Letter from the President
The dawn of the Biden-Harris Administration has ushered in a new, progressive era. All who believe in freedom, opportunity, and limited government are concerned about the administration’s plans for new government programs and its opposition topro-growth, market-driven solutions to our nation’s challenges.
For Californians, the Biden Administration is like a bad rerun. The Administration’s new guiding model is that of California. But, we’ve “been there, done that” on many policies the new President is
Under new executive orders, the Biden Administration is setting up a special enrollment period on HealthCare.gov, and increasing the subsidies paid for health care coverage. They are also proposing job-killing government energy policies that will drive up energy costs for the working class.
This edition of Impact shows how we can push back against these regressive, far-left policies and work to ensure the continued economic prosperity of our great state and our nation.
Despite a tumultuous election and devastating pandemic, PRI achieved several California policy victories in 2020. On Pages 4 and 5, read about PRI’s hard-fought wins to preserve worker freedom and protect Proposition 13. We are proud of the work of Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, and the Hon. Lawrence Siskind, PRI board member, in helping to educate voters on Prop. 16, which would have restored gender and racial preferences in contracting and higher education.
On Pages 6–8, read about our virtual “California Ideas in Action” conference, where elected officials, policy insiders, and PRI scholars explored how to achieve consensus on freedom-oriented policy
Read about Lance Izumi’s new brief on the new and emerging threats facing charter schools and what parents and advocates can do to preserve school choice options for every child (Pages 9–11).
Read my piece on how Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, is poised to lead America toward single-payer health care (Pages 14-15).
PRI Senior Fellow in Business and Economics Dr. Wayne Winegarden explores how the $1.9 trillion Biden stimulus plan will harm our nation’s long-term economic growth prospects (Pages 19–20).
Finally, preview PRI’s new book No Way Home, which was just published by Encounter Books.
The book explores California’s homeless crisis and solutions to get people back on their feet withhumanity (Pages 21–22).
You and I have our work cut out for us to protect the freedoms we cherish. That’s why your continued support of PRI is more important than ever before. Working together, we will ensure that liberty is defended, cultivated, and advanced through policy for generations to come.
Sally C. Pipes
President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy
Pacific Research Institute