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California solar mandate to make housing and electricity even more expensive
The difference is made up with subsidies and higher utility rates for other rate-payers without solar panels.  Even worse, reliance on unreliable wind and solar energy requires backup conventional (most natural gas) power generators, actually increasing the costs and rate base of utilities, and therefore prices for consumers and profits for the utilities.  It is the "perfect scam."
California  solar  environmentalism  regulations  AmericanThinker 
december 2018 by HispanicPundit
The Dynamic Case for Non-Compete – Econlib
In this scenario, non-compete contracts are actually a great way to foster competition.  How?  By reassuring businesses that if they invest in new ideas, their employees can’t steal them at the first opportunity.  What’s the point of creating or implementing new ideas if your hired helpers can readily betray you?
non-compete  California  regulations  Caplan 
august 2018 by HispanicPundit
Rooftop Solar is Expensive and Inefficient - Marginal REVOLUTION
I just became aware in the last few days of the proposal in the new building energy efficiency standards rule making to mandate rooftop solar on all new residential buildings. I want to urge you not to adopt the standard. I, along with the vast majority of energy economist, believe that residential rooftop solar is a much more expensive way to move towards renewable energy than larger solar and wind installations. The savings calculated for the households are based on residential electricity rates that are far above the actual cost of providing incremental energy, so embody a large cross subsidy from other ratepayers. This would be a very expensive way to expand renewables and would not be a cost-effective practice that other states and countries could adopt to reduce their own greenhouse gas footprints.
energy  California  tabarrok 
may 2018 by HispanicPundit
Rent in California Is Even Higher Than You Thought - Bloomberg
In any case, those seemingly exorbitant rents in Cupertino -- home of the world's most valuable corporation, Apple Inc. -- and Sunnyvale are actually pretty affordable for the median Cupertinan or Sunnyvalean. It's a useful reminder that while California's sky-high real estate prices are in part the unhappy result of restrictive geography and an even more restrictive regulatory environment, in Silicon Valley at least they are also the not-so-unhappy product of sky-high incomes. Again, there are worse things in this world than high rents.
California  rent-control  zoning  bloomberg 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
Two Sided Tango – spottedtoad
Google needs diversity, or at least well-off people who care about diversity, in the audience for the advertisers who pay its bills, but is still only 2% black among its employees. It’s not alone- of the big tech companies, only Amazon (which has a larger low-education workforce at its warehouses) and Apple (which has a more diverse staff at its retail stores) are significantly higher, and Facebook (another two-sided market winner) is a measly 1% black:
google  diversity  demand  SpottedToad  Blacks  wages  California 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
California Dreamin’ – spottedtoad
Meanwhile, as California’s demographics have shifted, along with becoming a one-party state, its school performance has changed in tandem: California, which was famous in the 50s and 60s for its public schools along with its state universities, is now much closer in standardized test performance to Alabama and Mississippi than to the rest of the West Coast, let alone the Northeast.
California  diversity  politicallyincorrect  SpottedToad 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
California has been bad for blacks - The Unz Review
In general, the New Tech/Hollywood Economy of California has been lousy for black workers …black wages have fallen as a fraction of Asian wages in California even faster:
Blacks  California  Democrats  Sailer 
august 2017 by HispanicPundit
The Myth of Proposition 187 - The Unz Review
Their costs are said to involve the partisan realignment of Latinos against the Republicans. Using three separate data sources, we find no evidence of a “tipping point” or abrupt realignment among Latino registered voters who made up the electorate. Latinos’ partisanship within California did not change significantly; it did not change much when compared to nearby states; nor did voter registration change materially. The loss of support for Republicans occurred primarily among unregistered Latino voters whom historically had never been strong supporters. Our findings question the conventional wisdom about the powerful political effects of the propositions, and reaffirm the long standing conclusion in the literature that realignment due to a “critical election” is rare.
Prop187  NBER  sailer  hispanics  California 
june 2017 by HispanicPundit
California, Here We Go | City Journal
Layers of government housing policy have been settling on top of one another for decades, creating a deep regulatory bog that is exceedingly difficult to dredge. So it’s reasonable to ask if California will ever become livable again. And with state and local policymakers seemingly less attached to reality every year, it’s reasonable to give up and move, as many have already done.
California  real-estate  zoning  city-journal 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
The Great Californian Bag Surplus, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Even if environmental costs heavily outweigh convenience benefits, however, price floors are almost always inferior to simple taxes.  See any decent intro econ textbook: When firms can't efficiently compete on price, they inefficiently compete on everything else.  Taxes change behavior, too, but only by changing prices - leaving firms and consumers free to flexibly and creatively adapt.  And instead of burning up resources on inconvenience and overly fancy bags, taxes change behavior and raise government revenue at the same time.
California  paternalism  environmentalism  regulations  caplan 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Trump and California - The Unz Review
A. Over the last 30 years, the Trump brand of nouveau riche opulence has appealed to rappers, NBA stars, immigrants, and Mexican oligarchs, but it hasn’t much appealed to the white upper middle class, who find it gauche. After decades of massive immigration to California raising the cost of living and depressing wages, there aren’t many white people left in California below the tasteful upper middle class.
California  Trump  sailer  Prop187 
august 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Myth of Proposition 187
More than anything else, what doomed the GOP in California was a combination of the end of the Cold War, which had paid for lots of Republican-voting military-industrial complex employees in California, and the big exodus of Republican whites to states with cheaper housing. (The GOP did well in smaller inland West states with cheaper housing due to the influx of Republican ex-Californians.)
Prop187  california  Sailer  immigration  hispanics 
july 2016 by HispanicPundit
Why Northern California Beat Southern California
Unlike the Bay Area, which pursued a “high wage specialization strategy,” Los Angeles, in the interest of social justice, deliberately focused on lower- and middle-tier economic sectors. “Los Angeles’s leaders generated a low-road narrative for themselves, while Bay Area leadership coalesced around a high-road vision for their region,” they write. Such decisions have consequences, many of which are demographic. Had Los Angeles followed the same path as San Francisco, Southern California would have attracted far fewer working-class Latinos. The authors don’t directly state this, but it’s a clear implication of their findings. It’s logical to conclude that any region looking to replicate San Francisco’s success should take an exclusively high-end focus—social justice be damned. …
immigration  california  sailer  hispanics 
july 2016 by HispanicPundit
Proposition 187 Turned California Blue
...a pretty deep dive into Proposition 187 and 1990s politics in California and Texas. Turns out that the GOP's embrace of nativism turned the state blue.
California  immigration  hispanic  Prop187  CATO 
july 2016 by HispanicPundit
LA Times: “L.A. is resegregating — and whites are a major reason why” - The Unz Review
Liberals always want to get rid of Proposition 13 because it’s such an imposition on raising taxes to spend more. But nobody mentions that Prop 13 did more for neighborhood integration than just about any policy of the last 40 years.
LosAngeles  real-estate  California  sailer 
april 2016 by HispanicPundit
California's Running Dry And Nobody Knows Why | Popular Science
On how global warming, could, or could not, be the cause of Californias drought.
California  globalwarming  popularScience 
september 2015 by HispanicPundit
The Misallocation of Water
In my previous post, I pointed out that agriculture uses 80% of the water in California but accounts for less than 2% of the economy. So how much water does almond production alone use? More water is used in almond production than is used by all the residents and businesses of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined. Here’s a chart...
California  Water  tabarrok 
april 2015 by HispanicPundit
Houston versus California
Unlike most other big cities in America, Houston has no zoning code, so it is quick to respond to demand for housing and office space. Last year authorities in the Houston metropolitan area, with a population of 6.2m, issued permits to build 64,000 homes. The entire state of California, with a population of 39m, issued just 83,000.
texas  California  regulations  real-estate  environmentalism 
march 2015 by HispanicPundit
The Economics of the California Water Shortage
Agriculture accounts for 80% of water consumption in California, for example, but only 2% of economic activity.
California  Water  economics  tabarrok 
march 2015 by HispanicPundit
Map: Do you earn enough to afford the median rental in your city? - Vox
That's why it's instructive to look at places like Greater Austin and the Twin Cities. These are fairly affluent areas, with highly educated populations and high wages. But they don't have the combination of land scarcity and strict zoning that make housing units so scarce in coastal California and the Northeast Corridor. And that makes a big difference. $32.66 is enough to afford the median rental in the Austin area and $30.16 is enough for Minneapolis — a little bit less than the median earnings of an American household with two full-time workers. In other words, affluent places where it's easy to build have rents 30 percent cheaper (or more) than hard-to-build cities like New York and San Francisco.
wages  standardofliving  real-estate  environmentalism  yglesias  california 
december 2014 by HispanicPundit
The Dubious Case for Professional Licensing - NYTimes.com
What if independently practicing nurse practitioners were willing to see Medicaid patients at Medicaid’s fees for the range of primary care services for which nurse practitioners are educated and trained? Would the California Medical Association contend that for patients whom physicians refuse to serve, the next best option is no care at all? Or that properly educated and trained nurse practitioners could render such care, as is done in 17 other states (see, for example, evidence from New York).
licensing  california  economix  friedman  sidebar 
october 2013 by HispanicPundit
Which market segment is being targeted by Kaiser in California?
…California is headed for two-tier service on the Exchanges. The carriage trade will head for full-service networks like Kaiser, with full access to the whole network of doctors and hospitals. The price conscious buyers–likely to be a sizeable majority–will crowd into plans with restrictive networks. And those networks will be very, very crowded. Effectively, they may end up as quasi-catastrophic insurance, simply because it will be difficult to actually access care outside of the emergency room. Lower down the income scale, the new Medicaid patients–about half the expected additional coverage in states like California–will be similarly crowded, simply because Medicaid’s low reimbursement rates make doctors reluctant to take it.
cowen  california  sidebar  healthcare 
june 2013 by HispanicPundit
Is there ACA rate shock in California?
I think there is quite a good chance we will see rate shock, as I have defined it above. I also think we still don’t know. I also see rhetorical bait and switch from ACA defenders. I also see that Roy is too quick to jump on possible negative information about the California rates without nailing down the case. I also don’t think these are the most important issues for ACA, though they are issues worth discussing.
cowen  california  obamacare  sidebar 
june 2013 by HispanicPundit
State-by-state education: It's complicated.
I don't have a big policy takeaway from this, other than that when you look at the numbers carefully Texas does better and California does worse than a lot of people assume. But whatever state-to-state variance there is in policy is swamped in terms of overall results by demographics. New Hampshire doesn't have any particularly noteworthy policies in place but it does have a low poverty rate and tons of white people, and its kids have solid scores on average.
vouchers  california  texas  states  yglesias  sidebar  minorities  education  Rhee 
march 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Coming Tax Increases, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
We calculate increases in contributions required to achieve full funding of state and local pension systems in the U.S. over 30 years. Without policy changes, contributions would have to increase by 2.5 times, reaching 14.1% of the total own-revenue generated by state and local governments. This represents a tax increase of $1,385 per household per year, around half of which goes to pay down legacy liabilities while half funds the cost of new promises. We examine sensitivity to asset return assumptions, wage correlations, the treatment of workers not currently in Social Security, and endogenous geographical shifts in the tax base.
sidebar  henderson  california  taxes  pensions 
december 2012 by HispanicPundit
Freakonomics » What Happens When You Get Rid of Affirmative Action?
Proposition 209 banned using racial preferences in admissions at California’s public colleges. We analyze unique data for all applicants and enrollees within the University of California (UC) system before and after Prop 209. After Prop 209, graduation rates of minorities increased by 4.4%. We characterize conditions required for better matching of students to campuses to account for this increase. We find that Prop 209 did improve matching and this improvement was important for the graduation gains experienced by less-prepared students. At the same time, better matching only explains about 20% of the overall graduation rate increase. Changes after Prop 209 in the selectivity of enrolled students explains 34-50% of the increase. Finally, it appears UC campuses responded to Prop 209 by doing more to help retain and graduate its students, which explains between 30-46% of the post-Prop 209 improvement in the graduation rate of minorities.
sidebar  freakonomics  california  affirmative-action 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Californian Depopulation | BALANCE
Foreign migration remained a net positive for California, in every sense of the word. However, this trend masked the out-migration of domestic residents to other U.S. states, which looks like it averaged 200,000 people a year for the last 20 years.
sidebar  immigration  california 
october 2012 by HispanicPundit
Mexican Mafia
Lessons in governance from prison gangs.
sidebar  pdf  prison  california  LosAngeles  hispanic  gangs 
july 2012 by HispanicPundit
Freakonomics » How California’s GMO Labeling Law Could Limit Your Food Choices and Hurt the Poor
The American Medical Association resolved this week that “there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods.”

The association has long-held that nothing about the process of recombinant DNA makes genetically engineered (GE) crop plants inherently more dangerous to the environment or to human health than the traditional crop plants that have been deliberately but slowly bred for human purposes for millennia. It is a view shared by the National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., the European Commission, and countless other national science academies and non-governmental organizations.
california  organic  environmentalism  freakonomics  sidebar 
june 2012 by HispanicPundit
Curley Effect in California, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
I think something similar is happening in California. California has become a heavily Democratic state. The majority Democrats in the legislature and the Democratic governor are pursuing highly wasteful projects: a "high-speed" rail that probably won't be high-speed but will surely be high-cost, and higher marginal income tax rates (already among the highest in the United States) on the highest-income people, to name two. They don't seem to be restrained by the worry that many of the most-productive people will leave and are leaving the state. You can attribute this simply to ideology, and I'm sure that's an element. But I also think one of the Democrats' goals is to reduce the population of potential anti-Democrat voters so that their majority is assured.
california  glaeser  politics  henderson  sidebar 
may 2012 by HispanicPundit
Noah Millman » The Third-Worlding Of California? Or The Northeasterning?
the legislature becomes the brokerage house for the various interest groups that dominate the overwhelming majority party. This creates an opening for the opposition party to seize control of the executive, on the banner of protecting the general interest from the depredations of the special interests. The problem is that the opposition party, because it cannot wield real power in the legislature, can’t build an infrastructure for a real party statewide. So it becomes the vehicle for a series of more or less high-profile individuals who can carry a statewide campaign. The pressure from this outside force, in turn, forces the majority party to, occasionally, offer up a candidate from its own reform wing in order to be competitive on a statewide level with a reform-minded opposition. This dynamic is basically why Democrats tend to lose the mayoralty of New York (in spite of the fact that there are, to a first approximation, no Republicans in New York City)...
california  politics  Governator  miller  sidebar 
april 2012 by HispanicPundit
Greg Mankiw's Blog: Fun Fact of the Day: California Edition
According to a [Newport Beach] city report on lifeguard pay for the calendar year 2010, of the 14 full-time lifeguards, 13 collected more than $120,000 in total compensation; one lifeguard collected $98,160.65. More than half the lifeguards collected more than $150,000 for 2010 with the two highest-paid collecting $211,451 and $203,481 in total compensation respectively....Lifeguards are able to retire with 90 percent of their salary, after only 30 years of work at as early as the age of 50.
california  unions  mankiw  sidebar 
may 2011 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » The rich, and the upwardly mobile
In my view taxes tend to have weak short run effects (as people are often settled in a particular area and don’t want to move), and stronger long run effects, as businesses deciding where to locate might choose areas with better fiscal regimes for their employees. But many other factors also matter.
taxes  Sumner  sidebar  california  Texas  newyork 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » California Coastal Commission, Gentrification, and Climate Change
The punchline here is that thanks to the moderate weather, coastal Californians tend to have very low carbon emissions compared to the average American. All the improved insulation in the world can’t beat a house that just doesn’t need to be heated or cooled much. And if the coast were more densely populated, average household emissions would be even lower thanks to shorter and fewer drives.
real-estate  california  zoning  environmentalism  yglesias  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
Super-Economy: California vs. Texas
It appears that Texas is doing better than California not only fiscally, but also in terms of aggregate job and income growth.
california  Texas  SuperEconomy  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
Edward L. Glaeser: Behind the Population Shift - NYTimes.com
But those low housing prices actually provide a vital clue about why Arizona, Georgia and Texas are growing. These states have built hundreds of thousands of homes despite having low housing prices. Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York have high prices but far less new construction.

The Sun Belt pattern of low prices and abundant construction can mean only one thing: an abundant and elastic supply of housing. Demand for new housing, due to either sunshine or economic success, isn’t driving Sun Belt growth – low prices belie that explanation.
real-estate  environmentalism  regulations  Texas  california  glaeser  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » The Semi-Mythical Texas Miracle
"I’d go stronger than this. If instead of comparing states you compare metropolitan areas, you sort of wonder where this miracle is. Here’s unemployment by metropolitan area. How’s Greater Boston doing? Well, they’re at 8.2 percent and faring better than Texas’ large Dallas and Houston metro areas. Indeed, Houston’s doing worse than Milwaukee, Seattle, Kansas City, and a bunch of other large cities I’ve never seen described as miraculous performers. The top-performing Texas metro area is the rather small Midland, TX which is still in worse shape than Madison or Honolulu or Omaha. "
states  california  Texas  yglesias  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why No Job Growth in Silicon Valley? « The Enterprise Blog
"Kotkin pointed out that as innovative and growth-oriented as Silicon Valley has continued to be over the past decade, job growth in the Valley has flatlined. Firms keep their HQs there, but they grow rapidly in other states that are friendlier to scaling their enterprises. And so Google, Intel, Cisco, and other Valley firms locate new plants in states such as Arizona, Utah, Texas, Virginia, or North Dakota.

The Enterprising States study conducted by Kotkin and Zimmerman has lots of data that’s worth mining on this dynamic, and the work of DeVol and Williams is well worth consulting, too. Many states are shooting themselves in the foot with policies that prompt wealth and job creators to expand in different jurisdictions. Mark Perry notes that several firms in California are expanding rapidly in other states due to labor and other regulations."
states  economic-growth  liberalism  california  kling  aei  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why I Can’t Celebrate the Prop 8 Decision | FrumForum
"The judge — who is gay and should have recused himself — justified his ruling in part by noting that no “demonstrated harm as a result” of same-sex marriage could be shown, which could have made blocking it justified. This is undoubtedly true but also astonishingly irrelevant. The law could conceivably require that everyone wear a wizard’s hat every Saturday at 6 PM; the point is not that it is “good” or can be demonstrated to be “harmful,” but whether it violates any existing protections."
gay-marriage  california  FrumForum  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
Nudging Voters Towards the Center | FrumForum
"For example, you could have a district that’s 60% in favor or party A, but then in the primary there could be 5 candidates from party A and only 1 each of parties B and C (because the candidates from those parties did a better job of coordination and picked just one candidate). The resulting general election–a matchup between the two leading vote-getters in the primary–could then be B vs. C, which doesn’t seem quite right."
california  polls  thirdparty  gelman  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Matthew Yglesias » International Migration Counts
"The issue tax-wise, especially when it comes to state government that’s not involved in so much pure transfers, is value rather than levels. Paying relatively high taxes in exchange for excellent services is going to be fine for your state. Having subpar services paired with low taxes is also workable. The problem arises if your high taxes don’t actually deliver good schools or nice parks or functioning transportation. "
california  taxes  liberalism  states  economist  yglesias  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Migration: Texas, here we come | The Economist
"Migration statistics reveal that people are moving in droves to Texas. Why? Jobs and no state income taxes. High earning New Yorkers and Californians can take home between 9% and 11% more of their income by moving to Texas. Every trip down I speak to at least one bitter New Yorker/Californian fed up with high taxes and cost of living. Forbes recently posted a fun map of domestic migration by county."
california  liberalism  taxes  states  economist  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
America as Texas vs. California: Who’s Moving Where Edition « The Enterprise Blog
"Thanks to an interesting interactive map at Forbes.com, we now can see some visual evidence of the trends we have been discussing. The map shows county migration in the United States in pictorial form. Black lines show inward migration to a county, and red lines show outward migration. The thicker the line, the higher the volume."
california  states  aei  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Where You Live Matters — A Lot | John Goodman | NCPA
Taxes by state. No surprise that California is one of the highest.
california  taxes  states  goodman  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: The Unsustainable Unionacracy of California
""How public employees became members of the elite class in a declining California offers a cautionary tale to the rest of the country, where the same process is happening in slower motion. The story starts half a century ago, when California public workers won bargaining rights and quickly learned how to elect their own bosses—that is, sympathetic politicians who would grant them outsize pay and benefits in exchange for their support. Over time, the unions have turned the state’s politics completely in their favor. The result: unaffordable benefits for civil servants; fiscal chaos in Sacramento and in cities and towns across the state; and angry taxpayers finally confronting the unionized masters of California’s unsustainable government.""
unions  california  perry  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: Texas v. Unionocracy of California: Exhibits A to E
"It took years for liberalism's mania for micromanaging life with entangling regulations to make California's once creative economy resemble Gulliver immobilized by the Lilliputians' many threads. It took years for compassionate liberalism to make California's welfare menu contribute to the state becoming an importer of Mexico's poverty. It took years for servile liberalism to turn the state into what Voegeli calls a "unionocracy," run by and for unionized public employees, such as public safety employees who can retire at 50 and receive 90 percent of the final year's pay for life. "
california  liberalism  economics  will  perry  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
The War Over California - Ross Douthat Blog - NYTimes.com
"...the Golden State’s ongoing crisis is a case study in liberal failure: A big-spending state that lived far beyond its means, and let its public-policy priorities be dictated by the appetites of liberal interest groups instead of the common good."
california  taxes  douthat  sidebar 
december 2009 by HispanicPundit
When the Public Coffers Run Dry - Megan McArdle
Why Universities should not be free...and why California was wrong to hike the tuition rate up so dramatically at once.
university  costs  california  mcardle  sidebar 
november 2009 by HispanicPundit
America as Texas vs. California « The Enterprise Blog
How Obama is following the California model - and we need more of the Texas model.
california  taxes  politics  conservatives  liberalism  aei  sidebar 
november 2009 by HispanicPundit
Death penalty is considered a boon by some California inmates -- latimes.com
Being on death row in California is considered more comfortable that many inmates prefer it to life in prison.
death-penalty  california  sidebar 
november 2009 by HispanicPundit
Chart of the day | Free exchange | Economist.com
"It shows places where long-term unemployment is likely to be a major problem. The patterns are clear: manufacturing areas in the Midwest, southern Piedmont, and inland California, where the collapse of the housing industry was particularly severe, are the loci of structural unemployment pain."
labor  california  financialcrisis  economist  sidebar 
october 2009 by HispanicPundit
Tax Reform in California | Capital Gains and Games
"The proposed tax reform would broaden the tax base by replacing the corporate income tax with a business net receipts tax that would be very similar to a value-added tax. It would also replace the state sales tax and significantly reduce the personal income tax."
taxes  california  bartlett  sidebar 
october 2009 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: California v. Texas
"The key point that he leaves unsaid is that you can afford a huge Hispanic population a lot more easily in a conservative state than in a liberal one. But, can you stay a conservative state once you have a huge number of Hispanic voters?"
conservatives  liberalism  california  immigration  douthat  sailer  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
Op-Ed Columnist - Blue-State Blues - NYTimes.com
"The president wants to govern America like a blue state. But for that to work, he’ll need the nation’s economy to start performing more like Texas. "
republicans  Democrats  california  philosophy  liberalism  conservatives  obamaAdministration  ObamaFailures  douthat  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Measuring Criminal Spillovers: Evidence from Three Strikes
"...three strikes does deter (whether it deters eneough to be good public policy in less clear). In this paper, however, we found that three strikes does not cause appreciable exit of criminals from California (or appreciable reduction in entry), i.e deterrence does not occur on the relocation margin. During the time that California's AG spoke, everyone was leaving CA not just criminals. One conclusion of our research is that a federalist approach to crime remains viable. "
crime  california  tabarrok  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Democracy wins in California gay marriage dispute - Crunchy Con
"Keep in mind that today's decision was not about the ultimate justice of same-sex marriage. It was about how California's constitution works. "
gay-marriage  judicial-activism  california  CrunchyCon  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
California Public Employee Layoffs — A Feature Not a Bug
The role proposition 13 played in INCREASING big government in California.
california  history  aei  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Electoral College Superpowers: California Versus Texas | TPMCafe
Why, California, a once Republican state, went Democrat...while Texas, a once moderate state went Republican: Geography, and families.
california  politics  genderissues  gelman  sailer  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Borjas Blog: Trends in Illegal Immigration
Why the significant drop in California immigration? Could it be supply and demand?
immigration  california  borjas  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Borjas Blog: Los Angeles and Welfare
The extremely high percentage of immigrants in the LA area who use government assistance.
welfare  immigration  LosAngeles  california  borjas  sidebar 
february 2009 by HispanicPundit
How California's income tax and sales tax rates compare | Money & Company | Los Angeles Times
Democrats just passed a budget that increases the taxes on California citizens...making us the highest taxed state in the union.
california  sidebar 
february 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Great California Prison Experiment - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com
The ACLU's influence on crime and the way California Prisons should respond.
ACLU  crime  california  prison  freakonomics  sidebar 
february 2009 by HispanicPundit
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