Pacific Research Institute

Business & Economics

New study from PRI further documents economic performance tied directly to health of legal system

PRI’s Dr. Lawrence McQuillan joins AJP in this exclusive interview to discuss the new methodologies behind the 2008 Update to the US Tort Liability Index, originally released in 2006.

Business & Economics

Report praises Colorado’s tort laws

A ranking released Tuesday says Colorado has the best tort laws in the nation. The ranking by the Pacific Research Institute of San Francisco compared the legal climates of each state in a report titled “U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2008 Report.” But the report classified Colorado as “salvageable” because of …

Business & Economics

Pacific Research Institute Releases 2008 State-By-State Ranking of the Best and Worst Tort Systems in America

San Francisco (Marach 11) – Today, the Pacific Research Institute released its report comparing the legal climates of all 50 states. According to the U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2008 Report, Florida ranked the worst in terms of tort costs and litigation risks, while North Dakota ranked the best. In a …

Business & Economics

Town leaders knew of rising trash fees

Americans pay a “tort tax” of $865 billion a year, according to last year’s estimate by the Pacific Research Institute. This figure represents money taken out of the economy via awards, settlements, lawsuit-avoidance tactics and price inflation of products and services provided by litigation-prone industries. The scholarship is challenging, but …

Commentary

No more Homeschooling in CA?

Boy am I lucky I got orders to Okinawa instead of California. It was really a choice between the two. If you haven’t read by now, “The Second District Court of Appeal ruled that California law requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or have …

Commentary

Public Outrage Throttles California Plan to Control Home Thermostats

Powered by a wave of public outrage that transcended party lines, California citizens have forced regulators at the California Energy Commission to abandon plans to control thermostat settings in private homes. ditioning system would be required by law to include an FM receiver that would allow the Energy Commission to …

Business & Economics

Impact – February 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – February 2008 Policy Update and Monthly Impact Report PRI continues to impact public policy in California, the nation, and abroad. Click below to view PRI’s recent contributions.

Agriculture

Bad Biofuel Policy Boosts Asian Inflation

Asia Sentinel (Hong Kong), 19 February 2008 The US decision to divert food crops for motor-fuel is proving a costly mistake – especially for Asia. What has long been predicted – that the US decision to push the use of corn to make biofuel would be a costly mistake – …

Agriculture

Ethanol craze boosts food prices, world hunger

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA), February 15, 2008 Press Dakotan, February 15, 2008 Billings Gazette (MT), February 12, 2008 Investor’s Business Daily, February 11, 2008 WASHINGTON – The red-hot congressional love affair with the alternative fuel ethanol is starting to leave many supermarket customers feeling mighty blue these days as they pay …

Business & Economics

State-subsidized broadband a bad idea

There are some in government intent on improving what already works just fine, often to the detriment of nearly everyone. The latest unnecessary fix of what’s not broken is a preposterous, counter-productive, exorbitantly expensive proposal to use state-issued bonds to bring ultra-fast Internet connections to every remote California nook and …

Business & Economics

New study from PRI further documents economic performance tied directly to health of legal system

PRI’s Dr. Lawrence McQuillan joins AJP in this exclusive interview to discuss the new methodologies behind the 2008 Update to the US Tort Liability Index, originally released in 2006.

Business & Economics

Report praises Colorado’s tort laws

A ranking released Tuesday says Colorado has the best tort laws in the nation. The ranking by the Pacific Research Institute of San Francisco compared the legal climates of each state in a report titled “U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2008 Report.” But the report classified Colorado as “salvageable” because of …

Business & Economics

Pacific Research Institute Releases 2008 State-By-State Ranking of the Best and Worst Tort Systems in America

San Francisco (Marach 11) – Today, the Pacific Research Institute released its report comparing the legal climates of all 50 states. According to the U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2008 Report, Florida ranked the worst in terms of tort costs and litigation risks, while North Dakota ranked the best. In a …

Business & Economics

Town leaders knew of rising trash fees

Americans pay a “tort tax” of $865 billion a year, according to last year’s estimate by the Pacific Research Institute. This figure represents money taken out of the economy via awards, settlements, lawsuit-avoidance tactics and price inflation of products and services provided by litigation-prone industries. The scholarship is challenging, but …

Commentary

No more Homeschooling in CA?

Boy am I lucky I got orders to Okinawa instead of California. It was really a choice between the two. If you haven’t read by now, “The Second District Court of Appeal ruled that California law requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or have …

Commentary

Public Outrage Throttles California Plan to Control Home Thermostats

Powered by a wave of public outrage that transcended party lines, California citizens have forced regulators at the California Energy Commission to abandon plans to control thermostat settings in private homes. ditioning system would be required by law to include an FM receiver that would allow the Energy Commission to …

Business & Economics

Impact – February 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – February 2008 Policy Update and Monthly Impact Report PRI continues to impact public policy in California, the nation, and abroad. Click below to view PRI’s recent contributions.

Agriculture

Bad Biofuel Policy Boosts Asian Inflation

Asia Sentinel (Hong Kong), 19 February 2008 The US decision to divert food crops for motor-fuel is proving a costly mistake – especially for Asia. What has long been predicted – that the US decision to push the use of corn to make biofuel would be a costly mistake – …

Agriculture

Ethanol craze boosts food prices, world hunger

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA), February 15, 2008 Press Dakotan, February 15, 2008 Billings Gazette (MT), February 12, 2008 Investor’s Business Daily, February 11, 2008 WASHINGTON – The red-hot congressional love affair with the alternative fuel ethanol is starting to leave many supermarket customers feeling mighty blue these days as they pay …

Business & Economics

State-subsidized broadband a bad idea

There are some in government intent on improving what already works just fine, often to the detriment of nearly everyone. The latest unnecessary fix of what’s not broken is a preposterous, counter-productive, exorbitantly expensive proposal to use state-issued bonds to bring ultra-fast Internet connections to every remote California nook and …

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