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It’s no secret that there is a desperate need for policy reform. Whether it’s energy, economy, tax, education, or any other political arena, independent voters seek specific and effective political reform. Measures that increase transparency, enhance competition, inspire voter participation, and operate within the boundaries of strict, fiscal discipline are badly needed in a country that has become inefficient, ineffective, and paralyzed by partisan politics. This section discusses various political reform models that aim to encourage robust intellectual debate in the public forum.
Governor Brown and the State legislature passed legislation releasing thousands of state prisoners in response to Federal Court mandates to reduce the prison population. But don’t blame Governor Jerry Brown for the ensuing crime wave. Blame pandering politicians, and the Federal Courts.
Talks on the way California will fund its K-12 public schools in the near future have heated up fast. Governor Brown’s local control funding formula (LCFF) has been covered extensively and public opinion has been continually polled.
As amended last week, California’s AB 1327 would put significant limits on the use of unmanned drones by public agencies. The bill would require approval by local public legislatures for any acquisition, contract, or use of an unmanned aircraft system and to give public notice upon any deployment.
The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released surprising numbers Tuesday. According to the LAO, California has brought in unexpectedly higher tax revenue for April and may close out the largest tax revenue month of the year…