Housing and Transportation – Why California’s Legislature Gets EVERYTHING Wrong

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

California, the welcoming sanctuary state, has a population on track to break 40 million by the end of this year. Its highway system was designed to handle a population of 20 million. Its cities, bound by legislated “urban containment,” are 3.5 million homes short of what would meet current housing needs. As a result, commuters […]

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Estimated Impact of Janus on California’s Public Sector Unions So Far: $50M/year

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

On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case Janus vs AFSCME. An immediate consequence of this ruling was that public sector unions could no longer collect so-called “agency fees” from workers in their bargaining units who had opted out of full union membership. The other main consequence of the Janus ruling was that those […]

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Too Few Homes, Too Many Homeless: Part Two, How to Fix It

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

We’re well into spring in subtropical California. Up and down the coast, from Venice Beach to San Francisco, tens of thousands of homeless people live in makeshift abodes, strewn along the streets and alleys, the beaches and boardwalks, beside parking garages, freeway onramps, and under bridges. Their numbers increasing every year, they now live openly […]

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Too Few Homes, Too Many Homeless: Part One, How it Happened

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

Apart from the fine weather unique to California, there is little stopping the homeless crisis that grips that state from infecting the rest of America. California’s other even bigger problem, unaffordable housing, is also coming to America. All the elements are in place. The problem of increasing homelessness boils down to three fundamental policy failures. […]

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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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