The Potential Impact of Post-Janus Litigation

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

The landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court in the Janus vs AFSCME case has given government workers the right to not only refuse union membership, but to refuse to pay any dues or fees to that union. In the wake of this ruling, new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allege the unions […]

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California Burning – How the Greens Turned the Golden State Brown

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

In October 2016, in a coordinated act of terrorism that received fleeting attention from the press, environmentalist activists broke into remote flow stations and turned off the valves on pipelines carrying crude oil from Canada into the United States. Working simultaneously in Washington, Montana, Minnesota, and North Dakota, the eco-terrorists disrupted pipelines that together transport 2.8 million […]

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California’s Legislators Lack Private Sector Experience

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

Back in the days of adding machines and manual ledgers, final election results in California were usually done by midnight on election day. Sometimes there would be a few precincts counting ballots into the wee hours of the morning, and you wouldn’t know a result till the next day. Fast forward to 2018, and the […]

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How to NOT Solve California’s Housing Crisis

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

There are obvious reasons the median home price in California is $544,900, whereas in the United States it is only $220,100. In California, demand exceeds supply. And supply is constrained because of unwarranted environmental laws such as SB 375 that have made it nearly impossible to build housing outside the “urban service boundary.” These laws have made the value […]

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Democratic California’s Cautionary Tale

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

It’s become fashionable among certain conservatives, libertarians, and assorted free-market types to claim that Republicans are no better than Democrats. Both parties, according to the disenchanted, have lost their way. Both parties are controlled by establishment cronies, who support big government of one sort or another. But conservatives who are disillusioned with Republicans need to […]

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This November, Will California Voters Approve $3.6 Billion Per Year in New Taxes?

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

With the 2018 general election a few weeks away, it’s time to review just how many tax increases are on state and local ballots in California. And while media attention focuses on the statewide tax measures, even bigger money is represented by the sum of hundreds of proposed local tax increases. Every election cycle, the California […]

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

Edward Ring
Edward 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

Edward Ring
Edward 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

Edward Ring
Edward 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? 

Edward Ring
Edward 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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