Michigan Passes Right to Work; What Are Labor’s Next Options?

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:06 am

Labor has not really attempted to overturn the Indiana “right to work” law, where they had less options at their disposal. But there are tools available in Michigan, as well as a relatively dense unionized labor force ready to fight back.

The Most Important Vote in America – Ending the Tax Revolt in California

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:52 am

Everyone (OK, every geek like me) has their own favorite downballot race or ballot initiative they’re watching in this election. I definitely think Elizabeth Warren ascending to the US Senate would be a truly unique thing. There are a couple bellweather races in the Senate (I think North Dakota will show the power of ideology [...]

Failure of California’s Prop 30 Would Mean More State-Level Austerity on a Grand Scale

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 2:44 pm

Hopes that we are at the end of the cycle of state budget cutbacks dragging on overall growth may be dashed if Proposition 30, a measure that would increase taxes mostly on the wealthiest Californians making over $250,000, fails at the ballot box in two weeks. And two polls out today find support tanking for [...]

California’s Competing Tax Measures Could Sink Both

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:45 am

There are actually three tax measures on the statewide ballot. Prop 39 concerns a corporate tax loophole, and would dedicate the revenue from closing it to energy projects. That exists separately from Brown’s measure, and so both Prop 30 and Prop 39 could pass under the law. But Prop 38, promoted by millionaire lawyer Molly Munger, is a different animal. Munger’s proposition would increase overall state income tax rates to pay for schools and early childhood education. It conflicts with Brown’s increase on just the top tax rates (along with a small 1/4 cent increase in the state sales tax). So both measures cannot pass; if they both cross the 50% threshold, whichever proposition gets the most votes will get implemented.

Study Finds Tumors, Organ Damage in Lab Mice from Exposure to Genetically Modified Food

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 7:35 am

Lab mice fed Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and water exposed to their herbicide Roundup led to tumors and organ damage, reports a French study that could have resonance in the debate over GMOs. The peer-reviewed study, the first of its kind to show potential damage from lifetime exposure to GMOs, appeared in the journal Food [...]

Prop 13-Style Supermajority for Tax Increases Readied for Michigan Ballot

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 12:16 pm

As long as we’re talking about ballot measures today, an initiative that recently filed in Michigan could do for that state what Prop 13 did for California. Specifically, it would restrict any revenue increases to bills that secure a 2/3 vote in the legislature, a virtually impossible scenario, given anti-tax intransigence on the right. Michigan [...]

The War On Workers Comes to California, in Disguise

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 7:10 am

After the victory in Wisconsin, many wondered where conservative interests would strike next to finish off unions and permanently alter the power relationship between labor and capital. It appears the next step is California. In November, voters will decide on an initiative, Prop 32, that would “eliminate unions from having any voice in politics whatsoever,” [...]

Activists Want DNC Convention to Move out of North Carolina After Amendment One Passage

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:58 am

As you know, North Carolina passed Amendment One, a constitutional amendment initiative that not only puts the existing ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution, but will also ban civil unions and domestic partnerships and could actually make things difficult for heterosexual couples that co-habitate. Despite – or perhaps because of – confusion about [...]

Fed Looking to Slap Wrists of Smaller Mortgage Servicers

By: Monday April 2, 2012 6:17 am

Because we know that foreclosure fraud is a pervasive and industry-wide problem, we know that other servicers beyond the big 5 would eventually get sanctioned in some way for their role in it. Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase made up over 46% of the mortgage servicing market by the end of 2011, [...]

CA-Init: Progressives Force Compromise on Jerry Brown-Led Tax Initiative

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 12:18 pm

A major battle between progressive activists and a sitting governor in the nation’s largest state is nearing a conclusion today. California Governor Jerry Brown and a coalition of progressives have entered into negotiations to finalize a tax measure for the November 2012 ballot, after both sides offered competing plans. The story is that Brown offered [...]

California Conundrum: Competing Ballot Measures on Taxes Could Undermine One Another

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 7:50 am

It is said that California is a harbinger for the nation. Since we’re having a national conversation about taxes for the wealthy, it’s natural that California would play a role in that conversation. But a difference of opinion in how to go about that conversation could result in a counter-productive disaster – or a bounty [...]

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