The Evolving Urban Form

China's cities continue to add population at a rapid rate, despite a significant slowdown in...

Glendale, Arizona City Council Cancels Sports Subsidy Contract

The City of Glendale, Arizona is canceling the city’s subsidization of the Arizona Coyotes National...

Obama Designates Three New National Monuments

Over the objections of many local, state and federal legislators from the affected areas, in early...

The Donald Trump Rule: ‘Flip-Flopping’ to the Right Position Can Be a Very Good Thing

We hear the charge leveled all the time: “Flip-flopper.” When someone fundamentally changes their...

Zero Emission Vehicles Pollute

A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, "Environmental Benefits from Driving...

Sen. Paul Proposes Significant Changes to Tax Code

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (KY), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential primary, is proposing to...
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Education

Despite Problems, Mississippi Education Savings Accounts Show Promise

An innovative new education law in Mississippi expands school choice options for parents of special-needs students. After protests arose because the initial rollout of the law placed onerous burdens on parents who applied, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDOE) relaxed the restrictions, and the law is now showing great promise. Senate Bill 2695 set up a five-year pilot program for up to...

Environment

Even Alarmists View Hansen Warning As a Farce

Climate Change Weekly #181 [Subscribe] With great fanfare James Hansen, former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the godfather of global warming alarmism, pre-released in late July a paper warning, once again, of the dire consequences of impending, runaway, human-induced climate change. And once again, Hansen is out of touch with the evidence and the science – but this time,...

Obama Designates Three New National Monuments

Over the objections of many local, state and federal legislators from the affected areas, in early July, President Barack Obama designated new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas.  The designation of more than 1,000,000 acres of public lands as national monuments, foreclosed previously allowed commercial and recreational activities those lands, leading some Republicans and...

States Sue Over WOTUS

States Sue Over WOTUS By Bonner R. Cohen  The Obama administration’s plan to expand the definition of wetlands in order to increase the number of waterways protected by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) edicts is running into multiple roadblocks.             Twenty-nine states are suing EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in...

Finance & Insurance

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose Tax Breaks for Bitcoin Exchanges

New Jersey State Assemblymen Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) and Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), are proposing a bill creating a regulatory framework for digital currency exchange companies and offering tax breaks to exchange companies created in or relocating to the state. Andrea Castillo, the Technology Policy Program Manager at the Mercatus Center, says the bill will benefit New Jersey’s residents, and the...

Wyoming Banking Regs Squeeze Bitcoin Exchange Company

Coinbase, a bitcoin wallet and exchange service company with operations serving more than 2.5 million users in 190 countries, has announced the suspension of all operations in Wyoming as a result of state financial regulators’ interpretation of the Wyoming Money Transmitter Act. As state regulators currently interpret the law, exchanging Wyomingites’ fiat currency for bitcoins or depositing...

Department of Education Presses for New Authority Over Banks

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new rule granting itself new power over how banks can work with colleges to assist with loan disbursements to students. Under the proposed rule, banks would be prohibited from assisting colleges with financial aid disbursements into student accounts if the financial institution charges overdraft penalties or other common fees. Some schools currently...

Health

Legislative Pulse: Oregon

Editor’s Note: Rep. Julie Parrish is a member of the Oregon House of Representatives (R-Tualatin) who serves on the Human Services and Housing, Veterans, Emergency Preparedness, and Natural Resources Committees. Managing Editor Kenneth Artz discusses with Rep. Parrish the Obamacare “Cadillac tax” and the state’s budget problems. Artz: What is the “Cadillac tax,” and how would it affect public...

Analysts, Activists Hone Strategies in Wake of Court’s Obamacare Decision

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6–3 in King v. Burwell in favor of the Obama administration’s move to make federal tax subsidies available to all Americans, regardless of whether health insurance was purchased in a state-established or federal health insurance exchange. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) June ruling in Burwell, analysts, activists, and lawmakers on both sides...

Medicaid, Medicare Threaten New Mexico’s Budget

High health care costs in government programs and other expenses have New Mexico on its way to becoming the Greece of the United States. One out of every 2.5 New Mexico residents is on Medicaid, compared to the national average of one out of every 4.5 Americans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. New Mexico, similar to Greece, is becoming a textbook example of what happens when politicians hand...

Taxes

Glendale, Arizona City Council Cancels Sports Subsidy Contract

The City of Glendale, Arizona is canceling the city’s subsidization of the Arizona Coyotes National Hockey League team, ending an agreement to transfer $225 million in taxpayer funds to the sports team’s owners over 15 years.    Kurt Altman, director of national affairs and special counsel for the Goldwater Institute, an Arizona-based think tank, says the contract between Glendale and...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Shuts Down ‘John Doe’ Probe

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to end his office’s aggressive “John Doe” investigation into political advocacy groups, calling the series of probes “unsupported in either reason or law” and a “fishing expedition into the lives, work, and thoughts of countless citizens.” Beginning in 2012, Chisholm and other prosecutors began seeking evidence...

City of Chicago Hits Taxpayers with New ‘Netflix Tax’

The City of Chicago is expanding an existing excise tax on movie and theater tickets to include streaming online video and music services, such as Netflix and Spotify, in order to generate additional revenue. Steven Titch, a telecommunications policy analyst with the R Street Institute, says Chicago’s expansion of the tax is arbitrary and “an incredible overreach.” Undefined Terms “Chicago made...

Tech

Why Entitle-ify Special Access If There’s No FCC Utility Rate Regulation?

We will learn quickly and unequivocally at the FCC’s August 6th meeting, if the FCC is true to its word -- that there will be no “utility-style rate regulation” of broadband. While the FCC’s Open Internet Order fact sheet stated: “the Order makes clear that broadband providers shall not be subject to tariffs or other form of rate approval, unbundling, or other forms of utility...

FCC’s Title II Trifecta Gamble

The FCC could not have gambled more riskily in how it implemented net neutrality. It simultaneously snubbed all three branches of the U.S. Government with its Title II utility regulation approach. If this were a horse race bet, the FCC’s Title II gamble would be like someone betting their mortgage on a trifecta bet where the bettor only wins by guessing exactly which horses come in first,...