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And The Damage From AB 5 Begins

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has officially filed suit against Uber and Lyft for violating Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5). The action is a clear signal that the state’s policy leaders are determined to maximize the economic damage from this ill-considered policy at a time when millions have been furloughed …

California

Coronavirus Shows State Push for Public Transit is Hazardous to our Health

On March 11, 2020, the Legislative Analyst’s Office published a handout, which included a passage on the climate benefits of mass transit over private vehicles. Within days, a spreading virus made the case that our cars are a more hygienic means of travel than public transportation, where humanity is crammed …

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Celebrating the Return of the Primitive

Private automobiles are no longer allowed on Market Street in San Francisco, California. The result has been an increase in bike ridership. This is, of course, being hailed as progress. So why does it look like the city is resetting the clock to a previous century? When novelist Ayn Rand …

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Enjoy the Silence for Now – Mega Ballot Battles Are Just Around the Corner

That sound you hear this morning is millions of California voters feeling relieved that the primary election is finally over in the Golden State.  Many are rejoicing the fact that they won’t have to see any more campaign advertising the next time they turn on their TV or log on …

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Forced to Ride Those Dirty BART Trains

It’s not uncommon to find people who think San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities, if not the most beautiful city, in the world. Neither would it be shocking to learn that people are finding it to be one of the most unlivable cities in the world. The …

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Worker Freedom No More

Love it or hate it, for a variety of reasons when California enacts public policy the impact is felt across the country. And so, it has been again with the January 1st implementation of California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), the so called “gig employment” law that changes the worker status …

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Bernie’s Math Problem

Anyone in earshot of a television set, or a smart phone, is undoubtedly aware that the undisputed front-runner in the Democratic Primary wants to spend more money – a lot of it. And, while these policies are economically flawed, Senator Sanders also has a fundamental math problem. Reviewing his website, there …

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CAPITAL IDEAS: Will California’s Ban on Freelance Work Lead to Blue State Turnaround?

The backlash over California’s Assembly Bill 5, legislation that robs workers of their freedom, was likely not expected by lawmakers. They’re accustomed to an electorate that agreeably goes along with whatever policies they impose, no matter how invasive. The response to AB5, which outlaws, with a few exceptions, freelance and …

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China Catches Cold from the Wuhan Coronavirus—and the World Sneezes.

The outbreak of infections from a novel virus that appears to have originated in Central China has elicited a storm of commentary, much of it uninformed. Opinions have ranged from predictions of a worldwide apocalypse to dismissal of quarantines and “social distancing” as a kind of public relations stunt by …

California

Assembly Bill 5 is already destroying jobs and opportunities

With Assembly Bill 5, lawmakers not only came up with a solution for which there is no problem, they created hardships where there were none before. The bill was peddled as means to establish fairness for California freelance and independent contractors. No longer will they be “exploited” by businesses. The …

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And The Damage From AB 5 Begins

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has officially filed suit against Uber and Lyft for violating Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5). The action is a clear signal that the state’s policy leaders are determined to maximize the economic damage from this ill-considered policy at a time when millions have been furloughed …

California

Coronavirus Shows State Push for Public Transit is Hazardous to our Health

On March 11, 2020, the Legislative Analyst’s Office published a handout, which included a passage on the climate benefits of mass transit over private vehicles. Within days, a spreading virus made the case that our cars are a more hygienic means of travel than public transportation, where humanity is crammed …

California

Celebrating the Return of the Primitive

Private automobiles are no longer allowed on Market Street in San Francisco, California. The result has been an increase in bike ridership. This is, of course, being hailed as progress. So why does it look like the city is resetting the clock to a previous century? When novelist Ayn Rand …

Blog

Enjoy the Silence for Now – Mega Ballot Battles Are Just Around the Corner

That sound you hear this morning is millions of California voters feeling relieved that the primary election is finally over in the Golden State.  Many are rejoicing the fact that they won’t have to see any more campaign advertising the next time they turn on their TV or log on …

Blog

Forced to Ride Those Dirty BART Trains

It’s not uncommon to find people who think San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities, if not the most beautiful city, in the world. Neither would it be shocking to learn that people are finding it to be one of the most unlivable cities in the world. The …

Blog

Worker Freedom No More

Love it or hate it, for a variety of reasons when California enacts public policy the impact is felt across the country. And so, it has been again with the January 1st implementation of California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), the so called “gig employment” law that changes the worker status …

Commentary

Bernie’s Math Problem

Anyone in earshot of a television set, or a smart phone, is undoubtedly aware that the undisputed front-runner in the Democratic Primary wants to spend more money – a lot of it. And, while these policies are economically flawed, Senator Sanders also has a fundamental math problem. Reviewing his website, there …

Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS: Will California’s Ban on Freelance Work Lead to Blue State Turnaround?

The backlash over California’s Assembly Bill 5, legislation that robs workers of their freedom, was likely not expected by lawmakers. They’re accustomed to an electorate that agreeably goes along with whatever policies they impose, no matter how invasive. The response to AB5, which outlaws, with a few exceptions, freelance and …

Commentary

China Catches Cold from the Wuhan Coronavirus—and the World Sneezes.

The outbreak of infections from a novel virus that appears to have originated in Central China has elicited a storm of commentary, much of it uninformed. Opinions have ranged from predictions of a worldwide apocalypse to dismissal of quarantines and “social distancing” as a kind of public relations stunt by …

California

Assembly Bill 5 is already destroying jobs and opportunities

With Assembly Bill 5, lawmakers not only came up with a solution for which there is no problem, they created hardships where there were none before. The bill was peddled as means to establish fairness for California freelance and independent contractors. No longer will they be “exploited” by businesses. The …

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