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Politics

Which Team Has A Worse Record Than The 49ers And Raiders? The California GOP

by Bill Whalenvia The Sacramento Bee
Thursday, November 1, 2018

As if California didn’t already test your patience, try this for cringe-worthy viewing: the Raiders and the 49ers playing each other this week, which seemed like a good idea before the season started. Going into their Thursday night encounter in Santa Clara, the two Bay area NFL teams were a combined two wins and 13 losses.

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Why California Is A Pivotal Elections Player Again

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, November 1, 2018

In what already has been a strange election year in terms of changing narratives and fluctuating polls, here’s another oddity: California, historically an overrated commodity as far as national political influence is concerned, is now quite relevant.

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Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

via Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Hoover Institution economists have just written a new paper describing a number of significant economic problems within California and how to fix them.

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Health Care Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

America’s health care is at or near the top of the list of issues that voters prioritize in most surveys. California voters are no exception, and with good reason. Following the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) and its new regulations and taxes, Americans saw massive increases in insurance premiums and a disappearance of insurance options across the country. In its first four years, ACA insurance premiums for individuals doubled and for families increased by 140 percent. This occurred even though insurance deductibles increased by over 30 percent for individuals and by over 97 percent for families, according to eHealth.

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Housing Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Lee Ohanian, Jesús Fernández-Villaverdevia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

California is ranked forty-ninth in housing affordability. According to Zillow, the median home value in California in July 2018 was $541,800, compared to the national median price of $218,000, which is a premium of about 150 percent over the national average. Only Hawaii and Washington, DC, have higher median home values than California.

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Education Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Performance of students in California has recently improved, but large numbers of students still remain poorly equipped to face a world of automation and economic change. Moreover, California’s economic future is in jeopardy, especially if the high cost of living impedes the flow of skilled in-migrants to the state.

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Water Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

California is a drought-prone state. Since 1960, the population of California has more than doubled. This suggests that the problem is that population growth in the state has made it difficult to supply enough water to accommodate the larger population. Although true to some extent, this is a minor cause of our water difficulties.

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Pension Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Pension liabilities are one of the most important, and most poorly understood, fiscal challenges facing California. Unfunded pension liabilities are a large and growing fiscal burden for the state government and for local governments as well. For the state government, the share of pension contributions in the budget has increased by 350 percent since 2002. 

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Electricity Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Frank A. Wolakvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments. With the passage of SB 100, California has one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals for its electricity supply industry. The California Solar Initiative rebate program has led to more rooftop solar capacity in the state than the total rooftop solar capacity installed in the next eight highest-capacity states.

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Political Reform In California Begins With Convincing The Next Generation Of California Leaders To Vote

by Dan Schnur via Eureka
Friday, October 26, 2018

This November’s election will almost certainly continue a longtime trend in which young people vote in significantly smaller numbers than their parents and grandparents. The millennials and post-millennials did not originate this trend but they have intensified it, as the rate with which they are withdrawing from most forms of traditional political participation are accelerating.

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California on Your Mind is a twice weekly journal about California politics and economic policies, and how they affect California’s economy. At one time, California policies helped create the “California Dream” by fostering affordable housing, creating high quality schools, and facilitating substantial infrastructure investments. These policies helped make California the 20th century destination for thousands of businesses, and for tens of millions of Americans who moved to California from other parts of the country. Today, a very different set of state and local policies is contributing to rapidly increasing housing prices, growing homelessness, lower quality schools, and insufficient public investments.

This journal discusses California political and policy developments in real time, describes how they will affect the California economy, and analyzes how reasonable policy reforms can reduce California’s cost of living, improve California schools, increase public investment, and help restore the “California Dream”.

 

About the Authors

Lee Ohanian

Lee E. Ohanian is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Economics at UCLA. He is an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and previously has advised other Federal Reserve Banks, Foreign Central Banks, and the National Science Foundation. He has been an economic adviser to state and national political campaigns and has testified to the U.S. Senate and the California State Legislative Assembly on economic policy issues. His research, which recently has been discussed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media sources, focuses on economic policies and economic growth, and as been published widely in a number of peer-reviewed journals. He is a frequent columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

 

Bill Whalen, a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on California and America’s political landscapes. Whalen is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee and Forbes.com and also writes frequently for Real Clear Politics, The Hill and the Washington Times. He is also the host of Hoover’s Area 45 podcast that explores policymaking and politics as they pertain to the Trump presidency. Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Whalen served as chief speechwriter and director of public affairs for former California governor Pete Wilson. He’s also served as a strategist for numerous California political hopefuls, including former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A native of Washington, D.C., Whalen received a B.A. in journalism from Washington & Lee University. ​