Raising the White Flag to the “Tax and Spend” Interests Behind Prop. 55

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

There are some who believe that the passage of Prop. 55 is inevitable, the measure can’t be beat. Maybe these folks have been right all along.  But maybe they have really been just too afraid to take a strong stand against Prop. 55, for fear of fighting a losing battle. However, I would argue that […]

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Prop. 30 Extension Represent CA Taxpayer-Funded Bailout 

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Perhaps the best decision California voters can make at the polls this November is to vote “NO” on the initiative extending the Prop. 30 temporary tax increases that expire in 2018. Why?  The short answer is that extending the Prop. 30 tax extensions effectively bails out California State Democrat politicians for their inability to take […]

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Prop. 13 is California Taxpayers Only “Saving Grace” 

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Proposition 13 is certain to continue to be a hot topic in 2016 and beyond as “reformers” continue to work on mobilizing a statewide effort to enact a “split-roll” that raises billions of dollars in increased property taxes from California businesses. I have worked in and around Prop. 13 in one form or another for […]

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California Would Benefit from a True Two Party System

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Technically speaking, California’s political system is a “two party system,” but that is largely in name only in most places in the state. California has become a “one party state” controlled by the California Democratic Party and California Democrat politicians. Two key drivers was the decline of the Republican Party in the wake of Pete […]

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California Legislature Needs to Stop Punishing Business

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

A number of recent anecdotes suggest that the California Legislature, particularly the California Democrat Leadership, is out to punish the California business community for its legitimate policy differences. For example, the California Democrat leadership abused the political process by holding back a number of tobacco regulation and tax bills from reaching the Governor’s desk to prevent industry from […]

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Democratic Legislators Must be Fiscally Responsible

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Governor Jerry Brown put just about everything he could in the May Revise, except for the “kitchen sink,” to try to convince the Democrat-controlled Legislature to “hold the line” on new deficit spending. The Governor cited economic risks as the most important reason to spend less and build up the state’s reserves.  The state is […]

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Pension Reformer Chuck Reed Gearing Up California Pension Reform Measure

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Chuck Reed, former San Jose Mayor turned national pension reform advocate, is gearing up a new California pension reform measure for a big fight on the 2018 statewide ballot, according to a new exclusive interview. “We are spending so much more on retirement benefits.  That’s essentially the Department of the Past that is getting all […]

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CA Poised to Legalize Marijuana While Putting More Prohibitions on Cigarettes

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Governor Jerry Brown just signed a package of tobacco regulatory bills sent to him by the California Legislature which is being billed as a “major victory for public health.” Among the bills signed yesterday, was an increase in the age at which one can consume tobacco products from 18 to 21 and banning the use […]

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Government Solutions Not Right for Housing Crisis

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

California is in the midst of a severe and growing housing crisis, and the Legislative leadership in Sacramento appears to not have the faintest understanding about the causes and possible real solutions to the problem.  Housing costs are skyrocketing, and the housing market is failing to build additional housing at a rate that comes anywhere […]

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Sacramento Needs to “Keep Its Hands Off Gig Economy”

David Kersten
Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy

Sacramento politicians cannot resist the urge to “regulate” the “gig economy” to impose arduous work rules, regulations, and a whole host of bureaucratic red tape on one of the most successful economic enterprises to surface in the past few years. People here in the Bay Area love Lyft and Uber, not the heavily regulated taxi […]

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