Is California a State Defined by Delusion?

In mid-May, speaking at a California Chamber of Commerce event, California Governor Jerry Brown made two statements that best encapsulate the feelings of Sacramento’s elected leadership: “California is definitely back,” Brown exclaimed followed by “this is a job creation engine.” It’s very clear that California’s elected and media elite are focused on the so-called, “California…

And the Winner Is…Cleveland?

Wow, I was wrong. In my last assessment of the RNC location finalists (the final four were Cleveland, Kansas City, Dallas, and Denver), I predicted that Denver would win out because it is in a swing state, has nice early summer weather, and has held a convention before (so no need to worry about hotel…

The Meteoric Rise of California’s Special Fund Spending

In recent examinations of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s January proposed budget and the May Revise, one characteristic about the Golden State’s budget—in addition to the proposed record General and Special Fund expenditures—is stunning: since fiscal year 1984-1985, in inflation-adjusted terms, Special Fund expenditures have increased almost 3 ½ times faster than General Fund spending. In…

Property Rights Save the Environment – Part 2 of a Two Part Fracturing Series

Co-Authored with Terry Anderson (Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and President of PERC) Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing and how policy-makers can respond to them. You can view the first part, examining the concerns, here. Real, but rare: that is the reality of risks…