John Mockler, Education Guru

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

(John Mockler, the legendary Sacramento education policy maven, died on Tuesday. State Librarian Greg Lucas captured John’s life and spirit in the following obituary, which ran in Capitol Weekly. – Loren Kaye) John Mockler, one of the most influential voices on California education policy for more than 40 years, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was […]

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Two Weird Tricks To Improve Regulatory Transparency And Accountability

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Yesterday I wrote about progress the Administration is making to implement useful economic analysis of major regulations. The goal is to determine the most cost-effective approach to regulation, achieving the goals mandated by the Legislature while burdening businesses and consumers the least. But this small step forward should not be the end of the march. […]

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Improving Business Regulation in California

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

An obscure but significant improvement in business regulation is taking shape deep inside the Brown Administration. Following up legislation adopted in 2011, the state’s Department of Finance has begun reviewing major regulations to determine whether agencies have properly analyzed the economic  and competitiveness effects of their rule makings. While this may seem a small step […]

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Don’t Measure Energy Policy By “Green Jobs” Created

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Do energy mandates kill jobs or create jobs? Does government subsidy of energy projects create jobs? According to Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, and former director of the Energy Institute at UC Berkeley Haas School, the pursuit of “green jobs” misses the point. Environmental and energy regulations should rise […]

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A Commanding Approach to Climate Change

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

One cheer for Senator Kevin De León. The leader of the State Senate introduced legislation yesterday adding comprehensive new regulations to control California greenhouse gas emissions. No, I’m not endorsing the substance of his legislation. More on that below. But the Senator deserves credit, along with other Senate and Assembly leaders, for insisting the Legislature […]

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Is A Mileage Fee In California Drivers’ Future?

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Seeking a creative and long-term solution for financing highway and road construction and upkeep, a new commission kicked off its investigation of a “Road User Charge” as a possible replacement for the well-traveled gasoline tax. Created by 2014 legislation and given the nod by Governor Brown, the ponderously-named Road User Charge Pilot Program Technical Advisory […]

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Governor Unveils Ambitious Transportation and Energy Plans

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Governor Brown’s two-for-one speech yesterday was short on a policy agenda but long on economic implications. Combining his fourth inaugural address with his 2015 state-of-the-state speech, the Governor reeled off the expected catalog of accomplishments and challenges. Of the few new initiatives proffered, two would profoundly affect the California economy. The Governor spoke of the […]

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Debunking Myths about Proposition 2

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

With the election heading to the home stretch, this is the last chance to debunk some of the myths about Proposition 2. “Proposition 2 will hurt local school districts.” School business officials and a parents organization claim that Proposition 2 will trigger a statute passed this year that would unreasonably limit school district reserves. First, […]

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CEQA Juggernaut Rolls Through The High Desert

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

When it comes to organized labor, California is a friendly state. We long ago eschewed right-to-work status. Labor unions enjoy a web of laws that ease organizing workers, like  farmworkers, refinery employees, teachers, and state and local government workers. Other laws give union contracts special status unavailable to nonunion employees, such as the ability to […]

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Next Steps for a Climate Change Policy for California

Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Governor Brown spoke to the United Nations Climate Summit last month. He made a strong pitch for state and local government activism to fight climate change. The Governor also promised to set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction for 2030 that “will also require heightened political will.” The Governor’s timing is perfect because California’s climate change […]

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