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Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson, Author at Pacific Research Institute

Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson

Business & Economics

Higher minimum wages hurt workers

If only someone had warned lawmakers

Starting on April 1, fast food restaurant chains that have at least 60 locations across the country must pay their workers a minimum of $20 an hour to comply with the minimum wage increase legislation passed and signed last year. But that’s not the end of it. Under Assembly Bill ...
California

Read latest homelessness op-ed in CalMatters

Something is clearly off with California’s homelessness spending

California put aside $7.2 billion to address homelessness in the 2021-22 state budget. Last year, there were an estimated 172,000 homeless statewide, which equates to spending nearly $42,000 per homeless person. Spending of this magnitude – which only accounts for state money – is sufficient if it were applied effectively. The worsening ...
Business & Economics

NEW STUDY FINDS

Americans Pay $1,300 ‘Tort Tax,’ Fixing Legal System Would Grow Economy by 2 Percent

Americans pay a “tort tax” of $1,300 per person thanks to lawsuit abuse, and reforming the legal system could boost the U.S. economy by 2 percent over time, finds a new study released today by California-based, nonpartisan, free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. “Frivolous lawsuits reduce economic opportunities, jobs, ...
Commentary

Latest data shows California will fall far short of power needed to fuel all-EV future

The summer of 2023 might be fairly compared to the summer of 1823, if the North American Electric Reliability Corporation has it right about power outages to come. The common ground between the two would be the lack of electricity. According to the NERC, the country’s Western Interconnection, which includes ...
California

NEW PRI REPORT FINDS

State Will Fall 21.1 Percent Short of Power Needed to Meet 2045 EV Mandate

California will fall 21.1 percent short of the electricity required to meet the state’s 100 percent electric vehicle mandates, finds a new report from the nonpartisan California free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute.   Download the study here “California’s green energy mandates will require families and businesses to consume ...
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ENRICHING LAWYERS, NOT HELPING VICTIMS: Why tort reform will help grow the economy and address injustice

DOWNLOAD THE STUDY Alleviating the long-term burdens created by tort abuse should be a top priority regardless of the economic outlook. But the inflationary surge that began in mid-2021, coupled with the problems of declining affordability and long-term weak growth, amplifies the benefits tort reform offers.
Business & Economics

Higher minimum wages hurt workers

If only someone had warned lawmakers

Starting on April 1, fast food restaurant chains that have at least 60 locations across the country must pay their workers a minimum of $20 an hour to comply with the minimum wage increase legislation passed and signed last year. But that’s not the end of it. Under Assembly Bill ...
California

Read latest homelessness op-ed in CalMatters

Something is clearly off with California’s homelessness spending

California put aside $7.2 billion to address homelessness in the 2021-22 state budget. Last year, there were an estimated 172,000 homeless statewide, which equates to spending nearly $42,000 per homeless person. Spending of this magnitude – which only accounts for state money – is sufficient if it were applied effectively. The worsening ...
Business & Economics

NEW STUDY FINDS

Americans Pay $1,300 ‘Tort Tax,’ Fixing Legal System Would Grow Economy by 2 Percent

Americans pay a “tort tax” of $1,300 per person thanks to lawsuit abuse, and reforming the legal system could boost the U.S. economy by 2 percent over time, finds a new study released today by California-based, nonpartisan, free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute. “Frivolous lawsuits reduce economic opportunities, jobs, ...
Commentary

Latest data shows California will fall far short of power needed to fuel all-EV future

The summer of 2023 might be fairly compared to the summer of 1823, if the North American Electric Reliability Corporation has it right about power outages to come. The common ground between the two would be the lack of electricity. According to the NERC, the country’s Western Interconnection, which includes ...
California

NEW PRI REPORT FINDS

State Will Fall 21.1 Percent Short of Power Needed to Meet 2045 EV Mandate

California will fall 21.1 percent short of the electricity required to meet the state’s 100 percent electric vehicle mandates, finds a new report from the nonpartisan California free-market think tank, the Pacific Research Institute.   Download the study here “California’s green energy mandates will require families and businesses to consume ...
Uncategorized

ENRICHING LAWYERS, NOT HELPING VICTIMS: Why tort reform will help grow the economy and address injustice

DOWNLOAD THE STUDY Alleviating the long-term burdens created by tort abuse should be a top priority regardless of the economic outlook. But the inflationary surge that began in mid-2021, coupled with the problems of declining affordability and long-term weak growth, amplifies the benefits tort reform offers.
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