Posts Tagged ‘public unions’


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BART Sweeps In More Toll Hikes


Wednesday February 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:13pm PST   •   1 Comment

Bridge tolls are high in the Bay Area but rapid transit bosses are worried that they are not quite high enough. As Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross note in the San Francisco Chronicle, a $3.5 billion bond approval has BART bosses panting for another $1.5 billion in toll hikes on the area’s seven state-owned…
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Government Pension Surge Drives Tax Increases


Monday November 3rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55am PST   •   3 Comments

This week voters in California will make the call on, count ‘em, 140 tax increases, from sales taxes to levies on soda and marijuana. If voters should wonder what is driving these tax increases, Mark Bucher of the California Policy Center has a few suggestions in his October 26 Sacramento Bee article headlined “Big…
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Double-Dip Waste


Wednesday May 7th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:05am PDT   •   0 Comments

Taxpayers prone to wonder why government is so wasteful should take a hard look at government-employee pensions in general and the practice of double-dipping in particular. As this report notes, Bill Carnahan, head of the Southern California Public Power Authority, took both his full-time salary and his pension at the same time, and he…
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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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How Government Unions Became so Powerful


Wednesday September 8th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:25am PDT   •   1 Comment

In her September 4th article in the Wall Street Journal, “How Government Unions Became so Powerful,” Amity Shlaes traces how federal protectionism, collective bargaining, and striking powers for public-sector unions have created government labor monopolies for which private workers are forced to pay ever higher taxes for generous pensions and other benefits: “This weekend…
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