California State Legislature Picks a Fight with The United States Constitution

Kevin D. Korenthal
Former executive director of the Associated Builders & Contractors, California Cooperation Committee and principal in KORE Communications, LLC, a communications consulting firm specializing in corporate marketing and communications based in Santa Clarita, California.

Yet another new law confirms union control of the California State Capitol. Gov. Brown has signed Senate Bill 954, which restricts what kind of construction industry advancement programs are worthy of inclusion in state prevailing wage determinations. As you might guess, Senate Bill 954 ensures that employer payments only qualify as industry advancement if they […]

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It’s time to eliminate government discrimination against taxpayers

Kevin D. Korenthal
Former executive director of the Associated Builders & Contractors, California Cooperation Committee and principal in KORE Communications, LLC, a communications consulting firm specializing in corporate marketing and communications based in Santa Clarita, California.

Government discriminates against taxpayers,
and oftentimes, it’s predicated as the basis upon which millions in political
contributions are delivered every year. 
The goal is to drain every last penny from people to protect a public sector
that has become fat, arrogant and seemingly proud of it.

Taxpayers are being lectured about the need
for "shared sacrifice" to protect education, public safety, health and welfare
spending and other public sector programs at a time when we are already
considered a "high-tax" state. Not to mention our record high unemployment
rates.  None of that seems to matter when
it comes to our insatiable government.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe we should have
the best possible schools, well-trained and supported law enforcement
professionals, and public services.  The
problem is, public employee unions and their partners think legalized
discrimination against the private sector and its taxpaying workforce is the
solution.  Teamsters Local 572
representative, Connie Oser, wrote the following in a letter to the Los Angeles
Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education, "LAUSD can no longer afford
to subsidize private industry with taxpayer dollars."

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“May the Best Car Win”

Kevin D. Korenthal
Former executive director of the Associated Builders & Contractors, California Cooperation Committee and principal in KORE Communications, LLC, a communications consulting firm specializing in corporate marketing and communications based in Santa Clarita, California.

Pressed to the brink of oblivion, General Motors has chosen a smart strategy as it seeks to restore its image and business. The fact that GM chose this course is unique given that the company is a quasi-public agency run by a de-facto appointee of President Barack Obama.

I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials; they’ve been everywhere. “May the best car win,” advertisements proclaim followed by comparisons with competing brands. “Our car is better than the competition and it costs less,” is the message GM is sending.

While I applaud GM for its willingness to compete, it is also a bit surprising given the fact that the Company is a proud union shop. Their willingness to compete and be judged on a level playing field is surprising, especially when one considers how unions in California operate.

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