Pacific Research Institute

Business & Economics

Wealth Taxes are Economic Failures

By Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson California Assemblymember Alex Lee should have studied Europe’s experiences before introducing his wealth tax proposal. Had he done so, he never would have introduced Assembly Bill 2289 that, if adopted, would impose 1% annual tax rate on couples with net worths exceeding $50 million and …

Education

Watch PRI’s Webinar on the Homeschool Boom

Watch PRI’s 2022 National School Choice Week webinar featuring Lance Izumi discussing his new book, The Homeschool Boom. He moderates a panel discussion with teachers and parents discussing the rise in parents exercising the ultimate school choice option – the choice to educate their kids at home.

Health Care

Sally Pipes Talks CA Single Payer Bill on John and Ken Show

Listen to Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy, discuss AB 1400, the California single-payer legislation on the popular “John and Ken Show” on KFI Radio in Southern California.

Commentary

The FDA needs reform. Biden’s nominee is not the person to do it

By Henry I. Miller, M.S., M.D. and Jeff Stier When President Joe Biden nominated Obama-era Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to return to his old post, he made what is widely seen as a safe, if uninspired, choice. Califf is a distinguished cardiologist and clinical trial specialist, …

Commentary

The Biden administration should make promising anti-viral medications widely available to as many Americans as possible.

By Henry I. Miller, M.S., M.D. and John J. Cohrssen Earlier this week, President Biden outlined new steps to confront the growing spread of Covid-19 from the new, more infectious Omicron variant, which, in only a few weeks, has soared from virtually nonexistent to 73 percent of all new cases. …

California

PRI All-Stars – 2021 Year-End Awards

PRI’s All-Stars are back for the annual year-end rewards: Panelists include Kerry Jackson, Fellow at PRI’s Center for California Reform; Tim Anaya, Senior Director of Communications; Lance Izumi, Senior Director of Education; and Rowena Itchon, Senior Vice President.

Classroom Ideology

Democrats dissenting on California’s woke math proposal

By Lance Izumi and Wenyuan Wu After enacting a controversial bill mandating ethnic studies in high school, California is set to consider a woke math framework sometime in the new year.  Surprisingly and importantly, key opposition to this proposal is coming from Democrats, who warn their party of defections if …

California

Dr. Joshua Rhodes – How Does California Rate on New Electricity Competition Scorecard?

Dr. Joshua Rhodes, research associate with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas, Austin, joins us to discuss the findings of a new national scorecard on electricity competition in the 50 states, and discusses why electricity competition is key to reducing costs, increasing reliability, and lowering emissions in …

Education

Thousands of Kansas families stick with homeschooling after getting a taste during the pandemic

KMUW | By Suzanne Perez Published December 8, 2021 at 1:46 PM CST WICHITA, Kansas — Worried about safety, resistant to mask orders and troubled by a lack of confidence in public schools, thousands more Kansas parents are opting to teach their kids at home. The shift comes in the wake of the …

California

NEW STUDY: Government Fees ‘Nickel and Dime’ Californians Out of Hundreds of Dollars Per Year

  California “nickel and dimes” consumers with hundreds of dollars in fees annually for under-utilized services, and their repeal would give relief from the high cost-of-living and make fees more efficient and accountable, finds a new study released today by California-based, nonpartisan, free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. “While …

Business & Economics

Wealth Taxes are Economic Failures

By Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson California Assemblymember Alex Lee should have studied Europe’s experiences before introducing his wealth tax proposal. Had he done so, he never would have introduced Assembly Bill 2289 that, if adopted, would impose 1% annual tax rate on couples with net worths exceeding $50 million and …

Education

Watch PRI’s Webinar on the Homeschool Boom

Watch PRI’s 2022 National School Choice Week webinar featuring Lance Izumi discussing his new book, The Homeschool Boom. He moderates a panel discussion with teachers and parents discussing the rise in parents exercising the ultimate school choice option – the choice to educate their kids at home.

Health Care

Sally Pipes Talks CA Single Payer Bill on John and Ken Show

Listen to Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy, discuss AB 1400, the California single-payer legislation on the popular “John and Ken Show” on KFI Radio in Southern California.

Commentary

The FDA needs reform. Biden’s nominee is not the person to do it

By Henry I. Miller, M.S., M.D. and Jeff Stier When President Joe Biden nominated Obama-era Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to return to his old post, he made what is widely seen as a safe, if uninspired, choice. Califf is a distinguished cardiologist and clinical trial specialist, …

Commentary

The Biden administration should make promising anti-viral medications widely available to as many Americans as possible.

By Henry I. Miller, M.S., M.D. and John J. Cohrssen Earlier this week, President Biden outlined new steps to confront the growing spread of Covid-19 from the new, more infectious Omicron variant, which, in only a few weeks, has soared from virtually nonexistent to 73 percent of all new cases. …

California

PRI All-Stars – 2021 Year-End Awards

PRI’s All-Stars are back for the annual year-end rewards: Panelists include Kerry Jackson, Fellow at PRI’s Center for California Reform; Tim Anaya, Senior Director of Communications; Lance Izumi, Senior Director of Education; and Rowena Itchon, Senior Vice President.

Classroom Ideology

Democrats dissenting on California’s woke math proposal

By Lance Izumi and Wenyuan Wu After enacting a controversial bill mandating ethnic studies in high school, California is set to consider a woke math framework sometime in the new year.  Surprisingly and importantly, key opposition to this proposal is coming from Democrats, who warn their party of defections if …

California

Dr. Joshua Rhodes – How Does California Rate on New Electricity Competition Scorecard?

Dr. Joshua Rhodes, research associate with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas, Austin, joins us to discuss the findings of a new national scorecard on electricity competition in the 50 states, and discusses why electricity competition is key to reducing costs, increasing reliability, and lowering emissions in …

Education

Thousands of Kansas families stick with homeschooling after getting a taste during the pandemic

KMUW | By Suzanne Perez Published December 8, 2021 at 1:46 PM CST WICHITA, Kansas — Worried about safety, resistant to mask orders and troubled by a lack of confidence in public schools, thousands more Kansas parents are opting to teach their kids at home. The shift comes in the wake of the …

California

NEW STUDY: Government Fees ‘Nickel and Dime’ Californians Out of Hundreds of Dollars Per Year

  California “nickel and dimes” consumers with hundreds of dollars in fees annually for under-utilized services, and their repeal would give relief from the high cost-of-living and make fees more efficient and accountable, finds a new study released today by California-based, nonpartisan, free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. “While …

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