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This is How Many People Work for the Government in California

This is How Many People Work for the Government in California

Samuel Stebbins | The Center Square contributor The Biden administration has proposed a $6 trillion budget aimed at improving infrastructure, education, and health care. If passed, it would push federal spending to its highest level since World War II. It could also usher in the reversal of a long term-trend of declining government employment. Over the last […]

California Gov. Newsom failed to take promised pay cut, newspaper finds

California Gov. Newsom failed to take promised pay cut, newspaper finds

By Bradford Betz | Fox News California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been drawing his full monthly salary despite asking state workers in May to take a pay cut to alleviate the state’s burden in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Though elected state officials are exempt from such pay cuts, Newsom pledged that he would voluntarily slash his salary when he asked […]

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 […]

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