Through the (“Tax Expenditure”) Looking Glass

It’s no secret that the California Teachers Association has no love for tax credit legislation. To illustrate the point, one need look no farther than AB 337, a bill authored by California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer in 2015, that proposed a modest tax credit (to…

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For Your Consideration…

During the course of the week leading to the California Legislature’s February 16 deadline for the introduction of proposed legislation for the current year, some 3,200 bills saw the light of day at the State Capitol.  We are still in the process of sifting through the…

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Repeat as Necessary

Opponents of school choice appear committed to the application of the maxim, he who defines the terms wins the argument. Consider a recent letter to the Comptroller General of the United States, jointly signed by Senators Patty Murray (D. -WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D. -RI), and Ron Wyden (D. -OR), in which the…

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Lessons From Chicago

As these words are being penned, Chicago’s public school system is teetering on the verge of insolvency. Facing a current budget deficit approaching a half billion dollars, the system once headed by former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has become something of a political football being kicked around by the city’s Democratic mayor,…

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AB 141: A Lesson in Lobbying

I’m a registered lobbyist.

Sharing that piece of information with people I meet for the first time often provokes a spontaneous reaction that’s something akin to what I imagine I’d see were I to back away from a handshake while explaining that I’ve recently been exposed to the Ebola virus.  Honest.  The utterance, “I’m a…

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