. As Jaxon Van Derbeken...
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Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Wasted Senators


Monday June 1st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:05am PDT   •   1 Comment

California state senators draw six-figure salaries plus gold-plated pensions, plus an impressive array of benefits that includes a car allowance. Some of those senators like to get drunk, and when they do, California taxpayers will now be footing the bill to drive them home. As Alexei Koseff and Jim Miller observe in the Sacramento...
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Obamacare Expands Misery Beyond Death


Tuesday May 26th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

As this column has noted, Emily Bazar of the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting has been working three shifts documenting the abuses of Covered California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare. These abuses include a dysfunctional computer system that cost nearly $500 million, cancellation of health insurance without notice when people...
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Bay Bridge Not Over Water, Corrosion Troubles


Monday May 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted many times, the new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge was 10 years in the making and a whopping $5 billion over budget, but all that time and money could not guarantee safety for the public. Before he moved to Congress in recent elections, state senator Mark DeSaulnier...
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Big Brother Barges Into the Bathroom


Wednesday May 13th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:49am PDT   •   1 Comment

When it comes to intrusive government, California is plunging to new depths, as Daniel Weintraub notes in the Sacramento Bee. “For Californians who fear big government, this might sound like the ultimate nightmare: An unelected board and its vast scientific bureaucracy is going to force us to pay more to wipe our butts.” The...
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IRS Marijuana Rip-Off


Monday May 11th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:30am PDT   •   1 Comment

Any effort to track government waste, fraud and abuse is bound to take ample notice of the federal Internal Revenue Service. As we have noted, the IRS targeted non-profit groups favoring smaller government and lower taxes. Then IRS bosses tried to pass this off as “horrible customer service,” even as they doled out huge...
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