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Lee Ohanian: The Place You Ought To Be?

Lee Ohanian: The Place You Ought To Be?

May 25, 2020

Does the sales pitch that brought the “Beverly Hillbillies” west – “California is the place you ought to be” – still apply? Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses the Golden State’s latest unemployment numbers and whether present-day Tesla Motors is in the same position as was Apple at the century’s start.

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Lee Ohanian: Tesla Recoil

Lee Ohanian: Tesla Recoil

May 16, 2020

Los Angeles County’s extended “shelter-at-home” order confuses the locals, California’s record budget deficit is formally unveiled, and Tesla's CEO Elon Musk re-opens his Bay Area car factory – in defiance of local business restrictions – and threatens to move Tesla’s corporate headquarters to Nevada or Texas. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, breaks down a busy week in the Golden State.

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Daniel Heil: Binge-Watching, Binge-Spending

Daniel Heil: Binge-Watching, Binge-Spending

May 14, 2020

Over the past two months, the federal government has spent an unprecedented $2.6 trillion addressing the COVID-19 crisis, with another $3 trillion in new spending that is up for debate. Daniel Heil, a Hoover research fellow specializing in fiscal policy, explains the short- and long-term effects of “binge-spending” and why any serious conversation about fiscal and entitlement reform is years way at best.

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Lee Ohanian: Blue State, Red Ink

Lee Ohanian: Blue State, Red Ink

May 9, 2020

California’s current fiscal plight – a record $54.3 billion dollar budget deficit for this year and next – raises the question of how much the coronavirus is to blame. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses the poor tax and fiscal choices that are partially responsible for the Golden State finding itself awash in red ink.

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Lee Ohanian: California Beaches Closed, (Tax) Tsunami Warning

Lee Ohanian: California Beaches Closed, (Tax) Tsunami Warning

May 1, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom finds himself at odds with Orange County lawmakers over the opening and re-closing of Southern California beaches. Meanwhile, a “tsunami” approaches – in a ravaged economy and a wave of tax increases needed to prop up otherwise unsustainable state spending. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow, economist, and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, explains the size and shape of the tax tidal wave.

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