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More Money, But More Or Fewer Problems? The State Of The Golden State’s Public Schools

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

By this month’s end, an annual California migration will have occurred—a mass movement that, in sheer numbers, puts the swallows of San Juan Capistrano to shame.

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After A Year As Los Angeles’s School Superintendent, Learning To Separate Facts From Myths

by Austin Beutnervia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A first-generation American, son of a factory worker and a schoolteacher, attends public schools. which provide him with a great education.

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California Can Reform K–12 And Medi-Cal, Or Face A Future Of Perpetual Tax Hikes

by David Cranevia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s another way to look at the complicated question of California’s commitment to public education in these flush economic times, with some compelling illustration of the state’s finances. And an unsettling conclusion: more and more tax increases will be the Golden State’s fate unless lawmakers get serious about reforming two large portions of California’s budget—K–12 schools and Medi-Cal, which account for more than one-half of California’s General Fund spending.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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Teacher Strikes Are Not Going To Help California’s Students

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

When teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland went on strike earlier this year, they got a considerable amount of public support. This support is not too surprising, because there is widespread belief that teachers are underpaid. Now that the strikes have been settled, how should we view these actions?

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The Latest Hoover Golden State Poll: Open Primary, Wide-Open Field; Policy Differences Between Voters and Sacramento

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, May 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Californians go to the polls in the first of the year’s two statewide votes. The “open primary” – so-called because voters can choose any candidate they prefer, with the top-two finishers in state and congressional races advancing to the general election regardless of party affiliation – is a test of political reform in the Golden State. Are Californians more or less interested in their choices given this new latitude, or is it business as usual?

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The Meteoric Rise of California’s Special Fund Spending

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, May 15, 2014

In recent examinations of California Gov.

The May Budget Revise: Little Change from January

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In early January, California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Earlier today, Gov. Brown took the second step in the process by releasing his May Revise of the spending plan.

The California Primary Voter Gap

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

While Los Angeles County accounts for roughly 30% of total registered Democrats in California, only 20% of actual Democrat primary voters come from that part of the Golden State.

Sacramento’s Forecast: Sunny with a Chance of a Rainy-Day Fund

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Late last week, California Gov.

More California Field Poll Results: A Different Kind of GOP Surprise

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, April 11, 2014

As chance would have it, I attended a mixer on Wednesday night to listen to Dan Schnur, a candidate for California Secretary of State.

Proceed with Caution - Beware of Early Polls

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Early polls might generate buzz, but reporters, voters, and politicians should view these polls skeptically.  They are unlikely to predict the June primary results very well for three cascading reasons.

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Sacramento Spotlight: Six California’s Part 3 – Politics of the New States

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

*Editor’s Note: The first two installments of this series examp

Exploring California’s Relative Labor Market Growth

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Earlier this month, the California Employment Development Department released good news; California’s unemployment rate decreased 0.2 points to 8.1% in January 2014.  Based o

Sacramento House of Cards: Oh Yee of Little Faith

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The big news out of Northern California today (aside from some long-overdue rain): State Sen.


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Eureka was created to serve as an occasional discussion of the policy, political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which this forum’s title was borrowed, the goal here is one of discovery – identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and common-sense reforms for America’s great nation-state.

Ever since Archimedes supposedly first uttered the word, eureka has meant joy, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Drawing on the combined wisdom of Hoover’s policy experts and leading California thinkers, we hope that you’ll find enlightenment in these pages. Hoover research fellow Bill Whalen, who has nearly two decades of experience in California politics and public policy, serves as this forum’s editor.