About the Authors

Sally C. Pipes

Sally Pipes is president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute.

Wayne Winegarden

Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D., is a senior fellow in Business & Economics, Pacific Research Institute, as well as the director of PRI’s Center for Medical Economics and Innovation. 

Adrian Moore

Dr. Adrian Moore is vice president of Reason Foundation. 

Wendell Cox

Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, an international public policy firm located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is a founding senior fellow at the Urban Reform Institute, Houston, a senior fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy in Winnipeg and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman University in Orange, California. He has been author or co-author of the 17 annual “Demographia International Housina Affordability” reports.

Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin is a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University in Orange. He writes about demographic, social, and economic trends in the U.S. and internationally.

Daniel Kolkey

Daniel M. Kolkey, an attorney, is a former associate justice of the California Court of Appeal, former counsel to California Governor Pete Wilson, and a member of the board of directors for Pacific Research Institute.

Steven Greenhut

Steven Greenhut is Western region director for the R Street Institute, a member of the Southern California News Group editorial board and author of the Pacific Research Institute book, Winning the Water Wars, from which this chapter is excerpted.

Pat Nolan

Pat Nolan is the director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform and a former California Assembly member.

Lance Izumi

Lance Izumi is senior director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute. He has written and produced books, studies and films on a wide variety of education topics. Most recently, he is the author of the 2017 book The Corrupt Classroom and the 2019 book Choosing Diversity: How Charter Schools Promote Diverse Learning Models and Meet the Diverse Needs of Parents and Children.

Richard Mersereau

Richard Mersereau is the former chief consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments. He served as director of the Assembly Republican Caucus Office of Policy under 10 elected Assembly Republican Leaders, as well as president of the Sacramento County Taxpayers League, a member of the Taxation Committee of the California Chamber of Commerce, and as a visiting scholar at the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy.