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After five years of opening California’s governments to the public, developing data-driven policy analysis, and educating citizens about how California governments work, the California Common Sense team is proud to announce our nationwide expansion to United States Common Sense.

Our mission remains the same, but we are excited to now provide data, open government resources, and analysis relevant to all 50 states and their local governments.

In addition to our CACS work, you can find our newly-enhanced nationwide research and data products at UScommonsense.org.

With your support, we’ll continue striving to make governments across the country more open, more accessible, and more accountable to you.

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About The Juice Podcast

Welcome to The Juice, United States Common Sense’s new podcast. The Juice delivers smart policy discussions directly to your earbuds. We’ll tackle one policy issue per episode, asking informed policy thinkers to weigh in on a heated topic of debate.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guests which government initiatives are worth their cost and why? In other words: when is the juice worth the squeeze?

The Juice - List of Episodes

Podcast Episode 2 – The Squeeze on High-Skill Visas

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May 6, 2015 – Every April since 1990, hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals have applied for H-1B visas, employer-sponsored high-skill work permits that would allow them to work in the States as non-U.S. citizens. And every April, many applicants are turned away due to the tight 65,000-visa annual cap. Read More…

Today, U.S. companies – especially giant technology companies – are hungry for the best science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent in the world. With a purported shortage of American STEM workers, many say H-1B visas are vital to growth and that more should be issued. Others worry H-1B visas undercut the American workforce, thereby creating more problems than they solve.

So, is the juice worth the squeeze? CACS spoke to policy experts on either side of the H-1B debate to help you decide. Emily Lam is the Vice President of Health Care and Federal Issues for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. She has lobbied in Washington on behalf of Silicon Valley companies for seven years. Dr. Ron Hira is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University and a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute. He has testified before Congress regarding outsourcing trends among American companies.

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About The Juice Podcast

Welcome to The Juice, California Common Sense’s new podcast. The Juice delivers smart policy discussions directly to your earbuds. We’ll tackle one policy issue per episode, asking informed policy thinkers to weigh in on a heated topic of debate.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guests which government initiatives are worth their cost and why? In other words: when is the juice worth the squeeze?

Previous Episode (High-Speed Rail) | Next Episode

Podcast Episode 1 – Debunking California’s High-Speed Rail

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March 17, 2015 – After years of political and financial debate, construction on California’s High Speed Rail (HSR) project has begun in the Central Valley, with construction of connections from Los Angeles to San Francisco planned through 2022. Its slated total cost? At least $68 billion. Read More…

Our guest is Christian Edwards, a young professional in the healthcare consulting sector and a Central Valley native. In this debut of The Juice, Christian expresses his not-so-apologetic disapproval of HSR, and we parse out the issues at stake.

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About The Juice Podcast

Welcome to The Juice, California Common Sense’s new podcast. The Juice delivers smart policy discussions directly to your earbuds. We’ll tackle one policy issue per episode, asking informed millennials to weigh in on a heated topic of debate.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guests which government initiatives are worth their cost and why? In other words: when is the juice worth the squeeze?

Previous Episode | Next Episode (High-Skill Visas)

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