Kevin Hanley

About Kevin Hanley

Kevin Hanley is a former naval officer, Mayor, Governor's Insurance Advisor, Chief Insurance and Health Policy Consultant in the California Legislature and CEO of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.
3012, 2015

Holding Senior Citizens Hostage

By |December 30th, 2015|Seniors|Comments Off on Holding Senior Citizens Hostage

With the conclusion of “March Madness,” I pretty much proved that I don’t know a thing about college basketball. In the office pool, I staked $5 on the favorite, Duke University, to win the NCAA basketball tournament. Duke got beat early and the players went home to cram for final exams. The University of Maryland […]

3012, 2015

Armed with Civic Skills

By |December 30th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Armed with Civic Skills

 On April 19, 1836, sixty years after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, local citizens gathered together to dedicate a monument to remember what the brave Minutemen did at Lexington Green and the Concord North Bridge. The voices of the local citizens and a few aging patriots […]

2912, 2015

Shadow Chairman and the Committee Juice Machine

By |December 29th, 2015|Under the Capitol Dome|Comments Off on Shadow Chairman and the Committee Juice Machine

In the late 1970s, a few years after the post-Watergate “reformers” in the U.S. Congress broke the hold of a few curmudgeons who had served as autocratic committee chairman since time began and widely dispersed power by creating 172 new subcommittees and subcommittee chairmanships, veteran Congressman Morris Udall (D-Arizona) joked with a reporter that whenever […]

2912, 2015

Give Me Your Red Light Runners Yearning to Speed

By |December 29th, 2015|Under the Capitol Dome|Comments Off on Give Me Your Red Light Runners Yearning to Speed

I’ve been a little worried lately. My anxiety has been growing ever since the Legislature reconvened in January. Oh sure, one could certainly toss and turn at night about a state budget deficit of $17.5 billion that hangs, like Damocles Sword, over heads of every man, woman and child in California. But when one steps […]

2912, 2015

Nanny and Soda Tax

By |December 29th, 2015|Taxes|Comments Off on Nanny and Soda Tax

Have you ever looked closely at the list of ingredients on the back of a soda can? I am holding up my Kiwi-Apple Natural Hansen’s Soda in the light and discovering all kinds of new things.

The good news is that there are no preservatives, sodium or caffeine. The bad news is that this so-called “natural […]

2812, 2015

Two Cheers for Proposition 42

By |December 28th, 2015|Transportation|Comments Off on Two Cheers for Proposition 42

I know that swearing is a bad thing. But when I hit a pothole and my green Camry shutters in the shock, I grip the wheel even tighter and listen for the telltale hissing sound of a flat tire. At that point, my stoic demeanor momentarily fades and I blurt out a few choice words […]

2812, 2015

A Different Kind of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

By |December 28th, 2015|Insurance|Comments Off on A Different Kind of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Two weeks ago, on the morning of February 1st, AB 749 (Calderon), a 95-page bill to raise workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers by $3.5 billion and to make numerous other changes to our state’s complex workers’ compensation system, landed on my desk with a thud. Except for the annual Budget Bill, about 99% of […]

2412, 2015

Legislative Limbo and Other Shenanigans

By |December 24th, 2015|Under the Capitol Dome|Comments Off on Legislative Limbo and Other Shenanigans

When I was growing up I learned about a place called Limbo. Theologians tell us that Limbo is a temporary place where souls, although purified from sin, are excluded from the beatific vision of Christ on account of original sin alone. That’s some pretty heavy theology for a kid in third grade. Now that I […]

2412, 2015

Taxing Poor Richard

By |December 24th, 2015|Taxes|Comments Off on Taxing Poor Richard

In 1733, a little known printer named Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richards Almanac. For the next twenty-six years, Franklin’s fictional compiler of the annual almanac, one Richard Sanders, a supposed mathematician and stargazer, filled in the blank spaces between calendar dates with witty proverbs about the virtues of hard work, prudence, […]

2312, 2015

David, Goliath and the Local Sales Tax Battle

By |December 23rd, 2015|Local Government, Region-Wide Issues|Comments Off on David, Goliath and the Local Sales Tax Battle

 We are in trouble and I think more and more of us are beginning to realize it. I attended two community meetings last week in Auburn and at both meetings people wanted to talk about Assembly Bill 680 (Steinberg) despite the fact that it wasn’t on anyone’s official agenda. AB 680, authored by Assemblyman Steinberg […]