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Legislature Should Remove Barriers to Work for Californians

Late last month, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta challenged state legislators to abolish one of the most noxious barriers to work: occupational licensing. If Sacramento lawmakers followed through, hundreds of thousands of Californians would be liberated from a system that bars entry into the workforce and also protects those who’ve ...
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Sacramento Right to Slow Down Effort to Muzzle “The Dog”

That sound you heard one day in April was me sighing while seeing countless Facebook pictures of my friends with Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and his wife Beth. To say that I am a Chapman fan is an understatement. I’ve watched virtually every episode of their show, own ...
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A Smaller Loss for Taxpayers on Electric Car Subsidies

It’s a sad indictment of California’s political class, but often the Legislature’s top achievements are the things it didn’t get around to doing. Up until the final days of the legislation session, this year’s chief accomplishment looked like it would be the failure of a scheme to spend billions on ...
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For Amazon, It’s a Great Big Jungle Out There

It seems that Seattle is no longer evergreen for Amazon. Last week, the company announced that it’s on the hunt for a second headquarters. There wasn’t a clear explanation for why the online retail giant is seeking a new habitat. But even climate change deniers would conclude that nature – ...
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Legislature Serves Up Bad Recipe for Innovation Economy

Recently, a friend of mine told me how much she and her husband enjoyed subscribing to a home meal prep delivery service. Instead of having to go to the grocery story, they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make a gourmet recipe right to your doorstep. She suggested ...
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Court Ruling Shuts Down Effective Private-Sector Restorative Justice Program

Given a choice, would someone caught shoplifting rather make a voluntary arrangement with the victim to pay for their crime, or become involved with the police and courts? That’s a pointless question in California. There is no longer a choice. The choice has been eliminated. Earlier this month a judge ...
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Price Transparency Occurs in Markets, Not Government Offices

The wrong model, no matter how hard it is worked, always provides the wrong answer. And, so it is with a bill being considered in Sacramento (SB 17). SB 17 is supposed to address the problem of skyrocketing health care costs by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to give 60-day notice for ...
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How About CEQA Exemptions for All?

The California Environmental Quality Act is by far the most destructive of the causes that factor into California’s housing crisis. Its regulatory hurdles have sharply increased the cost of building, which has led to a severe shortage of homes that pushed prices to levels that many can’t afford. Even Gov. ...
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Lance Izumi discusses his new book on Fox and Friends

Lance Izumi, Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of PRI’s Center for Education, made a powerful case for why all students and parents need school choice on the nationally-televised morning show “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel. Lance discussed his new book on school choice, The Corrupt Classroom: ...
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UC Has a Long Way to Go to Build Back Trust of Students, Taxpayers, Lawmakers

A recently-released state audit faulting the University of California president’s office for mishandling the switch to a new payroll system – which was supposed to save money but will now cost nearly $1 billion – is the latest self-inflicted wound for the beleaguered system. Earlier this summer, UC announced that ...
Blog

Legislature Should Remove Barriers to Work for Californians

Late last month, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta challenged state legislators to abolish one of the most noxious barriers to work: occupational licensing. If Sacramento lawmakers followed through, hundreds of thousands of Californians would be liberated from a system that bars entry into the workforce and also protects those who’ve ...
Blog

Sacramento Right to Slow Down Effort to Muzzle “The Dog”

That sound you heard one day in April was me sighing while seeing countless Facebook pictures of my friends with Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and his wife Beth. To say that I am a Chapman fan is an understatement. I’ve watched virtually every episode of their show, own ...
Blog

A Smaller Loss for Taxpayers on Electric Car Subsidies

It’s a sad indictment of California’s political class, but often the Legislature’s top achievements are the things it didn’t get around to doing. Up until the final days of the legislation session, this year’s chief accomplishment looked like it would be the failure of a scheme to spend billions on ...
Blog

For Amazon, It’s a Great Big Jungle Out There

It seems that Seattle is no longer evergreen for Amazon. Last week, the company announced that it’s on the hunt for a second headquarters. There wasn’t a clear explanation for why the online retail giant is seeking a new habitat. But even climate change deniers would conclude that nature – ...
Blog

Legislature Serves Up Bad Recipe for Innovation Economy

Recently, a friend of mine told me how much she and her husband enjoyed subscribing to a home meal prep delivery service. Instead of having to go to the grocery story, they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make a gourmet recipe right to your doorstep. She suggested ...
Blog

Court Ruling Shuts Down Effective Private-Sector Restorative Justice Program

Given a choice, would someone caught shoplifting rather make a voluntary arrangement with the victim to pay for their crime, or become involved with the police and courts? That’s a pointless question in California. There is no longer a choice. The choice has been eliminated. Earlier this month a judge ...
Blog

Price Transparency Occurs in Markets, Not Government Offices

The wrong model, no matter how hard it is worked, always provides the wrong answer. And, so it is with a bill being considered in Sacramento (SB 17). SB 17 is supposed to address the problem of skyrocketing health care costs by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to give 60-day notice for ...
Blog

How About CEQA Exemptions for All?

The California Environmental Quality Act is by far the most destructive of the causes that factor into California’s housing crisis. Its regulatory hurdles have sharply increased the cost of building, which has led to a severe shortage of homes that pushed prices to levels that many can’t afford. Even Gov. ...
Blog

Lance Izumi discusses his new book on Fox and Friends

Lance Izumi, Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of PRI’s Center for Education, made a powerful case for why all students and parents need school choice on the nationally-televised morning show “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel. Lance discussed his new book on school choice, The Corrupt Classroom: ...
Blog

UC Has a Long Way to Go to Build Back Trust of Students, Taxpayers, Lawmakers

A recently-released state audit faulting the University of California president’s office for mishandling the switch to a new payroll system – which was supposed to save money but will now cost nearly $1 billion – is the latest self-inflicted wound for the beleaguered system. Earlier this summer, UC announced that ...
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