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The Bee’s NIMBY Request on Worker Bill

Fox&Hounds | By Matt Rexroad | September 16th, 2019 –  It is easy to take a strong position against NIMBYism from an ivory tower, but it becomes much harder once there are real impacts on you. The Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board recently took a decidedly NIMBY stance of their own by asking for special treatment on a…

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CA120: Political intrigue: BOE’s redistricting and the gas tax

Capitol Weekly | April 18, 2018 –  Whether you liked it or not, the California Board of Equalization successfully blocked a gas tax increase last month.  This saved Californians 4-cents per gallon at the pump, but handed Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers a $617 million hole in the state budget. What caused this rather dramatic policy move? …

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What is the benefit of Sites Reservoir?

The Daily Democrat | By Duane Chamberlain and Matt Rexroad January 29, 2018 –  Last week, state regulators released their initial findings for potential dam and reservoir projects that could receive funds from Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond passed by voters in 2014 in response to California’s record drought. The bond was approved…

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Is big infrastructure still possible today?

The Daily Democrat | By Matt Rexroad | November 27, 2017 –  Can California still successfully take on big projects or is that part of our history already over? As high-profile infrastructure projects ranging from high speed rail to the Delta Tunnels face an uncertain future, that’s a critical question that lies before our next…

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Laura’s Law is helping save people with severe mental illness

Sacramento Bee | By Matt Rexroad | July 15, 2017 – Laura Wilcox was a 19-year-old college sophomore on winter break working as a temporary receptionist at the Nevada County Department of Behavioral Health Services on Jan. 10, 2001, when a severely mentally ill man named Scott Thorpe shot and killed her. He killed two…

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Just say yes to the war on opioid abuse

Guest Commentary by Matt Rexroad | Daily Democrat | July 06, 2017 –

In 1994, I trained for military school by swimming. When I did a flip turn in the pool, I felt immediate pain as I pushed off the wall. My hip and right leg felt like they were on fire.

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