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Policy Briefings

Independent Policy Briefings examine specific economic and political issues and are written by Independent Institute Fellows. Longer than Independent Review articles, but shorter than Independent books, Policy Briefings provide easy-to-read, in-depth overviews of a key and timely public policy issues and offer realistic solutions.
Pain at the Pump
Blame Politicians, Not Producers, for High California Gasoline Prices
The Pitfalls of Law Enforcement License Plate Readers in California and Safeguards to Protect the Public
“Critical Math” Doesn’t Add Up
Race Consciousness and Radical Egalitarianism in the Curriculum
Crime, Grime, and Greed at BART
Key Recommendations to Improve the Bay Area Rapid Transit System
Beyond Homeless
Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes, Transformative Solutions
Health Care Components of the $3.5 Trillion (Or, Is It $5.5 Trillion?) Spending Plan
COVID in California
How Government Regulations Created Critical Healthcare Shortages — Permanent Patient-Centered Reforms Needed
Is It Time for a “490 B.C. Project”?
High Schoolers Need to Know Our Classical Heritage
Bugs in the System
California Government Technology Failures and Recommended Solutions
Better than Common Core
Florida’s New K-12 Standards Raise the Bar
Precaution Can Kill
Chemical Benefits and Regulatory Risks
How to Restore the California Dream
Removing Obstacles to Fast and Affordable Housing Development
California Wildfires
Key Recommendations to Prevent Future Disasters
Driving Californians Crazy: The Department of Motor Vehicles Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its Incompetence and Poor Customer Service
#TimesUp: California Government Officials Shielded from Sexual Misconduct Accountability at Taxpayers’ Expense
California Property Crime Surge Is Unintended Consequence of Proposition 47
Voter-Approved Initiative Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award
Plastic Pollution
Bans vs. Recycling Solutions
Customized Learning for California
Helping K–12 Students Thrive with Education Savings Accounts
The California Department of Water Resources Wins Dishonor of California Golden Fleece® Award for Its “Patch and Pray” Approach to Dam Safety
California Burning: CAL FIRE Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece® Award
Education Savings Accounts for Texas
How Educational Choice through ESAs Creates Greater Innovation and Quality
Better Than Government
A New Way of Managing Life’s Risks
The Sessions-Cassidy Health Plan
Caltrans Wins California Golden Fleece® Award for Its $10 Billion Highway Robbery
Cross-Currents in California Water
A Case Study of Bureaucracy Versus Tradable, Private Water Rights

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