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EnvironmentAnalysis and Commentary

Earth (Day) To Governor Newsom: Why Didn’t You Ban Fracking?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Some Californians give Earth Day a symbolic nod—picking up litter on a beach, riding a bicycle to work to spare the air.

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Newsom Laces Up His Shoes

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

California’s new governor is chasing a national profile. By taking the lead on immigration, he could earn attention and praise—or fail miserably.

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Red Ink in the Golden State

by Clifton B. Parker interview with Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

California owes hundreds of billions of dollars in pension obligations it can’t meet. Hoover fellow Joshua D. Rauh says the overpromising needs to stop—now.

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Scorched Earth

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wildfires last year destroyed thousands of homes and cost dozens of lives, and California’s environmental policies bear some of the responsibility. The Golden State needs less red tape and smarter land management.

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What Newsom's First 100 Days Portend For His Future

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Today marks California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 100th day in office – an insignificant media-driven landmark for many an elected official, but for Newsom a window into what lies ahead for the 40th governor of the Golden State.

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California’s Governor Looks South Of The Border; California Lawmakers Look To Shame South Carolina

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, April 11, 2019

California far outpaces America’s 49 other states in wealth, economic output, and innovation spending (by some estimates, nearly one-third of the nation’s overall R&D spending).

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California Has Become America’s Cannibal State

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

For over six years, California has had a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. About 150,000 households in a state of 40 million people now pay nearly half of the total annual state income tax.

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California’s Primary Color: Green . . . With Envy

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Among the more curious comments of late by a California politician is the recent assessment of next year’s Democratic presidential primary in the Golden State, courtesy of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

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A California Woman On The Democratic Ticket? If Not, It Won’t Be Because The State’s A Liability

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, March 28, 2019

After the 2016 election and too many columns declaring the near-certainty of a Hillary Clinton presidency, I vowed to abstain from the prediction business.

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California’s Bullet-Train Fiasco Continues: $20 Billion For 120 Miles?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Last month, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that California’s ill-fated high-speed rail project would be scaled back enormously due to cost overruns and delays. The original project, which had an initial cost estimate of $33 billion, would have provided high-speed train service (speeds on some segments in excess of 200 miles per hour) beginning in San Diego, traveling through Los Angeles and the Central Valley up to the state capital of Sacramento, and would have also included the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. With possible federal contributions, this idea sounded promising enough that nearly 53 percent of California taxpayers voted for a $9 billion bond in 2008 to help finance it.

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