California's $2000 initiative poll tax?

Even as the Secretary of State and legislative leaders are championing legislation to make it easier for Californians to register and turn out to vote (for them), lawmakers don't seem to want Californians to be able to vote on ideas of their own.

A bill to increase the ballot initiative filing fee tenfold could pass the State Senate next week.

Multiplying the filing fee from the current $200 to $2000 would make proposing a ballot initiative in California more expensive than any other state.

Accused of Ignoring Widespread Contamination, Top Toxics Regulator's Future Questioned

The state’s top toxics regulator, Barbara Lee, comes up for Senate confirmation this week in the wake of a CBS News story on how much more widespread lead contamination is around the now-closed Exide facility in East Los Angeles and that it exposes vulnerable children to dangerously high levels of lead.
 

Attorney General Investigating Gas Price Gouging in California

The California Attorney General's office said they are now investigating unusual pricing strategies by oil refiners a week after Consumer Watchdog presented it with evidence that oil refiners were artificially manipulating gasoline prices by leveraging their branded gasoline station contracts.
 

As Secret Deals Probe Looms, PUC Urges Less Government Transparency

Only in California would discussions about curtailing the public’s ability to monitor state and local government include a state commission accused of secret backroom deals. 

Blue Shield Targets Profit Over Public Good, Tax Board Says

Blue Shield of California's $4 billion reserves and an executive mandate to increase profits are some of the reasons the California Franchise Tax Board gave in a June 2014 audit that revoked the insurance company's tax-exempt status. 
 

State Commission Given Evidence Oil Refiners Artificially Hiking Gas Prices

California Energy Commission data reveals that a recent and sustained 30 cents gap between what price oil refiners sell gas to their branded stations and the price they offered to independent stations is unprecedented statewide. 
 
Over the last 16 years, the difference averaged three cents, according to a Consumer Watchdog analysis. Branded stations must buy gas at whatever price a refiner sets.
 

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