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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 California Reform Industry: A Prognosis

by Joe Rodotavia Eureka
Friday, June 29, 2012

In the current recession, the ranks of the unemployed in California have swelled by nearly 1.2 million.

Still, one industry seems to be thriving in America’s nation-state: the California “reform industry.”

Eureka - California's Policy, Economics and Politics

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, June 28, 2012

The closing days of June are busy ones in Sacramento, with lawmakers in a mad dash to complete a state budget by July 1 and the beginning of California’s new fiscal year.

Facing Up To California's Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

by Dale Bonnervia Eureka
Thursday, June 28, 2012

With the federal transportation program set to expire this week, California and other states are anxiously waiting to see if Congress will pass another short-term extension or enact a new multi-year spending program befitting the world’s largest economy.

California's Health Budget, In The "Pretzel Palace of Incredible Complexity"

by Kim Belshevia Eureka
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There are few agencies in state government whose responsibilities touch the lives of vulnerable Californians as personally and directly as the Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency.

If K-12 Education Matters Most, Why Doesn’t California’s Budget Reflect This?

by Rob Manwaringvia Eureka
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Polling data consistently shows that K-12 education is Californians’ highest state budget priority. Indeed, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to put those beliefs to the test with a $7 billion tax initiative on the November ballot aimed at plugging the state’s chronic budget problems.

Budgeting, or California Dreaming?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

In the fabled Golden State, there are certain rites of summer. Along those lines: family vacations, top-down convertibles, the bow-wave of students coming and going at California’s nearly 400 colleges and universities.

California’s Budget, Past, Future – And What Might Have Been

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

Not too many people get excited about dry budget numbers. Most people care instead about what’s behind those numbers -- how much of our money will the government take, what kinds of services will it provide?

Stupid Things We Do In Sacramento

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

When guilt is demonstrable, confession is the best bet.

So allow me to confess: as the California’s Director of Finance for four years, I did some stupid things.

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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.