The Marketplace Delivers More Data

The Oxford Dictionary defines capitalism as "an economic and political system in which a country's...

Let’s Not Emulate How Much of the World Treats Intellectual Property

April 26 is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day: “We celebrate World Intellectual Property...

E-Cigarettes an Effective Pathway to Quit Smoking, Heartland Institute Panel Says

Cigarette smoking has become significantly less popular in the U.S. over the past decade, it still...

Occupational Licensing Benefits Insiders, Shortchanges Millennials

North Carolina lawmakers recently backed away from a proposed bill that would have reformed the...

Without This Option, School Choice Would Shrivel

Would it be constitutional for a public school board to offer grants and scholarships to families...

Taxpayers Finance Anti-Pipeline Activists

An obscure program nestled deep in the bowels of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is...
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Education

We Can’t Trust the Feds, Says Lamar Alexander

School Choice Weekly #135 Remember when Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander sheepdogged the No Child Left Behind rewrite bill through Congress, and this author and colleagues argued it would not “end the national school board,” as Alexander promised? That was just four months ago. Four. Alexander himself now agrees with us – conveniently after rushing the bill into law. Alexander has...

Environment

New Study Shows Renewable Energy May Always Need Government Support

A new study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says renewable energy sources will be unable to compete with conventional energy without government support or high taxes on fossil fuels for at least a decade. The authors also conclude renewable energy may always need government assistance to stay in business. The study’s authors say while renewable energy has made promising...

Climate Regulations Don’t Limit Warming

Under questioning by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) during March 22 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted the Obama administration’s climate efforts will do nothing to prevent climate change, acknowledging they are symbolic attempts to get other countries to make steep carbon dioxide emissions cuts. McCarthy...

Climate Realists Fight AGs’ Fishing Expedition

Climate Change Weekly #211 In the Climate Change Weekly released April 5 (CCW 209), I discussed the press conference held by a group of state attorneys general (AG), led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, threatening investigations and possible prosecutions of climate skeptics for speaking their mind. Just days after I wrote that article, on April 7, a subpoena was served on the...

Finance & Insurance

Louisiana Gov. Edwards Expands Medicaid by Executive Order

More than 300,000 people are being added to Louisiana’s Medicaid rolls after Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) expanded the program by executive order on his first day as Louisiana’s newly elected governor. Edwards’ January 12 order opens the state’s Medicaid rolls to 298,000 newly eligible, non-elderly adults whose income falls below 138 percent of the poverty level, according to an analysis from the...

Skipping Insurance Costs Lets Wisconsin Patients Pay Less for Better Care

A Wisconsin doctor promises to provide inexpensive, high quality health care 24 hours a day to patients by using a payment model known as direct primary care. Rather than pay for health care using a third-party health care insurer, direct primary care patients at the Platte Medical Center in Platteville, Wisconsin pay Dr. Brian Sachs a monthly fee in exchange for an agreed-upon package of...

Federal Reserve Places Restriction on Future Bank Bailouts

The Federal Reserve has adopted new rules restricting its ability to bail out financially strained banks, complying with provisions in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The new rule limits the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers to “broad-based” programs, as opposed to targeted lending to individual banks. Escaping Accountability Norbert Michel, a financial...

Health

Missouri CON Legislation Would Increase Restrictions

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills to study the effects of certificate of need (CON) laws through 2020 and, in the interim, close a loophole for state-operated hospitals, thereby increasing restrictions on health care providers. Senate Bill 1076, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Parson (R-Polk County), would create a Missouri Task Force on Certificate of Need to develop “a comprehensive...

REGROW Act Would Require FDA to Fast-Track Regenerative Meds

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower some government barriers to patient access to regenerative medicines for debilitating diseases, wounds, and conditions. The REGROW Act would “reduce barriers to medical innovation and accelerate the development of new regenerative medicine treatments, which have...

Vermont Patient-Monitoring App Has Massive Potential

Consumer Power Report #503 Boston-based PatientPing has developed a new application that helps doctors monitor their patients’ activities at other health care facilities, an innovation some are saying could help lower costs and improve patient care. PatientPing notifies a patient’s primary care physician when he or she has been admitted to a hospital, emergency room, or nursing care facility that...

Taxes

Study: Taxes are Costliest Part of Providing Telecom Services

Study: Taxes are Costliest Part of Providing Telecom Services Johnny Kampis A study on rural broadband found that — wait for it — taxes are far and away the largest cost involved in providing telecommunications services. This comes after another report last year indicated taxes could slow down wireless broadband expansion. Hudson Institute’s “The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband” found that...

Alaska Lawmaker Offers Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

An Alaska state lawmaker is proposing new legal protections for the state’s residents by requiring local and state law enforcement agencies to obtain a criminal conviction before the government can confiscate an individual’s cash or property. Currently, Alaska law enforcement agencies can use a legal process called civil asset forfeiture to seize private assets and property they believe have been...

Virginia House Approves Resolution Calling for Article V Convention

Virginia lawmakers are considering a resolution calling for Congress to convene a national convention for the purpose of drafting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and authorizing the state to participate. In February, the Virginia House of Delegates approved House Joint Resolution 3, which calls for Congress to convene a convention of the states to propose a constitutional amendment to “...

Tech

The Marketplace Delivers More Data

The Oxford Dictionary defines capitalism as "an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state."  A new poll on the topic from Harvard received some attention yesterday, garnering headlines about millennial's view of capitalism. The poll is challenging to interpret given that most people...

Let’s Not Emulate How Much of the World Treats Intellectual Property

April 26 is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day: “We celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.” It’s sad that so many of us still need to learn “the role that intellectual property rights…play in encouraging innovation and creativity...