California’s Total Government Debt Rises to $1.3 Trillion

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

A just released study calculates the total state and local government debt in California as of June 30, 2015, at over $1.3 trillion. Authored by Marc Joffe and Bill Fletcher at the California Policy Center, this updates a similar exercise from three years ago that put the June 30, 2012 total at $1.1 trillion. As a percent of GDP, […]

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Association of Pension Funds Blacklists Reform Organizations

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

In a press release from the National Conference On Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) dated December 19, 2016, the California Policy Center, and its spinoff online publication, UnionWatch, were both chosen, for the 2nd year in a row, as one of only 28 “policy and research organizations” that NCPERS has deemed to be “Think Tanks that Undercut Pensions.” Ponder the significance […]

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Californians Approve $5.0 Billion per Year in New Taxes

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

For the last few years, using data provided by the watchdog organization CalTax, we have summarized the results of local bond and tax proposals appearing on the California ballot. Nearly all of them are approved by voters, and this past November was no exception. With only a couple of measures still too close to call (TCTC), as […]

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Invest California’s Pension Funds in Water and Energy Infrastructure

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

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” –  Peter Thiel, in his 2011 manifesto “What Happened to the Future.” Anyone living in California who’s paying attention knows what venture capitalist Thiel meant. While a handful of Silicon Valley social media entrepreneurs have amassed almost indescribable wealth, and fundamentally transformed how humanity communicates, investment in […]

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Election Integrity and the Power of Unions

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

During the 2004 Presidential election there were allegations of voter fraud; the 2000 Presidential election was alleged to have been “stolen” by the Republicans. If you go further back in history, you can point to evidence the Democratic machine in Chicago manipulated election results to throw the 1960 Presidential election victory to Kennedy. A close […]

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For Nov. 8th: $32B in Local Borrowing, $2.9B in Local Tax Increases

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

New local taxes and new local borrowing are a regular phenomenon in California elections, but this year our government union controlled politicians have outdone themselves. Let’s compare: November 2014 – $11 billion in new borrowing proposed via 118 local bond measures, 81% passed. Of the 117 local proposals for new taxes, 68% passed. June 2016 – $6.2 billion […]

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California Supreme Court Strikes Down Vergara Appeal

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

Here’s an axiom of California politics. When it’s the teachers union against everyone – that’s right, everyone else – the teachers union wins. Yesterday’s decision by the California Supreme Court to not hear the Vergara case is just the latest example. Prior to losing on appeal, which brought the case to the attention of the […]

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ACLU Joins Unions to Attack California Charter Schools

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

About 6.2 million students  attend California’s K-12 public schools. Of those, over 570,000 are enrolled in public charter schools. Most of these charter schools operate with a degree of management autonomy and teacher accountability that goes well beyond what is permitted by the union work rules that govern traditional public schools. These charter schools themselves are accountable […]

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Populist Unity Can Overcome the Establishment’s Supermajority

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

Back in 2012 we published an article entitled “The Forgotten 33%,” which included a graphic entitled “American Voter Breakdown 2012.” It depicted the U.S. electorate as comprised of 46% who pay zero net taxes, 20% who work for the government and are net tax consumers, the 1% “super rich,” and the “forgotten 33%,” who work in […]

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The Alternative to Crony Capitalism and Phony Shortages      

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

The modern history of the Silicon Valley arguably began in 1957, when eight young PhD graduates left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratories to launch the first high-volume chip manufacturer, Fairchild Semiconductor. Fairchild and its spinoffs, including Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), were the early participants in what became the most fervid ecosystem of fiercely competitive innovators the […]

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