Category Archives: Steve Greenhut

How California’s newly created tax agency could bankrupt small businesses across the country

By Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator | Those of us who live in California are used to the state’s aggressive tax-collection policies. Despite record-setting budgets, the state never has enough revenue to fund all the programs it wants to create … Continue reading

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California still dying for new taxes

By Steven Greenhut | California’s state budget is flush with cash and spending levels have hit record highs. After last decade’s recession, state lawmakers talked about making up for spending “cutbacks,” but those days of slowed spending growth are long-distant … Continue reading

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Your life and liberty aren’t really safe, despite the end of the legislative session

By Steven Greenhut | It’s that time of year. The California Legislature has concluded its session and I can again publish one of my favorite quotations, from 19th century New York Judge Gideon Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty or property … Continue reading

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With Bitter Parting Shot, Josh Newman Confirms Voters’ Wisdom

By Steven Greenhut | If voters had second thoughts about bouncing California state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) from office in a high-profile recall election held during the June 5 primary, his self-centered stem winder on the Senate floor should disabuse … Continue reading

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Non-elected California Energy Commission’s vote could add up to $30,000 to the cost of new houses

Despite soaring home prices, a California commission issues a new solar-panel rule that will drive up the cost of new houses by as much as $30,000. By Steven Greenhut| California officials have been obsessed this year about the ongoing housing … Continue reading

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Under guise of ‘affordable housing,’ redevelopment might be making a comeback

By Steven Greenhut | In the seven years since Gov. Jerry Brown shut down California’s redevelopment agencies, their defenders have managed to resuscitate their image. Never mind that these controversial agencies ladled out corporate welfare, wantonly abused eminent domain on … Continue reading

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Gas-tax repeal gets closer to vote as ‘bullet’ train spotlights state’s misplaced priorities

By Steven Greenhut | Almost everyone agrees that California’s infrastructure is shockingly decrepit, yet public anger over a 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax to address that problem has not subsided. Although an effort by GOP gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen to repeal the … Continue reading

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Gov. Brown finally spends political capital to fix California’s pension system

By Steven Greenhut | Gov. Jerry Brown has more political capital than, perhaps, any modern politician has had in this state. He’s an iconic figure and smarter than almost anyone else in the Capitol, so he can pretty much have … Continue reading

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CalPERS is shocked – just shocked – to find cities reeling under the burden of growing pension debt

By Steven Greenhut | The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s union defenders feign shock whenever pension reformers accuse it of “kicking the east inflatables reviews can down the road” in dealing with the state’s mounting pension debt. It’s like the … Continue reading

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Assemblyman Daly’s cynical bill shows why public-sector abuses are rampant

By Steven Greenhut | Whenever I write about some of the absurd benefits and gamesmanship that flourish within California’s public sector, people write back in disbelief. They have no idea of the many special payments and protections afforded to the … Continue reading

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