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Friday, August 28th, 2009

Discount Aldactone, by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

Nevada is running a rather edgy advertising campaign to lure businesses from the Golden State to the Silver State. This could serve as a wakeup call for California, 20mg Aldactone, but the response so far is not encouraging. Aldactone japan, The $1 million campaign from the Nevada Development Authority puts a porcine spin on California’s budget and urges California business to “get the monkey off your back,” and move to Nevada. The “KTAX” channel in one ad wonders when California will be more pro-business, 1000mg Aldactone. In this state, an ad says, business can “kiss their assets goodbye.”

Ten California newspapers will run the ads, also to appear on NBC, ESPN and MSNBC, Discount Aldactone. The ABC affiliate in Los Angeles is refusing to run the ads, Aldactone us, on the grounds that they might encourage businesses to leave California. According to recent evidence, many have already departed, 200mg Aldactone.

From 2003 to 2007, Aldactone paypal, California lost nearly 80,000 manufacturing jobs, most to other states, Aldactone uk, according to a recent Milken Institute report, 50mg Aldactone, which faulted California’s heavy regulation. Lloyd Greif, an investment banker and chairman of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Aldactone ebay, conceded to reporters that Los Angeles County has fewer Fortune 500 companies than most other metropolitan areas. Discount Aldactone, The reason. 500mg Aldactone, “We have become distinctly business unfriendly,” Mr. Greif said, Aldactone mexico.

California Prosperity: Assessing the State of the Golden State, 150mg Aldactone, a new publication from PRI, notes a net out-migration of more than one million Californians over the last five years, which ranks California 44th out of 50 states, 750mg Aldactone. California ranks 42nd in private-sector job creation and 44th out of 50 states in private-sector employment. None of these statistics makes the case for a healthy business environment, Discount Aldactone. Aldactone australia, Neither does California’s record on economic freedom.

The Golden State ranks a dismal 47th out of 50 states in that regard, up from 49th in 2004, 40mg Aldactone, according to PRI’s latest U.S. Aldactone craiglist, Economic Freedom Index, which tracks taxes, regulations and other indicators of economic liberty, 30mg Aldactone. South Dakota ranks number one and Nevada a strong sixth. Discount Aldactone, And Nevada’s advertising campaign does more than lampoon California. Aldactone india, The ads duly point out that Nevada features low workers compensation costs, no corporate tax, no personal income tax, Aldactone overseas, and no inventory tax. Aldactone coupon, California, on the other hand, deploys a punitive tax system and workers’ compensation costs remain high, 100mg Aldactone. California’s regulatory burden is also heavier than 48 other states and may be getting worse. Aldactone usa, A proposed law would increase the power of the California Coastal Commission to regulate development.

The Nevada campaign, meanwhile, has drawn retaliation from California Assemblyman Jose Solorio, who denounced the “attack ads.” The Santa Ana Democrat told reporters he was “outraged by the nastiness of their tone,” and objected to the humor “which dehumanizes Californians.”

Solorio has responded with a video, paid for out of campaign committee funds, that shows California landmarks, arid Nevada scenes, and lists prominent California businesses, Discount Aldactone. The assemblyman has also launched a website for Californians to express pride in their state. He does not attempt to make the case that California has a better business climate than Nevada, 250mg Aldactone. Indeed, Aldactone canada, he told reporters that states should not be “so competitive,” and that the California’s budget and tax problems and strict regulations should not be deal breakers for businesses.

This is simply a defense of the high-tax, 10mg Aldactone, high-regulation status quo. Discount Aldactone, A better response to the Nevada ad campaign would be to seek ways to improve California’s business climate and boost its economy. On that front there is some reason for hope.

The Commission on the Twenty-First Century Economy, launched by the governor, is debating the merits of a flat income tax for California, and other reform measures. Assembly Speaker Karen Bass says she will put the Commission’s recommendations, due by September 20, to a vote in the legislature. A flat income tax, depending on the rate, would stabilize revenue and make life easier for workers. More gimmicks, on the other hand, would worsen an already dismal economic climate that prompts the flight of workers and businesses.

The Nevada ad campaign plays to that reality, and it would be a mistake for legislators to write it off as a prank. They should respond with tax and regulatory reforms that not only keep businesses and workers in California but attract entrepreneurs from other states. CRO

copyright 2008 Pacific Research Institute

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Editorial Director for the Pacific Research Institute and has been widely published on topics including popular culture, defense policy, education reform, and many other current policy issues..

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009

No RX Valtrex, by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

The governance of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell institute, 200mg Valtrex, is inadequate to protect the interests of taxpayers and CIRM’s own goals, 500mg Valtrex, according to Stem Cell Research: Strengthening Governance to Further the Voters’ Mandate, a June 25 report from the Little Hoover Commission, a state watchdog agency, Valtrex uk.

The report advances various reforms and raises questions about how long CIRM should endure. Valtrex mexico, The Institute itself has recently invalidated its primary reason for existence, the funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

CIRM is the offspring of Proposition 71, Valtrex ebay, authored in 2004 by real estate magnate Robert Klein, Valtrex paypal, who sold it as a factory of miraculous cures. The measure authorized $3 billion in spending but the Little Hoover Commission report pegs the total cost at more than $6 billion once the bonds are repaid, No RX Valtrex. The report also notes that Prop 71 “locked out” legislators from reforming CIRM for its first three years, and after that required 70 percent approval in the Assembly and Senate, Valtrex us, as well as the governor’s signature. 30mg Valtrex, The results are evident.

“In the midst of a state budget crisis, the stem cell institute is an island, 10mg Valtrex, spending freely, Valtrex overseas, accountable to no one,” editorialized the Sacramento Bee on June 20. What Californians get for the spending is another matter, 150mg Valtrex. No RX Valtrex, The Commission report mentions new and expanded facilities, an influx of scientists, published articles, and growth in California’s life-sciences industry. But Stem Cell Research cites no actual cures or treatments from CIRM, Valtrex craiglist, because there are none.

“Globally, stem cell science is advancing far more quickly than anticipated, 100mg Valtrex,” the report says, Valtrex coupon, “particularly in the area of adult stem cell research development that is not given preference in Proposition 71.”

Indeed, CIRM strictly limits itself to human embryonic stem cell research. SB 1565, Valtrex japan, a measure by state senators Sheila Kuehl, Valtrex australia, a Democrat and George Runner, a Republican, would have allowed more diversity, 40mg Valtrex, but Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill. 20mg Valtrex, CIRM gave a $6.6 million grant to the Salk Institute, which in June announced that they are one step away from using stem cells to cure Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disease, Valtrex india. Curing a cell, as one scientist put it, was another victory for adult stem cell research, not the embryonic kind CIRM exists to fund, No RX Valtrex.

The Salk Institute team created stem cells from hair and skin cells they took from actual patients. 1000mg Valtrex, The only use of embryonic stem cells was as a control, to show that the cells created in this study from adult cells behave identically to healthy embryonic stem cells.  (See Raya et al. “Disease-corrected haematopoietic progenitors from Fanconi anaemia induced pluripotent stem cells, Valtrex usa,” Nature 31 05 2009)

Federal funding is available for adult stem cell research, Valtrex canada, and the Obama administration has lifted restrictions on the embryonic side, which further raises questions about the need for CIRM. The Little Hoover Commission report notes that “Only five years later, 50mg Valtrex, Proposition 71 already looks like a relic of another era.”

Jesse Reynolds of the Center for Genetics and Society told the Commission that the justification for California’s stem cell program has largely dissolved and it is time to re-evaluate its mission. No RX Valtrex, John Simpson, who monitors stem cell issues for Consumer Watchdog, suggested that with anticipated National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for stem cell research, California should reconsider spending the entire $3 billion that voters authorized. 250mg Valtrex, CIRM would like to be a permanent state-level NIH, but that may not be possible. California is out of money, 750mg Valtrex, faces a budget deficit of $24.3 billion, and its credit rating could hardly be worse. The Stem Cell Research report warns that CIRM’s transparency and accountability concerns “are hardly fading,” and “the structure may not be sustainable in the long term.” It remains “unclear, however, what is to become of CIRM when the $3 billion is spent.” The Commission’s conversations with members of the Institute’s oversight committee “revealed no clear consensus on the best approach for CIRM’s future.”

CIRM does provide guidelines for agencies that could use a sunset. This means unaccountable bodies that resist scrutiny, shun reform, promise more than they can deliver, and invalidate their own reason for existence. CRO

copyright 2008 Pacific Research Institute

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Editorial Director for the Pacific Research Institute and has been widely published on topics including popular culture, defense policy, education reform, and many other current policy issues..

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That Voodoo That You Do So Well

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

Before the Motion Picture Academy handed out its latest awards, and before the legislature passed the alleged budget fix, the reviews were already coming in on California. They are less than stellar but well worth attention.

“California makes Washington, DC, look like a model of fiscal probity,” ran the sub-head [...]

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by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

The year certainly boasted some highlights, including the Olympics and a much anticipated national election, but as 2008 winds to a close, the mood is not exactly upbeat in California. The economy has cooled off, and the “Golden State” finds itself staring down the barrel of a two-year deficit [...]

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by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

Last month, California’s Little Hoover Commission, a public watchdog agency, completed its first hearing on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The proceedings flagged problems of governance and responsibility with the state’s stem-cell institute. At the same time, a medical breakthrough in Europe points out the shortfall in [...]

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by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

Today, one day after a national election, a special California legislative session, called for by Governor Schwarzenegger, begins to deal with this fiscal year’s budget deficit, as high as $10 billion by some estimates.

This session could be of some value if legislators consider a key subject they neglected through [...]

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Lessons from the $388-Million Hyatt Case

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

How current tax policy hurts California, and how the state can fix its revenue problem

California’s financial problems may have gotten worse by $388 million, according to an August 16 Nevada trial verdict in favor of an inventor mistreated by California’s Franchise Tax Board. The unprecedented case highlights California’s enforcement [...]

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by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

David Long, California’s Secretary of Education, resigned on August 10, the fourth such Secretary to resign in the past five years. California should take this opportunity to eliminate this position, which Mr. Long’s brief 18-month tenure confirms to be redundant.

“I’d be less than honest if I didn’t say there [...]

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by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

On August 6, the California Coastal Commission approved a desalination plant at Carlsbad in San Diego County, a region with severe water needs in normal times and hard hit by the current drought. The $300-million for-profit venture by the Poseidon Resources Corporation aims to produce as much as 50 [...]

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