Curbing Corporate Welfare and Government Funded Political Campaigns

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

Should the government spend money to benefit private companies? Should the government spend money to influence voters? In California, they do it all the time. There are laws specifically written to prevent this, but they are undermined by aggressive exploitation of loopholes combined with lax enforcement. And to be fair, genuine ambiguity often makes it […]

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San Diego’s 2012 Pension Reform at Risk

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

“The ruling is also an implicit endorsement of the state Public Employment Relations Board’s conclusion that the employees hired since the measure took effect must be made whole and get a pension equivalent to what they would have received pre-Proposition B.” – Editorial, San Diego Union Tribune, March 18, 2019 The ruling in question is […]

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An Agenda to Make California’s GOP Relevant Again

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

California’s Republican party has nothing to lose. They’ve lost every battleground district. The Democrats are going to do whatever they want in the legislature. Corporate interests are cultivating competing factions among the Democrats. All the smart money is with the Democrats, because the Republicans don’t matter anymore. California’s GOP should seize this opportunity. This is […]

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Is Gavin Newsom California’s Denier-in-Chief?

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

California’s newly elected governor, Gavin Newsom, gave his first “state of the state” address on February 12, and it was a speech more noteworthy for what he didn’t than for what he did mention. Were Newsom’s sins of omission the conscious choice of a seasoned politician, or is he in denial, like so many of […]

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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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An Agenda to Make California’s GOP Relevant Again

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

California’s Republican party has nothing to lose. They’ve lost every battleground district. The Democrats are going to do whatever they want in the legislature. Corporate interests are cultivating competing factions among the Democrats. All the smart money is with the Democrats, because the Republicans don’t matter anymore. California’s GOP should seize this opportunity. This is […]

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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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