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Steven Greenhut
Steven Greenhut
Steven Greenhut is a senior fellow and Western region director for the R Street Institute. Write to him at sgreenhut@rstreet.org.
by | Nov 7, 2019

If you haven’t listened to California’s Democratic leaders (and who can blame you for that), you wouldn’t know that our state is the world’s fifth-largest economy and a model for the rest of the United States. We are the heart and…

by | Oct 31, 2019

California’s young and bold new progressive governor Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, probably figured he’d be thrust into the national limelight after signing a host of must-do liberal measures ranging from statewide rent control to a new…

by | Oct 24, 2019

Sacramento Progressivism isn’t so much a destination as a journey. There’s no end goal, but rather a neverending process of seeking out disparities and grievances and then proposing “solutions” that generally impoverish us. Sometimes small examples best highlight this troubling…

by | Oct 17, 2019

Sacramento “Never give the bastards more money,” a friend always says when discussing proposed tax increases. “They’ll only squander it.” That also epitomizes my philosophy over decades of voting and writing about ballot initiatives and bonds. I always recommend a…

by | Oct 10, 2019

Sacramento California progressives claim to be the champions of the poor and downtrodden, but their vocal support for legislation that obliterates the state’s charter schools reinforces that they mainly are the cat’s paw for the state’s powerful public-employee unions. If…

by | Oct 3, 2019

California’s economy is slowing, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Don’t get me wrong — as a worker, investor, and property investor, I’d love to see the economic good times go on forever. But as someone who has…

by | Sep 26, 2019

Sacramento We can’t accuse “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders of lacking a sense of optics. His new housing plan, which would spend $2.5 trillion on housing projects and impose draconian rent caps on private landlords, is a 10-year plan. The Soviets…

by | Sep 19, 2019

Underage drinking remains a nationwide problem, but there’s one approach that policymakers never consider: banning the sale of most types of alcoholic beverages to adults to keep it out of the hands of youth. That’s true even though virtually all…

by | Sep 12, 2019

Sacramento The last week of the legislative session always is a wild ride, but this year’s proceedings take on an urgency that we haven’t seen in the past several years given the stridently more progressive tilt of the state government. It’s…

by | Sep 5, 2019

This California Watch column ought to be renamed Crisis Watch, given the number of public-policy crises that have engulfed the Golden State. There’s a common thread in all of them. They all are the result of government agencies or policies. There’s…

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