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California Schools: Finance, Performance, and Debt
California carries one of the greatest education debts in the nation, both overall and per pupil. In this brief, we take stock of California’s per pupil spending, student performance, debt burden, and what it may mean for education in the Golden State.
Op-Ed: A Textbook Example of the Perils of Short-Sighted Policy
From a budget stand-point, taken together, California’s last 15 years are a textbook example of the perils of short-sighted policy. This op-ed discusses how long-term financial planning is often sacrificed for short-term spending and how it jeopardizes California's fiscal health.
Four Things You Should Know About the Federal Estate Tax
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Federal Estate Tax, also known as the "death tax." This issue brief discusses four things you should know about this tax and what it means for federal revenues.
The Juice Podcast Episode 2: The Squeeze on High-Skill Visas
The Juice delivers smart policy discussions directly to your earbuds. This episode covers the issues surrounding H-1B visas. CACS spoke to policy experts on either side of the H-1B debate to help you decide.
Making Sense of California’s Cap-and-Trade System
In light of Governor Jerry Brown’s orders to accelerate emissions reductions in California last month, this brief describes what Cap-and-Trade is and some factors that will determine its success or failure in the future.

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