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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Issue 2001: Free Advice

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Advice For The Governor: Fix A Bad Labor Law, Beware Of Tax Increases—And Focus On Narrowing The State’s Social Divide

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

If the first month of the first year of the century’s second decade is an indication, Californians are in for a long 2020.

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Advice For The Governor: Clean Up A Made-In-California Mess

by John Kabateckvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, Some escaped while others were left behind. As a result, workers in nearly forty independent contractor classifications can continue to enjoy the freedom of being their own boss while those formerly free independent contractors in nearly fifty classifications will either be forced to be an employee of someone else or, much more likely, simply lose work altogether.

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A Suggestion For The Governor: The Best Way To Raise Revenue Is To Allow Businesses To Create New Jobs, Not To Support The Largest Tax Increase In State History

by Rob Lapsleyvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, In early January, you released your proposed state budget for the next fiscal year. Thanks to a sustained economic recovery within the business community, the state has near-full employment and $78 billion more in total budget tax revenue since 2010–11.

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Advice For The Governor: Build Up The Affection Between Californians And Their Regions

by Joe Matthewsvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, Back in December, the high school football team in El Monte, a working-class immigrant suburb in the San Gabriel Valley, rode buses 13 hours and 750 miles to Crescent City, a poor town in California’s northwestern corner. Until the last minute, there had been doubt whether the team could make the trip. 

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Advice for the Governor: Don’t Overplay Your Trump Card

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom: First, I’d like to wish you a productive and prosperous 2020. It’s your second year in office; you have an ambitious agenda and, thanks to a strong economy and a generous revenue stream, the resources to make some of that vision a reality. Good luck making that so.

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California State Parks and “Unbuilding” the Golden State

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Friday, August 3, 2012

In a popular appearance on CNN’s “GPS” program last fall, arch-Keynesian economist Paul Krugman wondered whether a possible route

You know you've hit rock bottom when you've offended France

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, July 9, 2012

Summertime in America brings television re-runs and cinematic comedies.

Give California’s Legislature credit, then, for handing its constituency a dose of both: more of the same bad practices, plus choices that would be funny if they weren’t so misguided.

The California Reform Industry: A Prognosis

by Joe Rodotavia Eureka
Friday, June 29, 2012

In the current recession, the ranks of the unemployed in California have swelled by nearly 1.2 million.

Still, one industry seems to be thriving in America’s nation-state: the California “reform industry.”

Eureka - California's Policy, Economics and Politics

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, June 28, 2012

The closing days of June are busy ones in Sacramento, with lawmakers in a mad dash to complete a state budget by July 1 and the beginning of California’s new fiscal year.

Facing Up To California's Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

by Dale Bonnervia Eureka
Thursday, June 28, 2012

With the federal transportation program set to expire this week, California and other states are anxiously waiting to see if Congress will pass another short-term extension or enact a new multi-year spending program befitting the world’s largest economy.

California's Health Budget, In The "Pretzel Palace of Incredible Complexity"

by Kim Belshevia Eureka
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There are few agencies in state government whose responsibilities touch the lives of vulnerable Californians as personally and directly as the Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency.

If K-12 Education Matters Most, Why Doesn’t California’s Budget Reflect This?

by Rob Manwaringvia Eureka
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Polling data consistently shows that K-12 education is Californians’ highest state budget priority. Indeed, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to put those beliefs to the test with a $7 billion tax initiative on the November ballot aimed at plugging the state’s chronic budget problems.

Budgeting, or California Dreaming?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

In the fabled Golden State, there are certain rites of summer. Along those lines: family vacations, top-down convertibles, the bow-wave of students coming and going at California’s nearly 400 colleges and universities.

California’s Budget, Past, Future – And What Might Have Been

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

Not too many people get excited about dry budget numbers. Most people care instead about what’s behind those numbers -- how much of our money will the government take, what kinds of services will it provide?

Stupid Things We Do In Sacramento

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

When guilt is demonstrable, confession is the best bet.

So allow me to confess: as the California’s Director of Finance for four years, I did some stupid things.

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