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Steven Greenhut
Steven Greenhut is a senior fellow and Western region director for the R Street Institute. Write to him at sgreenhut@rstreet.org. His political views are his own.
by | Dec 7, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Two Los Angeles Times articles published on Dec. 4 pinpoint the insanity of California’s approach to our nationally high gas prices, which remain around $5 per gallon even as prices have plunged to around $3.50 per gallon in…

by | Nov 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO — California’s state budget has been awash in cash, as lawmakers this year enjoyed a $97.5 billion budget surplus — an excess amount that’s larger than the entire general-fund budgets of all but two states (New York and Texas). As…

by | Nov 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Lanhee Chen, the Republican candidate for California controller, was an ideal candidate for the little-known office. His Democratic challenger on Tuesday, Malia Cohen, seems ill-suited for it. Thus, Chen racked up every major newspaper endorsement — even from liberal…

by | Nov 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s no surprise that the union-allied Biden administration is using the federal Department of Labor to tip the scales on behalf of labor unions. I recently reported for The American Spectator on a new regulatory proposal that attempts to…

by | Oct 26, 2022

The New York Times includes a particularly illustrative anecdote in its recent analysis of California’s overrun-plagued and overall disastrous effort to build a high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. It involves efforts by the French national railroad,…

by | Oct 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A state can serve as a “laboratory” of democracy to “try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in his dissent in an arcane 1932…

by | Oct 13, 2022

One of the grossest elements of Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez’s appalling rant — captured anonymously on tape, then published by the Los Angeles Times — was her apparent disdain for Mexicans with an indigenous background. She used the Spanish…

by | Oct 5, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Given that the homeless situation is spiraling out of control across California, most readers wouldn’t be surprised that the highest-profile statewide ballot initiatives this November boost funding for homeless programs. “Together we are building the largest ever…

by | Sep 28, 2022

My friends outside of work often ask me about the topics that I cover. People have a real interest in the goings-on in the California Legislature, criminal justice matters, and — at least out west — the reasons for our…

by | Sep 7, 2022

Those who believe there’s hope for reforming the current union-controlled public school system ought to pay close attention to the response by United Teachers Los Angeles to a seemingly unobjectionable recent teaching proposal. The district is offering “Accelerated Days” in October…

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