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March 8, 2020

Bond issue rejection could be a signal


By Dan Walters

Ballots from last week’s election are still being counted and it will be weeks before the final numbers are tallied, but with that caveat, it appears that a $15 billion school bond issue — the only statewide ballot measure — has been decisively rejected.​ That’s something of a shock. Public schools are popular in California and school bond issues generally enjoy strong voter support.

February 25, 2020

California lawmaker, former Andrew Yang campaign co-chair, proposes statewide universal income

ABC 7 News 

By Kristen Sze

Although tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has dropped out of the Democratic race for president, his main platform of universal basic income lives on. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino) represents a large part of the South Bay, the heart of the Silicon Valley.

September 27, 2019

Who wants to leave California? Young voters can’t afford housing, and conservatives feel alienated

Los Angeles Times

By Sarah Parvini

Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, with soaring housing costs cited as the most common reason for wanting to move, according to a new poll. Young voters were especially likely to cite unaffordable housing as a reason for leaving, according to the latest latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. 


July 24, 2019

California Tax Revenue is Soaring


By Dan Walters

It’s the good news that California’s political establishment—Democratic politicians and their allies in public-employee labor unions—prefer not to acknowledge. The official line from the establishment is that California’s schools, local governments and state programs are being financially starved.



July 10, 2019 

The More, the Better: San Francisco Leads New Kind of Tax Revolt

Bloomberg Tax

By Joyce Cutler

San Francisco is emerging as one of the most receptive places in the country for new taxes. In recent weeks...



June 10, 2019 

California budget: More than $2 billion in new state taxes even with $21 billion surplus?

The Mercury News

By John Woolfolk

Gov. Gavin Newsom is in an enviable position: a record surplus of $21.5 billion in his first proposed budget. But as his plan moves toward the June 15 deadline for approval by a friendly Legislature dominated by his fellow Democrats, Republicans and taxpayer advocates are pushing back against what they say are more than $2 billion in new taxes and other levies tucked within the voluminous document.

May 15, 2019 

Newsom must now deliver on promises


By Dan Walters 

Despite having billions of extra dollars to spend, for instance, he wants to impose a new tax on consumers’ water bills to pay for upgrading local water systems, especially those in the San Joaquin Valley, that have pollution problems.

May 7, 2019

Gavin Newsom’s $209 billion budget calls for new taxes. Can he get them passed?

Sacramento Bee

By Sophia Bollang

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed new taxes and fees to fund health care subsidies, clean drinking water and tax credits for low-income families. But state revenue outpacing even his most optimistic predictions could present a challenge for him as he attempts to raise taxes...