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October 21, 2009 California, Commentary Over-Regulation Hurting All Californians When Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen remarked a half-century ago, "A billion here a billion there pretty soon it adds up to real money," it was said with a sense of irony. I offer this clarification because a billion dollars no longer has the impact that it once had. Now with a former senator from Illinois occupying the White House, the federal government ~s throwing trillions of dollars around as if it were nickels. Still, for the average taxpayer, whether it is billion dollars or a trillion dollars, it's a mind-numbing amount. When the Legislature approved $12.6 billion in new taxes last February, public anger didn't really start to mount until it became clear that this would cost the average family about $1,100 each year. This anger was expressed clearly when in May, voters rejected by two to one an additional $16 billion in taxes that could have cost families another $1,400 annually. So when a just-released study, sponsored by the state of California, showed that the cost of state regulations on business was $493 billion, the real impact was brought home when the authors concluded that the annual cost per household was $13,801. Perhaps even more alarming is that these regulations cost the state 3.8 million jobs. At 12.2% unemployment, the highest ~n almost 70 years, California ranks fourth behind Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island. Still the significance of these numbers is best understood by those who have lost a job or who know someone who has, and this includes most Californians. Most of us are in a position to see the tragic consequences for those out of work, so we understand why the unemployment rate is a major component of what Ronald Reagan called the "Misery Index." The California reporf on the impact of regulations was actually completed a year ago, but its release was held up by the governor's office. A spokesperson said the delay was so the facts could be checked, but capitol observers are asking if it was withheld because it would by Jon Coupal have been a public relations nightmare for an administration and Legislature that were seeking massive tax increases at that time. After all, the cost of these regulations amount to a hidden tax, the actual impact of which few people were aware. As bad a picture as the state regulations report paints, it does not include the impact of radical measures, passed after the study was commenced, to impose new restrictions on the use of everything from energy to land in the name of reducing greenhouse gases. After reviewing the report, it is easy to understand why analysts, including the Washington DC- based Tax Foundation, rank California 49th out of 50 as a place to do business. Of course, because of their limited ca pitalization and lack of political clout, hardest hit by the state's negative regulatory climate are California's more than 770,000 small business employers. Given that these brave men and women constitute 98% of percent of California's enterprises and provide 52% of the jobs, our policy leaders ought to feel a great deal of shame -- although we doubt that they do. With surrounding states that already impose lower taxes offering incentives for California businesses to relocate, we continue to travel down the road of high taxes and massive regulation at our peril. Now, no one suggests that California businesses operate without regulations. Regulations are like taxes, a necessary evil. But just as high taxes stifle productivity, so too does massive over-regulation that adds significantly to the cost of doing business. The classic argument for regulation can be made by those who live downstream from a manufacturing Plant, who want assurance thattoxins are not being dumped into the water supply. But we live in a state where the nannies in the Legislature attempt to control every aspect of our lives; from when children can be spanked, to our diets, to whether or not our pets are to be spayed and Janet Gastil Kaaren TerO, Bonnie Sharron H.llo'A.. & Larry Failer cell 760-445-1829 cell 619-417-0481 cell 619-992-3868 cell (760) 803-1195 R.ED. by Mike Matland Weekly by Linda Thistle 7 1 4 1 4 6 3 4 , 4 1 7 6 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * * Moderate ** Challenging * * * HOO BOY! 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. The Julian News 13 neutered, to the material from which our shopping bags are made. To ask that the Legislature take a sensible approach to regulation is probably a bridge too far. However, it should be mandatory that every regulation proposed include a cost analysis. Just like the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) we require for any major construction project, we should require another EIR -- an Economic Impact Report -- for every new regulation. When the public is made aware of the actual cost to families and the impact on employment of every new proposed regulation, lawmakers may be forced to stop regarding regulation as a frivolous exercise without real- world consequences. Jan Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. Chefs Corner continued from page 6 that are split. Do not place the seeds on a paper towel, as seeds wil stick to the paper. Instead, place seeds on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper, or on lightly oiled aluminum foil paper. 2. Heat oven to 300 F. For Spicy Pumpkin Seeds, mix 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cumin, sugar and coriander and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with the seeds before toasting. For Sweet Pumpkin Seeds, mix 3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt with the seeds before toasting. 3. Spread the vegetable oil on a shallow pan. Sprinkle seeds over oil in single layer. Bake 10 minutes, stir and spray with the cooking oil spray. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, stir and spray with the cooking oil spray. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes as needed or until lightly browned, being careful not to burn them. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt. The seeds will become crisper as they cool. Shell the seeds, or for more fiber, eat them whole. Store in an airtight container. (c) 2008 King Features Syndicate.. lnc Function in disaster. Finish in style. -- Lucy Madeira ACROSS 1 'ffhe loneliest 1---1 ~ number" q12 4 "Danny Boy" musicmakers 9 Definite article 12 Supporting 22~] _;,2 13 Lifeless, ~25 --" old-style 14 Tier 15 Happen 17 Gorilla 18 Can. neighbor 19 First game of 45 ~6 the season 48 -- 21 Denim, e.g. 1 24 Fishing 54 equipment 25 Bobby of hockey 26 Fresh 28 Fleet-related 31. Harvest 33 Legislation 35 Long skirt 36 Forbidden acts 38 Speck 40 Every last bit 41 Totals 43 Multicolored 45 Stratagem 47 Jackie's second mate 48 Blackjack component 49 Change from one language to another 54 Coffee 8 vessel 55 Greeting 9 56 Meadow 57 Danson or 10 Kennedy 58 Convinces 11 59 Vanna's cohort 16 DOWN 20 1 Frequently 2 Neither 21 partner 3 Historic time 22 4 Relay 5 Put on a jury 23 6 Hawaiian 27 side dish 29 7 Mistake 30 HOMES, CABINS, LAND. RENTALS, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street 760-765-0111 $520,000 Julian Estates, 3br, den, 2 ba, 2 car, 2200 sq. fl., 4.47 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. $319,000 3 br, 2 1/2 ba. plus 1,200 sq. ft. guest house over garage on 5 acres. 2 horse barns, outbuildings and small fruit orchard. $459,000 In Town, 2bd, 2ba with separate 1 bd guest suite, built in 2003, Seriously Custom Home. $285,000 Kentwood 2br, 1 ba, 864 sq. ft. knotty pine interior .59 acres. $295,000 Julian Townsite. 2 br, 2 ba, on .85 acre. Within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. $259,000 Whispering Pines, 2 br, 1 ba, + loft. Wood interior and soaring ceilings. 1 ba separate apt. downstairs. Double $249,000 Kentwood, 1 bd, 1 ba with large taft. All wood interior, large deck, completely furnished. $225.000 Kentwood II 2 br, 1 ba 2 car garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual- glazed windows, A/C. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Movement To Divide California, Renewed Since the last movement to divide California into two states was fomented in Northern California and was thought long dead, many people are surprised to hear of the growing movement again. What is truly surpnsing though, is that this time instead of splitting into Northern California and Southern California, the proposal is to split into Western California and East California. After reviewing the map after November's presidential election and the approval of so many Propositions that are certain to bankrupt the state, it is easily seen why. Since the Pro positions passed would be effected primarily along the coast, Western California would probably retain the obligations out of the State of California's bankruptcy. East California would start out with no indebtedness. In San Diego County the new state line would be just east of Alpine and Ramona. The new state capital would be Markleeville with Julian coming in a close second. The majority said they favored Markleeville because of its central location, to ~ but also because it would be harder for lobbyists to get there. Crossword 29 30 I 52 53 I Squelch, ir~ a 32 Sulk way 34 Feminine Pretoria's 37 Metal region workers Optimist's 39 Human feeling trunks Basin 42 Threaded accessory nail Pecan or 44 Up to almond 45 Tense Dutch 46 Farm cheese fraction Old, stale 50 Carte lead-in jokes 51 Matterhorn, Sandwich for one cookie 52 Afternoon Exceed social Bankroll 53 Have a bite Wheel holder Easter flower 2009 King Features Synd., lnc, A Quick Quiz On The Selective Service (NAPSA)-Here's a quick quiz on things you should know about the Selective Service System: 1) Young men living in the United States must register when they: a) turn 18, b) turn 12 c) enter high school or d) graduate from high school. Answer: a) turn 18. It's the law and it covers nearly everyone, not just citizens. 2) The Selective Service can collect information about a person's immigration status: a) True b) False Answer: b) False. The Selective Service does not collect or report information about a person's immigration status. Immigrant men are required to register no matter their status. 3) Failing to register makes a person ineligible for: a) federal student loans, b) citizenship, c) federal job training programs or d) all of the above. Answer: d) All of the above. In some states, failing to register can also make a person ineligible for a driver's license. To learn more, visit www.sss. gov or call (888) 655-1825. Drinking Countries" l. Czech Republic 2. Ireland 3. Germany 4. Australia 5. Austria 6. United Kingdom 7. Belgium 8. Denmark 9. Finland 10. Luxembourg *per capita consumption Source: Kirin Hold'rags 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. 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