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Will Supreme Court End Confiscation Con?


Friday October 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

While Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, developments in California may clarify the issues involved. The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, a government employee union with more than 6,000 members, will levy a monthly charge of $6.50 to fund political activities. Union…
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Contract on Private Contracts


Wednesday July 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:26am PDT   •   0 Comments

California Assembly Bill 1250, authored by Los Angeles Democrat Reginald Jones-Sawyer, would restrict counties from contracting out for key services. The bill is sponsored by two of the most powerful government employee unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). As the San Jose…
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Sweet Deals for Government Unions Boost Costs for Taxpayers


Friday June 24th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back in 2013, some 8,000 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) rallied at the California state capitol in Sacramento chanting, “We’re letting them know this is our house!” In 2012, the government employee unions had helped elect big-government, tax-hiking politicians such as Jerry Brown, and they were now clamoring for more money…
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California Capitol Not Taxpayers’ House


Friday September 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:27am PDT   •   2 Comments

As we noted in 2013, California’s government employee unions are so confident of their power that they demonstrate in front of the capitol chanting “This is our house!” They were right then and are still right now, as a Sacramento Bee editorial explains. Senate Bill 376 by Ricardo Lara is “a sop to the…
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EterniTax.Con


Wednesday December 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:53am PST   •   0 Comments

Some taxpayers remain unaware that government-employee unions run the state of California, but the evidence is not hard to find. Sure enough, Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, fired the first salvo to make a temporary tax hike permanent. “Proposition 30 is the best thing to happen to public education and…
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Is Government Outsourcing Wasteful?


Monday June 16th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

We recently noted that California governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 budget would result in the overstaffing of Caltrans design and construction departments by about 3,500 full-time employees at a cost of more than $500 million. This comes at a time when, as Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee observed, a declining workload is “not being…
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USPS Still Losing After All These Years


Monday May 19th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:04am PDT   •   3 Comments

As Josh Hicks reports in the Washington Post, the U.S. Postal Service lost $1.9 billion in the second quarter, and the losses come despite increases in revenues, higher prices for stamps, and a boost in USPS package shipping. The losses, Hicks notes, mark “the 20th time in the last 22 quarters in which the…
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Is America Now More a Nation of Takers than Makers?


Friday April 1st, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:11pm PDT   •   4 Comments

In a new article for the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers,” Stephen Moore discusses that “More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.” If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering…
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New Video on Spending and Debt Crises for State Governments


Thursday March 17th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:40pm PDT   •   0 Comments

FreedomWorks has produced a very timely new video, “We Won Wisconsin—But the Fight Goes On,” on the very serious, looming crises for state government across the U.S., as a result of the unsustainable entitlements, government employee union costs, and other spending and debt.

The Government Union Stronghold on California


Monday March 7th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 2:26pm PST   •   5 Comments

San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant wants to answer his office phone but the City Hall employees’ union says he should not be allowed to do so. The union has taken the Councilman to court, attempting to force him to hire someone else to be his administrative assistant and answer phones for $70,000 a…
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