Ohio House Passes Bill to Make Farmers Take Fertilizer Courses

The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 150 (SB 150) which would require...

Ethanol from Corn Residue Increases Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Cellulosic ethanol made from corn residue emits more carbon dioxide than gasoline, according to a...

America's Tax Confusion

On April 15, nearly 90 percent of American adults filed their income tax returns for the 2013 tax...

Free-Market Leaders Urge Senate to Reject Housing Finance Overhaul

A coalition of 26 public policy leaders has sent a letter to members of the Senate Banking...

Obama's War on U.S. Energy

A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’...

More Bailout Money No Answer for Detroit

The city of Detroit gets more revenue than every other Michigan city because of special treatment...
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Education

Kevin Chavous: Common Core Hullabaloo Distracts from Choice

"While the adults around the country continue to bicker [about Common Core], who’s looking out for the children teetering on the brink of dropping out of school?” That's what Kevin Chavous wants to know. He wrote a recent op-ed in Education Week calling Common Core a divisive distraction from the work of getting kids better schools through school choice. He joins the...

Environment

Ohio House Passes Bill to Make Farmers Take Fertilizer Courses

The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 150 (SB 150) which would require farmers to take certification courses to apply fertilizer. The certification requirements would apply to all farmers fertilizing 50 acres or more. Proponents of the bill say farmers are causing algae problems in Lake Erie and other area lakes by misapplying fertilizer. They assert forcing farmers to...

Leftist Guardian to Any Global Warming Skeptic: Shut Up

The Australian edition ofThe Guardian — probably the most hard-left of the lefty daily newspapers in the English-speaking world — published a story Thursday about how Attorney General George Brandis stood up for skeptics of the theory of man-caused, catastrophic global warming. Brandis is not a skeptic himself. He believes in man-caused, catastrophic global warming, but he also...

Ethanol from Corn Residue Increases Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Cellulosic ethanol made from corn residue emits more carbon dioxide than gasoline, according to a newly published, federally funded peer-reviewed study. The findings are a severe blow to the biofuel industry, as fuels must reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent in relation to conventional gasoline to qualify as a renewable fuel for federal subsidy programs. Comprehensive AnalysisFunded by...

Finance & Insurance

Free-Market Leaders Urge Senate to Reject Housing Finance Overhaul

A coalition of 26 public policy leaders has sent a letter to members of the Senate Banking Committee urging them to reject the latest effort to overhaul the U.S. housing-finance system, which would expand government involvement in the housing market. The Johnson-Crapo bill is scheduled to be marked up by the committee on April 29. “Today, we urge Senate Banking Committee members to reject Johnson...

When Government Demands a Business Scapegoat

It remains one of the greatest travesties in the history of American business: In 2001, the 85,000 employees of one of the world’s largest accounting firms began losing their jobs. Their employer had become tainted by its loose association with Enron Corp., a financial house of cards that was imploding and taking with it billions of dollars in employee pensions and shareholder investments. In...

Bill Mandates Free Credit Scores for Everyone

A proposed bill in the United States Senate would mandate all consumers have access to free annual credit scores. The Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act is designed to reduce the problems consumers experience through errors in their scores. SB 2224 is sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard...

Health

Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation Hands Republicans A Golden Opportunity

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right to not be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on Obamacare six months before...

Kathleen Sebelius Runs for the Exits

Consumer Power Report #415 Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right not to be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on...

The Future of Health Policy After Obamacare

Consumer Power Report #414 As we all know, when President Barack Obama sold his health care law to the American people, he sold it to them primarily on the basis of cost. He did this because the polling was so unanimous: People weren’t demanding massive increased regulation of the insurance marketplace to achieve any particular moral goal about coverage levels or anything of the sort – the vast...

Taxes

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Dentists’ Teeth-Whitening Monopoly

Should a person go to jail, or face thousands of dollars in fines, simply for selling over-the-counter teeth-whitening products and providing a clean, comfortable place for customers to apply those products to their own teeth? That is the question to be answered by a federal lawsuit filed this month by a teeth-whitening entrepreneur and the Institute for Justice (IJ)—the national law firm for...

More Bailout Money No Answer for Detroit

The city of Detroit gets more revenue than every other Michigan city because of special treatment in state revenue sharing, casino taxes and utility taxes. This extra money has not been enough to prevent its bankruptcy, nor were these the only favors extended to Detroit. The state also helped the city fight off insolvency by changing the rules for municipal borrowing. Given this history, bailing...

How To Liberate America From The Poverty Trap That Is Enslaving Us

In the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, for March, the Obama economy finally reached a long overdue milestone. More than six years after the latest recession began, in December, 2007, the economy has finally at long last recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession. The gross failure is that in the 11 previous recessions since the Great Depression, the economy recovered all...

Tech

The Government Giving the Left What They Want: More Terrible Policy

The federal government is yet again acquiescing to the ridiculous anti-free market demands of the Left. We the People will yet again be forced to pay dearly for the resulting damage. We have looming before us a wireless spectrum crunch. Spectrum being the finite airwaves we use for all things wireless – from cell phones to car key fobs. More people are using more wireless data all the time. Video...

Procrustes at the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has a Procrustean problem. The agency would do well to acknowledge it as a means of reforming its regulatory process. I borrow from FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen's address, "The Procrustean Problem with Prescriptive Regulation," delivered at the Free State Foundation's Sixth Annual Telecom Policy Conference on March 18. If you missed the...