Police Cannot Police in Liberal California

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

California’s political dysfunction is directly responsible for making the state unaffordable for middle class families. The so-called “housing crisis,” the most visible and harmful manifestation of California’s unaffordability, is precisely the result of California’s policymakers inviting the welfare cases of America and the expatriates of the world to move here, at the same time as they’ve enacted environmental policies that make it […]

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Homeless Invasion of Venice Beach Exposes Larger California Problems

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

Venice Beach, California, used to be one of California’s great places. A Bohemian gem, nestled against the sand between big Los Angeles and the vast Pacific Ocean. Rents used to be a little lower in Venice compared to other coastal neighborhoods. The locals mingled with surfers, artists, street performers, and tourists. People from suburbs further […]

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Will Anything Good Come Out of the LAUSD Strike? Probably Not

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

As the teachers strike in Los Angeles entered its second week, it appeared the strike would soon be over. On January 22, online reports declared an agreement has been “hammered out,” with union members ratifying the deal late last night. Union representatives have consistently stated that more pay is not the only reason they’re striking. That’s believable. […]

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Are LAUSD Teachers Underpaid, or Does it Cost Too Much to Live in California?

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

In California, public sector unions pretty much run the state government. Government unions collect and spend over $800 million per year in California. There is no special interest in California both willing and able to mount a sustained challenge to public sector union power. They simply have too much money, too many people on their payroll, too […]

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California’s Budget Surplus Ignores Crushing Debt Burden

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

California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, delivered an inaugural addressearlier this week that accurately reflected the mentality of his supporters. Triumphalist, defiant, and filled with grand plans. But are these plans grand, or grandiose? Will Governor Newsom try to deliver everything he promised during his campaign, and if so, can California’s state government really deliver to 40 […]

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Pension Funds, Meet the “Super Bubble”

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

Earlier this month, outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown predicted “fiscal oblivion” if California’s state and local agencies are not granted more flexibility to modify pension benefits. As if to help Governor Brown make his point, U.S. stock indexes took an obliging plunge. The Dow Jones average cratered in December, dropping nearly 16 percent in three […]

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The Financial Context of the Imminent California Supreme Court Decision on the “California Rule”

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

Any day now, the California Supreme Court will rule on what may be one of the most significant cases affecting pension reform in California history. The case, CalFire Local 2881 vs. CalPERS, challenges one of the provisions of PEPRA(Public Employee Pension Reform Act) Governor Brown’s 2013 pension reform legislation. The plaintiffs argue that PEPRA’s abolition of purchases […]

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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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