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California’s Business ‘Leakage’ Becoming a Deluge

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

The list of businesses leaving California for greener pastures is long and growing. And now we can add Toyota to it. The word ‘leakage’ is the new politically correct term used by legislators, the Governor, bureaucrats and the California Air Resources Board, to describe what happens when California businesses leave the state because of tax […]

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‘Families Before Fish’ in The Farmland

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

A bill to address California’s drought and future water supply in the House of Representatives has Gov. Jerry Brown angry. Brown said the water bill is “an unwelcome and divisive intrusion” into California’s effort to manage the state’s drought, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday night. H.R. 3964 by California Congressmen David G. Valadao, CA-21, Devin Nunes, […]

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How Will Brown Budget Proposal Address Pensions, Taxes, Debt?

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

California’s budget battles will begin on Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. The media and political buzz in the Capitol building is that the state has a surplus — and maybe voters even are ready for higher taxes. “We now find that California’s state budget […]

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2014 Brings New Laws Regulating California Businesses

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

In 2013, California’s Legislature busied itself passing more than 800 new laws. In the coming weeks, CalWatchdog.com will report on the many affecting businesses in 2014. Overtime for nannies and domestic workers The “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” Assembly Bill 241, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, “would specially regulate the wages, hours, and working conditions of domestic […]

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Employment Development Department Computers Not Yet Fixed

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

This is Part 3 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Part 2, EDD computers must be fixed by Dec. 31, is here. Three months after a California Employment Development Department computer crash cut off tens of thousands of Californians from their unemployment benefits, the EDD’s system does […]

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EDD Computers Must Be Fixed By Dec. 31

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

This is Part 2 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Just after the Labor Day weekend, the California Employment Development Department released a $100 million computer upgrade. It crashed. Without warning, 150,000 jobless Californians were cut from unemployment benefits. The EDD blamed a computer glitch and said […]

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EDD Responds to Questions on Computer Glitches

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

Obamacare’s computers aren’t the only government systems struck by major glitches. Two months after a California Employment Development Department computer crash cut off tens of thousands of Californians from their unemployment benefits, the EDD remains overwhelmed by overdue unemployment claims from thousands of people looking for jobs. State Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern, an appointee of […]

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Vidak Warns: Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

The California Department of Water Resources announced this week that the Central Valley may only get five percent of the water it needs next year. The Central Valley, the heart of California, is the state’s top agricultural producing region, often called “the nation’s salad bowl” for the great array of fruits and vegetables grown in its […]

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

One out of five cigarettes puffed in California is smuggled. Yet a proposed $2 tax increase on every pack of cigarettes, which would increase the price to $9 per pack, would ignite cigarette smuggling, a new study by the California Foundation for Commerce and Education found. Senate Bill 768 by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los […]

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Gov. Brown Signs SB 7 to Neuter Charter Cities

Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter

Despite the California Constitution section which guarantees California’s 121 charter cities the authority over their  municipal business, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 7, which will deprive these cities of state funding and financial assistance for projects if they do not pay the prevailing wage. The bill was a classic special interest sponsored bill, sponsored by the State […]

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