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July 14, 2015
Also published at The Press Enterprise The state Legislature is constitutionally obligated each year to pass a budget by June 15 and send it to the governor for his signature, setting the spending agenda of state government for the next 12 months. With the budget requiring only a simple majority...
May 27, 2015
Last week, Governor Brown released his revised state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. It clocks in at a record-setting $267 billion – nearly $13 billion more than last-year’s record-breaking budget, expanding the size and reach of our ever-growing government.
May 15, 2015
If you are a driver in California, you know our roads and highways need work. Even though we pay more in gas taxes than residents in nearly every other state, our roads are in some of the poorest condition. In fact, a recent study found that our broken roads cost motorists as much as an extra $2,500 every year.
April 15, 2015
Amidst one of California’s worst droughts on record, the governor and legislative Democrats used growing public concern to push through new laws and regulations that, of all things, will likely result in more water for the environment than for the people of our state.
February 9, 2015
CalPERS and CalSTRS are not financial laboratories for solving every ill. The great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned against the state becoming involved in shaping private enterprise and propping up favored industries. Too many families have too much at stake for such experiments. When the Legislature injects itself in the process, it is everyday Californians who end up covering those losses, usually with higher taxes.
November 4, 2014
For eight months a year, elected representatives from all backgrounds and perspectives gather in Sacramento to conduct the people’s business. One issue, however, unites us all: getting the economy up and running to create more and better jobs.
October 22, 2014
Beginning January 1, 2015, gas and diesel fuel prices will start rising because of new regulations under California’s climate change law, AB 32. They are part of the state’s Cap and Trade program and were created by unelected officials on the California Air Resources Board. The cost of these changes will amount to what I believe is a “hidden” gas tax.
September 22, 2014
Your editorial (Aug. 20) was spot on. California’s economic climate is in a fragile state, caused in large part by a majority party in the legislature oblivious to the realities facing business owners. These two measures would only make our situation worse and I opposed them both.
June 23, 2014
Summer travel season is right around the corner, and we’re already seeing gas prices at more than four dollars a gallon. ... we may be reminiscing about “the good old days” when gas was so “cheap,” as another new regulation coming out of Sacramento is about to raise the cost at the pump even higher.
June 20, 2014
Interested in the details of the new state budget? Check out this analysis to learn how the state plans to spend your money.