It’s understandable that California leaders are grasping at straws in an effort to identify revenue to stanch the bleeding in a budget that may be $26 billion in arrears. But selling some of the prime real estate where California does business is not the answer. Those buildings that may be sold include state buildings in

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As if it weren’t enough that the good folks in Las Vegas attacked California in an ad campaign last year, we find now find ourselves under the microscope again. This time it’s from the land of Duck and Beavers, Oregon. Instead of a catchy TV campaign to lure business to the collapsing heap that is

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It’s getting near to traditional harvest time. In my back yard, time to go harvest the apple tree and the Asian pears. But first, let’s look at the federal data harvest on workers’ comp. Here is a link to a pdf from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on countrywide nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in

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The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau may be requesting a 27.7% jump in the basic workers’ comp rate, but SCIF is raising rates by only 5.2%. That’s quite a disconnect. Yesterday’s announcement by SCIF comes at a time when (any moment now) Insurance Commissioner Poizner will unveil his decision on the WCIRB’s recommendation for a

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The Meg Whitman campaign ended yesterday, a spectacular failure. So Jerry Brown will soon be forming a gubernatorial team. At the victory celebration Tuesday night at Oakland’s Fox Theater, a handful of prominent players in California workers’ comp stopped by to savor the moment. Workers’ comp isn’t likely to be near the top of Brown’s

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