Where to Follow King v. Burwell At

Oral arguments in King v. Burwell are likely underway now, and it's no exaggeration to say this...

Republican Plan for King Decision Offered

This weekend, Senators Lamar Alexander, John Barrasso, and Orrin Hatch took to the pages of the...

Why FCC Will Lose in Court on Title II Internet (80%) – A Legal House of Cards -- A White Paper

Link to full White Paper -- here. Summary The FCC’s Open Internet Order, which reclassified...

Solar Power Lobbyists Seek to Subvert Florida Tea Party

After successfully pushing for $100 million in special interest Florida renewable energy subsidies...

The Death of the American Corporation

The traditional American corporation has been a fixture in the U.S. economy for generations....

Climatist Jihad?

ISIL and other Islamist jihad movements continue to round up and silence all who oppose them or...
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Education

The Last Word on NCLB, We Hope

The Last Word on NCLB, We Hope School Choice Weekly #77 The conservative grassroots recovered Friday from an establishment-landed punch to potentially knock out a mealy-mouthed bill replacing No Child Left Behind. Last Wednesday, the House Rules Committee approved some 50 moderate Republican and Democrat amendments to receive up-or-down votes on the House floor along with the Student Success Act...

Environment

Pennsylvania Governor Reinstitutes State Park, Forest Fracking Ban

New Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf restored a natural-gas drilling moratorium on state parks and forests fulfilling a campaign promise to environmental activists. Wolf’s act reverses former Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to allow drilling, reinstating a ban Gov. Ed Rendell instituted in 2010. Wolf said in a January 29 statement, “Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the...

Solar Power Lobbyists Seek to Subvert Florida Tea Party

After successfully pushing for $100 million in special interest Florida renewable energy subsidies, the solar power lobby hopes to subvert the Florida Tea Party and get it to work for still more government favoritism. Florida’s grassroots conservatives should see through the ruse and just say no to more Solyndra-style chicanery. Seeking to take advantage of grassroots conservatives’ natural – and...

Low Oil Prices Boost Economy

A worldwide oil glut has caused the price of crude oil to fall below $50 a barrel since topping $100 a barrel in June. The price of gas at the pump has since averaged around $2.07 per gallon nationally for the past several months, far below the April 29, 2014 closing average retail price of $3.70 per gallon. That significant reduction of pain at the pump has translated into more money in people’s...

Finance & Insurance

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...

Study: Housing Bubble, Rising Caused Consumer Retail Prices to Rise

A new study has uncovered evidence the 2000s housing bubble affected the U.S. economy in previously unsuspected ways, by causing consumer prices to rise and fall based on the rate of homeownership in any particular area. In “House Prices, Local Demand, and Retail Prices,” New York University Assistant Professor of Finance Johannes Stroebel and University of Chicago Assistant Professor of...

Health

Report: States Bet on Medicaid Loophole to Boost Revenue

A new study published by the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions examines how some states, including Ohio, are trying to scam the federal government and make Medicaid expansion look like a winner, financially speaking. The report, “Medicaid Expansion Relies on Uncertain Funding,” explains how claims of Medicaid expansion’s budgetary benefits are based on applying sales and use taxes to...

All King v. Burwell, All the Time

Consumer Power Report #453 It’s finally here. The King v. Burwell arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week have sparked a number of Court-targeted “don’t worry, ruling against the administration won’t result in chaos” pieces from various Republican Senators. Here is an op-ed from Sens. Orrin Hatch, John Barrasso, and Lamar Alexander. For the House side, here is an op-ed from Reps. Paul...

Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax

Legislation in Hawaii requiring sugary beverages include warning labels was rejected by the Health Committee of the Hawaii House of Representatives after witnesses including many small businesses and consumers testified against the measure.  The House and Senate Health committees decided in mid-February to defer HB1438 and SB1270 which would have required sugary...

Taxes

Oregon Lawmaker Proposes Licensing Regulations for Music Therapists

In Oregon, legislators are debating a bill adding state licensing requirements for music therapists. If passed into law, House Bill 2796, introduced by State Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), would make it so “a person may not practice music therapy or assume or use any title, words or abbreviations, including the title or designation ‘music therapist,’ that indicate that the person is authorized...

Georgia Lawmaker Proposes Restrictions on Uber, Other Ridesharing Companies

A Georgia lawmaker has introduced a bill to restrict popular ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber from operating in the state. House Bill 224, by state Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell), would require ridesharing drivers to purchase taxicab license medallions and would place additional regulations on drivers. Filling Consumers’ Needs Georgia Public Policy Foundation president Kelly McCutchen...

Report: States Bet on Medicaid Loophole to Boost Revenue

A new study published by the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions examines how some states, including Ohio, are trying to scam the federal government and make Medicaid expansion look like a winner, financially speaking. The report, “Medicaid Expansion Relies on Uncertain Funding,” explains how claims of Medicaid expansion’s budgetary benefits are based on applying sales and use taxes to...

Tech

Why FCC Will Lose in Court on Title II Internet (80%) – A Legal House of Cards -- A White Paper

Link to full White Paper -- here. Summary The FCC’s Open Internet Order, which reclassified the commercial Internet as a Title II utility, is very likely (80%) in the end, to be overturned in court – for a third time. The FCC’s legal theory and many core assumptions are so aggressive, it’s clear that the FCC expects, and needs, continual and maximal deference from the court to prevail. The...

Congressman Reboots Proposed Ban on Internet Access Taxes

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, has reintroduced the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act for consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. If approved by Congress and signed into law, the bill would “permanently extend the moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.” ‘Protecting Consumers from Taxes’ Ryan Radia, associate...