Special Enrollment for Obamacare Announced

Acknowledging many people may have been confused about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act...

Seven States that Deserve an ‘F’ for their Welfare Programs

When President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation...

Unnecessary Collateral Damage From FCC Title II Internet Regulation

The collateral damage is beginning to pile up from the FCC’s February decision to trigger Title II...

Are Hospitals the Enemy?

No. At least, probably not. But over at Slate, Reihan Salam makes a pretty compelling case for...

Millennials’ Dangerous Growing Addiction to Government

When a friend and recent college graduate informed me he was receiving food stamps, I was floored....

Ted Cruz Gets Common Core Way Better Than ThinkProgress Does

ThinkProgress has not one but two articles bashing this tweet from Sen. (and...
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Education

Student Privacy Bill Delayed

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) did not release a student privacy bill March 23 as expected. Polis and Messer held off on releasing the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which intends to prevent vendors and third parties from using student information, according to Messer’s staff. The delay followed complaints from parents and activists who say they fear...

Environment

Sierra Club Representative Misleads in New Mexico Renewable Mandate Hearings

The Sierra Club appears to be hiding its efforts to prevent the New Mexico legislature from freezing the state’s renewable energy mandate at 15 percent. The New Mexico House of Representatives Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee held hearings in late February on House Bill 445, which would freeze the state's renewable power mandate at 15 percent, cancelling a scheduled...

Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic

[Editor’s Note: Patrick Moore, Ph.D., has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than 40 years. He cofounded Greenpeace and currently serves as chair of Allow Golden Rice. Moore received the 2014 Speaks Truth to Power Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, July 8, in Las Vegas. Watch his presentation about this piece at the video player to the left.] I am...

Cornyn Offers ESA Reform Bill

Sen. John Cornyn has introduced a bill to reform the listing procedure for the Endangered Species Act and change the way settlements are reached when environmentalists sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service to force a listing. The Texas Republican intends his “Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Act” to limit the impact on individuals’ lives from legal settlements between special-interest...

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

Obamacare ‘a Little Better’ Than Expected Means Millions More Uninsured

In February, the Obama administration announced 11.4 million people had signed up for Obamacare in the second open-enrollment period, leading President Barack Obama to say, “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. It’s working a little better than we expected.” The 11.4 million people who signed up is more than the number who will ultimately pay for their coverage and complete the enrollment....

Special Enrollment for Obamacare Announced

Acknowledging many people may have been confused about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration announced a special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for those who didn’t buy insurance in the most recent open-enrollment period. The move came after congressional Democrats expressed concern their constituents might only now, during tax preparation season...

VA Scandal: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

In the year since news broke of significant problems at the Veterans Administration health program, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned and was replaced by former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald and Congress passed legislation giving veterans improved access to private health care if they cannot be seen in a reasonable time. But some are raising concerns the measures are not enough and...

Taxes

Study: Los Angeles Fast-Food Ban Went Bust

In 2008, the city of Los Angeles passed strict regulations on fast food restaurants in an effort to force citizens to adopt a better diet. But seven years later, the regulations have had no effect on either the diets or weight of area residents.  Utah State University economics professor William F. Shughart II says the Los Angeles fast-food ban is an example of ineffective legislation....

Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50

In celebration of Sunshine Week (March 15-21), the Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces its victory in persuading the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to release public information at a more reasonable cost. After being sued by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, the MLCC removed the charges for paper copies that do not exist. On Nov. 7, 2014, Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive...

Panel weighs municipal bankruptcy; other options available, some witnesses say

SPRINGFIELD — Do Illinois cities need the option of filing bankruptcy? It’s something the state has to consider, says state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downer’s Grove. Sandack, a former mayor, is sponsoring House Bill 298, which would allow Illinois municipalities to seek reorganization under Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. Chapter 9, Sandack said, is somewhat similar to the restructuring...

Tech

Unnecessary Collateral Damage From FCC Title II Internet Regulation

The collateral damage is beginning to pile up from the FCC’s February decision to trigger Title II telephone utility regulation of the Internet. Long called the “nuclear” option, the FCC preemptively triggered Title II Internet regulation ostensibly to prevent potential new net neutrality problems, which the FCC admits it can’t yet identify. Why is Title II so destructive to the Internet...

GOP: The Grade School Boy Trying Too Hard to Get the Silicon Valley Girl

The GOP wants the Silicon Valley’s love. And by love we mean the millions of donation dollars that currently go mostly to Democrats. And sadly, it appears some Republicans will go to nearly any length to curry some of that coin. Including giving up core conservative principles. Currently on the Win Your Love sacrificial altar – private property rights. Behold Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch...