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OPINION: Nothing Golden About This Hidden Gas Tax

Californians already pay the nation's highest gas taxes, but a planned expansion of the state's cap and trade program could raise gas prices 16 to 76 cents per gallon beginning in January, writes GasBuddy analyst Gregg Laskoski in US News and World Report. Laskoski says the plan lacks transparency, with bureaucrats unable to clarify rates and dates and no limit on the amount gas prices could rise.

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OPINION: San Francisco Transit Workers Average $123K Per Year – Reject 11% Raise

San Francisco municipal transit workers earn a compensation package averaging $123,000 per year and were recently awarded a pay increase of 14.25 percent, which California Policy Center researcher Robert Fellner argues is excessive in Union Watch. While municipal employees say the wage increase is justified because of San Francisco's high cost of living, Fellner says wages should be based on productivity instead.

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OPINION: Redevelopment: Back with a vengeance?

While Governor Brown eliminated redevelopment agencies in 2011 to balance the state budget, new legislation under consideration may bring redevelopment back with less accountability than before, writes San Diego Union Tribune columnist Steven Greenhut. Top Senate Democrat Darrell Steinberg and the League of California Cities have advocated a restoration of redevelopment programs in some form.

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OPINION: Pensions: When you can’t trust the trustees

City Journal Senior Editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Steve Malanga writes in Public Sector Inc. that the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) board is dominated by beneficiaries who make questionable recommendations. Malanga says pension board members should be more accountable to taxpayers, who may be required to pay more if pension funds are managed poorly.

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OPINION: Tales from the Unions’ Dark (Money) Side

While labor unions have criticized Citizens United, a recent Supreme Court decision that allowed increased campaign contributions by unions and corporations, they have themselves taken advantage of the ruling, writes Larry Sand on Union Watch. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently donated $480,000 to a Massachusetts candidate using sneaky means the union claims to oppose, Sand points out.

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