By Barry Brownstein More than 20 years ago, Dan Pink, former chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, foresaw the gig economy. In a 1997 essay, “Free Agent Nation,” for the then-fledgling magazine Fast Company, Pink estimated “more than 16% of the American workforce” were free agents—"people who move from project to project and who work on their own, sometimes for … [Read more...] about California Is Trying to Roll Back the Gig Economy but “Natural Liberty” Will Prevail
By Brittany Hunter California may have just passed a death sentence on the gig economy. Late Tuesday night, as many California residents slept in their beds, the state legislature passed a bill that is expected to impact hundreds of thousands of independent contractors across the state. For months now, the state assembly has been debating controversial legislation … [Read more...] about Did California Just Kill the Gig Economy?
By David Boaz The ongoing saga of California’s high-speed bullet train may end up being as classic a story of Democratic politicians’ hubris as the Solyndra debacle. The difference is that the bullet train is still going—well, not the train itself, but the taxpayer spending on the planning—despite some optimism earlier this year that Gov. Gavin Newsom was going to put the … [Read more...] about California’s High-Speed Train Makes Solyndra Look Like a Bargain
By Tim Pearce California’s minimum wage increase has cost the state thousands of jobs worth of growth in the state’s booming restaurant industry, according to a recent study by the University of California Riverside. Delayed Effects California passed a bill in 2016 to bring the state’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour. For businesses with more than 25 employees, the state’s … [Read more...] about Minimum Wage Hikes Are Killing Jobs in California’s Poorest Communities, Study Says