May 24, 2012 |
Up to 20% of personal income growth in California this year could be attributed to Facebook. What's the other 80%? The anti-tax folks might wage a guess and say "moving companies. " ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Will Smith and he who gets slapped Is the only good mountain lion a dead mountain lion? Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall . Follow Opinion L.A. on Twitter and Facebook .
April 26, 2012 |
No matter how you feel about Meg Whitman, head of Hewlett-Packard, former head of eBay, you'd have to concede that one of her biggest contributions to the California economy was as candidate for California governor. She lavished about $160 million on her failed campaign, and we'd have to guess that most or all of that was spent within the state. It might be hard to get the engine of California's economy revving again, but we do get a good, if short-term, cough out of political campaigns, and the most recent proof of this is the spending on Proposition 29, the initiative that would impose an extra dollar-per-pack tax on cigarettes and use most of the proceeds on medical research for cancer and cardiovascular and lung diseases.
April 26, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — Close to 100,000 jobless Californians will lose as many as 20 weeks of federal unemployment insurance benefits by the end of May, state officials warned. The extra benefits of as much as $450 a week are part of a federal extension to the regular state program known as Fed-ED, for Federal-State Extended Duration benefits. That will reduce the benefit period to 79 weeks. The federal government instituted Fed-ED in March 2009 to help the long-term unemployed in California during the worst recession in 50 years.
April 3, 2012 |
The reaction to my column on Monday was, in one sense, not terribly surprising. A few readers wrote to praise Molly Munger for spearheading a thoughtful alternative to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax hikes. A few others wrote to suggest that her effort will only make the governor's plan more difficult to pass. And a bunch wrote to say I'm a yahoo or a “clueless columnist” (several used more colorful language) for arguing that some form of tax increase was needed to help California through its current budget difficulties.
March 23, 2012 |
California employers added 4,000 new payroll jobs last month , signaling slow but steady improvement in the state's labor market. Despite the gains, the unemployment rate remain unchanged at 10.9% as more workers dusted off their resumes to look for employment. “People are more encouraged to find jobs,” said Stephen Levy, an economist with the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy . “As people come into the workforce it's going to take a while to get the unemployment rate down.” Statewide, the biggest job gains last month were found in sectors that pay better than average wages - another positive sign for the California economy.
February 14, 2012 |
California should experience only modest economic growth this year and next, adding nearly a half million new jobs and driving the unemployment rate down to just above 10%, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. said in an annual forecast. Recovery from the deep recession of 2007-2009 is expected to be at “a painfully slow pace” and “it will take years for the county to return to the four million nonfarm job threshhold that marked most of the last decade,” said the report released Wednesday.
January 26, 2012 |
California's combination of business, sales, income and other taxes ranks it close to the bottom of the 50 states for being business-friendly, according to a conservative Washington think tank. California placed 48th, ahead of New York at 49th place and New Jersey at 50th, said a report released Wednesday by the Tax Foundation. The findings, which are contradicted by other studies and disputed by some economists, are likely to become an issue in this fall's elections. California Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to put an initiative on the November ballot to temporarily raise the state sales tax and the individual income tax for people who make more than $250,000 a year.
July 12, 2011 |
The California Public Employees' Retirement System pumped nearly $12 billion into the state's economy last year through benefits paid to retirees and other beneficiaries, making it "a significant economic engine in most California communities," a new study says. The findings of consultant Robert Fountain, a retired Cal State Sacramento economics professor, help to show how important the country's largest public pension is to the state's economy, fund officials said. CalPERS, which released the study Monday, has been engaged in an ongoing public relations campaign to improve an image that has been battered by investment losses and corruption scandals.
June 29, 2011 |
California's film tax credit program is giving taxpayers a bang for their buck. So says a newly released study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., which shows the state's tax credit program pumped $3.8 billion into the California economy and created more than 20,000 jobs in the last two years. Based on an analysis of expenditures from nine projects that received film tax credits from the state in the first two years of the program, the LAEDC found that for each tax dollar allocated, the local and state governments get back at least $1.13 in tax revenue and the total gross domestic product in the state increases $8.48.
May 15, 2011 |
On a towering cliff overlooking the sun-sparkled shores of Carlsbad, Calif., Dawn Santos watched a squadron of pelicans fly past the campsite where she and her family were staying for four days of campfires, bike rides and splashing in the surf. "It's gorgeous," the Rancho Cucamonga mother of three marveled as the afternoon sky turned bright pink. Here at South Carlsbad State Beach in San Diego County, the Santos family took a break from work and school by renting a 26-foot trailer to enjoy one of California's most valuable economic assets — its outdoor riches.