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Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner

Tax Increases Fuel Job Growth?

I have a question. I mean this in all sincerity. I ask it without intending a drop of cynicism. My question is this: How do tax increases create jobs?

The question is prompted by the governor’s news conference on August 25. It is no secret that California has a serious jobs problem. Our unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation, and that understates the problem as our jobless rate does not include (1) those who have given up searching for jobs, and (2) those who are underemployed and seek full time work but cannot find it because of our anemic economy. Persistent joblessness destroys our economy, our communities, and our families. For that reason, the governor and Democrat leadership have promised to focus on the jobs problem in the last two week of the legislative session.

It is about darn time. The GOP months and months ago proposed dozens of pro-jobs and pro-economic growth bills. But, as I detailed in my last column, the Democrats killed all of those bills. And now they want to focus on jobs? Welcome to the issue, guys. Better late than never.

Except maybe not so, which brings me back to taxes. The governor and Democrat… Read More

Barry Jantz

Caltrans in the cross hairs of crusading senator

From the U-T’s Logan Jenkins…

“…what has me singing hosannas of joy is the holy war between state Sen. Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon, and Caltrans.”

Read the column here.Read More

Jon Fleischman

Voting For AB 155 Bill To “End Run” Amazon Tax Referendum Would Be A Pledge Violation

This just in from Patrick Gleason & Kelly W. Cobb over at Americans for Tax Reform…

Americans for Tax Reform is active in all 50 state capitals and from this perspective one thing is clear, when it comes to legislative creativity, lawmakers in Sacramento have every other state easily beat – no contest. Unfortunately for those currently contending with the state’s nearly 12% unemployment rate, California legislators only seem to use their creativity for the purpose of enacting job-killing tax increases and other measures that only serve to further depress the Golden State’s already flagging economy.

The latest exhibit of this unfortunate fact is Assembly Bill 155, legislation that, if Democrat lawmakers have their way, would “gut-and-amend” an existing bill to re-enact a sales tax on out-of-state and online purchases signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in June. The end goal of this legislation, pushed by the often misguided and incorrect Sen. Loni Hancock, is simply to block California votersRead More

Mike Spence

Conservatives Serve Notice: “Reformed” CRP Platform is the End of the Line

In an unprecedented statement of unity, conservative and pro-family leaders throughout California have served notice on the California Republican Party (CRP) that if the CRP proceeds to adopt a draft platform that eliminates core conservative principles, these leaders will abandon the GOP and form a new conservative party. As the memo sent Friday to the Party’s leadership [Read it here] states “this is the end of the line for the California Republican Party” if the platform is adopted.

Last month, a group of CRP delegates elected as the Platform Drafting Committee launched a coup, proposing to eliminate the Party’s longstanding support for traditional marriage, abandoned the pro-life movement, and significantly weakened the Party’s position on illegal immigration. The platform coup was engineered by wealthy RINO’s with the backing of liberal billionaire Charles Munger. Republicans may remember Munger as the genius behind the so-called “open primary” and “citizens redistricting commission” that will likely result in the GOP losing numerous seats (and all… Read More

Jon Fleischman

New Audacious Effort To Eliminate Ballot Initiatives From June Statewide Elections?

It is hardly a secret that at a statewide level the voters of California have been “inconvenient” to the special interest groups that control the State Capitol.. You need look no further for proof of this than California Democrat Party Chairman and former State Senate President John Burton’s recent screed in the Sacramento Bee, railing against the ballot initiative process. Just last week there was an article in the Los Angeles Times, Democrats propose measures to rein in California initiative process. Without going on at length with a great many example of ballot measures passed by the California electorate, suffice it to say that while the Capitol is dominated by politicians with an ultra-liberal ideology, the results of various high profile initiative contests demonstrate that voters are pretty centrist – and center-right when it comes to fiscal issues.

The assault on the overall ballot measure process comes as no surprise, but the level to which… Read More

Ron Nehring

What we can all learn from Californian Steve Jobs

Politics is about leadership, and those of us who are active in the conservative movement often look for excellence in the private sector to inspire better governance.

For this reason, in light of recent developments we should take a moment to learn from one of California’s most famous private sector leaders: Steve Jobs.

The modern era of personal computing came about while I was in high school and college, and I was never much of an Apple guy. In those days, kids chose brands in the emerging computer wars like they were rival sports teams. Apple vs. IBM, Red Sox vs. Yankees, same thing. I barely noticed when Jobs was dumped from the company he co-founded by then-CEO John Scully.

Yet Jobs’ career and the impact of his work on the rest of us and how we lead our lives are both exceptional and noteworthy. His return to Apple and the success the company has enjoyed since is an inspiring testament to the power of devotion when combined with both skill and judgment. Jobs started a new comany, NeXT, after being forced out of Apple, leading to multiple innovations that would later be incorporated into Apple once Jobs… Read More

James V. Lacy

DeSaulnier petition law functional equal to Nazi Nuremberg laws

One thing is for sure, that Democrat State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, like all his colleagues in the Legislature, despises Adolf Hitler. Regardless, DeSaulnier’s new law to require petition signature gatherers to wear a badge saying “I am paid to do this” in 30 point type is the functional equivalent of and conceptually based on the same cognitive justification as Nazi Germany’s law that required a Jew, when in public, to stitch on their clothing a big Star of David, the symbol of that religion. Just as Hitler wanted the public to know who the Jews were, and see something negative in that, DeSaulnier wants the public to know that a signature gatherer is employed to do what they do. And the joint intention of the Government regulations in both instances are to single out and sully the person wearing the badge in the eyes of the public.

Why does it matter that a signature gatherer is paid to obtain signatures? The right to petition government is a fundamental First Amendment based constitutional right. It is a hyper-right in California where we also have a state constitutional right to initiative and referendum. Any restrictions on those… Read More

Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner

Toe Tags for GOP Bills

As the current legislative session winds to a desultory close, I had the occasion recently to look back on the bills Republican Assembly Members had offered to make the state more business friendly. The sight was not a pretty one. Dead Republican bills littered the committee rooms and assembly floor. The local morgue does not have enough toe tags for all of the good, pro-jobs bills killed this year in Sacramento.

For example, the Republicans proposed several bills offering tax incentives to small businesses. Paul Cook’s AB 166 eliminated the yearly Minimum Franchise Tax on small businesses to make easier expansion and the hiring of new workers. If wholesale elimination was too much for the Democrats, then Martin Garrick offered AB 821 reducing that Minimum Franchise Tax from $800 to $100 for the second through tenth years of operation. If even that was too much, Mike Morrell proposed AB 368 to cut the tax for only the first six taxable years. And finally, if all else failed, Jim Silva had a bill, AB 831, to at least provide a break in the Minimum Franchise Tax to the few entrepreneurs who establish single member limited liability companies. No, no, no, no,… Read More

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