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Should CA pay unemployment to striking workers?

Subsidizing Strikes Is The California Legislature’s Latest Anti-Growth Proposal

Worsens California’s Uncompetitive Business Environment UI benefits are not designed for workers who have voluntarily walked off the job – it is part of the social safety net system designed to help those workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Expanding these benefits to workers who ...
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Learn about an important state budget priority

Public Employee Pay Savings Must Be Part of Budget Solution

California’s record $68 billion deficit for the 2024 fiscal year is a national newsmaker. State government isn’t the only administrative body facing a budget shortfall, though. A number of cities are also finding they have insufficient funds. Officials are busy trying out plans to resolve their financial troubles, but balancing ...
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Read about legislative union push

Staff Unionization Effort Won’t Help GOP Staff

Much has been written about poor working conditions for State Capitol staff and bad treatment by often ill-tempered and inconsiderate legislators. Having worked at the Capitol for nearly two decades, I know firsthand that working there can be a grind.  Staff routinely work long hours, often overnight or on weekends.  ...
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Read latest from Free Cities Center

Union-backed bills pose biggest challenges to cities

Cities are creatures of the state, so they have to obey. Residents are likely to suffer more and bigger potholes, further declining school test scores and higher taxes – meaning more people will flee the state or head to the suburbs. Here’s a look at some of the worst urban-related ...
Business & Economics

Read the latest on unionization in CA

Latest Example of California’s Dysfunction Is Pro-Union Constitutional Amendment 7

Public works projects in California aren’t dead but with multiple co-morbidities, they’re in poor health. The most conspicuous example is the high-speed rail, maybe the biggest construction burnout in history. And, if critics of a proposed constitutional amendment are right, it will set a sorry tone for decades to come. ...
Business & Economics

Philip Howard – Not Accountable: Rethinking the Constitutionality of Public Unions

Our guest this week is noted author and attorney Philip Howard. Beginning with his book The Death of Common Sense in 1995, Philip has written about the central role of human responsibility in a functioning government—the freedom to make timely choices, and to be accountable for them. In 2002, he ...
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Costly union-only agreements result in fewer city projects

From street repairs to building construction, municipal infrastructure projects are costly, but often necessary, endeavors. To get them done in the most cost-effective manner possible, city taxpayers are best served by having open, competitive markets for contracts to complete such projects efficiently and at the best price. This might sound like ...
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Florida Governor Introduces Teacher “Bill of Rights.” California should take notes.

It’s no secret that teachers’ unions are among the nation’s most powerful unions. Many elected officials stand down rather than pick a fight with them . But not Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis released his “Teacher’s Bill of Rights” on January 23 which, if enacted, will: Require school unions ...
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Would You Like An Apple Pie With That? No Thanks, I Can’t Afford It

Less than two days before California’s Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act was to become law – on Jan. 1 – Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang placed a hold on the legislation, temporarily restraining the state “from implementing, enforcing, or taking any other action to effectuate Assembly ...
Business & Economics

The Biden Administration’s Push to Take One of California’s Worst Ideas Nationwide

The Biden administration has effectively declared war on gig work, with its Department of Labor proposing a new federal regulation inspired by California’s controversial AB 5 law that would limit people’s ability to be classified as independent contractors and work as they choose. As Bloomberg Law reports, “The US Labor Department’s new ...
Blog

Should CA pay unemployment to striking workers?

Subsidizing Strikes Is The California Legislature’s Latest Anti-Growth Proposal

Worsens California’s Uncompetitive Business Environment UI benefits are not designed for workers who have voluntarily walked off the job – it is part of the social safety net system designed to help those workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. Expanding these benefits to workers who ...
Blog

Learn about an important state budget priority

Public Employee Pay Savings Must Be Part of Budget Solution

California’s record $68 billion deficit for the 2024 fiscal year is a national newsmaker. State government isn’t the only administrative body facing a budget shortfall, though. A number of cities are also finding they have insufficient funds. Officials are busy trying out plans to resolve their financial troubles, but balancing ...
Blog

Read about legislative union push

Staff Unionization Effort Won’t Help GOP Staff

Much has been written about poor working conditions for State Capitol staff and bad treatment by often ill-tempered and inconsiderate legislators. Having worked at the Capitol for nearly two decades, I know firsthand that working there can be a grind.  Staff routinely work long hours, often overnight or on weekends.  ...
Blog

Read latest from Free Cities Center

Union-backed bills pose biggest challenges to cities

Cities are creatures of the state, so they have to obey. Residents are likely to suffer more and bigger potholes, further declining school test scores and higher taxes – meaning more people will flee the state or head to the suburbs. Here’s a look at some of the worst urban-related ...
Business & Economics

Read the latest on unionization in CA

Latest Example of California’s Dysfunction Is Pro-Union Constitutional Amendment 7

Public works projects in California aren’t dead but with multiple co-morbidities, they’re in poor health. The most conspicuous example is the high-speed rail, maybe the biggest construction burnout in history. And, if critics of a proposed constitutional amendment are right, it will set a sorry tone for decades to come. ...
Business & Economics

Philip Howard – Not Accountable: Rethinking the Constitutionality of Public Unions

Our guest this week is noted author and attorney Philip Howard. Beginning with his book The Death of Common Sense in 1995, Philip has written about the central role of human responsibility in a functioning government—the freedom to make timely choices, and to be accountable for them. In 2002, he ...
Blog

Costly union-only agreements result in fewer city projects

From street repairs to building construction, municipal infrastructure projects are costly, but often necessary, endeavors. To get them done in the most cost-effective manner possible, city taxpayers are best served by having open, competitive markets for contracts to complete such projects efficiently and at the best price. This might sound like ...
Blog

Florida Governor Introduces Teacher “Bill of Rights.” California should take notes.

It’s no secret that teachers’ unions are among the nation’s most powerful unions. Many elected officials stand down rather than pick a fight with them . But not Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis released his “Teacher’s Bill of Rights” on January 23 which, if enacted, will: Require school unions ...
Blog

Would You Like An Apple Pie With That? No Thanks, I Can’t Afford It

Less than two days before California’s Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act was to become law – on Jan. 1 – Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang placed a hold on the legislation, temporarily restraining the state “from implementing, enforcing, or taking any other action to effectuate Assembly ...
Business & Economics

The Biden Administration’s Push to Take One of California’s Worst Ideas Nationwide

The Biden administration has effectively declared war on gig work, with its Department of Labor proposing a new federal regulation inspired by California’s controversial AB 5 law that would limit people’s ability to be classified as independent contractors and work as they choose. As Bloomberg Law reports, “The US Labor Department’s new ...
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