National University System Institute for Policy Research

Are higher capital gains taxes a good thing?
U-T SAN DIEGO, January 23, 2015 - Q: Reacting to President Barack Obama's tax proposals, do you agree that high-income capital gains taxes are too low and middle-class taxes are too high? Answers: YES 9, NO 7 Continue reading »
Industrial clusters fuel growth north of I-8
SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT, January 22, 2015 - On the heels of job growth that outpaced the state and national averages last year, San Diego County is well-positioned for even more hiring because of its tech-oriented industrial clusters, a panel told Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, a local group focused on urban demand and planning issues. Continue reading »
Can U.S. help Europe out of its econ hole?
U-T SAN DIEGO, January 16, 2015 - Q: Can the U.S. do anything to rev up Europe's stagnating economy? Answers: YES: 8, NO: 7 Continue reading »
The problem with the slowdown in housing starts
OUR CITY SAN DIEGO, January 16, 2015 - The year 2014, by many measures, brought a sunnier economic outlook, with lower unemployment and an increase in consumer confidence in San Diego. Yet, new housing construction fell. And it fell a lot. Through November, 5,855 permits for single-family and multi-family units were issued, according to the Building Industry Association of San Diego. It estimates the final number will be around 6,200. In 2013, that number was 8,447. In 2003, that number was more than 18,000. Continue reading »
New sewer lines or new stadium? Your choice.
SAN DIEGO READER, January 14, 2015 - San Diego needs more broken ankles caused by sidewalk upheavals, more expensive tire realignments and axle repairs resulting from potholes, and more sewer backups into residences. Then San Diegans may wake up to their woeful infrastructure problem. "People want their streets fixed but aren't that interested in anybody else's streets," says Norma Damashek, civic activist. "If our sewers don't back up into our own house, we assume everything is okay." Continue reading »

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