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How Government Unions Will Attack the Janus Ruling

How Government Unions Will Attack the Janus Ruling

. by Edward Ring . Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision in the landmark case Janus vs. AFSCME, ruling that public sector unions can no longer force public employees to pay union dues. Janus argued that even so-called “agency fees,” which unions claim are only for collective bargaining and are therefore non-political, are, in fact, […]

California’s Government Unions Take Steps to Obliterate Janus Impact

California’s Government Unions Take Steps to Obliterate Janus Impact

. . . by Edward Ring . Within days the U.S. Supreme Court is going to issue its ruling on the case Janus vs AFSCME. This case, if the ruling goes as expected, is going to overturn current law that requires public employees to pay union dues. Here in California, along with a handful of other large, […]

The Underrecognized, Undervalued, Underpaid, Unfunded Pension Liabilities

The Underrecognized, Undervalued, Underpaid, Unfunded Pension Liabilities

. by Edward Ring To paraphrase America’s 42nd president, when it comes to public sector pensions – their financial health and the policies that govern them – it’s the unfunded liability, stupid. The misunderstood, obfuscated, unaccountable, underrecognized, undervalued, underpaid, unfunded pension liabilities. According to CalPERS own data, California’s cities that are part of the CalPERS system will […]

Innovative Incarceration: Lower Costs, Safer Citizens

Innovative Incarceration: Lower Costs, Safer Citizens

. by Edward Ring . The average annual cost to house a prisoner in California is $71,000, and according to the California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, the cost has risen 45% since just 2011. And as costs have soared, California’s policymakers have resorted to creative ways to release inmates from California’s overcrowded prisons. But what if that Californian […]