California’s High-Speed Rail: Slow, Expensive, and Bound for Cancellation
In a thousand years, archaeologists will marvel at the engineering and effort that went into a 118-mile stretch of gravel, concrete, and steel in Central California, which had no discernible purpose, no evident reason for its beginning and end — a ...
California Cities: Calling Trees “Urban Forests” to Extract New Taxes
News from California that city governments are preparing to use the state’s cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions reduction law, passed in 2006, to raise revenue – for doing what they’ve been doing for years.
In this case, Long Beach, a Southern ...
Texas vs. California, Revisited
It appears I struck a nerve a couple of weeks ago with “Texas vs. California: Why so many people are moving from the Golden State to the Lone Star State.”
My point was simple: California is often a trendsetter in ...
CIS and the Texas Immigrant-Job Myth
The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) has released a detailed rejoinder to a well-publicized study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) that made a remarkable claim: “Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant ...
The Minimum Wage Makes No Sense — Let’s Do It Anyway!
‘Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” said California governor Jerry Brown on Monday. He then signed a bill mandating a 50 percent increase in California’s minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 over six years.
The same day, as if ...
California’s Green Mirage
On April 19, Next 10, a California-based cheerleader for all things green, issued a press release announcing the publication of the 2012 California Green Innovation Index, their fourth in a series of annual reports.
As a California lawmaker from 2004 to 2010 I was deeply ...
One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, plenty of oil in the ground, and Mexico to the south. Where ...