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Posts by K. Lloyd Billingsley
K. Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at The Daily Caller.
How California’s AB 5 Hinders Coronavirus Response


According to California’s Legislative Analyst, Assembly Bill 5, authored by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, has already affected more than 1 million independent contractor and freelance working Californians, and the list of industries impacted by the law has surged past 300. As these independent Californians struggle to earn a living, AB 5 is also...
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Gov. Newsom Outsources Decision to Close Gun Stores


California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent out a list of “essential business” that should remain open during the coronavirus crisis, and gun stores did not make the list. Instead of designating gun stores as nonessential, however, the governor outsourced the decision to the sheriffs in California’s 58 counties. “I believe in people’s right to bear...
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The Mask Madness of Big Government


As Newsweek reports, people are sewing their own face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Readers might wonder why something as simple as a face mask might be in short supply. As it turns out, such masks are strictly regulated. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and...
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California Coronavirus Measures Impact the Justice System


As we noted, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order N-25-20 “readies state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients” and “readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.” As Milton Friedman observed, temporary government measures often become permanent,...
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California’s Awful AB 5 Demos Pillage People Pedagogy


California Assembly Bill 5, by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, is a frontal assault on freelance writers and independent workers in dozens of professions, which Gonzalez has proclaimed were “never good jobs.” The attorney and former AFL-CIO organizer advances a measure with no merit whatsoever, except as a government power and money grab. Some...
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Decoding the Tax Code


Tax time is just around the corner, and that invites an examination of the U.S. tax code. For politicians, the Internal Revenue Code means that high-rise stack of documents they occasionally display to accompany press conferences. Taxpayers would do well to regard another code, the deceptive vocabulary politicians deploy to frame the issue. Take,...
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California Goes Easy on Corrupt Highway Patrol Chief


As we noted, Sheldon Kyle Scarber, a former California Highway Patrol assistant chief in the Fresno area, recently petitioned the California Public Employees Retirement System to augment his annual pension of $125,000. The agency has now upheld a slight reduction in Sarber’s pension but granted his appeal “in part,” a decision of great interest...
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Presidential Candidates Miss Teachable Moment on Cuba’s Human Rights Abuses


Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders has been touting the Communist regime of Fidel Castro. This presents an opportunity for candidates to enlighten Millennials and such about grim Cuban realities. So far, Democrats are missing out, and the one most at fault may be former South Bend, Ind., mayor, and now former presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg,...
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California’s Anti-Gig-Worker Law Is Also a State Money Grab


California Assembly Bill 5, written by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, limits freelance writers to 35 submissions per publication, per year, a direct attack on the writers’ ability to make a living and an infringement of their right to free association and free speech. The measure also restricts the independence of those who drive...
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Musicians Want an Out-Chorus for California’s Law Attacking the Gig Economy


Freelance writers, photographers and videographers have gathered at the state capitol to protest Assembly Bill 5, which limits them to 35 submissions per publication, per year. San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, author of the bill, is not saying where she came up with 35 submissions, less than one a week. Gonzalez rails against the...
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