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State Leaders Should Use Budget Surplus to Restore Tax Incentives, Repay UI Debt

Only 18 months ago, expecting a massive pandemic-induced collapse of economic activity, California finance officials predicted a staggering $54 billion state budget deficit. The...

Is Direct Democracy Under Attack in State?

Sometimes it seems that nobody likes California’s direct democracy — except the voters. Some legislators seem to resent it. During the last legislative session (and...

Regional Collaboration Key to Keeping Power Flowing Amid Drought, Heat Waves

In May, when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued its annual Summer Assessment of the state’s electrical grid, I used the term “guarded...

Everybody Talks About California’s Housing Crisis, But Nobody Will Solve It

There isn’t a politician, economist, social justice advocate or journalist who hasn’t viewed with alarm the unrelenting climb in housing prices and rents, the...

Moderate Democrats Show Influence in Key Economic Recovery Policy Areas

In a democracy, it’s the votes that count. No matter what the polls say before election day, or the pundits say about the make-up...

Uncertainty Hurts R&D Investment That’s Key to State Competitiveness

California’s innovation-based economy pays economic dividends not only in our traditional technology hubs, but in every region of the state and in a wide...

World Trade Month Spotlights Importance of Global Trade to State, U.S. Economies

After a year of global uncertainty, international trade continues to be in the spotlight and its importance is once again being highlighted this month...

Safe, Welcome Reopening Plan for California

I’m sure many readers know someone who postponed a wedding or reunion in 2020 due to the inability to gather or travel under COVID-19...

California Employers Should Not Be New Social Safety Net for Workers

The Super Bowl may be over, but that hasn’t stopped California labor unions and their allies from moving the goal posts. Currently, labor unions are...

ZEV Mandate Should Spur Policy Talks on New Revenues for Transportation

It’s full steam ahead for the Newsom administration’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) strategy. But this enthusiasm for a new generation of automobile technology may degrade...

California Vote by Mail in Safe Hands; Remember to Exercise Your Right to Vote

Democracy’s most sacred right, voting, is already underway in California with all 21 million registered voters having received a mail-in ballot. While voting by mail...

California Legislature Fumbles Chance to Boost Economic Recovery in State

The California Legislature fumbled a chance to boost economic recovery in the state by choosing the easy path: business-as-usual. Facing the three horsemen of the...

Legislature Should Stick to COVID-19 Priorities

Despite their leaders’ vow to concentrate their attention on the pandemic and economic crises, it’s business as usual at the California Legislature. In early spring,...

How to Sabotage a Recovery: Raise Taxes

Even before COVID-19, many Californians were struggling with the high cost of living here. The long-time willingness of many Californians to pay the “sunshine...

Key to Reopening—Liability Protection

As businesses throughout the state start to reopen, there is a looming question as to whether it is safe. Consumers want to resume a...

6 Things Legislature Can Do to Help State Recover from Economic Devastation

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the California economy, especially public-facing businesses. Entertainment—including motion pictures, television, live shows and theme parks—restaurants, accommodations and retail sectors...

More Important Than Ever: Maintaining and Improving Free Trade, Investment

The world has quickly changed over the last few months and during these strange and uncertain times, the importance of international trade has been...