Interview: Alan Carlin Explains How Politics Infiltrated EPA

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor interviewed Alan Carlin after Carlin’s talk at...

Obamacare auto-renewal plan could cause costs to soar

A significant problem looms for the Affordable Care Act when the next open enrollment period begins...

Surprise, Electronic Health Records Aren't Saving Money or Time

One of the things favored by supporters of government-directed medical care is electronic health...

Virginia Governor Scales Back Health Plans

RICHMOND, Va. — In a much-anticipated announcement, Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 8 laid...

Obamacare Web Sites Still in Trouble

I ran across this article today on the Vermont Watchdog site, describing the serious problems that...

Bobby Jindal Pwns Other Governors On Common Core

In August, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the federal government over Common Core. He’s...
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Education

Online Learning at Least Not Terrible, Says Study

The first high-quality study of online education in a K–12 setting finds Florida high school students taking algebra or English 1 online performed as well on state math and reading tests as students taking those same classes in a traditional school setting. The study does not show an advantage for online instruction, but it also does not show a disadvantage--and online classes are less expensive...

Environment

Interview: Alan Carlin Explains How Politics Infiltrated EPA

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor interviewed Alan Carlin after Carlin’s talk at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change. Carlin provided more insight into some of the main points in his ICCC talk. Taylor: What were your main arguments against EPA’s Endangerment Finding, as presented in your comments? Carlin: I made three main points in my comments to EPA on the...

SHOCKER! Climate Alarmist Musical Finally Runs Out of Taxpayer Money, Quickly Closes

The asinine ambitions of our know-it-all federal bureaucrats know no bounds. Really. No. Bounds. A collection of bureaucrats at the National Science Foundation (NSF) used $700,000 of taxpayer money this spring to play out their Broadway fantasies by funding what they surely thought was a sure-fire-hit play. It would combine the prose of Al Gore with music that would elevate it above his...

Democrats at Risk of Global Warming Election Backlash

Recent polling numbers may induce Republicans on the November ballot to turn certain Democrats’ obsession with global warming into a Republican weapon, slamming Democrats for ignoring much more important issues. Several Democratic politicians and funding groups are attempting to make global warming a key issue in the November elections even though the public considers global warming a very low...

Finance & Insurance

‘Other Things’ Aren’t Equal When Government Intervenes in the Economy

The use of the ceteris paribus, or “other things equal” assumption, is an essential aspect of economic education. It is an important caveat that helps make sense of a complicated world by clarifying the stories that comprise the core of economics.  Unfortunately, acceptance of that phrase has also provided an opening for misrepresenting economic reality when analyzing government...

Opponents of Government’s ‘Choke Point’ Program Work to Loosen Its Grip

Two federal agencies have backed off—slightly—from a program critics say has been intimidating banks into canceling services for legitimate, law-abiding businesses and making it difficult if not impossible for them to operate. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched “Operation Choke Point” without warning or public discussion in March 2013....

How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

[Editor’s note: “Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.” So reads the teaser headline on this report from the independent, non-profit ProPublica news organization. The beginning of the article follows, with a link to the full story.] By Cezary...

Health

Surprise, Electronic Health Records Aren't Saving Money or Time

One of the things favored by supporters of government-directed medical care is electronic health records. For at least a decade I've been hearing about the supposedly marvelous benefits of storing health records in digital form, and the Obama administration and others have positively gushed about how much money and time will be saved, and how much the quality of care will improve. Reality has now...

Obamacare auto-renewal plan could cause costs to soar

A significant problem looms for the Affordable Care Act when the next open enrollment period begins in November, according to many health care experts and media accounts. The administration announced on June 26 that those currently enrolled would be automatically renewed in the same plan for 2015. There is a growing concern this will cause many who received subsidies through the federal exchange...

Virginia Governor Scales Back Health Plans

RICHMOND, Va. — In a much-anticipated announcement, Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 8 laid out a ten-point plan to cover more low-income Virginians’ health needs. But to the disappointment of his most avid supporters who relied on his 2013 campaign pledge to expand Medicaid, the Democratic governor didn’t go so far as to expand the program unilaterally. McAuliffe had indicated previously...

Taxes

Heartland Institute Joins Free-Market Coalition Opposing Internet Sales Tax

In September, The Heartland Institute joined a broad coalition of conservative leaders and free-market proponents in signing “An Open Letter to the United States Congress: Oppose the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act,” voicing their opposition to S. 2609, the so-called Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act. The leaders of seventeen organizations, representing millions of citizens,...

United States, France among Worst Countries for Tax Competiveness

Earlier this week, the Tax Foundation’s annual International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) report was released, disclosing some unsurprising results. Among the study’s rankings, the United States was ranked as the third-worst country in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), out of 34 measured countries. Using the Tax Foundation’s metrics, only Portugal and France...

State Regulators Ban Ridesharing Companies’ New Carpool Services

Smartphone apps are increasingly placing new powers in the hand of users— whether it’s finding hookups on Tinder, sharing anonymous sentiments on Yik Yak, or flagging down an Uber cab that’s heading your way, with a few taps on a smartphone. Actually, one of those mobile apps was banned this month by California bureaucrats, claiming that Uber and other popular ridesharing companies failed to gain...

Tech

A Model for Innovation Protection: Section 1201

Today the House Judiciary Committee is undertaking the next in its series of hearings discussing the Copyright Act. This time the hearing will focus on Title 17, Chapter 12 which discusses copyright protection and management systems, including section 1201 regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems. The very design of the Chapter was to promote creation and innovation, imbuing...

Decompetition Decompetition Decompetition

The FCC’s new professed mantra is “competition competition competition.” However, the FCC appears to be pursuing a de facto policy of decompetition rather than competition. Decompetition is regulation that undermines competition in order to justify more regulation. How could this perverse outcome happen? It’s what one gets when one combines an obsolete communications law and regulators nostalgic...