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Permanent Water Rationing is Coming to California

Permanent Water Rationing is Coming to California

. by Edward Ring . Have you experienced water faucets that spray tiny jets of water onto your hands? You know, those eight tiny jets of water, each about 1.0 millimeter in diameter, that are emitted with so much pressure that the paltry quantity of water bounces off your skin before you can get it wet […]

Gov. Brown’s budget sets spending records, but warns of recession

Gov. Brown’s budget sets spending records, but warns of recession

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown’s annual budgets have become familiar affairs. During his last two terms in office, Brown routinely offered a budget plan that broke spending records, but also was designed to limit the creation of new programs while girding against the possibility of another recession. The governor’s budget release from last Thursday was […]

How Much More Will Cities and Counties Pay CalPERS?

How Much More Will Cities and Counties Pay CalPERS?

    by Ed Ring, California Policy Center  When speaking about pension burdens on California’s cities and counties, a perennial question is how much are the costs going to increase? In recent years, California’s biggest pension system, CalPERS, has offered “Public Agency Actuarial Valuation Reports” that purport to answer that question. Notwithstanding the fact that CalPERS […]

How to Reduce the California State Budget by $40 Billion

How to Reduce the California State Budget by $40 Billion

by Ed Ring, California Policy Center | December 28, 2017   As of a few days ago, high-wage earners have a new reason to leave California: their state income taxes are no longer deductible on their federal income tax returns. Can California’s union-controlled state legislature adapt? Can they lower the top marginal tax rates to keep […]

2017 Unsung Hero Award: Jeanette Saldivar, California Policy Center

2017 Unsung Hero Award: Jeanette Saldivar, California Policy Center

  You’ll never meet a more humble person, but Jeanette, mother of three, is leading the charge for her children and her state A native of the city of Orange, California, Jeanette first became aware of the rot in our once-great public school system when her struggling son, a then fourth-grader at Juarez Elementary in […]

Rhetoric to Challenge California’s Statist Elites

Rhetoric to Challenge California’s Statist Elites

  by Ed Ring, California Policy Center,  California’s ruling elites have enacted policies that make it impossible for middle class citizens to live here. They have artificially elevated the cost of living, nearly destroyed public education, decimated public services, neglected public infrastructure, and declared war on small business. To deflect criticism, they’ve convinced a critical mass […]

Without Government Unions, there Would be No Gas Tax Increase

Without Government Unions, there Would be No Gas Tax Increase

by Ed Ring, California Policy Center, Nobody argues that California’s roads need huge upgrades. But the solution didn’t require the $0.12 per gallon tax hike that goes into effect today. The root cause of these neglected roads – and the reason even more taxes will never be enough to fix them – is the power of […]

The best defense is to be offensive: Anti-school choicers are getting desperate

The best defense is to be offensive: Anti-school choicers are getting desperate

. By Larry Sand The traditional public education monopolists are using some truly bizarre arguments to ensure that children remain in government-run schools. In July, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten intimated that parents who opt out of government schools are equivalent to southern segregationists. Then later in July, Katherine Stewart penned possibly one of the […]

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 […]

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