CHUCK DEVORE '85
Eric Helland is the Robert J. Lowe Professor of Economics, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, CMC, and Senior Economist, Institute for Civil Justice, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA. Helland holds a B.A. (1991) from the University of Missouri and an M.A (1992) and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis (1995).
Chuck DeVore '85 is a Visiting Senior Scholar for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Prior to his recent move to Texas, he had lived in California for most of the past 36 years. DeVore served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010, where he was Vice Chairman of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Before his election, he was an executive in the aerospace industry. DeVore is a lieutenant colonel of military intelligence in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. He also served as a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Reagan-era Pentagon.
A 2009 article in The Economist entitled California v Texas: Americas Future argued that the Golden States golden age is in its past. It contrasted Californias declining economy and dysfunctional government with the Texas pro-growth, small government model. The article kicked off a lively and ongoing debate among journalists, politicians, political analysts, and academics. Erica Grieder, Eric Helland, and Chuck DeVore '85 continue that discussion by examining the Texas model and asking what lessons California can learn from it.