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Why a Pandemic Is Not a Recession | R. David Ranson and Graham H. Walker
Posted: Fri. April 24, 2020, 11:02am PT

Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker interviews Dr. R. David Ranson (author of “Why a Pandemic Is Not a Recession.”) who argues that the most likely cause of a recession, if we are to have one in conjunction with an epidemic, is compulsive government efforts to slow the spread of a disease by extending interference in economic life to the point where it becomes counterproductive, undermining people’s livelihoods as well as ultimately their health.

Recorded: Fri. April 10, 2020
Experts: R. David Ranson, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV

Corona Crisis and Leviathan | Mary L. G. Theroux and Graham H. Walker
Posted: Thu. April 23, 2020, 11:06am PT

In this video with thinkspot.com, Graham H. Walker (Executive Director) and Mary L. G. Theroux (Senior Vice President) at the Independent Institute examine the ominous impact of government-mandated shutdowns, multi-trillion dollar “stimulus” and welfare spending, and massive unemployment and business failures and skyrocketing federal debt.

Recorded: Thu. April 16, 2020
Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV

“Suspend California AB5 Now” Sr. Fellow Bill Evers appears on the John Batchelor Show
Posted: Wed. April 22, 2020, 12:24pm PT

California's AB5, the law intended to help "gig" workers by mandating they become employees of the companies for which they work, has had unintended consequences. Contracted workers such as nurses, musicians, writers, drivers, have been left with fewer jobs because it's too expensive to hire them as full time workers. Sr. Fellow Bill Evers initiated an Open Letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California legislature to suspend AB5 to allow these workers the freedom they desire in their choice of employment.

Recorded: Fri. April 17, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Suspend CA AB5 Now” Sr. Fellow Bill Evers appears on the Phil Cowan show on KTKZ radio
Posted: Tue. April 21, 2020, 12:31pm PT

An Open Letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California state legislature to suspend CA AB5, was signed by over 150 scholars, economists, and political scientists. The law, AB5, was passed in 2019 and makes independent contractors or "gig" workers to be absorbed into the companies they work for. The companies cannot bear the costs of hiring workers, so these contractors are suffering. It's another law which has unintended consequences. Workers and companies are both impaired by the law, which should be suspended especially during the pandemic. Workers such as nurses, delivery drivers, musicians, and writers and other contractors have been particularly affected. Evers also talks about the readiness of educators to teach via distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Recorded: Tue. April 21, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Suspend CA AB5” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show
Posted: Mon. April 20, 2020, 9:39am PT

Independent Institute Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers speaks with Andy Caldwell about Evers’ list of Best Books on the Folly of Socialism and authoritarian governments and how it relates to spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evers also talks about the Open Letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California legislature to suspend CA AB5, a law which limits the rights of freelance workers and forces them to limit their work hours or become full-time employees. The Open Letter is signed by over 150 scholars, economists and political scientists.

Recorded: Fri. April 17, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

Open Letter from 151 Scholars to CA Governor: Suspend AB-5 to Hire Gig Workers During Pandemic
Posted: Sun. April 19, 2020, 7:59pm PT

An influential group of 151 economists and political scientists, are calling for the immediate suspension of California’s AB-5, a law that was passed in 2019 to regulate the use of independent contractors in a variety of activities. The “Open Letter to Suspend California AB-5” that is addressed to California Governor Gavin Newsom and all members of the California State Legislature, calls for the immediate suspension of the law, which prevents individuals from working part time in a variety of indispensable positions, especially during the coronavirus crisis. Each of the signatories is affiliated with one of forty colleges, universities, and think tanks in California.

Recorded: Fri. April 17, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute TV

“Suspend CA AB5” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Fri. April 17, 2020, 9:17am PT

Independent contractors, or "gig" workers have been stifled by California's law known as AB5 which forces these workers to become employees of the organization they work for. Evers initiated an Open Letter to California Governor asking him to suspend the law during the pandemic to allow critically needed workers, such as delivery services and ride share drivers, and some nurses, to continue to work as freelance workers. The Open Letter is signed by over 150 economists, scholars, and political scientists.

Recorded: Thu. April 16, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

California Housing Regulations: California Golden Fleece® Award (Winter 2019/20)
Posted: Tue. April 14, 2020, 12:24pm PT

California Golden Fleece® Award Briefing: "How to Restore the California Dream: Removing Obstacles to Fast and Affordable Housing Development," by Fleece Awards Director Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan.

Recorded: Tue. April 14, 2020
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV