Were Pension Benefits Enhanced Without Due Process?

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

In 1999, at the height of the stock market runup fueled by the internet bubble, California’s state legislature passed SB 400, which increased pension benefits for officers with the California Highway Patrol. Over the next several years, pension benefits were similarly increased for government employees working in nearly every one of California’s cities, counties, state […]

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The Opportunity Cost of Shutting Down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

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

For nearly 35 years, Diablo Canyon Power Plant has pumped just over 2.0 gigawatts of electricity onto California’s power grid. Unlike hydroelectric power, which has good years and bad depending on rainfall, or solar and wind power which depends on sunshine and wind, Diablo Canyon’s nuclear reactors generate this electricity 24 hours per day, 365 […]

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California’s Regulatory Hostility Prevents More New Homes

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

The median home price in Los Angeles County is $618,000. In Santa Clara County it’s $1.2 million. In the entire state of California, including the somewhat more “affordable” inland counties, the median home price is $548,000. The national median home price? $227,000. There’s a reason for this. For decades, California’s state and local governments have […]

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How Does a California Family Survive?

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

It’s common enough to discuss the high cost-of-living in California. It’s become a serious topic, at last. But for Californians who are used to paying ridiculous prices for everything, it may be helpful to present a comparison in the form of an annual family budget. How much does it cost to take care of a […]

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New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

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

Solutions to California’s housing shortage invariably focus on increasing the density of preexisting cities and suburbs. Legislative solutions include SB 375, passed in 2008, which “incentivizes” cities and counties to approve high density land developments, and the failed (this time) SB 50, which would have forced cities and counties to approve high density development proposals. […]

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The Homeless Industrial Complex

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

Los Angeles could be at risk of a deadly typhus epidemic this summer according to Dr. Drew Pinsky, an outspoken celebrity doctor and specialist in addiction medicine. Pinsky, a Los Angeles native, recently quoted on Fox News, said: “We have tens and tens of thousands of people living in tents. Horrible conditions. Rats have taken […]

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Why Are Public Safety Unions Supporting Teachers Unions?

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

During the Los Angeles teachers strike earlier this year, an article in the ultra-left publication The Nation offered an excellent glimpse into the mentality of strikers and their supporters. The article begins by describing a scene in front of an LAUSD middle school on day three of the strike. A truck driver has arrived to […]

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How Voters Can Transform California in One Election

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

Oxnard, California, wouldn’t immediately come to mind as the epicenter of a political revolution, but that’s exactly what it will be, if a small group of citizen activists succeed in putting not one, but five reforms in front of voters in the next major election. The citizens initiative has been available to Californians at the […]

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Housing and Transportation – Why California’s Legislature Gets EVERYTHING Wrong

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

California, the welcoming sanctuary state, has a population on track to break 40 million by the end of this year. Its highway system was designed to handle a population of 20 million. Its cities, bound by legislated “urban containment,” are 3.5 million homes short of what would meet current housing needs. As a result, commuters […]

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Estimated Impact of Janus on California’s Public Sector Unions So Far: $50M/year

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

On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case Janus vs AFSCME. An immediate consequence of this ruling was that public sector unions could no longer collect so-called “agency fees” from workers in their bargaining units who had opted out of full union membership. The other main consequence of the Janus ruling was that those […]

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