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Californians Are Losing Their Supermajority Protection Over Tax Increases

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

For the last forty years, California has required that new taxes earmarked for a specific purpose be approved by a two-thirds supermajority in a general election to pass. But the state’s supreme court has thrown out this protection for new tax initiatives that are brought forward by a citizens’ group, rather than by government directly. Predictably, new and expensive tax initiatives are now being brought by citizens’ groups and are passing by simple majority when they would not pass by the previous supermajority rule.


We Can't Rely On National Governments To Save Failing Communities. It's Time For A New Approach

by Raghuram Rajanvia CNN Business
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

As technological change has allowed societies around the world to prosper, others are being left behind.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
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Ominous News From The San Francisco Fed

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

And you thought the Fed was just about monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco wants banks to get extra credit for making loans that help communities adapt to climate change and prepare for future natural disasters.

In the News

Will Inflation ‘Save’ Social Security?

quoting Charles Blahousvia Liberty Headlines
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

That’s not exactly news – at least not to anyone who has been paying attention to the sorry state of federal finances. Yet to most Americans, the ballooning national debt ($22.3 trillion and counting) isn’t a problem that impacts their daily lives. They won’t directly perceive the cost of another trillion dollars in borrowing in the government’s next fiscal year.

Recent Trends in Federal Reserve Transparency and Accountability

featuring John B. Taylorvia Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow John Taylor testified before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, on July 14, 2015.

Too Big to Fail, Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act and Bankruptcy Reform

featuring John B. Taylorvia Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hoover Institution fellow John B. Taylor testified before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, on May 15, 2013.

Analysis and Commentary

Henderson's Case Against A Universal Basic Income

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, June 14, 2019

Even some free-market economists, such as Duke University’s Michael Munger, argue for a UBI that would replace the current welfare state. But assuming unrealistically that the existing means-tested welfare state programs could be completely replaced, a UBI of $12,000 a year or even of $10,000 a year would require large increases in federal government spending and large increases in taxes.

Analysis and Commentary

The 7 Worst Ideas For Regulation This Century

by David R. Hendersonvia American Institute for Economic Research
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Many good things have happened both in the United States and worldwide this century. In the U.S., we have the lowest unemployment rate in half a century. Worldwide prosperity is growing so fast that the rate of extreme poverty fell by half between 1990 and 2015, five years ahead of the World Bank’s optimistic goal.

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The Libertarian: Break Up Big Tech?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Why an antitrust framework doesn’t make sense for Silicon Valley giants.

Policy Seminar with Charles Calomiris

Friday, May 31, 2019
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Charles Calomiris, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Hoover, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School, Director of the Business School’s Program for Financial Studies and its Initiative on Finance and Growth in Emerging Markets, and Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, discussed “Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Returns: Time-Varying Risk Regimes.”



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Milton and Rose Friedman: An Uncommon Couple