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Bill banning forced arbitration on Gov. Brown’s desk
A bill that the California Chamber of Commerce warns will drive up litigation costs for California businesses is on Gov. Jerry Brown‚Äôs desk. For disputes involving civil rights, currently businesses can provide contracts for customers¬†in which civil-rights disputes are settled by arbitration.¬...
Cartoon: Alibaba IPO money mountain
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...
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