Business & Economics

Business & Economics

California’s Broadband Bridge to Nowhere

The California Broadband Task Force, convened by Governor Schwarzenegger, concluded last month that high-speed Internet access should be a public investment, much like roads and power lines. The CBTF proposes “state-issued broadband bonds” to bring ultra-fast connections to the state’s most desolate reaches. Without public subsidies, however, California already ranks …

Business & Economics

Defying Depression Stereotypes

Readers will recall that, in September, the Contrarian reviewed The Forgotten Man, by Amity Shlaes, a history of the Depression that charts the massive growth in government dating from the New Deal. For that reason alone we considered Amity’s book a valuable work, and quite suitable for “women’s studies,” as …

California

California Health Care Deforminator: Model ABX1 1

Californians entered 2007 hopeful that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders would collaborate to find real solutions to overcome the “root causes” of rapidly increasing health costs, the growing number of uninsured, and the rise in small businesses increasingly unable to provide health benefits. Instead, they got a proposed tax …

Business & Economics

Impact – January 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – January 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.

Business & Economics

CNBC: Interest Rate Forecasts with PRI Senior Fellow Lee Hoskins

CNBC News, January 30, 2008 A look ahead of the Fed’s decision, with Robert McTeer, National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA); Lee Hoskins, Pacific Research Institute and CNBC’s Sue Herera

Business & Economics

Life: A Tech-Centric View

At this week’s Digital Life Design (DLD) conference in Germany, renowned scientists Craig Venter, Ph.D., and Richard Dawkins wowed the audience with a conversation about genes and information technology. They discussed how evolution is becoming man-made, which brings up a number of interesting issues. “Genetics has become a branch of …

Business & Economics

Going, Going, Gone! Spectrum Auction Starts Today

Who owns the airwaves? At the dawn of the broadcast age, the government assumed total control over radio frequencies in order to ensure that only one broadcaster could use a given frequency at a given place and time. This prevented interference, and was deemed by Congress to serve the public …

Agriculture

No need for hormone labels

SAN FRANCISCO — After 14 years of widespread use, a safe and proven technology for increasing the availability of low-cost dairy products could disappear if government regulators place fears and rumors above sound science. The technology at issue is recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), a drug designed to increase milk production …

Business & Economics

Big Brother Targets Foundations and Nonprofits

SACRAMENTO – Last Tuesday, the Assembly Judicial Committee held a hearing on AB 624, a measure billed as an aid to philanthropy. It’s actually a hindrance to philanthropy and is troublesome in many ways. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Joe Coto, a San Jose Democrat, wants all private foundations in …

Business & Economics

Fed Was `Premature’ to Cut Rates, Former Central Banker Says

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve was too quick to reduce interest rates today in an emergency move after global stock markets tumbled, a former Fed president said. “It strikes me as very premature,” Lee Hoskins, former president of the Cleveland Fed, said in an interview after the central …

Business & Economics

California’s Broadband Bridge to Nowhere

The California Broadband Task Force, convened by Governor Schwarzenegger, concluded last month that high-speed Internet access should be a public investment, much like roads and power lines. The CBTF proposes “state-issued broadband bonds” to bring ultra-fast connections to the state’s most desolate reaches. Without public subsidies, however, California already ranks …

Business & Economics

Defying Depression Stereotypes

Readers will recall that, in September, the Contrarian reviewed The Forgotten Man, by Amity Shlaes, a history of the Depression that charts the massive growth in government dating from the New Deal. For that reason alone we considered Amity’s book a valuable work, and quite suitable for “women’s studies,” as …

California

California Health Care Deforminator: Model ABX1 1

Californians entered 2007 hopeful that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders would collaborate to find real solutions to overcome the “root causes” of rapidly increasing health costs, the growing number of uninsured, and the rise in small businesses increasingly unable to provide health benefits. Instead, they got a proposed tax …

Business & Economics

Impact – January 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – January 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.

Business & Economics

CNBC: Interest Rate Forecasts with PRI Senior Fellow Lee Hoskins

CNBC News, January 30, 2008 A look ahead of the Fed’s decision, with Robert McTeer, National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA); Lee Hoskins, Pacific Research Institute and CNBC’s Sue Herera

Business & Economics

Life: A Tech-Centric View

At this week’s Digital Life Design (DLD) conference in Germany, renowned scientists Craig Venter, Ph.D., and Richard Dawkins wowed the audience with a conversation about genes and information technology. They discussed how evolution is becoming man-made, which brings up a number of interesting issues. “Genetics has become a branch of …

Business & Economics

Going, Going, Gone! Spectrum Auction Starts Today

Who owns the airwaves? At the dawn of the broadcast age, the government assumed total control over radio frequencies in order to ensure that only one broadcaster could use a given frequency at a given place and time. This prevented interference, and was deemed by Congress to serve the public …

Agriculture

No need for hormone labels

SAN FRANCISCO — After 14 years of widespread use, a safe and proven technology for increasing the availability of low-cost dairy products could disappear if government regulators place fears and rumors above sound science. The technology at issue is recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), a drug designed to increase milk production …

Business & Economics

Big Brother Targets Foundations and Nonprofits

SACRAMENTO – Last Tuesday, the Assembly Judicial Committee held a hearing on AB 624, a measure billed as an aid to philanthropy. It’s actually a hindrance to philanthropy and is troublesome in many ways. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Joe Coto, a San Jose Democrat, wants all private foundations in …

Business & Economics

Fed Was `Premature’ to Cut Rates, Former Central Banker Says

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve was too quick to reduce interest rates today in an emergency move after global stock markets tumbled, a former Fed president said. “It strikes me as very premature,” Lee Hoskins, former president of the Cleveland Fed, said in an interview after the central …

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