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Thank God that I am a California Republican instead!.


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Thank God that I am a California Republican instead!.


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Dear Moksha,

I am very happy that you decided to join me in this Discussion Thread down here. I think that I have pretty much busted the myth that the Democratic Party cares more for the poor, the sick and the elderly, than the Republican Party does. (At least I busted the myth that the California Democratic Party cares more for the poor, the sick and the elderly, than does the California Republican Party.) Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown approved cuts to services for the poor, the sick and the elderly, while at the same time, he was still trying to get a few Republicans to support him to extend the California State sales tax for an additional five years. The California State sales tax is currently the highest minimum State sales tax in the United States that is at 8.25%, which mostly hurts the elderly, the Poor and the Low-income earning People. Thank God that all of the Republicans in the California State Legislature stood their ground, and stopped Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown Plan of extending the highest minimum State sales tax in the United States for an additional five more years. Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown was not able to get the two-thirds votes he needed in the Legislature to extend those taxes for an additional five years.
Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was the main California legislator over two years ago who negotiated and brokered the California State sales increase and the California vehicle tax increase, while at the same time, without doing a damn thing to raise the tax on California Alcoholic beverages. Now answer me this Dear Penguin Friend, would the LDS Church really have been for raising the California State sales tax and the California vehicle tax, without raising the taxes on California Alcoholic beverages???


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The State of California is in serious need for Pension Reform:


Contra Costa Times editorial: Jerry Brown, show us pension reform: http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion ... ck_check=1

Dutton Responds to Governor Brown's 12-Point Pension Plan:
http://cssrc.us/web/31/news.aspx?id=10536


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:19 pm 
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I agree with this Commentary from the LA Times about California's Proposition 13.

It's time to tinker with 'untouchable' Prop. 13:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/02 ... s-20110328


Unfortunately, it doesn't look like California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is going to go that route. Governor Jerry Brown is still trying to get a five year tax increase extension on the vehicle and sales tax.


Brown says he may not wait for voters on taxes:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 1IT5LO.DTL


I am totally against any tax increase extension on the State sales tax.


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Gay marriage in California won't resume for now, appeals court rules:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2 ... uling.html

This is bad news. A Federal District Judge appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan rightly ruled that California's Proposition 8 is Unconstitutional.


That the state won't recognize gay marriages is always a good thing. Who cares if RR appointed the judge? He was wrong to strike down the righteous and constitutional will of the people.

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Same-sex couples should have the right to marry each other in the State of California.


They already do. There is no compelling or constitutional reason for the state to recognize such marriages.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:03 pm 
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Here is some more News from of California:



March jobless rate dips to 12 percent in Calif:
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financia ... K9LDG0.htm




California renewable energy gets major boost in new law:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greensp ... brown.html



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Posted: 04/12/2011 07:58:07 PM PDT


Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation mandating California utilities to generate one-third of electricity from alternative sources by 2020.

Achieving the state's new standards will require billions of dollars from utilities to build new plants and power lines, and is also expected to lead to higher electric rates for businesses and residents.

Whereas the governor and other supporters view the mandate as a boon for the environment and "green" jobs, others say the law could deter business from relocating to the state. California is already known for regulations and shaky public finances, and the law would increase energy costs for businesses, critics said.

Brown signed the legislation at a public ceremony in Milpitas, near San Jose. The new law gives California the most aggressive mandate for alternative energy use in the U.S.

"There are people who think we can drill our way to happiness and prosperity," Brown said at the event. "Instead of just taking oil from thousands of miles away, we're taking the sun and converting it."

Jay Prag, professor at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management in Claremont, had a more critical perspective.

The new law may be based on unreasonable expectations of how much electricity can be produced from alternative sources by 2020, Prag said.

He also questioned the wisdom of embarking upon an ambitious program when Sacramento has many other demands on tax dollars, such as pension obligations.

"If I were a business, I'd say `Fine. I'll wait until 2020 and we'll see if things work out. Then we'll come,"' Prag said.

A 2009 report from the California Public Utilities Commission forecasts $12 billion worth of new transmission lines will be needed to meet the new energy mandate.

The commission also predicted electric rates will be higher in 2020, but that the new standard will result in power being 7.1 percent more expensive than under the one-fifth mandate.

Southern California Edison, headquartered in Rosemead, supports the new law, said Laura Genao, an attorney for the utility.

Edison must now double its renewable energy portfolio, Genao said. She acknowledged the mandate will lead to higher rates.

She also said the law's multiyear targets, rather than single-year benchmarks, reduces the threat of spiking costs for new technology.

Edison reported delivering 19.5 billion kilowatt-hours of alternative energy to customers in 2010. That amount represented about 19 percent of the Rosemead utility's deliveries.

Operators of the Ivanpah solar plant in northern San Bernardino County will deliver one-third of power to be produced there to Edison, said Kristin Hunter, spokeswoman for Oakland-based Brightsource Energy.

The remainder of power to be generated there is contracted to Pacific Gas & Electric, she said.

Brightsource on Monday announced search engine firm Google's investment of $168 million in their Ivanpah plant. Brightsource also has a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy backing the Ivanpah project, which Hunter said is set to begin generating power in 2013.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.




Link: http://www.sbsun.com/business/ci_17830994




And who is going to have to pay for the higher electricity rates once this new law goes into effect? Will it just be the rich People? Of Course Not!. The Low-income earning and the Middle-income earning People are also going to be paying higher electricity rates as a result of this new law. The Democrats have basically complete control of the Government of California. The Democrats are supposed to be more for the Poor and Low-income earning People than the Republicans are. However, that is Not the case in the State of California. The California Democratic Party is Not more for the Poor and Low-income earning People than the California Republican Party. IMO, This is a stupid new law that will end the long haul hurt mostly the Low-income earning and the Middle-income earning People.



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What's interesting is that during the CA summer electricty crisis a few summers ago, the media would show plants idling in the mid morning when demand was low and wonder why the plants weren't producing electricity.

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Gay marriage in California won't resume for now, appeals court rules:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2 ... uling.html

This is bad news. A Federal District Judge appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan rightly ruled that California's Proposition 8 is Unconstitutional.


That the state won't recognize gay marriages is always a good thing. Who cares if RR appointed the judge? He was wrong to strike down the righteous and constitutional will of the people.

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Same-sex couples should have the right to marry each other in the State of California.


They already do. There is no compelling or constitutional reason for the state to recognize such marriages.




Hi Mr. bcspace,


Yes, The Majority of the voters of California did vote for Proposition 8 back in November of 2008. The election results from Proposition 8 back then were 7,001,084 votes (52.3%) Yes, to 6,401,482 votes (47.7%). The election results from Proposition 8 in Imperial County, California were 27,048 (69.7%) Yes, to 11,783 (30.3%). Since that time a Federal District Judge appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan ruled that Proposition 8 was Unconstitutional. This Ruling came down on Wednesday, August 4, 2010. (I do believe that the Federal District Judge in that case made the correct ruling.) Then came the State wide elections for California. Democratic Candidate for Governor, Jerry Brown, then California’s Attorney General, totally refused to defend Proposition 8 in Court after it had been ruled Unconstitutional. His Republican opponent for Governor of California, Meg Whitman stated that she favored defending Proposition 8 in court. The Republican Candidate for Governor, Meg Whitman ended up losing the California Governorship to Democratic Candidate Jerry Brown. The Democratic Candidate for Governor, Jerry Brown ended up becoming the next Governor of California. Then there was the race for the next Attorney General for California. The Democratic Candidate for Attorney General, Kamala Harris basically stated during the campaign that she would totally refuse to defend Proposition 8 during the Court Process. Her Republican opponent for Attorney General, Steve Cooley, basically stated that he would defend Proposition 8 during the Court Process. The Republican Candidate for Attorney General, Steve Cooley ended being endorsed for Attorney General by every law enforcement organization in the race as well as that of every major daily newspaper in California, but one the San Francisco Chronicle. The San Francisco Chronicle was the only major newspaper in California that ended up endorsing Kamala Harris for Attorney General. Then came Election Day, and then came the day after Election Day. The Attorney General’s race was too close to call the day after Election Day. There were still about 1,000,000 absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted to determine who would be California's next Attorney General. After several weeks of counting the absentee and provisional ballots, Democratic Candidate for Attorney General Kamala Harris ended up narrowing defeating Republican Candidate for Attorney General, Steve Cooley, even though Steve Cooley ended up winning 39 out of the 58 Counties in California. The Election results from the Attorney General’s race in Imperial County, California in November of 2010 were 12,695 votes (48.9%) for Kamala Harris, to 10,733 votes (41.4%) for Steve Cooley. Remember that Imperial County, California overwhelmingly supported Proposition 8 back in November of 2008. However, more of the voters of Imperial County ended up voting for Kamala Harris for Attorney General than Steve Cooley for Attorney General. If Proposition 8 was so important to the voters of Imperial County, then why did they not also overwhelmingly support Steve Cooley for Attorney General? Some of the People of Imperial County who voted for Proposition 8 back in November of 2008 ended up voting for Kamala Harris for Attorney General just back in November of 2010. It sure looks like Proposition 8 wasn't really that important to those People who voted in Imperial County. And Plus, since the November of 2010 Election of California is more recent than the election back in November of 2008, and California's Attorney General wants same-sex couples to be able to marry each other in the State of California, then Same-sex couples should be able to marry each other in the State of California starting immediately.


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California's Propositions Results By County For November of 2008:
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/200 ... asures.pdf


California's Attorney General Results By County For November of 2010:
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/201 ... eneral.pdf



Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris urges appeals court to permit same-sex marriage:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2 ... html?lanow


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Since that time a Federal District Judge appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan ruled that Proposition 8 was Unconstitutional.


Doesn't matter who appointed him. One, he should have recused himself and two, he had no basis for arguing that the law is unconstitutional.

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And Plus, since the November of 2010 Election of California is more recent than the election back in November of 2008, and California's Attorney General wants same-sex couples to be able to marry each other in the State of California, then Same-sex couples should be able to marry each other in the State of California starting immediately.


Also doesn't matter. The modus operandi of the Left is to vote or count votes until what they want is passed. And simultaneous launch a media and entertainment assault to numb the minds of the populace until what they want is considered normal.

The bottom line is gay marriage and the acceptance of homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle choice is a travesty for the nation and never was based on science or logic or reason but on fads.

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Here is some more news about the Pension Problems in California:



Marcia Fritz: Brown avoiding real pension reform:
http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-04- ... ent-system


New contract for California prison guards lifts cap on saved vacation:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... rint.story


Prison Guards Getting Payoff for Supporting Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown?:
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/19/priso ... -jerry-br/



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April 21, 2011 | By ocregister

Many Californians of all political persuasions had hoped that Jerry Brown's second governorship would be the equivalent of the "Nixon goes to China" situation. Mr. Nixon, a Cold War conservative, had the credibility to open up relations with communist China, just as hopeful Californians thought that Mr. Brown, a close ally of the public employee unions during his eight years as governor in the 1970s and '80s, would have the credibility to take on those unions to rein in costs and save the state budget from disaster.

We've found the above scenario to be increasingly unlikely given Mr. Brown's half-hearted pension-reform efforts and his refusal thus far to insist on government reforms to save money – as opposed to his first-reach answer of tax extensions. But now we see with clarity that Mr. Brown is behaving as a full-on union advocate. There is no chance that he will take on these powerful entities.

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Case in point: A new contract that Brown negotiated with the politically powerful and sometimes thuggish union for state prison guards takes us back to the days of Gov. Gray Davis, who dramatically increased pay and benefits for the guards even as the state budget was teetering on the brink. The new contract allows guards something that other governors would not have considered: the ability to amass unlimited vacation pay and then cash it out at retirement – a windfall that will allow guards to retire with lump-sum payments of well over $100,000.

The contract lifts the cap on accrued vacation hours, now 80 days for most state employees, reports the Los Angeles Times. Nick Schroeder of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office told the Times that "he had not determined the cost of lifting the cap, but his analysis of the deal showed the average corrections union member has accumulated nearly 19 weeks of leave time to date. All of that time off has 'a current cash value of over $600 million,' he said." One factor that contributes to accumulation of vacation days is the number of "personal days" guards are awarded and use before taking their vacation days.

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Remember this largesse when Mr. Brown, who has made a big deal out of saving a relative few pennies here and there through various faux austerity measures, tells you that he needs more of your tax dollars to balance the budget. Mr. Brown's "cuts" are for show. The guards' contract – which needs several Republican votes to pass in the Legislature – shows that he is busy increasing benefits and costs on behalf of his union allies.

Unfortunately, Orange County Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, authored the legislation providing these benefits, and a number of Republicans also are closely allied with the union.

The guards spent $2 million to help Brown win election and seem to have gotten their money's worth. The contract also pays guards to go to the doctor, gives them a 4 percent pay raise and eliminates unpaid furlough days. It does not make any reforms, so it's basically a giveaway.

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California's incarceration costs are $49,000 per inmate a year, compared with the $28,000 national average, with the additional costs related to the lush contracts enjoyed by the guards' union.

Keep in mind that the guards' union has resisted efforts to keep cell phones from getting to prisoners through a simple reform that would have required guards – the key source of the illicit phones – from being screened on the way to work. This is a union that resists reform and yet the governor believes that Californians should pay more to benefit this group.

The legislation also is a reminder of why it's necessary, at the very least, to limit collective bargaining to salary matters, which are easy to account for, cost-wise. This negotiation of benefits puts the taxpayers on the hook for enormous future costs that aren't always fully understood up front, and there's very little anyone in the public can do about it.

At least the contract dispenses with any fantasy about the new governor having the guts to fix the state's budget problems.






Link: http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-04- ... cash-value




Now we know the real main reason why Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown wants that Five Year tax increase extension on the State sales tax.


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Teachers launch occupation of state Capitol:
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It has been kind of hard for me to keep up with this Thread lately. There has been a lot of news from California, including more news about former GOP California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Former GOP California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger acted more like a liberal Democrat during his last few years as California's Governor by agreeing to raise taxes, and him refusing to suspend AB32 (California's Premiere Global Warming Law).

Schwarzenegger Fathered Child With Household Staff Member:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05 ... -employee/


Current Democratic Governor Jerry Brown came out with his revised Budget Proposal. Governor Jerry Brown's Budget Proposal still calls for a tax increase extension on the State sales tax and the State vehicle tax fee.

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The governor is expected to ask lawmakers to approve some tax hikes first and seek voter approval later.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown faces tough going in his quest for billions of dollars in additional income, sales and vehicle taxes. (Ken James, Bloomberg / March 24, 2011)

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2011, 7:17 p.m.



Reporting from Sacramento— Gov. Jerry Brown, facing mounting pressure to walk away from his stalled budget plan, is refusing to yield and will seek to reinvigorate his campaign for a public vote on taxes with the revised spending package he releases Monday.

But there will be a new twist.

Having failed to win enough Republican votes to put the taxes on the ballot in June, the governor is expected to ask lawmakers to impose at least some of the levies first and seek Californians' blessing after the fact, said officials with knowledge of Brown's plan.

The governor faces rough seas in his quest for billions of dollars in additional income, sales and vehicle taxes.

GOP lawmakers' resolve to block both a legislative vote for the taxes and a public referendum has intensified with recent news that state revenue is outpacing projections. The uptick could continue, they say, erasing billions from a $15-billion deficit.

Even Democratic leaders and the governor's union backers, doubting the odds of a tax measure passing at the ballot box, are pushing Brown to break his pledge and forgo voter input.

"Go get a deal done," said David Kieffer, executive director of the state council of the influential Service Employees International Union, in a challenge to Brown and the Legislature. Californians "would vote the taxes down," he said, and "they don't actually need to be involved in this decision."

Kieffer's union launched a television ad campaign last week urging that the budget be balanced without "extreme" cuts.

Brown's staff declined to comment on the governor's latest budget plan. But some officials have said he will embrace the revenue upswing and drop his pursuit of a higher income tax rate for 2011 — though he wants it included for 2012.

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Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 0438.story





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May 16, 2011 | By Evan Halper and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times

State revenue has rocketed to a projected $6.6 billion beyond expectations, a windfall that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to use to stabilize education spending and help repair California's battered finances.

In the revised budget plan that Brown released Monday, schools would receive about $3 billion that would otherwise have been deferred, aiding districts' ability to plan the academic year. The proposal also devotes some of the unanticipated money to business tax credits and to delaying a portion of the tax increases the governor had sought earlier this year.

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The governor's continued push for more revenue, however, is complicated by the unexpected receipts: Republican lawmakers are already pointing to the revenue surge as one reason to block his plans.

"With $6.6 billion in new revenues, Republicans are right — we don't need, and it's ridiculous to ask voters for, five years of new taxes," said a statement issued by GOP Senate leaders.

Brown is using some of that revenue to modify his tax plan, which he now hopes to achieve by persuading lawmakers to enact the income, sales and vehicle levies and then asking for voters' blessing. The income tax rate increase he had previously proposed for this year would not be enacted until 2012 under his revised blueprint. The change would save taxpayers $2 billion.

"We modified it to give taxpayers a break," the governor said.

The extra revenue would also be used to preserve a scaled-down "enterprise zone" program, which gives tax credits to businesses that hire workers from blighted neighborhoods.

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Link: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/16 ... t-20110517





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Jerry Brown's revised budget gives more money to schools

Gov. Jerry Brown this morning acknowledged California will take in $6.6 billion more in tax revenue than once thought over the next 13 months, but reiterated his call to extend tax increases to avoid deep budget deficits in future years.

Brown's revised budget proposal pegs the deficit at $9.6 billion through June 30, 2012. The plan would eliminate 5,500 state jobs and 43 boards and commissions.

Brown's new budget assumes that trend will continue and projects the state will also take in $3.6 billion more in the next fiscal year.

Because of California's Proposition 98 guarantee, the state would owe K-12 schools and community colleges about half of those revenues. Brown's plan envisions schools getting about $3 billion more next year than it is getting this year.

Brown's January budget called for an extension of higher sales and vehicle tax rates, as well as a retroactive extension of higher income taxes, all for five years. The governor is still calling for the 1 percent sales tax extension and the 0.5 percent vehicle license fee extension after June, when the rates are slated to decrease.

But he is requesting that the 0.25 income tax surcharge be delayed until 2012. It would last until 2015. The move acknowledges the state's income tax surge this fiscal year, as well as the political difficulty state leaders would have faced by hiking the income tax retroactively by several months. Taxpayers have withheld income taxes since January assuming a lower rate than Brown was proposing.

He said he wanted the voters to weigh in on the tax increases "as soon as possible."

Assembly Republicans last week issued a plan last week they said would balance the budget without tax extensions. The GOP proposal relies on a revenue bump smaller than the one Brown projects, as well as a roughly 10 percent reduction in state worker compensation and depleting special funds for mental health and childhood development.

Brown repeatedly referred to the $34.7 billion in the state's outstanding obligations from years of internal borrowing -- what he called the "wall of debt."

"Yes, we've got some more revenue, but we've got a lot of obligations," Brown said. "If you adopt the Republican plan....that debt doesn't go away."

Brown is still calling for the elimination of redevelopment agencies, which he originally believed would net the state $1.7 billion. He has scaled back his approach to enterprise zone tax credits for employers, which he originally wanted to eliminate. Instead, he will seek to limit the credits to new hires.



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California's unemployment rate dips to 11.9% as state adds 8,900 jobs:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_c ... yment.html


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Government policies help booming Texas pull business from sinking California:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7001 ... ornia.html


Liberal California is losing businesses to Texas and to other Conservative States. According to Chief Executive, Texas for the seventh straight year is rated the No. 1 best State for business. Texas has an unemployment rate, which is at 8.0%. California has a high unemployment rate, which is at 11.9%. Utah has an unemployment rate, which is at 7.4%. According to also Chief Executive, Utah for the seventh year in a row is ranked No. 9 for a business-friendly State. Kansas has an unemployment rate, which is at 6.7%. Nebraska has a low unemployment rate, which is at 4.2%. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate, which is at 3.3%. Why are the Conservative States more business-friendly, and have lower unemployment rates than liberal California???


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Also doesn't matter. The modus operandi of the Left is to vote or count votes until what they want is passed. And simultaneous launch a media and entertainment assault to numb the minds of the populace until what they want is considered normal.



Well, Kamala Harris clearly won in Imperial County, CA for Attorney General. Back in February of this Year, Imperial County renewed its efforts to defend California's Proposition 8.
Please Check Out And See:

Proposition 8: Imperial County Joins Defense Of Gay Marriage Ban:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/2 ... 28516.html

Imperial County Clerk Files To Defend Prop. 8:
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/feb/25/im ... nd-prop-8/


However, the election's results from the Attorney General’s race in Imperial County was in November of 2010 were 12,695 votes (48.9%) for Kamala Harris, to 10,733 votes (41.4%) for Steve Cooley. If Imperial County really wanted to defend California's Proposition 8, than the majority voters in that county should have voted for Steve Cooley for Attorney General, instead. However, the majority voters in that county did Not vote for Steve Cooley for Attorney General. Therefore, Imperial County, CA should Not have any right to be able to defend California's Proposition 8 in court.
For More Information About Last Year’s California’s Attorney General Race, Please Check Out And See:

California attorney general's race remains too close to call:
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/04 ... l-20101104

Did pension comments hurt Steve Cooley in L.A.?:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2 ... in-la.html

Kamala Harris wins attorney general's race as Steve Cooley concedes [Updated]:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2 ... neral.html

California Attorney General election, 2010:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California ... tion,_2010


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‘Green’ companies dumping the Golden State:
http://blogs.marketwatch.com/fundmaster ... den-state/

California employers drop 29,200 jobs in May:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/18 ... s-20110618

Brown's budget veto won't break political deadlock:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/18 ... n-20110618


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I have been stating in this Thread here that a high State sales tax hurts mostly the Poor and Low-income earning People.
The Following Post is From MadMonk:

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Sales taxes are highly regressive. Assuming that a poor person and a rich person bought the same quantity of food and clothing, and purchased the same amount of services, the tax generated would amount to a far higher percentage of the poor person's income than of the rich one's. This is why the Federal income tax was instituted in the first place: it just wasn't possible, even back then, to raise enough income with import/export duties and excise and sales taxes. Try it again today, and you will find it impossible even to fund those government programs you approve of.


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Yet, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has been doing all he can to extend California's High State Sales Tax for at least another four Years. The State of California currently still has the highest minimum State sales tax in the United States.
The Following is From Wikipedia:

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California

Main article: Sales and use taxes in California

At 8.25%, California has the highest minimum state sales tax in the United States, which can total up to 10.75% with local sales tax included.[51] Partly this rate compensates for the much reduced property tax revenue brought on by Proposition 13. Sales and use taxes in the state of California are collected by the publicly elected Board of Equalization, whereas income and franchise taxes are collected by the Franchise Tax Board.

In general, sales tax is required on all purchases of tangible personal property to its ultimate consumer. Services are not subject to sales tax (but may be subject to other taxes). Liability for sales tax attaches to the seller, not the buyer; but the seller is allowed by law to collect the tax from the buyer (and if the seller does so, the buyer is obligated to pay it). Unprepared food, bakery items, hot beverages, livestock, crops and seeds, fertilizer used to grow food, certain devices related to alternative energy, and one-time sales are among the items exempt from sales tax.

Critics of the current sales tax regime charge that it gives local governments an incentive to promote commercial development (through zoning and other regulations) over residential development, including the use of eminent domain condemnation proceedings to transfer real estate to higher sales tax generating businesses.[52]


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California’s State Sales Tax of 8.25% is set to go down to 7.25% this coming July 1st. It was the Republicans within the State Legislator that stopped Democratic Governor Jerry Brown of extending California’s High Sales tax rate, which is still at 8.25%.
And remember that Democratic Governor Jerry Governor approved cuts to the poor, the disable and the elderly.
The Following information is From California Budget Bites:

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SSI/SSP Cut Means Life’s About To Get Tougher for Seniors and People With Disabilities

Another round of state budget cuts means that life is about to get tougher for low-income California seniors and people with disabilities. One of the budget-related bills signed by Governor Brown last week further reduced cash assistance provided through the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program. The Legislature cut SSI/SSP grants for individuals by $15 per month effective July 1, 2011, reducing the maximum grant from $845 to $830, the lowest level allowed by federal law. The current cut comes on top of the $62-per-month reduction made in 2009, for a total loss of $77 per month (8.5 percent). Starting in July, SSI/SSP grants will provide individuals with an annual income of just $9,960 – $930 below the federal poverty line of $10,890. Couples were spared any cuts this year only because the Legislature already reduced their grants to the federal minimum in 2009.

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SSI/SSP grants have lost substantial purchasing power since 1990, and the current cut will further compromise the ability of 1.3 million low-income California seniors and people with disabilities to afford necessities, such as housing and groceries. For example, the federal government estimates that an elderly woman living alone has to spend about $180 per month on food in order to maintain a minimally adequate diet. By this standard, the $77-per-month cut represents nearly two weeks of groceries. SSI/SSP recipients are not eligible for food assistance through the CalFresh Program, formerly known as food stamps. Therefore, recipients face difficult choices about how to manage their reduced income, such as eating less and/or relying on food banks or other charities.

If there’s a saving grace, it’s that the state can’t cut SSI/SSP grants any further without triggering a severe federal penalty – the loss of all federal funding for the Medi-Cal Program. However, that may be small consolation for more than 1 million of California’s most vulnerable residents who are trying to eke out an existence well below the poverty line.

– Scott Graves


Link: http://californiabudgetbites.org/2011/0 ... abilities/





Here is the latest news out of the State of California, which is from the Sacramento Bee:

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AP Enterprise: Unions wary of Brown's tax election

By ADAM WEINTRAUB
Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jun. 23, 2011 - 11:24 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 23, 2011 - 3:54 pm



SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has struggled to find the four Republican votes he needs for the centerpiece of his budget proposal - a special election on higher taxes - but he also faces resistance from the Democratic Party's most influential supporters.

The public employee unions and labor groups that backed his election last year, fund the campaigns of the Democratic lawmakers who are essential to his success and would be needed to finance a ballot measure campaign have been cool to his push for a special election.

Unions support the higher taxes but are wary of the spending limits and pension reforms Republican lawmakers want as part of any deal they might strike with Brown. They are even more nervous about a special election that could see voters shoot down the taxes and approve the other changes.

Even groups such as the California Labor Federation, which stood alongside Brown last week in support of his budget proposal, want to see details.

"We're open to the governor and the Legislature putting a broad coalition together" to prevent cuts to education and public safety, federation spokesman Steve Smith said. "But if you're talking about gutting retirement for California's workers in exchange for extending taxes for three to five years, we would have to take a hard look at that."

Brown and Democratic lawmakers already have trimmed a $26.6 billion deficit to $9.6 billion, primarily through spending cuts to welfare, health and social service programs.

The governor, a Democrat, has said deep cuts to schools, public safety and higher education will be needed to balance the budget for the coming fiscal year unless increases to the sales, vehicle and personal income taxes enacted two years ago are renewed. The increase to the income tax rate expired in January, and the higher sales and vehicle taxes will expire June 30.

The only budget plans Brown has presented this year involve asking the Legislature to call a special election so voters can decide whether to extend those taxes for up to five years. He promised during his gubernatorial campaign last year that he would only increase taxes if voters agreed to do so.

Brown said Thursday that he's still planning to bring higher taxes before the voters, whether through negotiations with GOP lawmakers or a ballot initiative. But legislators from both parties say a quick special election on taxes increasingly looks unlikely.

Officials with public employee unions are asking whether trading a relatively short boost in tax revenue for permanent pension changes and a spending limit is worth it. They want to cure the ongoing budget uncertainty that has hit their members with pink slips and furloughs without slashing benefits.

"I don't know that we can see spending a bunch of our members' money on something that's a one-time fix," said Ryan Sherman, a spokesman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which represents state prison guards.

Recent surveys by the Field Poll and Public Policy Institute of California show weak public support for the specific tax extensions Brown desires.

Members of the California Teachers Association spent a week in May protesting at the Capitol and holding rallies throughout the state in support of the tax extensions. But the union wants specifics before it can take a position on Brown's plan for a special election and decide whether to spend money for a ballot campaign, union spokesman Jonathan Goldman said.

"We don't know if this would be a tax extension alone or there would be other things attached," he said.

The Service Employees International Union, which represents about 95,000 state government workers and is the largest state employee union, declined to comment on the prospect of a special election.

Earlier this month, a top union official expressed reservations about Brown's plan to hold a special election that would include the tax increases, pension reforms and a state spending cap.

"I think it's highly likely (the taxes) would lose," David Kieffer, executive director of the SEIU California State Council, told The Sacramento Bee.

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Link: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/23/372284 ... rowns.html






Edited To Add: Here is the Link, to my new "News From California" Thread here:

News From California:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=22693


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