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Posted: Mon. February 11, 2019, 5:12pm PT

Market reforms are needed to make California's DMV more efficient for customers. Lawrence McQuillan, director of the California Golden Fleece® Award talks with hosts John and Ken about his recommendations for the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Competition for services would benefit the 23 million California drivers who need to acquire a Real ID card before October 2020, says McQuillan.

Posted: Thu. January 31, 2019, 4:17pm PT

Senior Fellow Richard K. Vedder is interviewed on the Journal Editorial Report by Paul Gigot on why the "Free College" proposal by Democrats is hypocritical and harmful. Dr. Vedder is author of the forthcoming Independent Institute book, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America.

Posted: Wed. January 30, 2019, 2:37pm PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appears on KFI radio's Wake Up Call show to talk about the recent California Golden Fleece® Award given to California's Department of Motor Vehicles. Waste, fraud, and abuse of California's citizens by the DMV is unnecessary and can be solved with private partnerships with companies that know how to solve customers' needs.

Posted: Wed. January 30, 2019, 2:24pm PT

The DMV had 13 years to prepare for the federally mandated Read IDs needed by Californians, but they failed to prepare during that time so wait times escalated dramatically with 5-7 hour wait times not uncommon. A DMV data processor who was found to have slept on the job for over 2,000 hours but wasn't fired due to incompetent documentation. Private companies are better equipped to handle customer demands, says Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan.

Posted: Wed. January 30, 2019, 2:19pm PT

In California last year, there was a 50% increase in wait times for DMV services. Some customers wait for 5-7 hours to get their license renewed. Why? Incompetence. And also because there is no market discipline. There is no where else to go to get a driver's license or new Real ID required by federal law. Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuiilan's recommendations for the DMV include private venders who are held to better standards through customer satisfaction.

Posted: Wed. January 23, 2019, 5:49pm PT

Independent Institute Research Fellows Linda Royster Beito and David T. Beito at the Young Black Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C., on October 24 and 25, 2018. Drs. Beito are co-authors of the Independent Institute book, T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer, winner of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Gold Book Award for Best Biography.

Posted: Tue. January 15, 2019, 1:08pm PT

Winner of the California Golden Fleece Awards, Fall 2018:
Lawmakers and Government Employees Who Harass

For using taxpayer money to settle sexual misconduct claims and shielding the abuse from the public using special laws, offending lawmakers and government employees have been named recipients of the sixth California Golden Fleece® Award. Read more here.

The California Golden Fleece Awards expose waste, fraud, and abuse in California government. To receive this ignoble designation, a spending program, tax, or regulation must violate common-sense principles of responsible government, be considered wasteful by people of varying political philosophies, and must be well documented.

Posted: Wed. January 2, 2019, 1:41am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Whaples and Samuel Gregg, Director of Research at Acton Institute on Is Capitalism a Caring Society? Economists Engage the Thought of Pope Francis.