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Lessons from California’s high-speed rail failure
Nick Zaiac

California’s decadelong attempt to connect its
major cities with high-speed trains has officially ended in failure.

During his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom…

, Reason
Leftist Tax Schemes Bash the Rich, but Depend on Their Success
Steven Greenhut

Nineteenth century historian Thomas Carlyle called economics “the dismal science” because of its predictions about scarcity and poverty. Those are immutable features of all societies,…

, The American Spectator
Newsom Dismantles Brown’s Boondoggles
Steven Greenhut

The conventional wisdom, which I have thus far embraced, is that California Gov. Gavin Newsom would push the state’s politics much further to the Left, leaving Republicans wishing for the good…

, Reason
Nursing Shortages Will Put California’s Plans for Universal Healthcare on Hold
Steven Greenhut

Based on his inaugural promises, early administrative appointments and first budget, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to make some type of universal healthcare coverage…

, Reason
Rail Transit Is a Dead End, but Social Planners Keep Pushing for More
Steven Greenhut

It has been around 15 years since Orange County tried to build a $1 billion light-rail system that would have gone from one suburban parking lot to another. It would have moved around half of 1…

, The American Spectator
Democrats Rig Rules to Boost Unions Against Janus Decision
Steven Greenhut

When asked about his ultimate goal, a union president reportedly offered a simple answer: “More.” Public-sector unions always are pushing for higher pay and benefits and more protections for…

‘Free’ community college plan will harm serious students
Steven Greenhut

It took nearly a dozen years after graduating from college to pay off the student debt I accumulated to get my degree – and that was in the days when tuition to a private university was around…

, Fox&Hounds
How Do We Judge the Judges?
Lars Trautman

Social justice and big data are both incredibly popular in California, yet you’d be hard pressed to find many examples of either in its criminal justice system. Lawmakers sought to remedy this…

, The American Spectator
Is It Time to Tax the Air We Breathe?
Steven Greenhut

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a tax on drinking water as part of his newly unveiled budget, I started thinking: Wait a minute. Didn’t “we” already solve the problem of undrinkable…

, Reason
Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric Carries Shades of 1994 Proposition That Killed California GOP
Steven Greenhut

I had yet to migrate to California from the Midwest in 1994 when Proposition 187, which banned most public services for illegal immigrants, passed overwhelmingly. It received nearly 59 percent of…