Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Uncle Jerry Wants Your Magazine


Monday June 26th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

The July 4 holiday is just around the corner but Californians might want to mark their calendar for July 1 because on that day they could become lawbreakers. Last year, the legislature passed gun laws, approved by governor Jerry Brown, that require Californians, by July 1, to get rid of any rifle or pistol...
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California Expands Travel Ban Inequality


Friday June 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:07pm PDT   •   0 Comments

California has added Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota to its travel ban. State attorney general Xavier Becerra made the announcement accompanied by representatives from the ACLU and Equality California, which apparently fancy themselves part of government. California’s AB1887, enacted last year, purports to ban state employees from travelling to states perceived to discriminate...
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California High-Speed Rail Rides No-Bid Gravy Train


Thursday June 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s vaunted bullet train has yet to carry a single passenger but it has managed to make the news. As it turns out, the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority offered a contract extension of $3 million on a noncompetitive basis. In other words, it was a no-bid sweetheart deal. That emerged in a new report...
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U.S. Forest Service Can’t Cut It


Wednesday June 21st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

“Budget cuts threaten forests’ roads, hunting, fishing,” headlines the piece by McClatchy reporter Anshu Siripurapu. Trails “could get messier,” and maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites “could” become tougher. “That’s the potential fate of national forest projects, thanks to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018,” Siripurapu warns. The president seeks $100...
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Government Greedloaders Always Grab More


Tuesday June 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:19pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, Jerry Brown has jacked up gasoline taxes and fees by $5.2 billion, and the governor slams those less than worshipful of this hike as “freeloaders.” Brown is a big booster of “subsidiarity,” which means that bureaucrats can use tax money designated for needy school children to boost the salaries of bureaucrats...
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Costing Out California Socialism


Wednesday June 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:23pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Joel Kotkin, a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, charts “California’s Descent to Socialism,” a new statist strain that “more resembles feudalism than social democracy” and being advanced by, “among others, hedge-fund-billionaire-turned-green-patriarch Tom Steyer.” He wants to double down on environmental and land-use regulation but as Kotkin observes, the state’s already severe land-use...
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Plan to “Blow Up” Wasteful Board of Equalization Is Fake Reform


Tuesday June 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California’s Board of Equalization has managed to misallocate nearly $50 million in tax revenue. BOE members have been spending public funds to promote themselves, staging useless events, and dishing out raises to high-salaried staff without performance reviews. The shabbily constructed BOE headquarters in Sacramento remains a safety threat and bottomless money...
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Consumer Financial Protection Bloat


Friday June 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:52am PDT   •   0 Comments

The Financial Choice Act designed to undo Dodd-Frank financial regulations has passed the House and as it moves to the Senate opponents are crying foul over attempts to weaken the federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ed Mierzwinski of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group told Consumer Reports, “The bill would leave the successful...
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Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Quest to Keep California Dry


Wednesday June 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

Despite a wet winter and thick snowpack, California still faces increasing demands for water. New sources are always welcome and the Cadiz project seeks to pump groundwater from private holdings in the Mojave Desert to supply homes in arid southern California. San Bernardino County approved the project but the loudest voice against it is...
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ClimateScience.Con


Tuesday June 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:39am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord on the grounds that it puts the energy reserves of the United States, including coal, “under lock and key” while allowing other nations to develop their coal resources and coal jobs. The Paris deal is therefore “a massive redistribution of United...
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