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California’s Socialist Oligarchy, Part Two: Who They Are and How to Defeat Them

California’s Socialist Oligarchy, Part Two: Who They Are and How to Defeat Them

. . . . By Edward Ring California’s policymakers have condemned Californians to endure contrived scarcity, unaffordability, and inconvenience in all of the basic necessities of life. This is a crime, but it’s not a conspiracy. Rather, it is caused by a collection of powerful special interests whose political agendas align. Left-wing Oligarchs At the top […]

Just How Much Money Might CalPERS Have to Collect in an Economic Downturn?

Just How Much Money Might CalPERS Have to Collect in an Economic Downturn?

. .… By Edward Ring When evaluating the financial challenges facing California’s state and local public employee pension funds, a compelling question to consider is when, exactly when, will these funds financially collapse? That is, of course, an impossible question to answer. CalPERS, for example, manages hundreds of billions in assets, which means that long […]

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

In Search of Public Employers Willing to Fight for Their Right to Free Speech

    By Edward Ring The recent Janus decision by the US Supreme Court gives public employees the right to quit union membership – or to never join a union in the first place. This sweeping ruling not only banned unions from requiring non-members to still pay so-called “agency fees,” but it required unions to […]

Towards a Grand Bargain on California Water Policy

Towards a Grand Bargain on California Water Policy

. .… By Edward Ring When it comes to water policy in California, perhaps the people are more savvy than the special interests. Because the people, or more precisely, the voters, by huge majorities, have approved nine water bonds in the past 25 years, totaling $27.1 billion. It is likely they’re going to approve another […]

Why Teachers Unions are the Worst of the Worst

Why Teachers Unions are the Worst of the Worst

    By Edward Ring When considering the influence of unions on American society, there are vast differences depending on what type of union one considers. Private sector unions, for all the criticisms they may deserve, have nonetheless played a vital role in securing rights for the American worker. Subject to appropriate regulations, private sector […]

California’s Transportation Future, Part Four – The Common Road

California’s Transportation Future, Part Four – The Common Road

. .. … By Edward Ring With light rail, high speed rail, and possibly passenger drones and hyperloop pods just around the corner, it’s easy to forget that the most versatile mode of transportation remains the common road. Able to accommodate anything with wheels, from bicycles and wheelchairs to articulated buses and 80 ton trucks, […]

In Search of Government Union Transparency

In Search of Government Union Transparency

. . . by Edward Ring   Anyone who thinks it’s easy to calculate the total annual revenue of California’s government unions hasn’t tried to do it. And this statistic is vital to understanding one of the most powerful forces – if not the most powerful force – in California’s state and local politics. The problem […]

California’s Major Government Unions Collect At Least $900 Million Per Year

California’s Major Government Unions Collect At Least $900 Million Per Year

. . . by Edward Ring . In the wake of the Janus ruling, it is useful to estimate just how much money California’s government unions collect and spend each year. Because government unions publicly disclose less than what the law requires of public corporations or private sector unions, only estimates are possible. The primary source of information […]

Can Janus Unravel the “Solidarity” Between PORAC and the CTA?

Can Janus Unravel the “Solidarity” Between PORAC and the CTA?

. . . by Edward Ring . The reactions from representatives of California’s public sector unions to the Janus ruling are revealing. For any member thinking about quitting these unions, these reactions, and the political agenda they epitomize, bear close scrutiny. Here are excerpts from a press release regarding Janus on the California Teachers Association website: “Today’s ruling is an attack on […]

How Government Unions Will Attack the Janus Ruling

How Government Unions Will Attack the Janus Ruling

. by Edward Ring . Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision in the landmark case Janus vs. AFSCME, ruling that public sector unions can no longer force public employees to pay union dues. Janus argued that even so-called “agency fees,” which unions claim are only for collective bargaining and are therefore non-political, are, in fact, […]

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