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California Supreme Court Ruling Takes Its First Scalp

It didn’t take long for a California Supreme Court decision to start claiming victims. Bottle & Barlow, a “get loose stay sharp” joint on trendy R Street in Sacramento, where a gentleman can sip whisky and also be stylishly shorn, has lost its entire staff of freelance barbers because seven …

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PRI’s Kerry Jackson Featured in Ozy.com Story on Poverty in California

1 in 5 Californians is Poor.  Housing Prices Are to Blame By Nick Fouriezos In the Netflix television show Altered Carbon, the fears of rampant income inequality are fully realized. High society is taken literally, as the rich and wealthy live in a cloud city in the sky. The series is set hundreds …

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Providing better deals for health coverage

More than a dozen state attorneys general just sued the Department of Labor over a new rule that makes it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to form “association health plans.” AHPs enable these firms and sole proprietors to band together to negotiate with insurers for better deals for …

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What We’re Watching – August 10, 2018

Rowena Itchon – George Gilder Sneak Peek For a sneak preview of George Gilder’s talk “Life After Google” at the PRI luncheon on August 23 in San Francisco, I recommend that you check out his speech at the Blockstack conference in Berlin. I’m going to buy his new book and …

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Schumer’s Trash Is America’s Treasure

The Trump administration recently finalized a rule that will enable millions of Americans to join association health plans. AHPs allow small businesses and self-employed individuals in the same geographic area or industry to link up to purchase coverage. Such plans can be significantly cheaper than those sold through ObamaCare’s insurance …

California

ZEV Bill Would Hurt Ridesharing Drivers, Do Little to Help Environment

On any given day, tens of thousands of Californians are earning good money driving for Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies. For many, the gig economy has been a windfall. Glassdoor.com says the average annual salary for a Lyft driver in Los Angeles is $36,000, while Uber drivers average about …

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Is It A Bad Thing for State Workers to Save Taxpayers on Work Travel?

As the sharing economy has grown in California, we’re changing how we approach many common life transactions. When we’re looking for a repair person to fix a broken toilet, now we might look to Thumbtack to bid out of the job when before we would have called a traditional plumber …

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States Can’t Afford Medicaid Expansion — Neither Can Patients

This fall’s midterm election ballot just got a little longer in Utah. In mid-April, progressive activists announced that they’d gathered enough signatures to force a November referendum on Medicaid expansion. Utah isn’t the only red state flirting with extending free government health insurance to able-bodied, childless adults. Within weeks, activists in Idaho …

California

Mass Transit Ridership is Falling in Southern California, Study Finds

By Kenneth Artz A new study finds commuters are increasingly choosing to use cars over mass transit in Southern California. Mass transit use in six southern California counties declined significantly during the past decade, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) …

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Politicians Want to “Wet Their Beaks” in Taxing Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft have generated billions in gross revenue in California. It’s a dazzling data point that has caught the eyes of some politicians who are unable to resist the covetous urges that arise when they watch commercial enterprises thrive. Elected officials regard Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies — …

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California Supreme Court Ruling Takes Its First Scalp

It didn’t take long for a California Supreme Court decision to start claiming victims. Bottle & Barlow, a “get loose stay sharp” joint on trendy R Street in Sacramento, where a gentleman can sip whisky and also be stylishly shorn, has lost its entire staff of freelance barbers because seven …

California

PRI’s Kerry Jackson Featured in Ozy.com Story on Poverty in California

1 in 5 Californians is Poor.  Housing Prices Are to Blame By Nick Fouriezos In the Netflix television show Altered Carbon, the fears of rampant income inequality are fully realized. High society is taken literally, as the rich and wealthy live in a cloud city in the sky. The series is set hundreds …

Commentary

Providing better deals for health coverage

More than a dozen state attorneys general just sued the Department of Labor over a new rule that makes it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to form “association health plans.” AHPs enable these firms and sole proprietors to band together to negotiate with insurers for better deals for …

Blog

What We’re Watching – August 10, 2018

Rowena Itchon – George Gilder Sneak Peek For a sneak preview of George Gilder’s talk “Life After Google” at the PRI luncheon on August 23 in San Francisco, I recommend that you check out his speech at the Blockstack conference in Berlin. I’m going to buy his new book and …

Commentary

Schumer’s Trash Is America’s Treasure

The Trump administration recently finalized a rule that will enable millions of Americans to join association health plans. AHPs allow small businesses and self-employed individuals in the same geographic area or industry to link up to purchase coverage. Such plans can be significantly cheaper than those sold through ObamaCare’s insurance …

California

ZEV Bill Would Hurt Ridesharing Drivers, Do Little to Help Environment

On any given day, tens of thousands of Californians are earning good money driving for Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies. For many, the gig economy has been a windfall. Glassdoor.com says the average annual salary for a Lyft driver in Los Angeles is $36,000, while Uber drivers average about …

Blog

Is It A Bad Thing for State Workers to Save Taxpayers on Work Travel?

As the sharing economy has grown in California, we’re changing how we approach many common life transactions. When we’re looking for a repair person to fix a broken toilet, now we might look to Thumbtack to bid out of the job when before we would have called a traditional plumber …

Commentary

States Can’t Afford Medicaid Expansion — Neither Can Patients

This fall’s midterm election ballot just got a little longer in Utah. In mid-April, progressive activists announced that they’d gathered enough signatures to force a November referendum on Medicaid expansion. Utah isn’t the only red state flirting with extending free government health insurance to able-bodied, childless adults. Within weeks, activists in Idaho …

California

Mass Transit Ridership is Falling in Southern California, Study Finds

By Kenneth Artz A new study finds commuters are increasingly choosing to use cars over mass transit in Southern California. Mass transit use in six southern California counties declined significantly during the past decade, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) …

Blog

Politicians Want to “Wet Their Beaks” in Taxing Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft have generated billions in gross revenue in California. It’s a dazzling data point that has caught the eyes of some politicians who are unable to resist the covetous urges that arise when they watch commercial enterprises thrive. Elected officials regard Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies — …

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