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California Voters are Anxious

Reports of steady growth and low unemployment cheer political leaders, but voters are disturbed by decaying public order and an unaffordable cost of living,...

Concerned About Affordability, Voters Oppose New Taxes

Voters are anxious about the cost of living in California. One of the not-so-surprising consequences of this anxiety: they are reluctant to embrace new...

New CalChamber Survey: Homelessness, Public Safety Top Concerns for California Voters

California voters are anxious. Reports of steady growth and low unemployment cheer political leaders, but voters are disturbed by decaying public order and an unaffordable...

Poll Shows Dropping Support for Split Roll, Largest Tax Hike in History

Backers of an initiative for the 2020 ballot to increase business property taxes have changed their measure twice since introducing it in 2017. The...

Here Comes Another One – Just Like the Other One

Proponents of an $11 billion split roll property tax increase re-filed their ballot initiative last week, claiming “notable improvements to implementation dates, expansive new...

Five Questions for Split Roll Proponents

Proponents of an $11 billion statewide property tax increase re-filed their ballot initiative this week, claiming “notable improvements to implementation dates, expansive new small business tax relief, clarified...

California’s Private Economy Serves State Budget Bounty

Right on schedule, the California Legislature approved a $213 billion state budget – roughly twice the size of the budget adopted a decade ago...

California’s Private Economy Serves State Budget Bounty

Right on schedule, the California Legislature approved a $213 billion state budget – roughly twice the size of the budget adopted a decade ago...

Robust State Budget, Key Programs Rely on Private Sector Success

Taxes continue to pour into the state treasury, like spring snowmelt into Lake Oroville. Thanks to the engine of California’s private economy – the...

Pay Your Taxes? Take a Breath, More May Be On the Way

Today is Tax Day, so if you’re not up to your ears in forms and schedules, you’re probably breathing a sigh of relief. Just don’t...

One-Year Countdown to Census

In just one year, the U.S. government will fulfill its once-a-decade duty to count every American. April 1, 2020 is Census Day. Armed with a...

Budget Plan: Fiscal Stability Now, Future Search for New Funds

In his recently released state budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom made two important and supportive statements on California’s business and economic climate. First, he reinforced...

Governor Unveils Carrot-and-Stick Approach to Boost Housing Production

“The number one driver of cost of living is housing – housing is the issue. Unless we get serious about it, the state will...
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Voters Say: Solve Housing Crisis or We’ll Leave

California’s housing crisis is the worst threat to our middle class lifestyle since the recession. Our median home listing price is nearly twice the national average,...

CalChamber Poll: Job Optimism, Housing Anxiety, Support for Bipartisanship

California voters are feeling better about the economy, but are still anxious about the cost of living, according to the recently released 2018 CalChamber...
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The Next Governor’s Known Unknowns

On Day One of his new administration, Gavin Newsom or John Cox will enunciate his vision for California, and call on the Legislature to...
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No Protection of a Harassment Victim’s Identity if a Public Official Is Involved

As noted in several prior blogs, the #Metoo movement has been a primary focus of the Legislature this year.  The Legislature held multiple informational...

#MeToo, But Maybe Not For You

Preventing sexual harassment and protecting victims has been a high priority for the Legislature – fallout from the #MeToo movement sweeping politics, the media...
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Legislature Can Get the Lead Out

The right of citizens to propose laws by ballot initiative is one of California’s great checks and balances. Often viewed as a last resort...

High Court Ruling Raises Questions on Passage of Local Special Taxes

How many voters does it take to pass a local special tax? Since Proposition 13 in 1978, voters have had the final say on local...