California Pioneers Subsidized Housing for Public Employees

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

When it comes to affordable housing, what California’s state legislators have done epitomizes what happens when you have a government bureaucracy that serves itself instead of the public, one that is under the complete control of special interests. They have enacted laws that have made it nearly impossible for the private sector to build homes, […]

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The Cost to Taxpayers of Enhancing Sonoma County Employee Pensions

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

In the early 2000s, along with many other cities, state agencies and counties in California, Sonoma County enhanced their employee pension benefits. As of 6/30/2018, Sonoma County’s pension system had $2.7 billion of invested assets, but nearly $3.1 billion in actuarial accrued liabilities. To what extent is its $400 million unfunded liability attributable to the […]

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California’s Boondoggle Archipelago

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

Across California, there is a growing string of islands, exquisite gems in the urban ocean. Dredged from the pockets of taxpayers, constructed by elite artisans, these pristine islands have been created at stupefying expense. But their beauty is seductive. Spend more! Each time an island is completed, or even proposed, glowing reports are logged across […]

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Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

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

Nobody knew how the fire started. It took hold in the dry chaparral and grasslands and quickly spread up the sides of the canyon. Propelled by winds gusting over 40 miles per hour and extremely dry air (humidity below 25 percent), the fire spread over the ridge and into the town below. Overwhelmed firefighters could […]

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Local and State Initiatives – The Future of Policy in California?

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

Grassroots activists in California point to the initiative process as a potent and underutilized last resort, capable of ushering in sweeping reforms. They’re right, but the initiative process is equally available to California’s progressives, backed by powerful special interests. And while the activist reformers talk, the progressives act. How else to explain the hundreds of […]

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The Enemies of American Infrastructure

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

Between 2008 and 2019, China opened up 33 high speed rail routes, connecting 39 major cities along four north-south and four east-west main lines. The 18,000 mile network runs trains at an average speed of around 200 miles per hour. By 2030, the Chinese expect to double the mileage of their high speed rail network […]

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California’s Mandatory Ethnic Indoctrination

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

California’s state legislature is on the verge of mandating an “ethnic studies” course in order for a student to graduate from high school. Why not? Today in California, K-12 public school student enrollment is only 23 percent “White not Hispanic.” Based on current immigration and fertility statistics, California’s demographics will eventually become America’s demographics. If […]

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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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