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

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

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 before it literally runs out […]

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Towards a Grand Bargain on California Water Policy

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

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 one this November for another […]

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How to Make California’s Southland Water Independent for $30 Billion

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

The megapolis on California’s southern coast stretches from Ventura County on the northern end, through Los Angeles County, Orange County, down to San Diego County on the border with Mexico. It also includes the western portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Altogether these six counties have a population of 20.5 million residents. According to the California […]

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How Much California Water Bond Money is for Storage? 

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Californians have approved two water bonds in recent years, with another facing voters this November. In 2014 voters approved Prop. 1, allocating $7.1 billion for water projects. This June, voters approved Prop. 68, allocating another $4.0 billion for water projects. And this November, voters are being asked to approve Prop. 3, allocating another $8.9 billion […]

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California’s Oligarchs and Agitators

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

If one were to distill the essence of California’s Democratic party into a one-page document, it would be hard to beat a recent mail piece showing the SEIU’s candidate endorsements for California’s top jobs. According to its  website, the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 (SEIU) “is a united front of 96,000 working people employed by the […]

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How Government Unions Will Attack the Janus Ruling 

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

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, inherently political. As a […]

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

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

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 Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, and Senate Bill 606 from state Sen. […]

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A Catalog of California’s Anti-Janus Legislation   

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

No state in America is as firmly in the grip of public sector unions as California. For nearly twenty years, they have exercised nearly absolute power in the State Legislature. Over the past few years, as they have slipped in and out of having a two-thirds majority, and often with the help of a few […]

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How to Resurrect California’s Republican Party

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Anyone taking a look at California’s June 2018 state primary ballot would have plenty of evidence to suggest the Republican Party in that state is dead. For starters, California’s GOP has two credible candidates for governor, businessman John Cox and State Assemblyman Travis Allen, which in a normal state might be a good thing. But California’s Republicans […]

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California’s Transportation Future – Next Generation Vehicles

Ed Ring
Ed Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

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 systems. Self-driving cars. Cars […]

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