California State Controller Yee Looking to Create Additional Restrictions on State Tax Board

California State Controller Betty T. Yee proposed new rules last month that aim to prevent conflicts of interest and other ethical lapses by members of California’s tax board. Yee wants these new rules in place while the tax board awaits the results of investigations into allegations of mismanagement by the state Department of Justice. Governor

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California is bad at tracking whether its Tax Breaks Work

According to a national study by Pew Charitable Trusts, California does a horrible job of tracking the impact of the tax breaks and credits that it provides each year to businesses. Pew Charitable Trusts is a non-partisan, independent, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1948. Pew Charitable Trusts ranked California among the lowest 23 states

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A new Scandal has Occurred in the State Audit of the University of California

There is a new scandal involving the University of California and its state audit. The audit had revealed that there is $175 million in secret reserves in UC President Janet Napolitano’s office that was not disclosed to the public or the governing Board of Regents. The new scandal involves interference in the audit by the

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One of Maryland’s Largest ACA Insurers wants to Increase Premiums

One of the largest healthcare insurance companies in the Mid-Atlantic region is stating that it will need to increase premiums by double-digits next year to avoid losing more money. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield insures 215,000 people in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. CareFirst has been selling plans in the

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Crime Fighting is Getting High-Tech

Law enforcement is investing in the next generation of police gadgets to prevent law enforcement from being in danger. These new technologies, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, will hopefully get law enforcement out of the line of fire and not only protect their lives, but the lives of the public as well. Some of

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Gas Tax Could Cause more smog in California

Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), also known as The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 or simply the Gas Tax, was recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown last week. However, one thing that was not mentioned about the bill was that there was wording in the bill that limits regulators’ ability

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Here Comes Another Car Tax

By Familias Unidas de California Governor Jerry Brown and the California Democrat leadership have a new gift for us as we approach tax day: Another New Car Tax. Not just any new car tax, but the biggest gas tax in  California’s history. Besides this historic gas tax increase, this new plan will also raise the

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