Special Interest Corruption

Questions for Someone Who Supports Superior Benefits for Government Workers

Questions for Someone Who Supports Superior Benefits for Government Workers

“Without disputing the figures, Monique Morrissey, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., said the findings are misleading because they do not compare specific classes of employees or account for differences in education levels and total hours worked.” California Is Golden State For Public Employees, by Michael Carroll, AMI Newswire, Jan. 31,...

By Edward Ring

California Agricultural Labor Board Has New Chairman – Union Control Remains Absolute

California Agricultural Labor Board Has New Chairman – Union Control Remains Absolute

LRemoving all doubt that the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board is a Marxist tool for unionization, William B. Gould IV, Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointed Chairman of the board, announced his resignation Friday, in a cranky letter complaining that farm workers don’t want to join the United Farmworkers Union. Gould’s resignation also proved that he never was an...

By Katy Grimes

Analysis of 2001 Bush Executive Order Allowing Federal Funds for Project Labor Agreements

Analysis of 2001 Bush Executive Order Allowing Federal Funds for Project Labor Agreements

In early 2001, President George W. Bush issued two executive orders related to a prohibition on federal funding for construction contracts that included a requirement for contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement with trade unions. The first executive order – Presidential Executive Order 13202, signed on February 17, 2001 – received national news coverage and Congressional attention....

By Kevin Dayton

Environmentalism Provides Moral Cover for New Taxes to Fund Pensions

Environmentalism Provides Moral Cover for New Taxes to Fund Pensions

There are two intertwined themes that define unionized government in California. First, funding government retiree pensions will soak up every new source of tax revenue they will ever collect. Second, cloaking new taxes and fees – and new agencies – in the virtuous raiment of environmentalism will deflect criticism and demonize critics. Here’s why: Now...

By Edward Ring

Will Taxpayers Be Mugged by Unionized Government?

Will Taxpayers Be Mugged by Unionized Government?

Governor Brown has just released his spending proposal for 2017-18 and taxpayers should not be blamed if they feel like they are walking down a dark alley in a high-crime neighborhood. While the governor’s proposed budget has been described as austere, it still represents a spending boost of five percent, a rate of increase only...

By Jon Coupal

Explaining Dysfunctional Illinois in One Word, One Idea, One Person

Explaining Dysfunctional Illinois in One Word, One Idea, One Person

Editor’s Note: Why is commentary about Illinois relevant to California? Because if you read this, written by economics blogger Mike Shedlock, all you have to do is substitute “California” into every sentence where “Illinois” appears, and it would still be accurate. The only thing missing from California is an entrenched speaker of the state legislature –...

By Mike Shedlock

Public Sector Pay Continues to Increase Thanks to Union Power

Public Sector Pay Continues to Increase Thanks to Union Power

Editor’s Note:  Back in the early years of the 21st century, when California’s tech sector had collapsed and the stock market was down sharply, local government budgets were so strapped that they started closing their offices on Fridays, and applied “furloughs” to their employees to save money. But no public worker took an actual pay...

By Jon Coupal