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The 'California Comeback' Masks a More Bleak Reality

Following the Employment Development Department’s release of California’s March 2014 employment numbers, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published an analysis of the employment growth in California, which showed March 2015’s growth accounting for 30% of national job growth (despite the state accounting for 12% of the nation’s population). 666 more words

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The Enviro-Favoritism That's Keeping California Less Green

In a previous RealClearMarkets column, I asked whether California could actually get any greener than it currently is. This matters when we remember that Golden State politics are increasingly centered on who can propose the most aggressive environmental plan. 687 more words

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Can California Actually Get 'Greener'?

California may be the greenest state in the nation. The Golden State’s renewable portfolio standard is among the nation’s most aggressive, the state’s cap-and-trade program is likely the most developed, and each legislative session lawmakers grapple over dozens of new environmental-based bills. 748 more words

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California Traffic Is a Symptom of Housing Unaffordability

Two weeksago I explored how California’s housing unaffordability crisis is impacting the Golden State’s business climate. Due to restrictive government zoning ordinances and regulations, California’s rental and for sale housing stock isn’t keeping up with demand. 723 more words

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California's Affordable Housing Crisis Is a Crisis for Business

Proposition 30, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), not reforming education post-Vergara v. California, and AB 32 – are all easily identifiable policies contributing to California’s struggling business climate. 753 more words

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Digging Beneath California's Surface Economic Recovery

At the beginning of January, Governor Jerry Brown stated in his 2015 State of the State/Inaugural address that “California has seen more than 1.3 million new jobs created in just four years and the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2%.” This statement perfectly encapsulates the elation so many in Sacramento have when talking about the Golden State’s economy. 621 more words

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A Rising Tide Doesn't Lift All Boats In California

As President John F Kennedy once quipped, the rising tide lifts all boats; but one only needs to compare San Francisco and Stockton – cities just 80 miles apart – to question whether the rising tide lifts all boats equally. 610 more words

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