Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — What can we learn from Illinois’ failed pension reform efforts?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Illinois, Issues, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois that tossed aside a legislative effort to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.

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California’s government unions collect $1.0 billion per year

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  California, Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Ed Ring | Watchdog Opinion
If you study California’s legislature, it doesn’t take long to learn there’s an elephant in both chambers, bigger and badder than every other beast. And considering the immense size of that elephant, and the power it wields, it doesn’t get talked about much.
Because that gigantic elephant is public employee unions, and […]

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When it comes to the water crisis, is Gov. Brown putting fish before people?

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  California, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has proven that when it comes to the water crisis, he prefers protecting fish and punishing people as opposed to real solutions.

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Watchdog Podcast: Breaking the Bank — Public workers are new American royalty

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, California, Issues, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a step back from the usual number-crunching and budget-busting to ask a sociological question: are America’s highly-paid public sector workers a new form of royalty?

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California’s fork in the road for infrastructure spending

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  California, transportation, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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California’s roads are in bad shape, despite the billions given for public infrastructure. Is a bill increasing the gas tax to fix the roads a solution?

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — Can GOP make case for California pension reform?

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, California, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at one way that pension reform could get accomplished in California, by getting a proposal on the election ballot in 2016.

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