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NEWS: Los Angeles sees spike in injury leave payouts for police, fire

A recent Los Angeles Times investigation revealed the city paid $328 million through its injury leave program for police and firefighters over the last five years, reports CaliforniaCityNews.org. This injury rate is significantly higher than other comparable large local governments, leading some officials to question whether some of the claims may be fraudulent.

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NEWS: The Left's Populist Tax Agenda

Those who wish to raise taxes are now copying the successful strategies employed by Howard Jarvis and Massachusetts taxfighter Barbara Anderson, and making use of the initiative process, reports Reason.com. While people tend to vote to limit their own taxes when given the opportunity, tax raisers hope to identify unpopular groups who are small in number, such as millionaires, to target for tax increases.

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NEWS: Chevron CEO slams cap and trade, calls California ‘difficult state’

Chevron CEO Bill Watson criticized California's cap and trade program and burdensome regulations for harming the state's business competitiveness in a talk at The Economic Club of Minnesota, reports Richmond Confidential. Watson pointed out the cap and trade program, associated with Assembly Bill 32, also harms manufacturers who rely on an abundance of affordable power to create jobs.

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NEWS: Labor Giant Puts Politics, Pay Over Serving Teachers

Federal labor filings have revealed the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teacher's union, spends three times as much on politics, overhead and administration as on activities such as representing its members in collective bargaining, reports the Washington Free Beacon. Some California teachers feel the union has failed in its duty to represent them and are suing to opt out of their union dues.

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OPINION: California lawmakers throw business new roadblock

California small and independent businesses often have difficulty obtaining government contracts because of Project Labor Agreements, or PLA's, and new legislation could make the situation worse, reports WorldNetDaily. PLA's require contractors to use only union labor, effectively excluding non-union businesses from competing for opportunities in many areas of the state.

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