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Richard Rider

Based on 2015 figures and COL, the median TX household income is 29.3% higher than CA

I’ve just updated (December 2016) my salient household income comparison of California vs. hated Texas. My original figures were from 2009. Since then it’s gotten even better — for Texas.

According to recent U.S. census figures I can find, the 2015 median household income in California is significantly higher than Texas.

CA — $64,500

TX — $55,653 — 13.5% less than CA (vs. 18.1% less in 2009). TX is only $122 below the national average of $55,775.

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/acsbr15-02.pdf

But compared to the national average cost of living figure, the California cost of living (3rdquarter 2016) is 35.9% higher than the national average, while the Texas COL is 9.3% LOWER than the national average.… Read More

Kevin Dayton

Your Public Comment Can Help Keep CalExit Petitions Off the Street, Where They Don’t Belong

UPDATE! Here are the 39 public comments submitted to the California Attorney General on the proposed Calexit secession initiative for California:

39 Public Comments to California Attorney General About Calexit California Secession Initiative

Wednesday, December 21 is the last day to submit public comments to the California Attorney General regarding the proposed initiative called“Calexit: The California Independence Plebiscite of 2019.” You can and should submit a comment citing reasons why Attorney GeneralKamala Harris should NOT give it an official title and summary.(Go to thepublic comment pageand fill out the form.)

Ridiculous as it sounds, this secession campaign should not be mocked.… Read More

Ed Ring

Association of Pension Funds Blacklists Reform Organizations

In apress releasefrom theNational Conference On Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) dated December 19, 2016, theCalifornia Policy Center, and its spinoff online publication,UnionWatch, were bothchosen, for the 2nd year in a row, as one of only 28 “policy and research organizations” that NCPERS has deemed to be “Think Tanks that Undercut Pensions.” Ponder the significance of this excerpt from that same press release: “Under the Code of Conduct,NCPERS urges its corporate members to disclose whether they contribute to these organizations.”

What exactly were the transgressions of the California Policy Center, and UnionWatch, that earned them a place onthis list of undesirables? That earned them an admonition from NCPERS to its corporate members to boycott us, or else? Here is their list of criteria – and, briefly, our response:

How… Read More

Katy Grimes

Shut Up and Act: ‘The Perfect Idiot’s Profession’

The American people have spoken. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, in a free and fair election (despite cybertampering by DHS…). But ignoramus Hollywood actors are urging members of the Electoral College to select someone other than Donald Trump.

A person’s true character and grit becomes evident when they face real adversity or fail at something. We know Democrats are sore losers, and Hollywood epitomizes this.

It’s so much easier to be liberal, but especially in liberal Hollywood.… Read More

Jon Coupal

A KINGS RANSOM FOR “PUBLIC SERVANTS”?

Once upon a time we called them “public servants.” Today, most taxpayers struggle to keep a straight face when this term is used to describe the well-paid, elite who govern us.

In a state where the median per capita income is just over $30,000, Gov. Brown, legislators and other state elected officials will celebrate the holidays with a four percent pay raise. The California Citizens Compensation Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor, decided the improved economy and healthy state budget justified the raise. California lawmakers, who were already the most generously paid in all 50 states, will now receive $104,115, earning them $14,774 more per year than the next highest. Of course, this does not count the additional $176 per day in “walking around money,” living expenses lawmakers receive for every day the Legislature is in session, amounting to an average of $34,000.

The governor, too, is now the highest paid at $190,100 — Pennsylvania’s governor is actually slated to make $723 more, but Gov. Tom Wolf does not accept the salary.

Do Californians pay their governor, the top executive of a state government… Read More

THE GOP NEEDS TO IMPROVE ITS MARKETING SKILLS

By Gary Aminoff, Treasurer, The Republican Party of Los Angeles County

California is now a one-party state, with Democrats having a supermajority in both the State Assembly and Senate.

How is it that the GOP can’t adequately explain to California residents that our ideas are better? Why is it that Republicans can’t convince Californians that our solutionswill bring prosperity and a better life for everyone, Democrats included? The fact is that Republicans in California are poor marketers. We have a great product but don’t know how to sell it.

We need to learn how to market it. You can manufacture a great widget that will do incredible things, including saving people tons of money. But if you don’t know how to market it, you won’t make any sales, even if it is better than sliced bread.

The blame is not completely with the Republican Party. Selling our ideas is only one of the ways we can improve our standing with California voters. We have many obstacles in California. The populous cities of the State are predominantly filled with secular progressives who aren’t interested in limited government, lower taxes, and a… Read More

Ed Ring

How to Identify a “Good” Bond

On November 8th, Californians approvedProp. 51, authorizing $9.0 billion in new borrowing for construction and upgrades of public schools. Also on November 8th, Californians approved 171 local bond measures, authorizing over $22 billion in additional financing for construction and upgrades of public schools.

This new borrowing is only to construct and upgrade K-12 and community college campuses.Total K-12 enrollmentin California has been stable at around 6.3 million students for over a decade.Community college enrollmentin California is about 2.1 million students. This means that this latest round of borrowing equates to $3,735 per student. And similar sums are thrown at California’s K-12 schools and community colleges for construction and upgrades every two years. What gives?

One of the most obvious problems with voter approved bonds in California is the preference given school bonds.… Read More

Katy Grimes

Patriotic State of Jefferson is No CalExit

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

– Thomas Jefferson

Hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians are seeking a return to a representative government that serves the citizens and not itself.

California’s northern most counties are suffering from a lack of representation in the state Legislature. Northern California holds only 3out… Read More

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