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California Blues
California Blues
Pensions Must Prioritize Pensioners

Pension funds are underperforming in part because their basic mission has been corrupted by the social and political agendas of the unions and bureaucrats that control them.

California Blues
Toyota Goes to Texas

Toyota’s move from California to Texas is another clear win for red governance over blue when it comes to jobs.

California Blues
Blue Politics Driving Hollywood out of the Golden State

California’s high taxes and onerous regulations are driving more and more film productions out of the state. Not even Hollywood can stand doing business in California.

California Blues
Golden State Grapples With Labor Unions

Two polls show a California at odds with itself: voters look to be seriously souring on labor unions, but a majority might also be opposed to the state’s most promising effort to reform public pension plans. If the polls are accurate, there may be a certain logic to this: voters in the Golden State acknowledge the strain labor unions are putting on state and local finances, but don’t think union members should be the ones to suffer. Either way, a debate has finally begun in a blue state that desperately needs one.

California Blues
Bankrupt Stockton Repeating Vallejo's Mistakes

Like Vallejo before it, the city of Stockton, California is preparing to exit bankruptcy after nearly a year. Unfortunately, Stockton is also following Vallejo’s footsteps by refusing to include pension restructuring as part of the plan, despite the fact that Vallejo is again struggling with its pension burden less than five years after going through bankruptcy.

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Political Economy

If America’s economic momentum persists, Trump may once again prove harder to stop than his opponents imagine.

Reforming China

Even a Chinese state think tank speaks the ugly truth.

Higher Ed Shake Up

Ten months of code camp beats four years of ‘business communications’.

Middle East Aflame

General Mattis wants an early chance to roll back Iranian gains in the region, and despite the risks, Yemen seems like a tempting place to start.

Development in Africa

Events in Ivory Coast remind us that rising expectations produce more revolutions than poverty.


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