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Blog Post
3/11/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The state Senate passed legislation yesterday - SB 1115 - to roll back one of the more odious limits on compensation for injured workers approved with the governor's workers compensation package in 2004. Doctors are now using a provision in the law that allows them to apportion fault for an injury to blame a person's age, race or genetics for the...
Blog Post
3/10/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The Sacramento Bee has posted online the financial disclosure forms for all 120 legislators, the governor and the rest of our statewide elected officials. Saves us lowly nonprofits the copying fees for hundreds of pages of documents that tell us, among other things, who lavished gifts on politicians last year. Thanks Bee! I haven’t taken a...
Blog Post
3/4/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
The Fair Political Practices Commission is on a roll. The California ethics board took another aggressive step to curtail abuse of gift-giving and travel in Sacramento this week with proposed new rules that would require all travel by the governor, legislators, and other elected officials be reported as gifts in annual public statements. No more...
Blog Post
2/28/2008
Posted By: Mark Reback
Reporters covering the goings on at California's Capitol in Sacramento want a WiFi network installed in the building so they can go online to post timely blogs and articles at a moment's notice. The Capitol Correspondents Association of California said that they might be up for paying for up to half of the costs, so that the state doesn't have to...
Blog Post
2/20/2008
Posted By Carmen Balber
California's state legislative analyst just announced that the projected budget deficit has jumped another $1.5 billion to $16 billion for 2008-09. Luckily, the governor issued an executive order yesterday to freeze state hiring and impose an immediate 1.5% reduction in all government agencies’ spending. At least someone’s taking this...
Blog Post
2/19/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Dean Calbreath in the San Diego Union-Tribune shines a spotlight today on the overt discrimination based on age, race and gender that's going on under the workers' compensation "reform" championed by the governor in 2004. Thanks to the changes, workers' compensation insurers are raking in big profits. Rather than regulating workers' comp...
News Release
2/14/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912
NEWS RELEASE Santa Monica, CA -- The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) sent a letter to the state's HMO regulator calling for swift action to end Blue Cross' practice of conscripting doctors as "double agents," combing medical records for any excuse to dump patients who might become ill. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger...
News Release
2/14/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284
Requirement Should Be Added to Disclosure Rules Proposed by State Ethics Board Santa Monica, CA -- Politicians would not have to explain trips to golf courses, wineries or casinos in California under new disclosure rules proposed by the state ethics board, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today. More information on...
Blog Post
2/11/2008
Posted By Carmen Balber
The Los Angeles Times reports today that Governor Schwarzenegger wants to hand over millions of dollars in state bond money to two of his corporate campaign contributors, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroads. Prop 1B, the source of the transportation bond money that voters approved at the ballot last November, was...
Blog Post
2/7/2008
Posted By Carmen Balber
The governor tried to don his outsider mantle today when he chastised the legislature for trying to hold onto power by extending their terms with Prop 93. Voters kicked the bums out after an unproductive, if not devastating, legislative year and the looming $14.5 billion state budget deficit.  As Arnold told reporters: "I think it's very...