Is The Global Left Counting on Pope to Split the Catholic Church Over Global Warming?

Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical on the environment and human ecology that will...

Almost Half of State Health Insurance Exchanges Are Fighting for Survival

Almost half of the 17 health insurance exchanges set up by the states and the District of Columbia...

Dangers from EPA Playing National Energy Regulator

Climate Change Weekly #173 If the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed clean power...

The Slow Death of Common Core

Think about the major policy undertakings of the Obama administration over the past six and a half...

Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not...

Will Congress Finally Defend Its Constitutional Turf – to Stop the EPA’s Assault on Water?

It is an empirical fact – a metaphysical certitude. Government overreaches. And the Barack Obama...
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Education

PARCC to Shorten Tests Following Parent, Teacher Outcry

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium, which receives funding from the federal government to create assessments for Common Core Standards, plans to shorten their tests. The Washington Post reports PARCC’s Common Core exams, which began in 11 states and  Washington DC this year, will be around 90 minutes shorter in the coming school year....

Environment

Battles over Sea Mammals Hit Courts, State Legislatures

Washington state Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) introduced legislation that would make it a criminal offense, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $100,000 fine, to keep whales, dolphins, and porpoises in aquariums. Ranker’s bill failed to receive a hearing. It was not the first effort to criminalize the ownership of cetaceans.  “This is about pushing a broader animal rights...

Senate Hearing Highlights State Clean Power Plant Objections

A Senate hearing concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) sweeping clean power plant rule featured testimony from state officials opposing new carbon-dioxide regulations EPA is expected to finalize in the summer of 2015. John Eick, director of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, says it is difficult to respond to the rule...

Dangers from EPA Playing National Energy Regulator

Climate Change Weekly #173 If the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed clean power plant rule (CPP) is finalized and withstands expected legislative and court challenges, it would give the agency power to determine how electricity is provided to every household, school, and factory in the United States. Historically, EPA’s authority over power generation and use has been limited to...

Finance & Insurance

Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

With Senate Bill 248 the Michigan Legislature is attempting to address a number of problems with the auto insurance market in the state. Michigan’s no-fault system creates misaligned incentives, resulting in auto insurance rates that are among the highest in the nation. There is also a larger question of why we treat severe injuries from car accidents differently than we treat the similar...

Study: ‘Sharing Economy’ Revolution Empowers Customers

Businesses such as Airbnb and Uber, which directly connect consumers and service providers without the need for middlemen, are empowering consumers and creating a self-regulating economy, a recent study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has found. By allowing “underutilized assets or ‘dead capital’ to be put to more productive use,” the authors explain, the sharing economy...

A Well-Written Overview of Governments’ Economic Misdeeds

The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold, Second Edition By Edmund Contoski; American Liberty Publishers, November 2014 281 pages, ISBN-13 978-0-9655007-1-5 $28.95 on publisher’s website, http://www.amlibpub.com/order.html The first edition of Edmund Contoski’s book The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold was excellent, and it makes an outstanding textbook for a...

Health

Survey: Obamacare Strains Emergency Rooms

Three-quarters of the 2,099 doctors responding to the nationwide survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicate they have seen an increase in emergency room (ER) visits since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, went into effect on January 1, 2014. In the same survey, 28 percent of the respondents say ER use has “increased greatly.” What providers...

Almost Half of State Health Insurance Exchanges Are Fighting for Survival

Almost half of the 17 health insurance exchanges set up by the states and the District of Columbia under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, are in trouble financially, The Washington Post reports. The setbacks are creating fiscal headaches for state officials, just five years after the passage of President Barack Obama’s massive health care reform bill. Many of the exchanges...

South Carolina House Votes to End Certificate of Need Law

South Carolina’s House of Representatives voted 103‒1 in April to end the state’s certificate of need (CON) law in 2018. CON laws are a complex set of regulations that limit health care choices by preventing providers from entering new markets or increasing existing capacity without first gaining approval from state regulators to buy equipment, expand facilities, or open new ones. When a company...

Taxes

Michigan Voters Reject ‘Tax and Spend’ Gas Tax Proposal

Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted against increasing the state’s gasoline tax and sales tax to fund transportation infrastructure spending. The ballot amendment would have increased gas taxes in the state by either 42 cents per gallon or 14.9 percent of the base price of gasoline, depending on which was greater. It would have also increased taxes on consumer purchases by 1 percentage point....

New Mexico Gov. Martinez Reins in Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) signed into law one of the nation’s most sweeping reforms of civil asset forfeiture, responding in part to taped footage of a local city attorney advising local police officers how to use the law enforcement tactic to increase revenue. ‘Platinum Standard’ Laws Institute for Justice Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath says New Mexico’s civil asset forfeiture laws...

Declining Sin Tax Revenues Cripple Connecticut Budgets

As Connecticut lawmakers try to fix a projected annual $1.3 billion deficit, tobacco excise tax revenues in Connecticut continue to decline. Between fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2014, tobacco sin tax revenues fell by 15 percent, from $420.8 million to $377 million. Conflicting Goals University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse assistant professor of economics Adam Hoffer says sin taxes serve both a...

Tech

Why Court Very Likely Will Stay FCC’s Title II Reclassification

Based on the latest best arguments this week from both the FCC and broadband petitioners, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is very likely to partially stay the FCC Open Internet Order’s reclassification of broadband as a Title II service and imposition of a new Internet conduct standard -- in the coming weeks. That’s because a close comparison of the broadband industry’s...

Big Government Advocates Say They Want More Competition – Their ‘Solutions’ Result in Less

The road to Hell is paved with good government intentions. We need not ascribe malicious motives to Big Government advocates – we need only look at their results. Total US Debt Rises Over $18 Trillion; Up 70% Under Barack Obama Why Are We Not Talking About America’s $123 Trillion In Unfunded Liabilities? With this track record of uber-failure – which has put us on the fast track to oblivion – why...