Citizens Against New Local Taxes  (CANLT)

STATE OF CALIFORNIA 

Articles, Press and General Information about Taxes, with a focus on statewide taxes.


      TAXIFORNIA!

        

"...California ranked dead last in a combined measure of the state's tax burden and tax structure
..." (April 2010)

[Image & quote above, courtesy of Robert P. Murphy, Ph.D. & Jason Clemens, Pacific Research Institute]
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[Source: HJTA.org, 8/23/2010]
" FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS"
"... to guarantee that all government employee compensation information is always readily available to taxpayers, HJTA will pursue legislation requiring that this information be made available on-line.  Those who believe they should be able to hide their pay, benefits and pensions from their employers, the taxpayers, can go to Bell."

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            [Cartoon image source:  Sean Delonas]
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TWO MILLION+ FEDERAL EMPLOYEES CANNOT BARGAIN FOR WAGES OR BENEFITS.    THEY HAVE FAR LESS POWER THAN STATE PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS
[Source:  Online.WSJ.Com,  2/24/2011]
Strassel:  Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me
     

SPECIAL UPDATE 10-25-2010 [Source: HuffingtonPost.com]
600,000 Local California Government Employees Salaries & Benefits, by California State Controller John Chiang
California State Controller John Chiang's online database contains titles, salary ranges, and benefit information for 600,000 California State employees (but by positions only, not by names, and by salary ranges (which are quite broad), not actual salaries).  This is a very good start by Controller Chiang, but it's not good enough.  The CA State Supreme court has ruled that exact names and exact salaries are public information and available upon request under the Freedom of Information Public Records Act.  Chiang should mandate that in the next update, employee NAMES (first and last), titles, hire dates, salary basis, and EXACT salaries are provided and published, just as we've done here on our site.   We today (10-25-2010) called upon Controller Chiang (via email and telephone) to expand the data as indicated above, in the next Controller's Office update.

[Source: HJTA.ORG,  2/29/2008]
"CALIFORNIA PIGLET BOOK"
For Years 2008, 2007, 2006, 2006, 2004, & 2003
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Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) have joined forces to publish the California Piglet Book, exposing some of the worst examples of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in California's state and local government. ..."  
Downloads available from WWW.HJTA.ORG

[Source: Reuters,  9/22/2010]
BELL, CA  MAYOR, OFFICALS ARRESTED IN CALIFORNIA PAY SCANDAL



[Source: Online WSJ,  8/5/2010
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Bell, CA City Pay Scandal
"Focus on City Pay Widens"
"...a tiny city south of Los Angeles was paying its city manager nearly $800,000. ..."



California Official Orders Web Disclosure as the Backlash Extends Beyond Bell

CA Controller Chiang's 8/3/2010 Press Release


CANLT comment (8/5/2010):  That Bell City manager's salary was almost double President Obama's salary of $400,000.  It's about time that the California Controller is forcing this issue.   Although salaries and benefit information for public employees IS public record, very often public agencies attempt to do everything possible to stonewall those who request the information;  instead they either refuse, delay, or say that they can only provide salary "ranges".  That is false.  If you want a list of actual names and exact actual salaries for any city or any public school district (whether you live in it or not), you are entitled to it and you have a right to request and be given that information.  The Cities and School Districts MUST PROVIDE that information to you if you request it.   Controller Chaing expects the information for California to be available by November 2010.  We will publish it here -- for our local agencies -- anyway.


[Sources: Alameda CA County Registrar of Voters Election Results and MercuryNews.com,  6/23/2010]
ALAMEDA USD Parcel Tax DEFEATED



[Source: County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Election Results,  6/9/2010
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LOS ANGELES USD SPECIAL MEASURE E [Parcel Tax] DEFEATED



[Source: 
Adam B Summers and Jon Coupal,  6/7/2010] 
"PUBLIC PENSIONS COULD BANKRUPT CALIFORNIA" [Word]



[Source:  California Pension Reform,  6/4/2010]

"CFFR PREVAILS IN LAWSUIT REQUIRING PENSION DATA FROM ORANGE COUNTY RETIREMENT SYSTEM"   
"On Wednesday, the judge in the case California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility v. Orange County Retirement System entered an order concluding that OCERS must provide to CFFR the retiree names, gross retirement amounts, and an identification of the prior public employer of each retiree."...
"is similar to orders entered in previous lawsuits on this issue in Contra Costa County and Stanislaus County. All three have concluded that the requested records are public."...



[Source:  Reason Foundation,  6/3/2010]
 
"HOW TO FIX CALIFORNIA'S PUBLIC PENSION CRISIS"

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Over the last two decades, state lawmakers have bestowed massive pension and benefit increases upon government workers. Unfortunately, taxpayers are now getting the bills for these handouts. ..." 



[Source:  Examiner. com,  6/3/2010] 
'VOTE NO ON THE LAUSD PARCEL TAX - PROPOSITION E"
 
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"LAUSD does not deserve more money. They spend (waste) so much of it outside of the schools on bureaucracy, programs, outside firms, lobbyists, real estate, a TV station and more. The board members, the Superintendent, and the downtown administrators cannot be trusted to put any newly raised money into the schools."...


 
[SOURCE:  OCMetro. com, 4/1/2010]
"SINKING THE STATE"



[Source: Reuters,  5/21/2010] 'CALIFORNIA PENSION POLITICS HEATING UP"

"...the state's three biggest public pension funds face a collective shortfall of more than $500 billion over the next 16 years". ...    "Every additional dollar we spend on state employee pensions is a dollar we take from education, health, and public safety," Schwarzenegger said." ...  ...the state's unemployment rate is over 12 percent." ...

[Source: Wall Street Journal, 5/19/2010]

"DOW 28,000,000:  THE UNBELIEVABLE EXPECTATIONS OF CALIFORNIA'S PENSION SYSTEM"

..."Because Calpers failed to disclose pension costs and liabilities 10 years ago, taxpayers will be on the hook for hundreds of billions. In 1999 then California Governor Gray Davis signed into law a bill that represented the largest issuance of non-voter-approved debt in the state's history. The bill SB 400 granted billions of dollars in retroactive pension boosts to state employees, allowing retirements as young as age 50 with lifetime pensions of up to 90% of final year salaries. The California Public Employees' Retirement System sold the pension boost to the state legislature by promising that "no increase over current employer contributions is needed for these benefit improvements" and that Calpers would "remain fully funded." They also claimed that enhanced pensions would not cost taxpayers "a dime" because investment bets would cover the expense.    What Calpers failed to disclose, however, was that (1) the state budget was on the hook for shortfalls should actual investment returns fall short of assumed investment returns, (2) those assumed investment returns implicitly projected the Dow Jones would reach roughly 25,000 by 2009 and 28,000,000 by 2099, unrealistic to say the least (3) shortfalls could turn out to be hundreds of billions of dollars, (4) Calpers's own employees would benefit from the pension increases and (5) members of Calpers's board had received contributions from the public employee unions who would benefit from the legislation. Had such a flagrant case of non-disclosure occurred in the private sector, even a sleepy SEC and US Attorney would have noticed."  ...


[Source:  HJTA, 5/17/2010]
"WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD"
..."In the real California, taxpayers and homeowners are struggling to survive
. Unemployment is 12.6% and those lucky enough to have jobs are having their hours and benefits cut. Credible threats of foreclosure hang over the heads of millions of homeowners and even a slight bump in their personal financial situations could result in them living on the streets.

In the real California, small businesses are faring just as poorly. ...

But in fantasy California, nothing is wrong.
Employment is secure, budgets are at or close to historic highs and an air of entitlement continues to be the norm. New programs continue to be enacted without concern about future costs. Sure, in fantasy land, some have had to take one day a week off but that has allowed and extra day of skiing at Lake Tahoe. And, of course, health care benefits and pensions continue to be the highest in the nation.
All is glorious in fantasy California – also known as government."   ...
    


[Source: US News & World Report. 5/14/2010]                   

"THE CRIPPLING PRICE OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS"    Citing the HJTA, ..."This article in U.S. News describes how the bullying of vulnerable legislators by large corrupt labor unions has lead to lavish government spending in California's public sector.   It describes a possible solution in creating independent commissions to battle the labor unions, before the state declares bankruptcy."  


[Source:  LA Times, 5/8/2010]
VOTE NO ON THE PARCEL TAX


[Source:  LA Times, 5/5/2010]

"JUDGE OKS CALIFORNIA'S SHIFT OF FUNDS FROM REDEVELOPMENT TO SCHOOLS"




[Source:  LA Times, 4/29/2010]
"STATE OF TAXINESS" 
Despite Prop 13, California is still wasting taxpayer money




[Source: HJTA 5/4/2010]
"GOVERNMENT WORKERS RIDE INTO A GOLDEN SUNSET ON THE BACK OF TAXPAYERS"




[Source: FORBES.com 4/26/2010]
"THE MOST TAX-BURDENED STATES THE GOLDEN STATE?    MORE LIKE TAXIFORNIA"
"...California (score of 3.1) along with South Carolina, and New York are the lowest ranked states, combining a relatively large burden of government with a poorly structured tax system. This double-whammy strongly discourages residents from working hard, saving and investing, which again are the basis for strong and prosperous economies."  




[Source: Orange County Register, 4/18/2010]
''CALPERS MISSES POINT, SAYS GOVERNOR'S ADVISER"
Per the HJTA, 
"The California Public Employees Retirement System has responded to university studies calling generous government employee pension packages unsustainable by attacking the studies themselves. CalPERS relies on accounting gimmicks to prove its solvency. However, author Teri Sforza argues in attacking its critics, state retirement systems are behaving like Lehman Brothers, which tried to defend shady accounting practices before its collapse."



[Source: City-Journal. org, Spring 2010]
"THE BEHOLDEN STATE:  How public-sector unions broke California"




[Source: Pacific Research,  4/14/2010
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"TAXIFORNIA"
San Francisco—The Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in San Francisco, found that California ranked dead last in a combined measure of the state's tax burden and tax structure according to the newly released study, TAXIFORNIA.  It is the second study in the California Prosperity series, a PRI project to evaluate California's economic performance relative to other states.

 


[SOURCE:  OCMetro. com, 4/1/2010]
"SINKING THE STATE"  Will public employee pensions bankrupt California?
Per the HJTA, "Author William Lobdell shares how 50-year old friends are retiring from state jobs with 90 percent of their final annual pay while his 50th birthday approaches with retirement nowhere in sight. California's rapidly increasing state employee pension expenses threaten to decimate the budget while workers in the private sector see their already much less genereous benefit packages scaled back."..



[SOURCE:  Orange County Register, 8/23/2009]
"PENSION WARNING FROM THE SOURCE"
The top ACTUARY for CalPERS - the union-dominated California Public employee's Retirement System - the nation's largest pension fund - WARNS that the PENSIONS RECEIVED BY CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE 'UNSUSTAINABLE".  ...




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[Source: HJTA.org, 8/23/2010]
" FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL"
"... to guarantee that all government employee compensation information is always readily available to taxpayers, HJTA will pursue legislation requiring that this information be made available on-line.  Those who believe they should be able to hide their pay, benefits and pensions from their employers, the taxpayers, can go to Bell."



[Source: Pacific Research Institute, 4/14/2010]  
"TAXIFORNIA"
San Francisco—The Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a free-market think tank based in San Francisco, found that California ranked dead last in a combined measure of the state's tax burden and tax structure according to the newly released study, TAXIFORNIA.  It is the second study in the California Prosperity series, a PRI project to evaluate California's economic performance relative to other states.



Source: Reason Foundation.  5/10/2010]
Comparing Private Sector and Government Worker Salaries

"According to the most recent Employer Costs for Employee Compensation survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of December 2009, state and local government employees earned total compensation of $39.60 an hour, compared to $27.42 an hour for private industry workers-a difference of over 44 percent.  This includes 35 percent higher wages and nearly 69 percent greater benefits. ..."




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