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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 […]

Automation threatens dream of 450,000 unionized California High-Speed Rail jobs

Automation threatens dream of 450,000 unionized California High-Speed Rail jobs

By Kevin Dayton It’s trendy for public intellectuals to warn that technological advancement may soon lead to the “end of work.” While some might scoff at this prophesy, it’s valid for certain occupations. Unions that represent workers in skilled trade occupations have seen the “end of jobs” for decades and certainly take the threat seriously. […]

Will Janus open the right-to-work door?

Will Janus open the right-to-work door?

. By Larry Sand A lawsuit on track to be heard by the Supreme Court could free all public employees from paying forced union dues. The Friedrichs lawsuit should have done the trick. The case, which would have made belonging to a public employee union optional as a condition of employment nationwide, was set to […]

Prison unions punish California taxpayers

Prison unions punish California taxpayers

. By Steven Greenhut Sacramento — If you ever wondered what’s wrong with California’s state government, then mull over this simple example: While California cuts its prison population and staff, it’s increasing the amount of money it spends to operate its massive prison system. In the private sector, a decline in the number of “customers” […]

Lawsuit demands California High-Speed Rail comply with voter intentions

Lawsuit demands California High-Speed Rail comply with voter intentions

By Kevin Dayton Young people calling San Francisco “home” in the fall of 2008 tried to leave an enduring legacy for future generations. Enough of them signed a petition to qualify a November 2008 ballot measure that would have snidely named a new city sewage treatment plant after President George W. Bush. (The measure failed.) […]

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