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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California’s Transportation Future  – The Hyperloop Option

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

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 driven by linear induction […]

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The Fatally Flawed Centerpiece of California’s Transportation Future

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

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 companies. In Southern California […]

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California’s Unsustainable Energy Policies

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

Glowing tributes to Governor Jerry Brown’s environmental legacy obscure how long California has been proclaiming itself the leader in fighting “climate change.” The crusade began with Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promoted and signed the “Global Warming Solutions Act” in 2006, setting initial targets for greenhouse-gas reduction and empowering the California Air Resources Board to enforce compliance […]

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Will the California Supreme Court Reform the “California Rule?” 

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

Most pension experts believe that without additional reform, pension payments are destined to put an unsustainable burden on California’s state and local governments. Even if pension fund investments meet their performance objectives over the next several years, California’s major pension funds have already announced that payments required from participating agencies are going to roughly double in […]

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The Underrecognized, Undervalued, Underpaid, Unfunded Pension Liabilities

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

“It’s the economy, stupid.” –  Campaign slogan, Clinton campaign, 1992 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 […]

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A Post-Janus Agenda for California’s Public Sector Unions

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

“If you do not prevail in this case, the unions will have less political influence; yes or no?” Kennedy asked. “Yes, they will have less political influence,” Frederick answered. –  an excerpt from the Janus vs. AFSCME trial, quoted in the Washington Post, February 26, 2018 Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the […]

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