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Government Abuse Not Always Sexy


Tuesday November 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:18am PST   •   0 Comments

California government in general, and the state Board of Equalization in particular, are hives of nepotism. That ought not to be the case, particularly in a state with a voter-approved law, Proposition 209, against preferences in state employment, education and contracting. Nobody does anything about favoritism and lately lawmakers have been taking it to…
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Government Pension Tricks Pillage Taxpayers


Thursday October 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

As Lawrence McQuillan notes in California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis, outlandish pensions for government employees have put state budgets in crisis and threaten the services taxpayers receive. In California, government employees could retire at age 55 with two percent of their salary for each year of state employment….
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California’s BOE Nepotistas Get a Promotion


Tuesday September 19th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:40am PDT   •   1 Comment

California’s Board of Equalization does not equalize anything, so even its name is misleading. It’s a tax agency, with a budget of more than $650 million, so no surprise that the BOE has misallocated $50 million in tax revenue and members use BOE events to promote their own careers, at taxpayer expense. State government…
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California’s Pillage People Still Greedy After All These Years


Tuesday August 29th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:12pm PDT   •   Comments Off on California’s Pillage People Still Greedy After All These Years

In 1990, Gilbert Hyatt was awarded the patent for the first single-chip microprocessor. The computer industry welcomed this invention, earning Hyatt a lot of money. He soon moved to Nevada, which has no state income tax. California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) claimed Hyatt lied about his residency, and that he owed $7.4 million in…
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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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Wasteful Board of Equalization Makes Strong Case for Its Elimination


Tuesday April 4th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last month we suggested that California’s Board of Equalization deserved a stop on the California Corruptour, modeled on the one now functioning in Mexico. The BOE, which does not equalize anything, has misallocated nearly $50 million in tax revenue. BOE members have been spending public funds to promote themselves, staging useless events, and dishing…
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Tax Agency Deserves a Stop on California “Corruptour”


Monday March 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:04am PDT   •   1 Comment

With the April deadline looming, taxpayers might ponder the prospects of filing a return in which they fail to account for millions of dollars. As it happens, that is the case with a California tax agency. According to Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, who is now state controller, the BOE misallocated $47.8 million…
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Costing Out Governor Moonbeam


Thursday December 15th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:26am PST   •   0 Comments

Back in the day, Jerry Brown earned the nickname “Governor Moonbeam” for proposing that California launch its own communications satellite. “I didn’t get that moniker for nothing,” Brown recently proclaimed, adding, “if Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.” The governor did not indicate what this satellite might cost,…
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