by | Jul 11, 2019

Sacramento California’s cities, counties, and public agencies have secured a record tax windfall in recent years, as property tax collections soar, yet they continue to cry poor-mouth. There’s not enough money, they say, to provide adequate public services. Government officials and…

by | Jul 6, 2019

Friends call. Acquaintances email. (I don’t text, Facebook, or tweet.) (But my students still are shocked that I know what’s what.) The message of concern: “Dov, I heard about the earthquake. Are you OK?” Yes, I’m OK. It was a…

by | Jul 5, 2019

Sacramento San Francisco politicians and civic leaders love to think of themselves as cutting-edge free spirits who are so much more tolerant than the rubes found in America’s hinterlands. Hey, we have San Francisco values. We aren’t foolish Puritans when…

by | Jul 4, 2019

O L-rd, our G-d in Heaven, On this 243rd anniversary of our declaring independence from tyranny and launching the greatest human experiment in world history, we stand together before you on this beautiful day that You created — and made…

by | May 20, 2019

Justice Louis Brandeis called the states “the laboratories of democracy.” Jonas Salk labored in a laboratory. So did Victor Frankenstein. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month, “California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to provide health coverage to low-income…

by | May 16, 2019

Sacramento During a recent informational hearing in the Nevada state Senate about a proposal to significantly boost taxes on vaping products, the lawmakers who were leading the charge didn’t seem to know very much about the products they wanted to…

by | Feb 7, 2019

Sacramento The California Capitol isn’t known for much solid economic thinking, but sometimes lawmakers outdo the already low expectations with their wacky ideas. For instance, 19 Democratic legislators asked that Attorney General Xavier Becerra investigate the state’s exorbitantly high gas prices….

by | Jan 15, 2019

California housing prices are through the roof. The state’s median home price is already more than double that of the national average. In large part, this is due to restrictive zoning and a closed-minded attitude towards reform that has left…

by | Jan 3, 2019

Sacramento The California Legislature gets its share of national attention for some of the wackadoodle bills that it routinely signs into law. It’s 2019, which means that it’s now illegal for full-service restaurants to provide straws with sodas unless a…

by | Dec 19, 2018

California regulators are giving up on their misguided effort to tax text messages. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move last week to classify text messages as an information service rather than a telecommunications…

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