Did Ballot Harvesting Impact March 3 Bond and Tax Proposals?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

According to the current elections code, mailed in ballots are counted as long as they are postmarked by election day, and arrive up to three days later. In practice, this translates into final results in close elections being delayed for several weeks. California’s election code also permits so-called “ballot harvesting,” which is alleged to swing […]

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Separating Good Bailouts From Bad Bailouts

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

The pandemic shutdown is about to enter its third month, and economic repercussions have just begun. Too much has been shut down for too long. In California, the initial reopen is not going to include huge business sectors – theaters, concerts, conventions, sports, travel, hotels – and other sectors such as restaurants and retail establishments […]

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Rethinking College Education in America

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

In an interview posted last month by the Hoover Institution, the estimable Victor Davis Hanson, speaking in character, made a typically provocative comment, saying “for what we are paying for every provost of diversity and inclusion we could probably hire three professors of electrical engineering.” That can be fact checked. And the results are illuminating. […]

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AB 828 is an Attack on Property Rights

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

California’s legislature is controlled by Democratic super-majorities in both houses. These Democrat politicians, in turn, are controlled by public sector unions. They are now considering Assembly Bill 828, which will empower courts to summarily reduce rents by up to 25 percent and create additional barriers to the eviction process. Passage of this law would be a disaster. It’s […]

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Post-Coronapocalypse Pension Reform Checklist for California

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

In a perfect world, California’s state and local public employees would receive exactly the same retirement benefits as federal employees. They would receive a modest defined benefit, a contributory 401K, and they would participate in Social Security. Unfortunately, in California, while some state and local public employees are offered 401Ks, and many participate in Social […]

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Suggested Executive Orders for Gavin Newsom

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

Without criticizing the tremendous efforts that are already being made, here are some additional steps that California Governor Gavin Newsom could take to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some of these recommendations may run counter to the political momentum of California’s one-party state, but perhaps in these extraordinary times, they should be considered […]

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Government Pensions Are Dividing Americans and Damaging the Economy

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

A few weeks ago, the condition of California’s public employee pensions systems was serious, but it was a crisis unfolding in slow motion. As reported in their 6/30/2019 financial statements, CalPERS, the largest pension system in the U.S., was only 70.2 percent funded. To cope, the system was requiring its participating agencies to nearly double […]

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Californians Reject New Taxes and Borrowing

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

The preliminary election returns reported on March 4th – the day after the election, and the day when we used to get final returns – indicate that California’s voters delivered a stunning rejection of new taxes and borrowing. It’s about time. At the state level, Prop.13 which would have authorized $15 billion in general obligation […]

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How Much Does California Actually Spend on K-12 Students?

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

“It’s not enough. We’re still 41st in the nation in per pupil funding. Something needs to change. We need to have an honest conversation about how we fund our schools at a state and local level,” –  California Governor Gavin Newsom, State of the State Address, February 12, 2020 It should come as no surprise that […]

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California’s Progressive War on Suburbia

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is a co-founder and senior fellow at the California Policy Center

For three years in a row, California’s progressive lawmakers have attempted to legislate higher density housing by taking away the ability of cities and counties to enforce local zoning laws. And for the third year in a row, the proposed law, Senate Bill 50, was narrowly defeated. But eventually, inevitably, something like SB 50 is […]

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