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POLITICS | Governor’s Promised Pay Cut Won’t Happen, Simply a PR Stunt to Pave Way for Tax Increases

POLITICS | Governor’s Promised Pay Cut Won’t Happen, Simply a PR Stunt to Pave Way for Tax Increases

In response to Governor Gavin Newsom announcing he intends to seek a pay cut for state government employees with his revised budget for the coming fiscal year, Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio offers the following response: “Governor Gavin Newsom’s call for a pay cut is just a PR stunt to convince voters that they should […]

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

    By Edward Ring When trying to understand why Californians continue to elect liberals, several explanations routinely surface. Chief among them is the theory that conservatives forever alienated California’s diverse electorate by championing “discriminatory” policies. The early example of this was Prop. 187, passed in 1994, which banned providing government services to illegal aliens. Most of […]

Were Pensions Benefits Retroactively Enhanced Without Notifying the Public?

Were Pensions Benefits Retroactively Enhanced Without Notifying the Public?

    By Edward Ring   In 1999, at the height of the stock market runup fueled by the internet bubble, California’s state legislature passed SB 400, which increased pension benefits for officers with the California Highway Patrol. Over the next several years, pension benefits were similarly increased for government employees working in nearly every one of […]

Why Teachers Unions are the Worst of the Worst

Why Teachers Unions are the Worst of the Worst

    By Edward Ring When considering the influence of unions on American society, there are vast differences depending on what type of union one considers. Private sector unions, for all the criticisms they may deserve, have nonetheless played a vital role in securing rights for the American worker. Subject to appropriate regulations, private sector […]

In Search of Government Union Transparency

In Search of Government Union Transparency

. . . by Edward Ring   Anyone who thinks it’s easy to calculate the total annual revenue of California’s government unions hasn’t tried to do it. And this statistic is vital to understanding one of the most powerful forces – if not the most powerful force – in California’s state and local politics. The problem […]

What if California’s Government Never Unionized?

What if California’s Government Never Unionized?

By ED RING A story that still makes the rounds in Sacramento is that Governor Jerry Brown, speaking off-the-record to a group of business leaders back around 2009, admitted that the worst political decision of his life was signing legislation to permit public employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Whether or not […]

The Biggest Dupes in the History of the World

The Biggest Dupes in the History of the World

By ED RING Last week the California Policy Center released a new study that compared the average full-career government pension to the average annual earnings of a full-time private sector worker. Not surprisingly, at least for anyone paying attention, ex-government workers make 26% more than people make in the private sector who are still working. […]

California’s Public Sector Union “Deep State”

California’s Public Sector Union “Deep State”

By ED RING Deep State: A body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy. –  Oxford English Dictionary The term “Deep State” has been around for at least a decade, but it has emerged into common parlance in reference […]

California’s Government Workers Make TWICE As Much as Private Sector Workers

California’s Government Workers Make TWICE As Much as Private Sector Workers

by Ed Ring Earlier today the California Policy Center released a study that provided facts about government compensation. It examined state and local payroll data provided online by the California State Controller and proved that the average pay and benefits for a full-time state/local government employee in 2015 was $121,843. At the same time, the study found […]

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

. By LARRY SAND   “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.” The above caveat about government unions – usually known by the kinder and gentler “public employee unions” […]

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