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…

California’s Primary Dilemma

This originally appeared on the Hoover Institution’s online journal, Defining Ideas. To learn more about the Hoover Institution’s Golden State Poll, check out Advancing A Free Society – Eureka. ————— Next Tuesday, Californians go to the polls to vote in the gubernatorial primary elections. Under the new top-two primary system in California, all state races—both…