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New Report Correlates Bad State Policies with Underperforming Economy

While Democrats in state capitals such as Sacramento and Albany are busy patting themselves on the back for the great job they’re doing, a new report out today puts California and New York at the bottom of the list for economic performance and outlook, casting doubts about prospects for reducing unemployment creating economic opportunities for millions of Americans living in high tax states.

In “Rich States, Poor States,” the American Legislative Exchange Council and well-respected economist Art Laffer examine each state’s economic performance in areas such as GDP, employment, and domestic migration, all factors that are heavily influenced by state policies. Looking forward, they examine factors

at May 23, 2013 5:00 PM
       

California Implosion

Once we were California dreaming and California was the place that you would go to pursue your dreams. Today, it is the state where you are from, not where you are going. When the largest state, population wise, is failing, it does hurt the nation. The following stats illustrate California’s problems. California has some of the nation's highest state taxes including gasoline, sales taxes and is a top bracket of income taxes,

at Apr 18, 2013 2:50 PM
       

California Dreaming

In the 1960’s, America was “Californian Dreaming”, but today California resembles more of a banana republic than a healthy state economically. As the more productive citizens move on to more fertile ground, the decline of the state continues. Joel Kotkin, in an article for the Daily Beast observed, “Barack Obama learned the rough sport of politics in Chicago, but his domestic policies have been shaped by California’s progressive creed. As the Golden State crumbles, its troubles point to those America may confront in a second Obama term.” If California is our future, then we are doomed as a nation.   Read more »

at May 8, 2012 10:31 AM
       

Texas Vs. California

Chuck Devore was in the CA state assembly from 2004 to 2010 and ran for US Senate in 2010. He has now moved to Texas. He wrote an article in National Review Online on reasons why Texas is succeeding as California is failing. Some excepts are below, click on the link to read the whole thing.   Read more »

at Mar 26, 2012 9:59 AM
       

Reasons To Thank God You Are Not In California #3,421

The California Insurance Commissioner has approved a 37% rate increase for 2012. This move is being made in spite of the fact that Governor Jerry Brown vetoed several legislative measures that would have increased workers compensation costs.

Looks like Cali will have trouble turning around its rank as the worst state for business in the country for 2012. It also looks like Texans will continue to

at Dec 22, 2011 5:01 PM
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Restricting the Federal government from the “Abuse of its powers”

Today, December 15, is the day we commemorate the first ten ratified amendments to the Constitution of the United States, more popularly called our Bill of Rights.

There were twelve Amendments proposed, but only ten ratified by the states. (The other two dealt with expanding the number in the House of Representatives as the population increased, and preventing Congress from voting themselves immediate pay raises.)   Read more »

at Dec 15, 2011 5:01 PM
       

New California Laws Increase Penalties for Employee Misclassification and Wage Theft: Will Texas Follow Suit?

Worker misclassification is becoming more and more of a problem as underhanded hiring by some companies harms not just the underpaid workers, but also the employers who play by the rules. Employers who hire legal workers and abide by the laws are put at a disadvantage when their competitors hire illegal workers for cash.

at Nov 23, 2011 11:23 AM
       

Progress report from the Americas Majority Foundation and Americas PAC

This is a progress report on our work this year. We raised enough money for a non-partisan ad campaign among Hispanics in Nevada, extolling free market and conservative ideas. Our goal is to run ads a week before the Nevada caucus along with ads throughout the year. We are still looking for money for a hard core partisan ad campaign in Wisconsin and Nevada. So far this year, we have done campaigns in California during the 36th Sistrict special election, ordered non partisan ads in Wisconsin through July 2012, and now are doing them Nevada.   Read more »

at Nov 17, 2011 12:45 PM
       

The Lone Star is on the Rise Again

Traditionally, The Economist is known for its "Liberal Internationalist" view on economic and political matters; hardly the type of magazine that one would think to embrace conservative values. However, as any student of economics will tell you, one of the prime assumptions in any economic model is "rationality" - reason, logic, whatever you want to call it, Texans have got it!   Read more »

at Jul 13, 2009 5:38 PM
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