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.

Unions Threaten State’s One Economic Bright Spot

 

Sacramento In a Meet the Press interview in March, Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the Trump administration’s threat to cut off funds to California if it becomes a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants. “We’re the innovation capital, high-tech, agriculture, $40 to $50 billion industry. You don’t want to mess with California, because you’re going to mess […]

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Resolving to Ignore Chinese Abuses

 

Sacramento The California Legislature isn’t shy about taking meaningless moral positions on national and international issues. It’s therefore no surprise that legislators returning from summer recess have been touting a variety of such proposals and resolutions. Democratic leaders held a press conference Tuesday blasting President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood […]

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Here Come More Tax Increases!

 

Sacramento The California Supreme Court this week issued a stunning blow to California’s taxpayers with a convoluted ruling that lets local governments collude with public-employee unions to raise certain taxes without a supermajority vote. Californians already must deal with a state government that views tax hikes as the solution to every problem. They will soon […]

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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

 

Sacramento I’m not sure how Californians managed during the Legislature’s recent recess, but now that lawmakers are back at the Capitol, they are busy “fixing” the state’s pressing problems. They will hold hearings to deal with California’s “cancer” of white supremacy. They’re fine-tuning a law that will turn the state into a sanctuary for illegal […]

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California Can’t Fix Its Housing Problems

 

Sacramento Even California’s liberal Democrats are starting to understand that the state’s housing crisis is fundamentally a supply-and-demand problem. Home prices have soared to astronomical levels, with a median price above $750,000 in the nine-county Bay Area and nearly $700,000 in Orange County. Years of growth controls and local regulations have restricted housing supply and […]

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Democrats Rigging Election in Broad Daylight

 

Sacramento Republicans have been delving into allegations of Democratic voter fraud, but are having a tough time finding smoking guns given that “irregularities” occur in the form of thousands of individually cast votes. Having grown up in politically seedy Philadelphia, I have no doubt this is a real problem — but it takes massive sleuthing […]

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Has Bullet Train Been Hoisted on Its Own Petard?

 

Sacramento California officials are notorious for ladling on one environmental regulation after another, forcing developers to spend years or even decades producing waist-deep environmental-impact reports and dealing with endless regulatory hassles and litigation. The main tool environmentalists use to stop growth is the 1970s-era California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It’s the equivalent of placing a […]

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Be Very Afraid, As Democrats ‘Fix’ the Housing Crisis

 

Sacramento It’s common to hear complaints about a “do nothing” Congress, but California’s Legislature has the opposite problem. It wants to do just about everything. Whether it’s fighting global warming or creating a new state-run mini Social Security system to bolster private pensions, California’s legislators don’t lack any sense of ambition. This week, they’ve announced […]

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Kinder, Gentler GOP Embraces ‘Cap and Trade’

 

California Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley ought to be embarrassed today, and not just because of the front-page Sacramento Bee coverage about his alleged affair with former GOP Assembly Leader Kristen Olsen, who is now a Stanislaus County supervisor. Those allegations long swirled around the Capitol. They recently made the news after […]

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Losing Their Gun Rights With Barely a Whimper

 

Sacramento Gun-rights activists often express the view that Americans will not easily give up their rights to gun ownership even if the laws eventually outlaw — or at least greatly restrict — the freedom of individuals to own firearms. The scenario they depict is bleak but simple: When armed agents come to their doors to […]

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