Pacific Research Institute

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The Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a 501(c)(3), is a non-profit, free market think tank in California. Founded in 1979, its stated mission "is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions."[1]


PRI has an annual budget of approximately $5 million, which comes mainly in the form of donations from foundations, individuals and corporations.


The Institute has remained steadfast to the vision of a free and civil society where individuals can achieve their full potential.

PRI reinforces this ideal by providing the public with the information, inspiration, and opportunity to make decisions about the daily issues that matter most to citizens.

The Institute’s activities include publications, events, media commentary, legislative testimony, and community outreach.


PRI tackles a wide range of policy research within the state of California. Each area of research has features scholars and produces their own publications.

The Institute's current program advances policy reform to achieve the following goals.


The Institute is working on a project called the California School Finance Center, a transparency website for school spending and what it costs to educate a child in California. In a recent article, Vicki Murray wrote that the project reveals it is not the amount of school funding that is earning bad scores but the equation that dispenses it. According to the data, discrepancies exist among similar school districts. In Ventura County, Simi Valley Unified and Moorpark Unified scored proficient in English and math on the California Standards Test.[2] However, the school district for Simi Valley received nearly $1,400 more per student, totaling to $10,579.

In spite of receiving less funding and enrolling more English learners and low-income students, Moorpark posted better English and math proficiency rates.

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Business and economics – to strike down barriers to economic growth and innovation.

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  • Healthcare – to provide better quality and access to health-care while lowering costs.

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  • Technology – to identify and limit harmful government regulation in the technology sector.

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  • Environment – to sustain the trend toward a cleaner environment.

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