California Policy Center

California Policy Center The mission of the California Policy Center is to secure a more prosperous future for all Californians by identifying public sector policy barriers to freedom and economic growth. Read more at californiapolicycenter.org

California’s emerging good government coalition

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TUSTIN, Calif. – The 2014 mid-term elections will be remembered for many things – pioneering use of information technology to comprehensively profile and micro-target voters, escalating use of polarizing rhetoric, historically low levels of voter turnout, and historic records in total spending.
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Transparent California: Average annual California gov’t employee pension was $64,448 last year

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CalPERS financial struggles are draining state taxpayers. The ever-increasing contribution rates it demands from state and local governments have already bankrupted several cities. Even for more financially stable agencies, increased CalPERS contributions have crowded out other spending priorities or tax relief.
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Governor Brown – the bailout king

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – “What a salesman,” he said, mockingly. “I guess that’s what you learned … selling that stock that went south.” – California Governor Brown, to challenger Kashkari, during televised debate Sept. 4th, 2014 (ref. SF Gate)
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The looming bipartisan backlash against unionized government

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Whenever discussing politically viable policy proposals to improve the quality of life in California, the imperative is to come up with ideas that strongly appeal to moderate centrists, since that is how most Californians would describe themselves.
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How labor money corrupts the financial literacy of California’s legislators

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – “In an era when we aren’t going to have tax increases, figure out how to be more efficient spending the money we’ve got, and the Republicans can help you do that if they’ll get off the philosophical cant about stuff and help you make things more efficient. They actually culturally know more and occupationally know more about efficiencies than Democrats typically do.”
–  California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Democrat,
 addressing the state legislature in 2010.
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Los Angeles police average $157,151 in total compensation per year

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LOS ANGELES – Turns out the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension system return rate was 17.3 percent for 2013-2014, and other public pension funds reported similar double-digit returns and five-year returns exceeding their assumed rates. 
- LAPPL Board of Directors on 08/07/2014, in their post “Misuse of statistics behind erroneous LA police officer salary claims.”
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How to create affordable abundance in California

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TUSTIN, Calif. – California has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. California also is one of the most inhospitable places to run a business in the United States.
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