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California Govt. Spends 6th Most Per Capita On Health Care In U.S.

California Govt. Spends 6th Most Per Capita On Health Care In U.S.

Mike LaFirenza The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on the U.S. health system over the last two years. With hospitals and providers facing heavy workloads, a fractured supply chain, and labor shortages, the system is continuing to struggle as the Omicron variant brings the newest, largest wave of COVID cases yet. These challenges are […]

How Much Can The Supply Chain Explain Inflation?

How Much Can The Supply Chain Explain Inflation?

by Nicolás Cachanosky Only a few months ago, we heard that inflation was not a problem, that it would be a transitory condition at worst. We are now hearing from the Federal Reserve that inflation is a point of concern that requires significant action. Monetary authorities went very quickly from no big deal to we must act now. We have […]

A 42-Year High We Could Do Without

A 42-Year High We Could Do Without

SACRAMENTO, Calif., — Release today of the nation’s bellwether measurement of its small-business economy revealed one eye-popping stat from the 10 components the National Federation of Independent (NFIB) uses to produce its monthly Small Business Economic Trends (SBET) report—The net percentage of small-business owners who raised selling prices jumped six points to a net 59%–the highest reading […]

Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Amit Bose Visits the Ports Of Los Angeles And Long Beach, Notes Supply Chain Progress

Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Amit Bose Visits the Ports Of Los Angeles And Long Beach, Notes Supply Chain Progress

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Deputy Administrator Amit Bose visited the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on December 8, 2021 to discuss recent progress in tackling supply chain issues through collaborative efforts among the Ports, FRA, and rail carriers. The Deputy Administrator was joined by representatives from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long […]

Unit Auto Sales Struggle As Shortages Continue

Unit Auto Sales Struggle As Shortages Continue

by Robert Hughes Sales of light vehicles totaled 12.9 million at an annual rate in November, down slightly from a 13.0 million pace in October. The November result was the sixth consecutive month below the 16 to 18 million range, matching the six-month span from March through August 2020 (see first chart). Sales are about […]

Supply Chains And The Shortage Economy

Supply Chains And The Shortage Economy

by Daniel Sutter America is experiencing extended shortages of goods without recent precedent. The global transportation system is heavily congested.  Dozens of ocean freighters are waiting off California to dock. Is America’s economy beginning to emulate the former Soviet Union? Consumer spending quickly recovered from a sharp decline from the Covid-19 pandemic. More significantly, the […]

California Has 18th Oldest Homes In U.S.

California Has 18th Oldest Homes In U.S.

Mike LaFirenza After more than a year and a half of a red-hot residential real estate market with high competition and record prices, recent months have shown some signs that the market is finally beginning to cool. Part of the reason for this is seasonal, as the fall and winter months typically see a lower […]

California Produces 7th Most Oil In U.S.

California Produces 7th Most Oil In U.S.

Mike LaFirenza With gasoline prices reaching their highest levels since 2014 this fall, consumers, policymakers, and economic experts have lately turned their attention to the state of oil production in the U.S. and worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an uneasy time for oil, as with many other products and sectors of the economy. The […]

Crippling Environmental Regulations On Commercial Trucks Are The Main Source Of Supply Chain Issues At LA Ports

Crippling Environmental Regulations On Commercial Trucks Are The Main Source Of Supply Chain Issues At LA Ports

by Marc Ang With over 80 container ships just sitting at the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, I connected with Emily Hibard’s paper manufacturing family business, which was forced to sell their old trucks, which she attributes to being a major contributor to the supply chain fiasco due to truck shortages. Growing up in […]

California, U.S. Department Of Transportation Announce Partnership On Supply Chain Infrastructure Program

California, U.S. Department Of Transportation Announce Partnership On Supply Chain Infrastructure Program

SACRAMENTO – On the heels of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order to help tackle supply chain issues, and as part of the ongoing efforts of the Biden-Harris Task Force on Supply Chain Disruptions, Governor Newsom and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced a strategic partnership to help facilitate innovative projects and financing opportunities for multi-billion infrastructure […]

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