More Soda Wars

If you lived in Richmond, California, would you vote yes or no for their proposed soda tax? The tax is unusual because it does not charge people at the register. Instead, retailers would have to pay a…

High and Low Gas Prices

Why is the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Wyoming close to $3.36 and New York, $4.00? Location and regulation. Wyoming produces oil, it refines it, and, its taxes are among the lowes…

California and Kentucky

Could we compare California’s relationship with Kentucky to Germany and Greece? Somewhat like Germany and Greece… California and Kentucky share the same currency. California has a more vib…

California and Greece

It is good to pay fire fighters and police officers generously. It is good not to raise taxes. It is good to give voters what they want and get re-elected. As Michael Lewis describes in Vanity Fair, S…

Amazon vs. California

According to the Seattle Times, in 1996, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos said, “You have to charge sales tax to customers who live in any state where you have a business presence. It made no sens…

A Budget Question

Thought to have saved many lives, a Japanese early warning system sent a media alert seconds before the earthquake struck.  The system took 12 years to implement and cost close to $500 million. A…

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