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About Free Cities Center

Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other urban problems in a piecemeal fashion. They fail to understand what makes great cities thrive.

California

Steve Greenhut – End of Legislation Wrap-Up

Our guest this week is Steve Greenhut, a fellow at PRI and director of PRI’s upcoming Free Cities Center. Steve is back to discuss the just ended legislative session and the new laws that Californians could see in the books.

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The 2022-23 School Year Remains Grim for Special Education Students

The school year has started, and parents and students are hopeful that education has returned to “normal” from the last three school years of COVID pandemic-era closures and online learning. For students, the California public school system crumbled under the closures and online classes offered little to no growth in …

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ESG Has Become An Obstacle to Resolving The State Unfunded Pension Crisis

By Tim Anaya and Wayne Winegarden Even with generous assumptions, the state unfunded pension crisis is worsening. The market surge of 2021 helped reduce the unfunded gap, but then came the bear market of 2022. As a recent Wall Street Journal Headline put it, Market Rout Sends State and City …

Education

Secretary Betsy DeVos in conversation with Lance Izumi

Our guest this week is Secretary Betsy DeVos in conversation with Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education. Sec. DeVos is author of the new book Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child (Center Street Books). They discuss how we can expand school choice options for every student and parent, how to improve student performance, how to roll back government intrusion into classroom learning, and other key education reform topics.

Commentary

The Electric Car Snow Job

By Andrew Fillat & Henry Miller The United States is being taken for a very expensive ride by an unholy alliance between climate ideologues and business opportunists, who have exerted undue influence over public opinion and government institutions in the name of climate change. The misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, signed …

California

Housing First programs aren’t working

By Wayne Winegarden & Kerry Jackson Project Homekey, California’s answer to its homelessness troubles, came with great promises. But like many government plans before it, it’s fallen short, and isn’t likely to recover. California’s homeless population exploded from about 114,000 in 2014 to more than 161,000 in 2020, the most …

Commentary

Bad Piled on Bad

By Henry Miller & Andrew Fillat Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, the White House is reportedly contemplating declaration of a “national climate emergency.” On July 20, at a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts, President Biden said, “Climate change is an emergency. And in the coming …

Climate Change

When it Comes to Food Safety, ‘Organic’ Can Be a Risky Business

By Henry Miller and Kathleen Hefferon Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of “synthetic” inputs such as fertilizer …

Free Cities

Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland – How Federal Bureaucracy Hinder Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

With California’s fire season in full swing, Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland, senior research fellows with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Montana, join us to discuss their new paper detailing how bureaucratic federal environmental reviews – much like the California Environmental Quality Act – add delay and …

Blog

About Free Cities Center

Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other urban problems in a piecemeal fashion. They fail to understand what makes great cities thrive.

California

Steve Greenhut – End of Legislation Wrap-Up

Our guest this week is Steve Greenhut, a fellow at PRI and director of PRI’s upcoming Free Cities Center. Steve is back to discuss the just ended legislative session and the new laws that Californians could see in the books.

Blog

The 2022-23 School Year Remains Grim for Special Education Students

The school year has started, and parents and students are hopeful that education has returned to “normal” from the last three school years of COVID pandemic-era closures and online learning. For students, the California public school system crumbled under the closures and online classes offered little to no growth in …

Blog

ESG Has Become An Obstacle to Resolving The State Unfunded Pension Crisis

By Tim Anaya and Wayne Winegarden Even with generous assumptions, the state unfunded pension crisis is worsening. The market surge of 2021 helped reduce the unfunded gap, but then came the bear market of 2022. As a recent Wall Street Journal Headline put it, Market Rout Sends State and City …

Education

Secretary Betsy DeVos in conversation with Lance Izumi

Our guest this week is Secretary Betsy DeVos in conversation with Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education. Sec. DeVos is author of the new book Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child (Center Street Books). They discuss how we can expand school choice options for every student and parent, how to improve student performance, how to roll back government intrusion into classroom learning, and other key education reform topics.

Commentary

The Electric Car Snow Job

By Andrew Fillat & Henry Miller The United States is being taken for a very expensive ride by an unholy alliance between climate ideologues and business opportunists, who have exerted undue influence over public opinion and government institutions in the name of climate change. The misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, signed …

California

Housing First programs aren’t working

By Wayne Winegarden & Kerry Jackson Project Homekey, California’s answer to its homelessness troubles, came with great promises. But like many government plans before it, it’s fallen short, and isn’t likely to recover. California’s homeless population exploded from about 114,000 in 2014 to more than 161,000 in 2020, the most …

Commentary

Bad Piled on Bad

By Henry Miller & Andrew Fillat Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, the White House is reportedly contemplating declaration of a “national climate emergency.” On July 20, at a former coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts, President Biden said, “Climate change is an emergency. And in the coming …

Climate Change

When it Comes to Food Safety, ‘Organic’ Can Be a Risky Business

By Henry Miller and Kathleen Hefferon Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be “wholesome and natural,” which often translates to the absence of “synthetic” inputs such as fertilizer …

Free Cities

Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland – How Federal Bureaucracy Hinder Projects to Reduce Wildfire Risk

With California’s fire season in full swing, Eric Edwards and Sara Sutherland, senior research fellows with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Montana, join us to discuss their new paper detailing how bureaucratic federal environmental reviews – much like the California Environmental Quality Act – add delay and …

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