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Learn how much you'll be paying for power

Power And Higher Prices To The People

With the arrival of the new year comes higher energy prices for many Californians. Here is how things are looking: One week before Thanksgiving, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a 13% rate hike for Pacific Gas & Electric. It will go into effect on New Year’s Day. But even ...
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Remember PRI in your year-end giving

Your Gift is a Critical Investment in PRI’s Future

As the year draws to a close, the Pacific Research Institute team has taken time to reflect on all that we have accomplished this year. In 2023, our research centers focused on crafting and promoting free-market policies that preserve our nation’s culture of innovation and economic growth, without the suffocating ...
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Read about California's bad new laws for 2024

Less Freedom, More Regulation, Higher Costs: 5 Bad New Laws for 2024

Every day, PRI’s scholars cover the good, the bad, and the ugly coming from the State Capitol.  It’s hard to single out the worst of the worst, but here are 5 horrifically noteworthy new state laws with the potential to worsen the quality of life for all. Higher Costs for ...
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Lessons from PRI’s School Board Member Conferences: Your Superintendent Does Not Have the Final Say – You Do.

The highlight of these events, however, was the opportunities for school board members to network and meet like-minded people fighting the same fight in their districts. Many of the school board members in attendance are in the minority on their boards, some being the lone voice of reason. Many are ...
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Oppressive state policies keep cities shackled in chains

Oppressive state policies keep cities shackled in chains By Kerry Jackson | December 26, 2023 Ken Griffin, founder and chairman of hedge fund company Citadel, caused a bit of a stir when he recently suggested that Miami could eventually replace New York City as the nation’s financial capital. “​​We’ll see ...
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Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene

Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene By Steven Greenhut | December 22, 2023 When I moved to Sacramento in 2009, the city’s restaurant and nightlife scene was rather bleak. I recall roaming around downtown on an election night looking for an open bar, figuring Capitol staffers ...
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Learn about latest effort to subvert free market housing reform

Protect property rights to boost housing and preserve history

When I came to Orange County in 1987 to write editorials for The Orange County Register, I rented an apartment in Huntington Beach about half a mile from the famous beach to the south. Half a mile to the west was Main Street, then a funky row of surfboard shops, ...
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Read about California's $68 billion budget crisis

State Budget Update: The Calm Before the Budget Storm

Christmastime is always the busiest time of the year at the Department of Finance. With the state budget due to be released on January 10, department leadership is making the final decisions about spending priorities with the governor. However, recent bad news about the state of California’s finances means that ...
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Read how Biden plan would hurt medical innovation

The Biden Administration Abuses Inflation to Attack Medical Innovation

It is theoretically bankrupt because price changes for individual goods and services reflect unique market factors in addition to broad-based inflation trends. There is no reason to expect any good’s price changes to always equal the average of all price changes (e.g., measured inflation). For instance, a deep frost that ...
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Despite obvious signs, liberals continue to defend Prop. 47

The Coming 2024 Crime Policy Lollapalooza

One of the best words in the English language is “lollapalooza”.  It’s so unique and mellifluous that it could almost be an example of onomatopoeia like clap, boom, bark, or bang.  It’s also a popular musical festival and honestly, it’s just fun to say. The word nerd in me was ...
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Learn how much you'll be paying for power

Power And Higher Prices To The People

With the arrival of the new year comes higher energy prices for many Californians. Here is how things are looking: One week before Thanksgiving, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a 13% rate hike for Pacific Gas & Electric. It will go into effect on New Year’s Day. But even ...
Blog

Remember PRI in your year-end giving

Your Gift is a Critical Investment in PRI’s Future

As the year draws to a close, the Pacific Research Institute team has taken time to reflect on all that we have accomplished this year. In 2023, our research centers focused on crafting and promoting free-market policies that preserve our nation’s culture of innovation and economic growth, without the suffocating ...
Blog

Read about California's bad new laws for 2024

Less Freedom, More Regulation, Higher Costs: 5 Bad New Laws for 2024

Every day, PRI’s scholars cover the good, the bad, and the ugly coming from the State Capitol.  It’s hard to single out the worst of the worst, but here are 5 horrifically noteworthy new state laws with the potential to worsen the quality of life for all. Higher Costs for ...
Blog

Lessons from PRI’s School Board Member Conferences: Your Superintendent Does Not Have the Final Say – You Do.

The highlight of these events, however, was the opportunities for school board members to network and meet like-minded people fighting the same fight in their districts. Many of the school board members in attendance are in the minority on their boards, some being the lone voice of reason. Many are ...
Blog

Oppressive state policies keep cities shackled in chains

Oppressive state policies keep cities shackled in chains By Kerry Jackson | December 26, 2023 Ken Griffin, founder and chairman of hedge fund company Citadel, caused a bit of a stir when he recently suggested that Miami could eventually replace New York City as the nation’s financial capital. “​​We’ll see ...
Blog

Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene

Lower costs – not subsidies – spur Sacto’s restaurant scene By Steven Greenhut | December 22, 2023 When I moved to Sacramento in 2009, the city’s restaurant and nightlife scene was rather bleak. I recall roaming around downtown on an election night looking for an open bar, figuring Capitol staffers ...
Blog

Learn about latest effort to subvert free market housing reform

Protect property rights to boost housing and preserve history

When I came to Orange County in 1987 to write editorials for The Orange County Register, I rented an apartment in Huntington Beach about half a mile from the famous beach to the south. Half a mile to the west was Main Street, then a funky row of surfboard shops, ...
Blog

Read about California's $68 billion budget crisis

State Budget Update: The Calm Before the Budget Storm

Christmastime is always the busiest time of the year at the Department of Finance. With the state budget due to be released on January 10, department leadership is making the final decisions about spending priorities with the governor. However, recent bad news about the state of California’s finances means that ...
Blog

Read how Biden plan would hurt medical innovation

The Biden Administration Abuses Inflation to Attack Medical Innovation

It is theoretically bankrupt because price changes for individual goods and services reflect unique market factors in addition to broad-based inflation trends. There is no reason to expect any good’s price changes to always equal the average of all price changes (e.g., measured inflation). For instance, a deep frost that ...
Blog

Despite obvious signs, liberals continue to defend Prop. 47

The Coming 2024 Crime Policy Lollapalooza

One of the best words in the English language is “lollapalooza”.  It’s so unique and mellifluous that it could almost be an example of onomatopoeia like clap, boom, bark, or bang.  It’s also a popular musical festival and honestly, it’s just fun to say. The word nerd in me was ...
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