Smoke more, government needs the cash

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Commentary, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Steven Greenhut
One of the easiest mistakes for officials to make is to assume that people will continue to behave in the exact same way – regardless of any new tax rate or regulation that the government imposes. This “static” form of analysis leads to many unforeseen consequences and to results that usually defy the [...]

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Is it time for California pension reformers to close shop?

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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The pension numbers are clear. Despite some good recent returns, California’s pension systems are in a deep hole, the result of a decade of expanding pension promises and underfunding the payment of them.

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Critics of California split see dystopian visions

By   /  May 5, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

A NEW CALIFORNIA: California is the most populous state and the third-largest state, geographically. One of its 58 counties is larger geographically than the nine smallest U.S. states – and larger than the four smallest ones combined.

By Steven Greenhut
SACRAMENTO — Most critics of wealthy political activist Tim Draper’s initiative to slice up California into six states have depicted this as an interesting “thought experiment” designed mainly to spark some discussion about our arguably “ungovernable” current state. Some critics, however, have been apoplectic about the idea.
 
An article in Huffington Post argues that “6 California’s” would [...]

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More laws won’t clean up California government

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

Poster Child: California state Sen. Ron Calderon, one of many state pols facing ethics charges. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SACRAMENTO – When it comes to ethics, I always figured there are three kinds of people. There are those who, upon seeing a storehouse filled with treasure, would try to steal as much of it as they could grab. Then there are those would take the treasure, but only if the doors were unlocked and [...]

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For once, Calif. GOP out-hustles unions

By   /  February 16, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

By Steven Greenhut
Some political analysts have warned California Republicans not to read too much into last Tuesday’s decisive victory in the San Diego mayoral race by GOP councilman Kevin Faulconer over Democratic councilman David Alvarez. In California, the troubled GOP should never make too much of rare good news. Yet the party can learn some [...]

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California thinks it leads the nation

By   /  February 3, 2014  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

By Steven Greenhut
SACRAMENTO — Everything is rosy in California, according to Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators. In fact, California’s comeback is so seemingly spectacular that some observers are half-seriously arguing that the 75-year-old Brown should gear up a presidential run in 2016. California, say some of the nation’s elite media, is the model for [...]

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