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Board of Equalization Bilks Taxpayers


Friday January 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:26am PST   •   2 Comments

California maintains a state Board of Equalization that, contrary to its name, does not equalize anything. Board of Taxation would more accurate because the state body collects taxes, and as Adam Ashton notes in the Sacramento Bee, board members use some of the tax money they collect to promote themselves in their districts. In…
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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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GovSecrecy.Con


Thursday May 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

As the story goes, somebody opened a restaurant with politicians and bureaucrats as waiters but it failed because they kept serving the food under the table. In the real world, likewise, politicians and bureaucrats strive to keep things out of sight from taxpayers. As Taryn Luna writes in the Sacramento Bee, one way they…
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Wasteful Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Will Hurt Consumers


Monday May 9th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we observed in “Financial Crisis and Leviathan,” a deep recession, widespread unemployment, and fathomless debt were the prevailing conditions when the Obama administration created the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2011. The CFPB was based on the premise that consumers were unable to look out for themselves without help from the federal…
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Bay Bridge Keeps Right On Corroding


Wednesday June 10th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:35pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have repeatedly noted, the stylish new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was 10 years in the making, a whopping $5 billion over budget, and yet riddled with safety issues. We have done our best to keep up with the problems, but they keep on coming. As Jaxon Van Derbeken…
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Cops and Robbers


Monday January 6th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:00am PST   •   0 Comments

While monitoring federal debacles such as Obamacare and the stimulus package, taxpayers should not lose sight of local governments such as Los Angeles County, whose population of nearly 10 million exceeds that of many states, with a bureaucracy to match. Los Angeles County once maintained something called the Office of Public Safety, a police…
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UN-good Waste for U.S.


Tuesday October 23rd, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:36am PDT   •   5 Comments

Millions of American workers can’t find jobs and even the freespending Obama administration has frozen federal salaries for two years. But the situation is different at the United Nations, which gets approximately 25 percent of its budget from the United States. The UN employs 489 executives, more than the number of equivalent positions (484)…
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Key California State Workers Receive Half-Million Dollar Payments for Sick Days


Sunday March 20th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 3:10pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In “State workers’ unused paid time means big payouts,” Marisa Lagos reports in the San Francisco Chronicle that while California has been facing a financial crisis with record deficits and high unemployment, many state government employees are receiving half-million dollar payments for amassed sick days upon leaving or retirement: One public employee received a…
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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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Democratic Double Standard in California


Saturday January 15th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:57am PST   •   0 Comments

Governor Jerry Brown is proposing measures to balance the California state budget, including cutting $12.5 billion in spending and extending $12 billion in expiring taxes. The politically ambitious move from the new governor involves a sequencing of three legislative parts. The legislature would pass spending cuts, voters would then be able to vote in…
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