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  • Legal Memorandum posted May 22, 2014 by Andrew Kloster California Shell Egg Regulations Run Afoul of the Commerce Clause

    In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 2, which prohibits the confinement of certain farm animals in certain ways.[1] This law, which will enter into effect on January 1, 2015, will place California shell egg producers at a competitive disadvantage against out-of-state shell egg producers: To comply with Proposition 2, for example, California producers will need to…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2012 by David C. John San Bernardino County’s Loan Seizures Would Destroy Its Mortgage Market Just as Housing Starts to Recover

    The drive to force mortgage investors to refinance loans where the homeowner owes more than the house is currently worth (often know as underwater mortgages) is reaching absurd levels. In the latest example, California’s San Bernardino County is exploring using eminent domain to seize certain mortgages and require the investors that own them to accept refinancing that…

  • Backgrounder posted March 31, 2011 by Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D., Jason Richwine, Ph.D. Public-Sector Compensation: Correcting the Economic Policy Institute, Again

    Abstract: Previous public–private pay comparisons at the state and local levels, including numerous reports published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), significantly undercount public-sector pension benefits, omit retiree health coverage, and ignore job security. Using California as an example, an analysis by economists Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine showed that…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 17, 2011 by Jason Richwine, Ph.D., Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D. Are California Public Employees Overpaid?

    Abstract: While it is clear that federal workers’ wages and benefits are above market levels, it is less clear whether state and local employees are similarly overpaid. In the past year, several organizations have published studies arguing that state and local workers are underpaid. But these studies undercount or omit important benefits that public workers enjoy,…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Play Movie Ernest Istook on Drug Legalization on FNC Video Recorded on March 29, 2010 Ernest Istook on Drug Legalization on FNC

    Ernest Istook discusses a California ballot measure to legalize marijuana.…

  • Play Movie Brian Darling on Drug Legalization on MSNBC Video Recorded on March 26, 2010 Brian Darling on Drug Legalization on MSNBC

    Brian Darling discusses the California ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in that state.…

  • Commentary posted January 21, 2010 by Brian M. Riedl Will Obama Choose Fiscal Responsibility or Gimmicks?

    OPINION/ANALYSIS: President Obama spent 2009 engaged in an unprecedented first-year spending spree. Now he is apparently planning to spend his second year creating the illusion of fiscal responsibility. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Mr. Obama promised a "net spending cut." Instead, he signed a historic $787 billion "stimulus" bill, expanded the State…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2009 by Bruce Allen How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy and the Environment

    Abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that offshore oil and gas production harms the surrounding environment. This blanket "wisdom" ignores the fact that the largest source of marine hydrocarbon pollution is offshore natural oil seepage. It also ignores the fact that offshore oil production has lowered the amount of oil released into the ocean by reducing natural oil…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2008 by Matt A. Mayer, Richard Weitz, Ph.D., Diem Nguyen Salmon The Local Role in Disaster Response: Lessons from Katrina and the California Wildfires

    The increasing tendency since 9/11 to look to Washington for every answer regarding disaster response is troubling. The insistence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) play an ever-expanding role in addressing day-to-day emergency responses is hindering, not strengthening, the agency's ability to prepare for the next national catastrophic disaster. Even…

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  • Legal Memorandum posted May 22, 2014 by Andrew Kloster California Shell Egg Regulations Run Afoul of the Commerce Clause

    In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 2, which prohibits the confinement of certain farm animals in certain ways.[1] This law, which will enter into effect on January 1, 2015, will place California shell egg producers at a competitive disadvantage against out-of-state shell egg producers: To comply with Proposition 2, for example, California producers will need to…

  • Lecture posted October 3, 2007 by the Honorable Lamar Smith Immigration: Many Questions, A Few Answers

    Delivered July 30, 2007 immigration has become the most controversial, complex, and sensitive subject we face today. It directly affects our economy, our culture, and our future. To ensure that any action we take on immigration policy is in our national interest, we need to approach the subject with reason and facts. The astronomer Carl Sagan once said,…

  • Backgrounder posted March 31, 2011 by Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D., Jason Richwine, Ph.D. Public-Sector Compensation: Correcting the Economic Policy Institute, Again

    Abstract: Previous public–private pay comparisons at the state and local levels, including numerous reports published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), significantly undercount public-sector pension benefits, omit retiree health coverage, and ignore job security. Using California as an example, an analysis by economists Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine showed that…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 17, 2011 by Jason Richwine, Ph.D., Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D. Are California Public Employees Overpaid?

    Abstract: While it is clear that federal workers’ wages and benefits are above market levels, it is less clear whether state and local employees are similarly overpaid. In the past year, several organizations have published studies arguing that state and local workers are underpaid. But these studies undercount or omit important benefits that public workers enjoy,…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2008 by Matt A. Mayer, Richard Weitz, Ph.D., Diem Nguyen Salmon The Local Role in Disaster Response: Lessons from Katrina and the California Wildfires

    The increasing tendency since 9/11 to look to Washington for every answer regarding disaster response is troubling. The insistence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) play an ever-expanding role in addressing day-to-day emergency responses is hindering, not strengthening, the agency's ability to prepare for the next national catastrophic disaster. Even…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2009 by Bruce Allen How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy and the Environment

    Abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that offshore oil and gas production harms the surrounding environment. This blanket "wisdom" ignores the fact that the largest source of marine hydrocarbon pollution is offshore natural oil seepage. It also ignores the fact that offshore oil production has lowered the amount of oil released into the ocean by reducing natural oil…

  • Commentary posted January 21, 2010 by Brian M. Riedl Will Obama Choose Fiscal Responsibility or Gimmicks?

    OPINION/ANALYSIS: President Obama spent 2009 engaged in an unprecedented first-year spending spree. Now he is apparently planning to spend his second year creating the illusion of fiscal responsibility. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Mr. Obama promised a "net spending cut." Instead, he signed a historic $787 billion "stimulus" bill, expanded the State…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2012 by David C. John San Bernardino County’s Loan Seizures Would Destroy Its Mortgage Market Just as Housing Starts to Recover

    The drive to force mortgage investors to refinance loans where the homeowner owes more than the house is currently worth (often know as underwater mortgages) is reaching absurd levels. In the latest example, California’s San Bernardino County is exploring using eminent domain to seize certain mortgages and require the investors that own them to accept refinancing that…

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  • Legal Memorandum posted May 22, 2014 by Andrew Kloster California Shell Egg Regulations Run Afoul of the Commerce Clause

    In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 2, which prohibits the confinement of certain farm animals in certain ways.[1] This law, which will enter into effect on January 1, 2015, will place California shell egg producers at a competitive disadvantage against out-of-state shell egg producers: To comply with Proposition 2, for example, California producers will need to…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2012 by David C. John San Bernardino County’s Loan Seizures Would Destroy Its Mortgage Market Just as Housing Starts to Recover

    The drive to force mortgage investors to refinance loans where the homeowner owes more than the house is currently worth (often know as underwater mortgages) is reaching absurd levels. In the latest example, California’s San Bernardino County is exploring using eminent domain to seize certain mortgages and require the investors that own them to accept refinancing that…

  • Backgrounder posted March 31, 2011 by Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D., Jason Richwine, Ph.D. Public-Sector Compensation: Correcting the Economic Policy Institute, Again

    Abstract: Previous public–private pay comparisons at the state and local levels, including numerous reports published by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), significantly undercount public-sector pension benefits, omit retiree health coverage, and ignore job security. Using California as an example, an analysis by economists Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine showed that…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 17, 2011 by Jason Richwine, Ph.D., Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D. Are California Public Employees Overpaid?

    Abstract: While it is clear that federal workers’ wages and benefits are above market levels, it is less clear whether state and local employees are similarly overpaid. In the past year, several organizations have published studies arguing that state and local workers are underpaid. But these studies undercount or omit important benefits that public workers enjoy,…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2009 by Bruce Allen How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy and the Environment

    Abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that offshore oil and gas production harms the surrounding environment. This blanket "wisdom" ignores the fact that the largest source of marine hydrocarbon pollution is offshore natural oil seepage. It also ignores the fact that offshore oil production has lowered the amount of oil released into the ocean by reducing natural oil…

  • Backgrounder posted June 4, 2008 by Matt A. Mayer, Richard Weitz, Ph.D., Diem Nguyen Salmon The Local Role in Disaster Response: Lessons from Katrina and the California Wildfires

    The increasing tendency since 9/11 to look to Washington for every answer regarding disaster response is troubling. The insistence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) play an ever-expanding role in addressing day-to-day emergency responses is hindering, not strengthening, the agency's ability to prepare for the next national catastrophic disaster. Even…

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Find more work on California