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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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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