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Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs
As I noted six weeks ago, I've been noticing higher restaurant prices since California boosted its minimum wage on July 1, to $9 from $8 an hour; with a $10 increase coming in 2016. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows how minimum-wage price increases across America increase fast-food pri...
Does drought pricing violate state law?
This is Part 1 of a series. Calls now are going out to raise water prices even higher to spur conservation. Instead of fining people for watering their lawns, numerous economists are recommending just tacking a punitive surcharge onto water rates until use drops. But there's a problem ...
Public Utilities Commission crashes into Uber, Lyft
This week was supposed to be a Kumbaya moment for state legislators and ridesharing services. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law compromise legislation allowing the firms to continue to flourish, while requiring them to increase their insurance coverage. But just before then, t...
Separatism loses in SCT, CA
Coming shortly after entrepreneur Tim Draper's Six Californias initiative failed to qualify for the 2016 ballot, Scotland's voters decided not to secede from the United Kingdom -- yet. So it would seem separatist movements are not doing well. But pushing such revolts as far as they did shows a ...
Arnold meets his match in India
Arnold Schwarzenegger has met his match in South India. On Monday, just a few days after the controversial unveiling of his official gubernatorial portrait in Sacramento, the former California governor traveled halfway around the world to Chennai, India. During Arnold’s second trip to India ...
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