Kenneth Schrupp

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Read about cost of latest state health care mandate

Sally Pipes Quoted in Center Square Article on $25 Health Care Minimum Wage

“Increasing the minimum wage to $23 per hour starting in 2024 and reaching $25 in 2026 for health care workers in medical facilities with 10,000 or more employees is fiscally irresponsible, particularly at a time when the state is facing a severe budget deficit,” said Sally Pipes, president and Thomas
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Blame Bad Urban Planning for Youth Mental-Health Crisis

Blame bad urban planning for youth mental-health crisis By Kenneth Schrupp | October 27, 2023 The fundamental cause of the escalating mental-health crisis among young Americans is a topic of fierce debate. New state laws – such as Ohio’s Social Media Parental Notification Act – point the finger at social
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Focus homeless aid on transformation, then affordability

Focus homeless aid on transformation, then affordability By Kenneth Schrupp | June 16, 2023 Los Angeles mayor Karen Bass is concentrating homeless assistance projects in high-rent areas where the homeless choose to congregate. This only perpetuates the homeless population’s reliance on government support. In spite of the hundreds of millions
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San Diego offers pragmatic model to restore downtown life

According to Neighborhood Scout, a data-driven organization that provides detailed insights into local crime rates at a far more granular level than national statistics, San Diego has 4 violent crimes and 19.3 property crimes per 1,000 residents. In contrast, Los Angeles has 8.4 violent crimes and 24.6 property crimes per
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War on cars is a war on lower-income Californians

Recent research focusing on Los Angeles finds that the city’s poorest neighborhoods have the largest percentage of “hyper-commuters” – people who commute 90 minutes or more one way to work. The preponderance of those long-distance commuters – often construction workers and laborers who drive from inner-city Los Angeles to far-flung
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California Chooses Flashy Projects Over Quality Transit

(Image Courtesy California High-Speed Rail Authority) Do California government officials want more public transit riders? If the decades-long decline of even local public transit ridership or the state’s continued funding of its infamous $113 billion and counting fantasy train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is any indication, the answer
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Transfer Taxes and Eviction Bans Cripple Housing Growth

Transfer Taxes and Eviction Bans Cripple Housing Growth By Kenneth Schrupp January 20, 2023 While the rest of the nation experiences slowing rent growth and even rent declines, rents are projected to increase in California at the maximum legal level as the state’s enduring housing shortage more than offset the
Government Spending

Read about cost of latest state health care mandate

Sally Pipes Quoted in Center Square Article on $25 Health Care Minimum Wage

“Increasing the minimum wage to $23 per hour starting in 2024 and reaching $25 in 2026 for health care workers in medical facilities with 10,000 or more employees is fiscally irresponsible, particularly at a time when the state is facing a severe budget deficit,” said Sally Pipes, president and Thomas
Blog

Blame Bad Urban Planning for Youth Mental-Health Crisis

Blame bad urban planning for youth mental-health crisis By Kenneth Schrupp | October 27, 2023 The fundamental cause of the escalating mental-health crisis among young Americans is a topic of fierce debate. New state laws – such as Ohio’s Social Media Parental Notification Act – point the finger at social
Blog

Focus homeless aid on transformation, then affordability

Focus homeless aid on transformation, then affordability By Kenneth Schrupp | June 16, 2023 Los Angeles mayor Karen Bass is concentrating homeless assistance projects in high-rent areas where the homeless choose to congregate. This only perpetuates the homeless population’s reliance on government support. In spite of the hundreds of millions
Blog

Read latest from Free Cities Center

San Diego offers pragmatic model to restore downtown life

According to Neighborhood Scout, a data-driven organization that provides detailed insights into local crime rates at a far more granular level than national statistics, San Diego has 4 violent crimes and 19.3 property crimes per 1,000 residents. In contrast, Los Angeles has 8.4 violent crimes and 24.6 property crimes per
Blog

War on cars is a war on lower-income Californians

Recent research focusing on Los Angeles finds that the city’s poorest neighborhoods have the largest percentage of “hyper-commuters” – people who commute 90 minutes or more one way to work. The preponderance of those long-distance commuters – often construction workers and laborers who drive from inner-city Los Angeles to far-flung
Blog

California Chooses Flashy Projects Over Quality Transit

(Image Courtesy California High-Speed Rail Authority) Do California government officials want more public transit riders? If the decades-long decline of even local public transit ridership or the state’s continued funding of its infamous $113 billion and counting fantasy train from Los Angeles to San Francisco is any indication, the answer
Blog

Transfer Taxes and Eviction Bans Cripple Housing Growth

Transfer Taxes and Eviction Bans Cripple Housing Growth By Kenneth Schrupp January 20, 2023 While the rest of the nation experiences slowing rent growth and even rent declines, rents are projected to increase in California at the maximum legal level as the state’s enduring housing shortage more than offset the
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