PLF to appeal emissions tax ruling to state Supreme Court

PLF announced today that, on behalf of Morning Star Packing Company, the National Tax Limitation Committee, and several other clients, it will ask the California Supreme Court to review the decision of the court of appeal, that the billions of … Continue reading

California court of appeal redefines taxes to evade Prop 13

Today the California Court of Appeal issued this disappointing ruling in Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board. Our clients are challenging the state’s greenhouse gas emissions allowance auction under Proposition 13, which requires a supermajority vote for … Continue reading

Can a city threaten to remove police protection from you for voting to repeal a tax?

Police protection and other city services in California are funded in part by property taxes. But in a state where public employee salaries and pensions are hard to keep up with, some cities can’t live within the means which property … Continue reading

About that “superprecedent” thing

During this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Ranking Member Diane Feinstein repeatedly used the term “superprecedent” to describe the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. Her line of questioning was … Continue reading

Gorsuch hearing day one round up: introduction statements

Following almost four hours of occasionally interesting statements by the 21 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Gorsuch was introduced by a panel of three: Colorado’s two United Senators, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal … Continue reading

Francois interviewed by Daily Signal on Gorsuch confirmation

I am interviewed for an article published this afternoon in the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, previewing the procedural aspects of the Senate’s confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Anytime a major decision is before the … Continue reading