Steven Greenhut

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

Rewarding Public Employees With New Tax Hikes on the Private Sector

 

Sacramento Under the “leadership” of Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats, the state government has increased its spending a dramatic $36 billion over the last six years, but never managed to put any additional funding into transportation and infrastructure — unless one considers the billions it’s spending to build a high-speed rail boondoggle. Yet during […]

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A Last Nail in the GOP’s California Coffin

 

Sacramento The California Republican Party has been vanquished at the state level with Democrats having control of every constitutional office (governor, treasurer, secretary of state, etc.) and supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. But Democratic officials aren’t content with such a rout, as they use their legislative power to manipulate the election system to […]

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California Split Back in the News Again

 

The latest news about California — a break-up plan touted by the leaders of Brexit — could serve as a case study of how mischaracterizations spread across the Internet, and how many media outlets echo what others have published or tweeted without apparently doing much checking. Reports suggest that the so-called “Bad Boys of Brexit,” […]

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Public Employees — Ever More Untouchable

 

One of the most obnoxious trends in the nation, and one that is particularly acute in California, is the continued push to enshrine public employees as a special, privileged caste of Americans, exempt from the rules and obligations that apply to the rest of us. As I documented in my 2009 book, Plunder!, public employees […]

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The Ever-Expanding Reach of Anti-Tobacco Zealots

 

San Francisco’s rent-control and tenant ordinances are so oppressive that thousands of apartment units sit vacant in a city where fierce housing demand has pushed rents for tiny apartments to above $3,000 a month. Basically, many property owners there refuse to rent out their apartments because once they do so, it becomes virtually impossible to […]

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The New Gender Battle: Tampons v. Whiskey

 

Sacramento It’s getting increasingly difficult to mock the California Legislature given the fusillade of nearly unbelievable legislation that makes its way through the Capitol’s hallowed halls. In the old days, when California had enough legislative Republicans and moderate Democrats to temper things, zany bills would be introduced only to die in committee. These days, the […]

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California Democrats’ Never-Ending War on the Poor

 

Sacramento California Democrats frequently bloviate about helping the poor and downtrodden, yet two recent examples — a campaign by the nation’s second-largest public-school district to crush charter alternatives and new state legislation that will boost the cost of housing development — demonstrate how liberal policies can be a direct assault on the financial prospects of […]

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OC Flap Sheds Light on Academic Bullying

 

Sacramento The board of trustees at an Orange County, Calif., community college district put an end to a long-simmering local dispute by ending the suspension of a student who recorded his college instructor unleashing an anti-Trump rant following the presidential election. But all is not well that ends well. The fracas sheds light on the […]

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New Identity for a Master of Identity Politics

 

Sacramento The most entertaining local news story this week was a puff piece in the Sacramento Bee about one of California’s most-powerful politicians, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. De León is of interest to readers outside this state in that he is setting himself up to play a high-profile role combating […]

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At UC Berkeley, It Pays Well to Worry About Inequality

 

Sacramento Former Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a public-policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has warned that “we are heading back to levels of inequality not seen since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century,” invoking the term applied to a society festering in poverty but covered by a veneer […]

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