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Proposed Board of Equalization changes would create bureaucracies

There’s no sugarcoating it: The California Board of Equalization has had some problems. But, the answer to solving these problems doesn’t begin with extreme legislation that strips Californians of their right to bring tax appeals before their elected peers. Yes, an audit report by the state Department of Finance highlighted some issues related to …

Political Scams Are the Norm in California

Con artists deceive their victims by manipulating emotions and exploiting vulnerabilities. Some con artists are so skilled, their victims are unaware they’ve been scammed. Once a con artist gains your trust, it’s highly probable you’ll be the victim of a scam. The same is true of some politicians. Californians pay close to the highest amount of …

Californians Already Pay a Premium for Good Roads

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats recently announced a deal to create a new car tax and raise the state’s gas tax by 40 percent. If passed, the proposal would cost Californians $52 billion over the course of a decade. If you thought you were safe because you drive an electric vehicle, the transportation package includes a new $100 annual …

Talking Taxes: Barbershop Edition

In an effort to engage more communities in relevant tax policy issues, I’ve revamped my “Talking Taxes” video series to focus more on California’s small business community. In my latest video, I visit CeCe’s Cutz barbershop in the Natomas area of Sacramento. There are number of tax proposals making their way through the …

Taxes Not the Answer to Road Repairs

As seen in the San Francisco Chronicle California’s roads are crumbling. Reports routinely show our state has some of the poorest pavement conditions in the country, with high-tax liberal strongholds of San Francisco and Oakland leading the way. The culprit? Misplaced spending priorities. If you spilled your latte when hitting that huge pothole on …

Health Care Debate Ignores Dramatic Growth In Medical Welfare

Now that Donald Trump has assumed the presidency, debate around the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is more robust than ever. Pundits and politicos are analyzing the potential ramifications of repealing the controversial health care law, popularly known as ObamaCare. Most arguments, including some made by California newspaper editorial boards, have centered …

Fake News Concerns Could Lead to Assault on Free Speech

Pundits and politicos are still struggling to explain how Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump. In recent weeks, they’ve blamed Russia, third-party candidates for president and FBI Director James Comey. But the media’s favorite culprit seems to be “fake news,” whether it be Denver Guardian stories or the fake tweets that spread like wildfire …

Here’s Why Academics Are Stunned By Trump’s Win

Donald Trump is worse than Adolf Hitler.” “I couldn’t imagine anything worse happening to America than September 11 — and then the election happened.” These aren’t the words of an MSNBC talking head. They are the views of a California community college professor, as expressed in a long-winded political outburst to students …

Temporary Taxes Should Be Temporary

Once new government programs are introduced, they rarely go away. That’s because special interests who depend on those programs will stop at nothing to keep your hard-earned tax dollars flowing their way. Sadly, this is the case with Proposition 55—the ballot initiative that would extend the so-called “temporary” tax increases on California’s …

Marijuana Tax Revenue Hopes Could Go up in Smoke

For the third time in state history, California voters will be faced with the question of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The official ballot summary for Proposition 64 says the measure could generate up to $1 billion in new tax revenue annually for state and local governments. Only time will tell if this is true, but voters – regardless …