Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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More Government IT Waste


Wednesday March 25th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, California’s Department of Consumer Affairs was implementing a computer system pegged at $27 million. Problems with the system boosted the cost to $77 million, but that still didn’t get it done. Consumer Affairs bosses want another $17.5 million, bring the cost to $96 million, more than three times the original...
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Government Greed Gone Wild


Monday March 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) says inventor Gilbert Hyatt owes $55 million in taxes. Hyatt says he’s the target of a vendetta, and as Dale Kasler shows in the Sacramento Bee, Hyatt has a strong case. In 1990 Hyatt was awarded the patent for the first single-chip microprocessor and earned $350 million in royalties....
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Bay Bridge Crack-up Continues


Wednesday March 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:19am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted several times, the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was $5 billion over budget and ten years late. Despite all that time and money, safety issues with the bridge seem to be getting worse, as Jaxon Van Derbeken of the San Francisco Chronicle explains. For example, the...
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Consuming More Taxpayer Dollars


Monday March 16th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PDT   •   0 Comments

As consumers know, modern computers are incredibly reliable machines that work right out of the box, simplify many tasks, and save consumers money. In the hands of government employees, however, computers often fail to work, make life more complicated, and cost taxpayers much more money than advertised. As Jon Ortiz notes in the Sacramento...
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Proposition 63 Pays Off At Last


Friday March 6th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, California’s Little Hoover Commission, a state watchdog, reported that the state cannot even document whether or not the $13.2 billion raised by Proposition 63 improved Californians’ lives. That is of interest because the 2004 measure, sponsored by Sen. Darrell Steinberg, was supposed to keep people off the street, out of...
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GovInternetAbuse.Con


Monday March 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:40am PDT   •   0 Comments

When government says it’s going to be “neutral” about something, taxpayers can’t go wrong thinking that precisely the opposite is the case. Consider, for example, the latest government power grab, disguised as “Internet Neutrality.” If government were indeed neutral it would leave the Internet alone. But under Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, government...
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Wasted Energy


Monday February 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PDT   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy claims lineage from the Manhattan Project of World War II, and its official history cites none other than Albert Einstein. Actually, the DOE dates its inception from 1977: “[T]he twelfth cabinet-level department brought together for the first time within one agency two programmatic traditions that had long coexisted within...
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Government Money Guzzlers


Wednesday February 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

Californians are paying off $5 billion in cost overruns on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in, count ‘em, ten years late, with its safety still in doubt. Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend $68 billion on a “bullet train” that would be slower and more expensive than air travel. He also wants...
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Bay Bridge Boondoggle Boss Escapes Accountability


Monday February 9th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:52am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted several times, the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was $5 billion over budget and, count ‘em, ten years late. That’s a full decade but after all that time and money, safety issues linger with faulty welds and such, which California governor Jerry Brown dismissed with his...
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$13.2 Billion Bust Bilks Taxpayers


Wednesday February 4th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

What do taxpayers get for $13.2 billion in government spending on mental health? Not much, according to a new report by California’s Little Hoover Commission. In fact, as David Siders explains in the Sacramento Bee, the state cannot even document whether the $13.2 billion even improved any Californians’ lives. That is the legacy of...
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