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Water Rationing Laws Exemplify the Malthusian Mentality of California’s Legislators

Water Rationing Laws Exemplify the Malthusian Mentality of California’s Legislators

. . . . by Edward Ring . As reported in the Sacramento Bee and elsewhere, on May 31st Gov. Jerry Brown “signed a pair of bills Thursday to set permanent overall targets for indoor and outdoor water consumption.” After pressure from the Association of California Water Agencies and others, the final form of these bills, Assembly Bill 1668 by […]

Our soldiers deserve educational freedom

Our soldiers deserve educational freedom

. By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center In spite of teacher union attempts to deny them, Education Savings Accounts for military families are needed. A bill proposed by Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) directs the Department of Education to establish a program that would “provide children with parents on active duty in the uniformed […]

Government Unions Run Sacramento

Government Unions Run Sacramento

    By Jon Coupal | Originally published in the California Policy Center June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 13, which has been protecting all California taxpayers ever since. Some people mistakenly think Prop. 13 protects only homeowners, because it cut the property tax rate statewide to 1 percent and put a stop […]

California’s Transportation Future, Part Three – Next Generation Vehicles

California’s Transportation Future, Part Three – Next Generation Vehicles

    by Edward Ring The next generation of vehicles will transform transportation in several fundamental ways. What is coming will be as revolutionary in our time as the transition from horses to horseless carriages was over a century ago. Some increments of this dawning revolution are already here in realized products. Electric drivetrains. Collision avoidance […]

California’s Transportation Future, Part Two – The Hyperloop Option

California’s Transportation Future, Part Two – The Hyperloop Option

    by Edward Ring In July 2012, Elon Musk sat down for a “fireside chat” with Sara Lacy, founder of the PandoDaily website. In between discussions of Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX, 43 minutes in, Musk unveiled his idea for the “Hyperloop,” a new transportation technology that “incorporates reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on air bearings […]

Striking at the wrong target | Teachers should stop listening to union leaders

Striking at the wrong target | Teachers should stop listening to union leaders

. By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center In a recent op-ed, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten claimed that “teachers are standing up for their students and themselves against largely red states with weak labor laws and where governors and legislators have opted for tax cuts for the wealthy instead of investments for children.” […]

California’s Transportation Future, Part One – The Fatally Flawed Centerpiece

California’s Transportation Future, Part One – The Fatally Flawed Centerpiece

    by Edward Ring California’s transportation future is bright. In every area of transportation innovation, California-based companies are leading the way. Consortiums of major global companies have offices throughout the San Francisco Bay area, pioneering self-driving cars that consolidate technologies from not just automakers, but cell phone manufacturers, chip designers, PC makers, telecoms, and software […]

Gas-tax repeal gets closer to vote as train spotlights state’s misplaced priorities

Gas-tax repeal gets closer to vote as train spotlights state’s misplaced priorities

    By Steven Greenhut Sacramento: Almost everyone agrees that California’s infrastructure is shockingly decrepit, yet public anger over a 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax to address that problem has not subsided. Although an effort by GOP gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen to repeal the tax never got traction, a separate effort led by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, former San […]

The Underrecognized, Undervalued, Underpaid, Unfunded Pension Liabilities

The Underrecognized, Undervalued, Underpaid, Unfunded Pension Liabilities

. by Edward Ring To paraphrase America’s 42nd president, when it comes to public sector pensions – their financial health and the policies that govern them – it’s the unfunded liability, stupid. The misunderstood, obfuscated, unaccountable, underrecognized, undervalued, underpaid, unfunded pension liabilities. According to CalPERS own data, California’s cities that are part of the CalPERS system will […]

Innovative Incarceration: Lower Costs, Safer Citizens

Innovative Incarceration: Lower Costs, Safer Citizens

. by Edward Ring . The average annual cost to house a prisoner in California is $71,000, and according to the California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, the cost has risen 45% since just 2011. And as costs have soared, California’s policymakers have resorted to creative ways to release inmates from California’s overcrowded prisons. But what if that Californian […]

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