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Pension Reform – The San Jose Model

Pension Reform – The San Jose Model

. by Ed Ring . Pension reform in San Jose began in June 2012 when voters, by a margin of 69% to 31%, approved Measure B. Despite overwhelming support from voters, however, this vote triggered a cascade of union funded lawsuits which by 2015 had overturned several of the key provisions of the reform measure. Finally, […]

Google’s fail and teacher jail: Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored.

Google’s fail and teacher jail: Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored.

. By Larry Sand Without going through another weedy analysis of James Damore’s firing from Google – Holman Jenkins, George Leef and Nick Gillespie have done a fine job of that – let’s just say the Silicon Valley engineer was canned for stating what most scientists and sensible people have known ever since Adam and Eve frolicked in Eden – that there […]

In policing and teaching, union rules protect workers at expense of public

In policing and teaching, union rules protect workers at expense of public

By Steven Greenhut America’s public school systems are notorious for their rubber rooms. That’s where teachers deemed unfit to work in a classroom pass the time as their disciplinary actions or terminations move through the convoluted system. This can take years, and while it does, the teachers collect their full paychecks as they twiddle their thumbs. It’s […]

Union bill will drive up counties’ costs of providing services

Union bill will drive up counties’ costs of providing services

. By Steven Greenhut Sacramento – Municipal governments exist to provide essential services, such as law enforcement, firefighting, parks and recreation, street repairs and programs for the poor and homeless. But as pension, health-care and other compensation costs soar for workers and retirees alike, local governments are struggling to fulfill these basic functions. There’s even a term […]

Citizens battle union entitlements

Citizens battle union entitlements

. By Larry Sand Through the courts and legislation, Americans are telling the unions where to stick their privilege. Via weak-kneed and corrupt elected officials, unions have been taking advantage of American citizens left and right for years now. But in ever greater numbers, people are standing up to the bullies and fighting back. “Release […]

California fiscal outlook remains grim

California fiscal outlook remains grim

. By David Schwartzman California’s state government collected $2.68 billion less in revenues than expected during the 2016-17 fiscal year. The bad news will likely worsen California’s position relative to other states:  After crunching 2015 data for fiscal conditions in all fifty states, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranks California 43rd. While we rank a […]

California government retirement plans are more than 50% underfunded

California government retirement plans are more than 50% underfunded

. By David Schwartzman California is failing its employees and its citizens. Documents show that the state and local governments in California do not have enough money saved up to pay for the retirement of its current employees. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is facing future insolvency. These findings come from the 2015 CalPERS […]

The Unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in Traffic

The Unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in Traffic

. By Jackie Lavalleye Inadequate roads are leaving Californians stuck in traffic. According to a 2016 study by Inrix, a data company that specializes in traffic-related analytics, Los Angeles, California has the worst traffic in the United States. San Francisco takes the number three spot, and San Diego comes in number 14. In all, 17 California […]

When it comes to school districts, small is beautiful

When it comes to school districts, small is beautiful

. By David Schwartzman When it comes to school districts, bigger is not necessarily better. The number of public school districts in the United States has fallen sharply since the early 20th century: declining from 117,108 for the 1939-40 school year to 13,672 in 2014-15. While school district consolidation has slowed in recent years, the general trend continues. […]

Profits of doom: From California to Africa, teachers unions fight the “for-profit” bogeyman.

Profits of doom: From California to Africa, teachers unions fight the “for-profit” bogeyman.

. By Larry Sand Well, I guess we can all rest just a bit easier now that California is on the verge of banning for-profit charter schools. Sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, AB 406 is making its way through the California State Senate, having glided through the Assembly. In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, CFT […]

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