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Parent Trigger Law Successfully Invoked in California
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Parent Trigger Law Successfully Invoked in California

In the Adelanto Elementary School District, a school choice battle is underway. Although parents successfully executed the parent trigger option to transforming failing Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school. The school board took this decision to court, and a judge upheld the rights of the parents. The school board, however, refused to comply.

10/16/2012
Adelanto Elementary School District Defies Parent Trigger Ruling
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Adelanto Elementary School District Defies Parent Trigger Ruling

Parent trigger laws are under attack in California. High Desert Elementary School, a member of Adelanto Elementary School District, is the first school in which parents have successfully executed the Parent Trigger Law. State testing scores show that 75% of students cannot read or write, causing The Desert Trails Parent Union to look for major changes for the better education of their children.

09/13/2012
California School District to Spend $1 Billion to borrow $105 Million
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California School District to Spend $1 Billion to borrow $105 Million

California has lost 600,000 jobs in the last decade and has a $26 billion deficit. Their public schools aren’t performing well, with lower grades and graduation rates than students in other states. It makes sense that a community would want to invest in education, but one would expect reasonable return on investment.

08/13/2012
In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges
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In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges

In the midst of chaotic negotiations between the Senate and the House over the debt ceiling, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had another priority: introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, a new quasi-federalized Internet sales tax.

08/01/2011
The Golden State’s War on Itself
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The Golden State’s War on Itself

Democracy and Power 114:  The Power Players

08/18/2010
California One Step Closer to Suspending State Cap and Trade
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California One Step Closer to Suspending State Cap and Trade

As we've blogged before, there is a movement underfoot in California to help push back the harmful state cap and trade scheme during tough economic times.  This week, those folks got one step closer to seeing their proposed suspension on the ballot this November. The San Jose Mercury News reports:

05/06/2010
California Looks to the Ballots to Suspend State Cap and Trade Scheme
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California Looks to the Ballots to Suspend State Cap and Trade Scheme

If it's true that states are the "laboratories of democracy" California's cap and trade experiment should be considered a failed one and the federal government ought to think twice about implementing the same economy-killing measures across the nation.  The Wall Street Journal has the story of a possible ballot measure to at least temporarily repeal California's cap and trade carbon tax.

01/11/2010
Temecula Activists Stage Impromptu Cap and Tax Protest
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Temecula Activists Stage Impromptu Cap and Tax Protest

This past Saturday, June 27, a group of Temecula, CA free-market activists led by Bridget Blanton staged a spur of the moment protest against the cap and trade legislation that passed the House the previous evening.  The demonstrators urged passerby to get involved and call their Senators as the legislation progresses.  

06/29/2009
Help Stop New Tax Hikes in California
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Help Stop New Tax Hikes in California

Just over a month ago, Californians went to the polls and delivered a resounding “No tax hikes” to their state leaders.  Legislators have had four weeks to come up with a better plan that will work for the state and guess what their solution is?More tax hikes!  Take Action and tell your lawmakers more tax hikes are unacceptable.That’s right, more tax hikes.  Except that these are different tax hikes they think the public won’t see through, regardless of the fact that it’s always the same folks who end up footing the bill.  Tax proposals now on the table include $2.2 billion in various taxes on business, a 9.9 percent tax on oil extraction, and a massive $1.50/pack cigarette tax hike.California legislators must think the taxpayers are pretty gullible to swallow this new plan.  Taxing business, just when many are fleeing the high taxes of the state, when others are bleeding jobs and struggling in the current economy is a terrible idea. Taxing oil extraction falls in the same category.  It isn’t some faceless corporation that drills for energy – it’s people who could use those jobs.  And it isn’t just some entity in the sky that absorbs those high taxes – it’s people who will have to pay at the pump.Cigarette tax hikes are a selfish cash grab that tries to put the economic woes of a state on a small, often-targeted minority.  They also hurt small businesses as people go across statelines, or to the black market and internet for cheaper cigarettes.No one would deny that California is in a bind.  But this is a problem that can’t be taxed away.  When these tax sources dry up, and if history is any guide they certainly will, legislators will simply tax something else.  Legislators were elected to do a job and that means making tough decisions, not just creating more taxes for the group that drew the short straw that day.  Spending has far outpaced growth in the state.  In good years, California’s government spent as if the revenue would never end rather than keeping spending in line with priorities. Take Action and urge your legislators not to seek quick fixes that will only push the problem down the road a short ways, but to stop playing favorites with programs and benefits and do the real cutting that needs that be done.  During hard times, every family has to cut back.  There’s no reason why governments shouldn’t do the same.

06/23/2009
Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax
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Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax

A few months ago, on the way to the office, I witnessed a typically DC self-defeating scene.  A man riding on a mini-street sweeper finished the block, stopped to empty the trash in the back, and tossed his cigarette on the ground on his way back to the sweeper.  I was a bit galled - and it speaks to larger problems inherent in the system - but it never occurred to me to tax the cigarettes.  I was leaning more toward "why not take one more step and throw it in the trash" or "care about your job."

06/22/2009

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