Newsletter: A pandemic won’t stop CA lawmakers from doing what they do best!
Even tax day isn’t normal this year: Uncle Sam is giving us an additional month to make good on what we owe the feds. But California lawmakers haven’t let this pesky pandemic stop them from doing what they do best: trying to raise taxes.
The California Chamber of Commerce added three bills –all seeking to raise taxes on high earners -–to its growing “2021 Job Killer List,” and is urging Sacramento lawmakers to heed their warnings, lest more businesses pack up and move to states more welcoming to job creators.
The impact is a familiar story: California politicians and bureaucrats implement anti-business policies or raise taxes, and job-creators and the people they employ leave. California Policy Center’s Brandon Ristoff writes this week about the growing likelihood that California’s scenic weather and temperate climate may not be enough to keep businesses and residents from relocating to nearby Rocky Mountain states that are actively competing for business, especially as the virtual workforce grows.
More from CPC:
- WATCH: LA Board of Ed members eat, text, check emails while Latina mom pleads for school reopening. Six-figure salaries not enough to buy interest in kids’ futures
- Parents, students call for real reopening. Chantal Lovell covers this week’s rally to reopen California schools
- Caitlyn Jenner for Governor? Will Swaim and David Bahnsen talk California politics and culture in the latest Radio Free California Podcast episode
- Child abuse in plain sight. Larry Sand explains how forcing critical race theory on children is psychologically damaging
- Reopening: The show must go on? California’s contradictory COVID guidance continues for Oscars and places of worship. Brandon Ristoff explores the confusing, and often contradictory, reopening of California
CPC and allies in the news:
- The teachers union doesn’t want you to know about this”. CPC’s Lance Christensen joins The DeMaio Report to talk about school closures, and teachers’ Janus rights (17-minute mark)
- “Going into the classroom to Zoom is not reopening” KUSI’s coverage of CPC’s rally to fully reopen San Diego schools
- “All over California, environmental activists are taking over city councils and then setting up city-owned utility companies”. CPC President Will Swaim talks about government’s failures with the Washington Examiner
- “They’re basically making it impossible for parents to return to their jobs”. A group of LA parents secure a major win by holding LAUSD’s feet to the fire
- “If we were following CDC guidelines, all students would be able to return to campus”. When LAUSD reopens schools, K-8 students will spend more time in child care than class
- “And you thought voter harvesting could constitute opportunities for intimidation and fraud”. CPC’s Ed Ring explains a new proposal to dox recall petition signers
- “California and her many municipalities have perfected the illusion of making their financial statements look better in the short run”. CPC’s Lance Christensen explains why government budgets need more transparency
- “The United States has fallen behind the pack.” What’s holding American infrastructure back?
School closures hurting kids:
- Loneliness, anxiety and loss: the Covid pandemic’s terrible toll on kids. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the mental trauma children are suffering from ongoing school closures.
- Blue states are failing their students by not reopening schools. Here’s how they got it so wrong. Time writes about what it calls “the most significant failure of public policy in a generation.”
- California’s COVID-19 school closures resulted in child neglect on a massive scale. The Sacramento Bee explores a new report detailing the way continued school closures are harming CA kids
- L.A. Unified proposes a 2-week school extension for student learning loss, trauma. Acknowledging the harm being done, one district considers more classroom time – next year
Unions behaving badly:
- CA teacher caught berating students in leaked Zoom over push for in-person learning. “Come at me,” she says to parents who want a real education for their children
- Randi Weingarten should be fighting anti-Semitism, not inflaming it. American Federation of Teachers throws anti-Semitic slur when challenged to reopen schools
- Teachers unions extracting final payouts before schools reopen. CA school reopenings decisions aren’t about what’s best for kids or even safe, but rather about union demands
California closures and reopening:
- A look back at California’s dizzying reopening path. Since Gov. Gavin Newsom first shut down California in March 2020, public health departments have issued over 2,000 rule changes
- The road to reopening: Where we are and where we need to go to reopen schools and meet the needs of children. Pacific Research Institute lays out a safe, evidence-based approach to getting children back in the classroom
- These neighborhoods saw biggest exodus during pandemic. As more Silicon Valley companies make permanent their work-from-home policies, more people are leaving California’s densest neighborhoods
- Academy says Oscar nominees and guests qualify as essential workers. Oscar nominees will receive an essential work waiver so they may attend the awards show
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