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California tops the nation . . . for its poverty rate

California tops the nation . . . for its poverty rate

While Governor Brown plans a climate change satellite, the GOP candidate for his replacement garners an intriguing Democrat endorsement

As the week draws to a close, a new analysis shows that California is actually leading the nation . . . in the poverty rate.

Newly released federal estimates show California’s poverty rate remained the highest in the nation, despite a modest fall, and the state’s falling uninsured rate slowed for the first time since before Medicaid expansion.

According to the Census Bureau, the share of Californians in poverty fell to 19 percent — a 1.4 percent decrease from last year. However, policy experts warned that in spite of the good news more than 7 million people still struggle to get by in the state.

….Although California has a vigorous economy and a number of safety net programs to aid needy residents, it’s often not enough to forestall economic hardship for one out of every five residents, the data show.

While there are many reasons for the fiscal struggles Californians face, and the chronic homelessness problem that continues, one contributing factor must be the misplaced priorities of Sacramento’s ruling class.

Legal Insurrection readers will recall, for example, a California Supreme Court ruling just redefined “independent contractors” with the unintended consequence of barber shops and beauty parlors no longer being able to retain staff.

This week, Governor Jerry Brown concluded a global climate change summit, vowing to launch a California-built satellite to battle climate change.

“We’re going to launch our own satellite — our own damn satellite to figure out where the pollution is and how we’re going to end it,” Brown told an international audience on the final day of the San Francisco gathering.

California will work with San Francisco-based Planet Labs to launch a satellite capable of tracking climate-altering emissions, Brown said. The effort will lean on the expertise of the state’s Air Resources Board, which has taken the forefront in pursuing climate-related innovations.

How about road repairs? Fixing our dams? Dealing with the human waste problem now plaguing our cities? The last time I checked, feces and urine qualified as biological waste that is harmful to human health…and the multimillions going to that satellite could be spent on some bleach and protective equipment for our workers.

Sacramento’s list of green justice priorities now includes mandates of 100% renewable energy by 2045, despite the fact that technology is not likely to keep pace with that lofty goal.

The law sends a message that California supports the global Paris agreement to fight climate change, he said. Trump withdrew from the accord last year over concerns that it would hurt the U.S. economy, making the United States the only country to do so.

“We are going to meet the Paris agreement and we’re going to continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions,” Brown said.

So Californians are going to pay more for energy, have more brownouts and blackouts, and experience significant market limitations in transportation options because Brown wants to end his career being a leading member of the Trump #Resistance.

Interestingly, GOP gubernatorial candidate has earned some significant endorsements this week, from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. But the endorsement that may be most telling comes from a Democrat.

Jeremy Montanez of Southern California is a Democrat has appeared on CNN panel. He is a former Trump supporter who plans to vote a straight Democratic ticket, except for Governor. The thrust of his endorsement is that Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom is more interested in the illegal alien vote, as demonstrated by his offer of universal healthcare to that group.

When fake science, open borders, and Trump-hate are the focus of important state policies, the wonder is why the poverty rate is not worse. Here is hoping that help will actually arrive in November.


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Governor Brown will introduce a “cold ray” that the satellite will bathe the PDRK with… or deploy a large mirror to divert the suns heat and bad UV rays to promote global cooling and fight skin cancer. Or is it to launch kinetic weapons on deniers?

When one hollows out the middle class promoting a poor worker class and an uber rich governing class real estate is too costly. What is sad is that California is benefiting from the Trump economy and can “afford” to go off in bizarre directions.

Truly the land of fruits & nuts.

I moved out to California for a job. The housing laws out here are just LUDICROUS.

When I went to buy a house, the realtor explained that if you buy a house built before a specific date (I think it was ’94), then you had about 1.5% property tax.

If you bought one build AFTER that – property tax was 3%.

So nobody wants to buy new houses and nobody wants to BUILD new houses.

    PODKen in reply to Olinser. | September 15, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Dead wrong.

    All housing property taxes are constitutionally set at 1% of assessed value plus local approved taxes (parcel taxes, school bonds, ballot propositions etc). Once property is purchased the assessed value increases at the lower of 2% per year or the rate of inflation. When the house is sold the assessed value reverts to the market value (what the buyer paid for it). Once local approved taxes are added the total rate is about 1.15-ish percent.

    The kicker is that housing prices are high and in some locations such as the SF Bay Area the market value can exceed the assessed value. If you buy a house under these conditions the tax paid on the purchase will be 1% of the market value. The problem here is not the tax rate … it’s the high prices and the market value of the house when sold.

    Another kicker is that because housing prices are high so are the loan amounts … and the interest paid on some of these loans will not be fully tax deductible due to the new tax laws Turnip enacted.

Good for Jeremy.

Last I heard, California does not have a requirement that able bodied adults on assistance need to be in job training or seeking employment.

Naturally they’re blaming Trump.

Sorry, but there’s no saving California now. It has gone over the tipping point into a permanent one-party state, barring any major catastrophe.

Brown is a certifiable lunatic. He is like some kind of character out of the dark ages or the Salem witch trials with his “we’re all gonna die if you don’t do as I say” shtick. It is astonishing that anyone in the 21st century would believe his unhinged rants.

My NJ Governor “Teeth for Brains” went to the land of fruits and nuts for a “climate summit”. NJ Governor now wants winds mills off the coast of NJ. Al Gore applauds. Put those wind mills in front of Al Gore’s coastal CA ridiculous mansion that has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

This misfit adolescent governor is sending up a satellite to monitor emissions? A satellite is in space, not in our atmosphere. There are better and cheaper ways to monitor emissions from within our atmosphere.

Of course, they will not use the satellite to monitor temperatures. Satellite data does not show Earth warming, it shows Earth cooling.

California isn’t past the point of saving — John Cox and everyone who’s running on a common sense platform (like me, by the way) is reaching the many, many people who love(d) it here and want sanity with their gorgeous weather.

“California ranks No. 1 in poverty once again. Take one guess why.”


CA continually imports more poverty (from Mexico), while simultaneously madly overtaxing and overspending.

How could it not be No. 1 in poverty? That’s the winning formula!

    Voice_of_Reason in reply to Observer. | September 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    it’s not just those things, it is also over regulation.

    high taxes raise the cost of living. over regulation also raises the cost of living, and in californa it hits housing and energy costs especially hard. housing is usually the biggest expenditure in a household.

    and by the way, as a bonus, unrestricted illegal immigration has also destroyed the once great public schoo, system. california’s public schools were considered a model decades ago, now they are somewhere around 45 out of 50.

If they give people enough money to bring them up above the poverty line aren’t they still the lowest income people?

    Voice_of_Reason in reply to harleycowboy. | September 16, 2018 at 11:13 am

    “giving” people money just transfers the cost elsewhere, it dosn’t solve california’s basic problem: high cost of living due to extreme regulation and high taxes.

Voice_of_Reason | September 16, 2018 at 11:09 am

California has had the worst poverty in America for a LONG time now, because of the high cost of living. many people don’t believe that California has the worst poverty out of 50 states, but it’s true.

high taxes and high regulations increase the cost of living, including housing and energy costs. high rates of illegal immigration depress wages at the low-skilled labor level.

it is quite clear that progressive policies have not worked to reduce poverty in california, but they have created a dependency class of democrat voters.