Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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State Stem Cell Bust Goes Begging

Thursday October 20th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:10pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As David Jensen explains in the Sacramento Bee, California’s government stem cell agency, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is spending another $30 million “to dramatically speed approval of stem cell therapies and establish the Golden State globally in the much-heralded regenerative medicine field.” Down lower in the piece, in paragraph six, readers...
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How to Score the Final Clinton-Trump Debate

Wednesday October 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

With the revelations of the past weeks, the third presidential debate is sure to be one of the best shows in Las Vegas. Many observers have already had enough of the Clinton-Trump spectacle, but there are still some important things to look for. Observers might examine the candidates’ statements for some sense of the...
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California Capitol Still Not Taxpayers’ House

Friday October 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:37pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted back in 2013, when 8,000 government employees rallied at California’s capitol, Service Employees International Union boss Yvonne Walker proclaimed “We’re letting them know this is our house!” The SEIU and other massive government unions were clamoring for a pay hike at the time. In 2015 we noted two costly bills that...
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Government Goldfinger

Tuesday October 11th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Obama has signed the United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act, which “eliminates a tax penalty imposed by the Internal Revenue Service on medals or other prizes awarded to Team USA athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” according to a press release from Bob Dold (R-IL). Olympic athletes with adjusted gross...
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Government Smacks Job Seekers with One-Two Punch

Thursday October 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

Finding a job in California is difficult but government makes it tougher still, according to Jobs For Californians: Strategies to Ease Occupational Licensing Barriers, a new report from the state’s Little Hoover Commission. “One out of every five Californians must receive permission from the government to work,” Commission Chair and former assemblyman Pedro Nava...
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How Politicians Keep the Public in Danger from Violent Crime

Monday October 3rd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

The southern part of California’s capital city of Sacramento is home to many Asian immigrants, and during the past year, according to news reports, violent criminals have been preying on innocent residents. Muggings, robberies and home invasions have victimized 300-400 Chinese immigrants and prompted some to sell their home at a loss and move...
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Luddite Legislators Keep Court Costs High

Tuesday September 27th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:37pm PDT   •   0 Comments

The California Court Reporters Association (CCRA) has introduced legislation, AB 2629, that would raise court reporters’ fees for producing transcripts of trials. CCRA president Brooke Ryan believes this raise is long overdue, but she ignores key issues of interest to taxpayers. Court reporters are highly paid government employees and according to, their average...
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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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