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California’s Fishy Drought

California’s Fishy Drought

  . California’s Central Valley is called America’s bread basket. It’s a remarkable tribute to American ingenuity. A once dry desert now supports a 20 billion dollar agriculture industry that provides half of all produce sold in the United States. And its irrigation system accounts for 1/6th of all irrigated land in the country. But […]

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous on a Government Pension

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous on a Government Pension

    If you are a government employee in California you don’t have to work to get rich — sometimes you just have to retire. Over 50,000 retired government employees collect paychecks that exceed $100,000 each year for the rest of their lives. But government golden parachutes aren’t limited to a single monthly retirement check. […]

U.S. Ranks 24th in Literacy: The Remedy — Happy National School Choice Week!

U.S. Ranks 24th in Literacy: The Remedy — Happy National School Choice Week!

Our higher education is the best in the world because it allows market forces to do what they do so well — create an environment of choice where young people can compare institutions and choose the best education that suits their needs. For years we’ve seen a system that treats our communities as public education […]

Climate Change Gets the Cold Shoulder

Climate Change Gets the Cold Shoulder

Environmentalists are frustrated. They’ve worked so hard, for so long, to get the United States on board with a binding international climate treaty. So far every attempt has failed, in large part because the American public is just not convinced. The main problem with alarmist propaganda of the last two decades is that they can […]

US Debt Increases Half a Trillion in 3 Weeks

US Debt Increases Half a Trillion in 3 Weeks

In a three-week period following Congressional action to raise the national debt ceiling, the United States debt increased by half a trillion dollars to $18,700,000,000,000. To put that increase into perspective– over a period of 22 days our government borrowed $26 billion a day. Why does our federal government continue to borrow money at such […]

California’s grumbling infrastructure — Caltrans proposes $40 million for cougar overpass

California’s grumbling infrastructure — Caltrans proposes $40 million for cougar overpass

California’s highway system is crumbling with a backlog of more than $59 billion in maintenance costs. To fund this, Governor Brown has proposed a 12-cent increase in the state’s gas tax and a $65 annual highway user fee. There’s no question the state needs to budget more money to maintain its road system. Unfortunately, unnecessary […]

Understanding California’s Man-Made Water Crisis

Understanding California’s Man-Made Water Crisis

Understanding California’s water crisis requires an explanation of how government agencies and politicians failed to do their jobs and allowed environmental interests to send billions of gallons of needed water to the ocean. Because of this man-made water crisis California’s agricultural economy suffered billions of dollars in losses, thousands of people lost their jobs, foreign […]

Jerry Brown’s Global Warming Revolution

Jerry Brown’s Global Warming Revolution

Minimum Wage Increases=Minimum Jobs

This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to follow in San Francisco’s footsteps by raising their minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. Los Angeles need look no further than its California neighbor, San Francisco, to see the negative effects of increasing the minimum wage. The city of San Francisco, which […]

High Costs of Pension Crowd-out

High Costs of Pension Crowd-out

Pension crowd-out occurs when the cost of paying for government pensions reduces the government’s ability to provide other services. When fixed costs rise above revenue something has to give. In California, many communities are faced with growing pension liability forcing them to reduce services such as library hours and road maintenance. In some cases pension […]

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