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NEW BOOK RELEASE – Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities

NEW BOOK RELEASE Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities Steven Greenhut Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other …

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CAPITAL IDEAS—Not April Fool’s Day: Newsom Gets Education Award as California Students Suffer and Fail

DOWNLOAD THE PDF When Governor Gavin Newsom recently received a national award for education, just as student learning craters due to his disastrous school policies, one could hear California parents collectively exclaim, “Seriously?” The Education Commission of the States, which is an interstate agency that is supposed to create opportunities …

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NEW BRIEF: Biosimilars Save Patients Over $11 Billion Annually, Fixing Broken System Would Help Patients Save More

SACRAMENTO – Biosimilars competition saves patients and the health care system over $11 billion annually and could generate even more savings if the broken drug pricing system were reformed, finds a new issue brief released today by the Center for Medical Economics and Innovation at the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute. …

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NEW BRIEF: Establishing An Efficient Health Insurance Market

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF   Cultivating an efficient health insurance market requires reforms that empower patients over payers, which can be achieved by: Making health expenditures and health insurance expenditures tax deductible; Broadening the availability and usability of tax-free saving accounts to help patients cover the deductibles and out of pocket …

Business & Economics

NEW STUDY: Despite Billions Spent, Project Homekey Providing No Way Home for State’s Homeless

BY KERRY JACKSON and WAYNE WINEGARDEN   SACRAMENTO – Contrary to claims that Project Homekey is successfully addressing California’s homeless crisis, a new study released today by the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute finds that the program is costly, inefficient, and not helping to reduce homelessness. Click here to download the …

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CAPITAL IDEAS: New Lithium Tax Latest Battle in California’s War on Cars

DOWNLOAD THE PDF California’s 2022 budget includes a tax on lithium, which is necessary for building electric vehicle batteries. It’s almost as if policymakers aren’t as interested in forcing people into electric vehicles as they are pushing them out of cars altogether. The flat-rate tax, which goes into effect in …

Business & Economics

NEW STUDY: U.K. Vaping Regulations Based on Risks of Vaping Relative to Smoking Provide Lessons for U.S.

DOWNLOAD THE STUDY As the federal government and states such as California consider taxing and imposing new or stricter regulations on vaping products, particularly flavored products, Roger Bate, Ph.D. finds that there are important lessons U.S. policymakers can learn from the tax and regulatory environment in the U.K. in a …

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CAPITAL IDEAS: When June Gloom Lasts All Year

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF The overcast days of June Gloom, a month of cloud and fog cover along the usually sunny Southern California coastal regions, can be a bit depressing. It’s a natural phenomenon that can’t be controlled. The same can’t be said about the man-made darkness ahead that will affect …

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NEW BRIEF: City and State Climate Change Lawsuits Drive Up Gas Prices, Discourage Clean Energy Innovation

SACRAMENTO – City and state climate change lawsuits discourage private sector innovation required to meet America’s clean energy goals – and expensive judgements in these cases can increase gas prices by 31-cents per gallon, finds a new issue brief released today by the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute. “Sustainably addressing global …

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NEW BRIEF: Broken System Imposes Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs on Patients, Puts Interests of Government and Insurers First

America’s broken third-party healthcare payment system prioritizes government and insurance companies as the largest payers, leaving patients with higher out-of-pocket costs, greater exposure to healthcare financial risk, and reduced access to care – finds the latest paper in the Coverage Denied series released today by the Center for Medical Economics …

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NEW BOOK RELEASE – Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities

NEW BOOK RELEASE Back from Dystopia: A New Vision for Western Cities Steven Greenhut Cities throughout the West face rising crime, soaring housing costs, a sprawling homelessness crisis and devastated downtown areas following two years of COVID restrictions and the aftermath of destructive protests. Policymakers typically address these and other …

Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS—Not April Fool’s Day: Newsom Gets Education Award as California Students Suffer and Fail

DOWNLOAD THE PDF When Governor Gavin Newsom recently received a national award for education, just as student learning craters due to his disastrous school policies, one could hear California parents collectively exclaim, “Seriously?” The Education Commission of the States, which is an interstate agency that is supposed to create opportunities …

Featured

NEW BRIEF: Biosimilars Save Patients Over $11 Billion Annually, Fixing Broken System Would Help Patients Save More

SACRAMENTO – Biosimilars competition saves patients and the health care system over $11 billion annually and could generate even more savings if the broken drug pricing system were reformed, finds a new issue brief released today by the Center for Medical Economics and Innovation at the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute. …

Featured

NEW BRIEF: Establishing An Efficient Health Insurance Market

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF   Cultivating an efficient health insurance market requires reforms that empower patients over payers, which can be achieved by: Making health expenditures and health insurance expenditures tax deductible; Broadening the availability and usability of tax-free saving accounts to help patients cover the deductibles and out of pocket …

Business & Economics

NEW STUDY: Despite Billions Spent, Project Homekey Providing No Way Home for State’s Homeless

BY KERRY JACKSON and WAYNE WINEGARDEN   SACRAMENTO – Contrary to claims that Project Homekey is successfully addressing California’s homeless crisis, a new study released today by the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute finds that the program is costly, inefficient, and not helping to reduce homelessness. Click here to download the …

Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS: New Lithium Tax Latest Battle in California’s War on Cars

DOWNLOAD THE PDF California’s 2022 budget includes a tax on lithium, which is necessary for building electric vehicle batteries. It’s almost as if policymakers aren’t as interested in forcing people into electric vehicles as they are pushing them out of cars altogether. The flat-rate tax, which goes into effect in …

Business & Economics

NEW STUDY: U.K. Vaping Regulations Based on Risks of Vaping Relative to Smoking Provide Lessons for U.S.

DOWNLOAD THE STUDY As the federal government and states such as California consider taxing and imposing new or stricter regulations on vaping products, particularly flavored products, Roger Bate, Ph.D. finds that there are important lessons U.S. policymakers can learn from the tax and regulatory environment in the U.K. in a …

Blackouts

CAPITAL IDEAS: When June Gloom Lasts All Year

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF The overcast days of June Gloom, a month of cloud and fog cover along the usually sunny Southern California coastal regions, can be a bit depressing. It’s a natural phenomenon that can’t be controlled. The same can’t be said about the man-made darkness ahead that will affect …

Business & Economics

NEW BRIEF: City and State Climate Change Lawsuits Drive Up Gas Prices, Discourage Clean Energy Innovation

SACRAMENTO – City and state climate change lawsuits discourage private sector innovation required to meet America’s clean energy goals – and expensive judgements in these cases can increase gas prices by 31-cents per gallon, finds a new issue brief released today by the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute. “Sustainably addressing global …

Featured

NEW BRIEF: Broken System Imposes Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs on Patients, Puts Interests of Government and Insurers First

America’s broken third-party healthcare payment system prioritizes government and insurance companies as the largest payers, leaving patients with higher out-of-pocket costs, greater exposure to healthcare financial risk, and reduced access to care – finds the latest paper in the Coverage Denied series released today by the Center for Medical Economics …

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