Some “don't miss” reading from this week

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 13, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week there was an excellent opinion piece placed in the Orange County Register and elsewhere on California's ever-developing Green Chemistry program.  Former Food and Drug Administration official and Hoover scientist Henry Miller took exception to a lack of scientific process in the Department of Toxics and Substance Control's informal draft of green chemistry regulations:

California bureaucrats' bad chemistry

Scientists learn pretty quickly to turn a deaf ear to abuses of fact and distortions of data. The reality is that if you tried to correct every huckster who makes outlandish claims for this diet pill or that new age "cleanse," you'd quickly find yourself engaged in a full-time and futile effort.

There are times, though, when you can't look the other way. When science is being bent into particularly unspeakable positions or when the perpetrator is someone others look to with trust, it is necessary to speak up and say, "Enough – this must be corrected; the truth must be told!" ... read on

There was also a great Fox and Hounds piece written by Loren Kay this week on state boards trumping the legislature on tax increases with the California Air Resources Board's "cap and tax" and the Public Utility Commission's utility surtax:

Legislature Killed Two New Energy Taxes – And they Go Up Anyway

The California Legislature rejected two tax increases in 2011. Nevertheless, Californians will find their taxes increased by more than $1.1 billion in 2012-13.

That’s right; the California Legislature does not have the last word on whether to raise certain taxes. It turns out that is the job of some powerful but obscure state boards.

For the first half of 2011, the Legislature and Governor Brown were engaged in a high-stakes debate over how to finance the state budget, with Republicans holding out against higher taxes and Democrats eventually adopting a budget that made deep cuts in state programs.

Feeling the brunt of these cuts were vital and popular institutions like the University of California and the state’s trial courts, as well as the social safety net. ... read on


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