Is Pension Reform Dead?

Sacramento is currently consumed with taxes.  There are between four and seven separate tax proposals being kicked around in the state capitol these days.  The three primary proposals are Governor Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax increase, the Molly Munger/PTA proposal and the California Federation of Teachers’ “millionaire’s tax.”  All three are heading for the November ballot where many project voter confusion and irritation will doom them all.  (more…)

Legislature Trying to Sneak One By

AB 29 x 1 is a trailer attached to the 2011-2012 state budget which is still in process after Gov. Brown’s veto. It’s a bill giving Cal Fire the right to set an annual “fire prevention fee” of $150 per structure on any property in their fire responsibility area, statewide. Their justification is that protecting structures costs them dollars and they want this funding for education and prevention.
Calling it a fee prevents us from voting on it. (more…)