"For Disaster Recovery, the Best Knowledge Is Local Knowledge"

Excellent. (And, of course, the same is true of many other situations besides disaster recovery.)

Brad Gair, a disaster recovery manager in New York, said during the Frontline episode: “Did we put a bunch of money out? Yes. Is everybody mad? Yes. Did people get what they needed to get back into a home? No.” These horrifying stories were unfortunately a repeat of previous governmental responses to disasters — for example, after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Andrew.

"Minnesota's Great Wealth Migration"

I recommend that California politicians take heed. But I don't expect they will.

Other states have grappled with net outflow of wealth in recent years, and a few have found ways to reverse the trend—or at least stop the bleeding.


“Taxes are one of many reasons why people move, and they’re important ones that policy makers have control over and can do something about,” says Scott Drenkard, director of state projects at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C.  “Whereas it’s hard if not impossible to change other reasons—such as education, which can take decades to improve, or the weather.”

"Special annuity for teachers cost NYC taxpayers a whopping $1.2B"

Amazing, but also not:

A little known pension perk available only to New York City teachers cost taxpayers an astonishing $1.2 billion last year, a watchdog group reported Wednesday.

The sweet deal guarantees that teachers who sock away money for retirement in a special Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) receive a 7 percent annual return.