A colossal waste of money

This op-ed was first published in the Sacramento News and Review on February 3rd, 2021. https://sacramento.newsreview.com/2021/02/03/a-colossal-waste-of-money/ All too recently, we anticipated a $54 billion state budget deficit, expecting cuts to funding and resources that would continue the economic onslaught of the pandemic. In the new year, however, we find ourselves with a $15 billion one-timeContinue reading “A colossal waste of money”

Three Months of Observations – Lessons Learned

Good day, dear readers! I’m W. Bruce Lee, President of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association (SacTax) which is responsible for all of Sacramento County. My responsibility is to represent you, the taxpayers. You may have read earlier OpEds regarding the November 2020 sales tax increase ballot Measure M in Citrus Heights – which was wisely defeatedContinue reading “Three Months of Observations – Lessons Learned”

Truth: The Foundation of Governance

An article based on the presentation given by W. Bruce Lee at the Promise Governance Institute Conference in Covina, CA on October 8th, 2020. Truth!  Wow, what a novel idea in today’s world!  And according to the recent song, “Truth be Told” by Matthew West, “Truth be told, the truth is rarely told!” With instantContinue reading “Truth: The Foundation of Governance”

Transportation Ignores the People … Higher Taxes, Now? … Really??

This article first appeared in California Political Review on 7/2/20. Hey, are you aware of the half-cent sales tax increase proposed for Sacramento County on the November ballot to raise $8.4 billion over the next forty years for transportation purposes? It would make the countywide tax a whopping 9.25% – higher than 88 percent ofContinue reading “Transportation Ignores the People … Higher Taxes, Now? … Really??”

Opposition to Measure A Coalesces as Disparate Groups Align | Elk Grove News Podcast

On May 22nd, Bruce was interviewed by Elk Grove News about why he and the Sac County Residents Against Measure A are opposed to the sales tax that residents will be asked to vote on in November. Bruce explains the details of the tax and outlines the broad coalition of people and organizations mounting opposition.Continue reading “Opposition to Measure A Coalesces as Disparate Groups Align | Elk Grove News Podcast”

Governance and the Lack of Civil Discourse

A Paper and Presentation for the Promise Governance Conference – Covina, CA – August 8-9, 2019. Have we ever wondered what is at the heart of the political divide between the far right and far left in American politics? Is the far right really made up of greedy self interested, self-absorbed people, as they areContinue reading “Governance and the Lack of Civil Discourse”

Sacramento Transit Authority, This is No Time to Move Ahead with a Tax Increase

Here’s an excerpt from an article Bruce wrote as the President of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, as published in Fox and Hounds: Over the last month, the country has come to a complete standstill.  In early March, at least ten California counties, including Sacramento, ordered their residents to “shelter in place” due to COVID-19: noContinue reading “Sacramento Transit Authority, This is No Time to Move Ahead with a Tax Increase”

A Time For Budget Reform

This article was originally published in the “CAPITOL BUSINESS : The Business-Government Connection” section of the Sacramento Union on May 5th, 1992. The battle over Governor Pete Wilson’s initiative for budget and welfare reform in California is beginning to heat up this week.  Proposed last December and likely to qualify with 1.1 million signatures givenContinue reading “A Time For Budget Reform”

The Warning of No Money and No Business

This article was originally published in the “CAPITOL BUSINESS : The Business-Government Connection” section of the Sacramento Union on July 3rd, 1991. For the first time in over fifty years, the State Government of California has had a decline in its revenue from previous years.  The 1990-91 fiscal year just closed a few days agoContinue reading “The Warning of No Money and No Business”

Attack of the Killer Compact Disc

This article was originally published in the “CAPITOL BUSINESS : The Business-Government Connection” section of the Sacramento Union on June 27th, 1991. On February 28th of this year, Assemblyman Terry Friedman (D, Los Angeles) introduced a bill into the legislature as an urgency statute to take effect at once for the “immediate preservation of theContinue reading “Attack of the Killer Compact Disc”