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Is California leaving a large amount of tax revenue on the table?

Flavored Tobacco Prohibition Bans Tax Revenues Not Products

Examining state tax revenues and the volume of legal cigarette sales, it appears that the ban has caused cigarette use to decline. As Figure 1 illustrates, the decline in tax paid cigarette sales accelerated in 2023 following the implementation of the ban. Lost sales translate into lost tax revenues for ...
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Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs By Kenneth Schrupp | June 7, 2024 Two years of rain have finally ended California’s drought, leaving reservoirs full and hills in bloom. However, the prospect of new growth feeding future wildfires looms over a state where the costs of damage and ...
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Large majority of U.S. minorities live in the suburbs

Figure 1 below shows the share of the major minorities living in either the urban core or the suburbs of the 51 metropolitan areas included in the City Sector Model. It is based on 2015-2019 zip code data and the urban form as defined in Figure 2 (which is independent of ...
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Read latest on state budget debate and climate funding

Would the Sky Fall if Newsom’s Environmental Budget Cuts Are Enacted? Reality Says No.

CalMatters reports that “an array of key climate programs – including efforts to combat rising seas and help low-income Californians buy electric cars – face significant cuts and delays as California seeks to close a $56 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years.” Newsom’s latest proposal is “a 17% ...
Agriculture

Sonoma County Measure Would Put Animal Lives at Risk

There are nearly three times as many laying hens in Sonoma County as there are people. In a testament to the care area poultry farmers give to their livestock, many of the farms are multi-generational members of the county community. Yet, a ballot measure largely funded by animal activist group ...
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Read latest on state budget

The Legislature’s Budget Paints White Roses Red

Consequently, the details released thus far indicate that legislators’ plan for balancing the 2024-25 budget will work on paper only. In practice, budget holes will likely persist for the current fiscal year and taxpayers should expect the budget drama to continue long after the official budget is passed on June ...
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LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing

LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing by Sal Rodriguez | May 31, 2024   Land-use restrictions and NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard-ism) come in many forms. One of the more creative is the invoking of “history” as a means of regulating or prohibiting housing some people ...
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SF’s ‘Grand Central Station’ is more like a mausoleum

Advocates for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center have never lacked a sense of grandiosity about their goals. “The ability to envision the future and to transform aspirations into reality is what sets leaders apart,” boasted a glossy brochure published by the joint powers authority in charge of the project. “No ...
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See how California's policy agenda is affecting other states

The Commerce Clause Vs. The California Progressive Agenda

Isn’t it written somewhere that one state can’t enact policies that interfere with commerce between other states? Maybe in the Constitution? Maybe in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3? This passage, known as the Commerce Clause, says that Congress shall have the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and ...
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Read the latest on the effects of Prop 47

Letter Carriers and Your Mail Became Theft Targets After Prop 47

There may be no more venerable American institution than the U.S. Postal Service.  Founded by the Continental Congress in 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General before there was even a United States. While e-mail and commercial package delivery has cut deeply into the Postal Services market share, ...
Blog

Is California leaving a large amount of tax revenue on the table?

Flavored Tobacco Prohibition Bans Tax Revenues Not Products

Examining state tax revenues and the volume of legal cigarette sales, it appears that the ban has caused cigarette use to decline. As Figure 1 illustrates, the decline in tax paid cigarette sales accelerated in 2023 following the implementation of the ban. Lost sales translate into lost tax revenues for ...
Blog

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs By Kenneth Schrupp | June 7, 2024 Two years of rain have finally ended California’s drought, leaving reservoirs full and hills in bloom. However, the prospect of new growth feeding future wildfires looms over a state where the costs of damage and ...
Blog

Large majority of U.S. minorities live in the suburbs

Figure 1 below shows the share of the major minorities living in either the urban core or the suburbs of the 51 metropolitan areas included in the City Sector Model. It is based on 2015-2019 zip code data and the urban form as defined in Figure 2 (which is independent of ...
Blog

Read latest on state budget debate and climate funding

Would the Sky Fall if Newsom’s Environmental Budget Cuts Are Enacted? Reality Says No.

CalMatters reports that “an array of key climate programs – including efforts to combat rising seas and help low-income Californians buy electric cars – face significant cuts and delays as California seeks to close a $56 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years.” Newsom’s latest proposal is “a 17% ...
Agriculture

Sonoma County Measure Would Put Animal Lives at Risk

There are nearly three times as many laying hens in Sonoma County as there are people. In a testament to the care area poultry farmers give to their livestock, many of the farms are multi-generational members of the county community. Yet, a ballot measure largely funded by animal activist group ...
Blog

Read latest on state budget

The Legislature’s Budget Paints White Roses Red

Consequently, the details released thus far indicate that legislators’ plan for balancing the 2024-25 budget will work on paper only. In practice, budget holes will likely persist for the current fiscal year and taxpayers should expect the budget drama to continue long after the official budget is passed on June ...
Blog

LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing

LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing by Sal Rodriguez | May 31, 2024   Land-use restrictions and NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard-ism) come in many forms. One of the more creative is the invoking of “history” as a means of regulating or prohibiting housing some people ...
Blog

SF’s ‘Grand Central Station’ is more like a mausoleum

Advocates for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center have never lacked a sense of grandiosity about their goals. “The ability to envision the future and to transform aspirations into reality is what sets leaders apart,” boasted a glossy brochure published by the joint powers authority in charge of the project. “No ...
Blog

See how California's policy agenda is affecting other states

The Commerce Clause Vs. The California Progressive Agenda

Isn’t it written somewhere that one state can’t enact policies that interfere with commerce between other states? Maybe in the Constitution? Maybe in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3? This passage, known as the Commerce Clause, says that Congress shall have the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and ...
Blog

Read the latest on the effects of Prop 47

Letter Carriers and Your Mail Became Theft Targets After Prop 47

There may be no more venerable American institution than the U.S. Postal Service.  Founded by the Continental Congress in 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General before there was even a United States. While e-mail and commercial package delivery has cut deeply into the Postal Services market share, ...
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