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Posted: Tue. June 2, 2020, 1:32pm PT

As unemployment numbers continue to rise and claims hit historic levels in California, many are turning to gig work to make ends meet. The Independent Institute is critical of AB5 and is calling for its suspension. The law considers app drivers employees rather than independent contractors. Read the Open Letter to Suspend AB-5.

Posted: Thu. May 28, 2020, 9:57pm PT

Erich J. Prince (Editor, Merion West) and Mary L. G. Theroux (Senior Vice President, Independent Institute) discuss preserving civil liberties, 4th Amendment concerns, Big Tech, and the surveillance state. They examine everything from whistleblower Edward Snowden to which parties and political groups are sidelining civil liberties, as well as general media and political discourse on First and 4th Amendment concerns.

Posted: Wed. May 27, 2020, 2:46pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers discusses why schools should open, even summer school because students are falling behind. Teachers are a low risk for contracting COVID-19, says Evers and should be back in the classroom as soon as possible.

Posted: Wed. May 27, 2020, 1:55pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples talks about the pandemic and its effects on government control of citizens. Whaples discusses the work of Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs who wrote Crisis and Leviathan about the growth of government through crises of economics, war, and now, pandemics.

Posted: Wed. May 27, 2020, 9:26am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WBAL radio to talk about schools needing to open in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The risk to students and teachers is low, Evers says and students' learning is suffering. Schools, parents, and teachers were not prepared for online learning forced by the pandemic.

Posted: Fri. May 22, 2020, 5:32pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the National Review Radio Free California Podcast with host Will Swaim. Evers talks about the Open Letter to Suspend California AB-5 as well as his time in the George W. Bush administration as he helped get schools open in Iraq after the first Gulf War in 1991.

Posted: Fri. May 22, 2020, 9:38am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WESR radio to talk about re-opening schools after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers are at low risk for being infected as are children under 16-years-old, Evers says. The lockdown of the nation's schools has been an egregious error.

Posted: Thu. May 21, 2020, 4:34pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on KCBS radio to talk about University of California Regents voting to suspend ACT and SAT testing requirements for incoming students. Evers says the decision shows a bias against hard-working high school students and especially Asian-American students. He says the UC administration has been moving in this direction for some time. He says the UC faculty actually voted to keep the SAT and ACT tests.