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George Deukmejian and the Protection of Taxpayer Dollars


Friday May 11th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:05pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Former governor George Deukmejian recently passed away at 89. Many Californians have little memory of the Golden State’s 35th governor, who served from 1983 to 1992. Millennials and such may be unaware that Deukmejian was the last California governor to return surplus funds directly to taxpayers in the form of a check. In 1987,…
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Rocket Tax Reveals California’s Tunnel Vision


Thursday February 8th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:41pm PST   •   0 Comments

This week Elon Musk launched his Falcon Heavy skyward, with a Tesla roadster along for the ride. A power pack of 27 Merlin engines boosted the takeoff with five million pounds of thrust, the most by a conventional rocket since the Saturn V moon mission. As USA Today reported, “within a half-hour of the…
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Jerry Brown’s Statist Curtain Call


Friday January 26th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:05pm PST   •   1 Comment

Before Jerry Brown’s 16th and final State of the State address Thursday, the New York Times wondered if he would use the address to “push for reforms in California’s notoriously dysfunctional tax system, hamstrung by Proposition 13 and a heavy reliance on volatile capital gains tax revenues.” Brown did no such thing but he…
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Taxoholism Goes Epidemic


Friday January 26th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:47am PST   •   1 Comment

As we noted, California has the highest top marginal income-tax rate of 13.3 percent and the highest base sales tax rate of 7.5 percent. The state also deploys a corporate tax rate of 8.84 percent but now state Democrats Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting want a constitution amendment that would slap any company with…
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Ruling-Class PayPal Service


Monday January 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:17pm PST   •   0 Comments

Californians pay the highest income and sales taxes in the United States, and the government recently piled on a $5.2 billion tax on gasoline, diesel fuel and vehicle fees. Taxpayers recently got some clues about what the state will do with all that money. According to the state controller, the state is bulking up…
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Taxoholism


Friday January 5th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:39pm PST   •   2 Comments

The recently passed federal tax bill lowers the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent, reduces rates in five of the seven tax brackets, and according to the New York Times will cut taxes for about 75 percent of filers in 2018. The bill also caps the amount of state taxes filers can deduct on their federal…
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Stem Cell Scam Still Redistributing Money


Friday September 29th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:20am PDT   •   2 Comments

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is about to give $7.9 million to UC Davis, already the recipient of $131 million from CIRM, which David Jensen of the California Stem Cell Report describes as an “Oakland-based stem cell agency.” Near the end of his report, he helpfully notes CIRM was created by the 2004…
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Lessons from Pillage People Smackdown


Wednesday August 30th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:23pm PDT   •   Comments Off on Lessons from Pillage People Smackdown

As we noted, in 1990, Gilbert Hyatt was awarded the patent for the first single-chip microprocessor. This invention earned Hyatt a lot of money and 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 millions in state…
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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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GovSinglePayer.Con


Wednesday May 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:36am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been pushing California to establish what he calls “single payer” health care. This is a misnomer for several reasons, particularly on the issue of cost. As legislators recently learned, the price tag is $400 billion a year to cover all health and administrative costs, twice…
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