Reporters Ignore Climate Change Skeptics

The views of researchers skeptical of the theory humans are causing potentially catastrophic...

Commentary: Two Cheers for Ryan Health Plan

On the eve of the Supreme Court hearing of King v. Burwell, three House Republican leaders—Paul...

America's Largest Urban Cores

America's cities (metropolitan areas) changed radically since the dawn of World War II. At that...

Special Enrollment for Obamacare Announced

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

Supreme Court Won't Hear IPAB Challenge

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case Coons v. Lew, which many...

Texas’ Welfare Rolls Shrink, Rick Perry Deserves Praise

 Editor’s Note: This Op-Ed was written and submitted to Breitbart Texas by Logan Pike...
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Education

Arkansas Legislators Pass Bill to Create Choice Program

On March 31, the Arkansas Senate voted to pass House Bill 1552, which would create a school voucher program for children with disabilities. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now awaits signing by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. According to The Freidman Foundation for Educational Choice, Arkansas would become the 25th state to adopt a school choice program if HB1552 becomes law. The program would...

Environment

Reporters Ignore Climate Change Skeptics

The views of researchers skeptical of the theory humans are causing potentially catastrophic climate change have become scarce in news stories covering the topic. A recent study by George Mason University researchers published in the trade magazine Journalism found contrarian views on the subject are no longer welcome in many of the nation’s newspapers. The authors of “Covering Global Warming in...

New Federal Rules Will Further Slow Growth of Fracking on Federal and Indian Lands

The Obama administration has unveiled the first safety mandates for fracking operations on federal and Indian lands. The new rules, announced on March 20, 2015, take effect in late June. The rules set new well integrity standards to protect groundwater, require public disclosure of fracking chemicals, and tighten storage standards. Dan Simmons, vice president for policy at the Institute for...

NEPA Guidance for CO2 Emissions Is Bad Policy Based on Bad Science

Climate Change Weekly #165 Marlo Lewis, senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, drafted a powerful rebuke of the Council on Environmental Quality’s recent draft guidance to require a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of potential climate change effects caused by increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions from federal projects and projects requiring federal permits...

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

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...

Commentary: Two Cheers for Ryan Health Plan

On the eve of the Supreme Court hearing of King v. Burwell, three House Republican leaders—Paul Ryan (WI), John Kline (MN), and Fred Upton (MI)—unveiled an important new alternative to Obamacare. The plan would do two important things: The proposal would abolish the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance, and it would give everyone purchasing insurance in the individual...

IRS Sends Wrong Obamacare Tax Information

Many taxpayers are concerned a chaotic and confusing tax preparation season lies ahead in the wake of the Obama administration admitting it sent inaccurate tax information to 800,000 people who enrolled in and received tax credits through federal and state health insurance exchanges. The blunder is a result of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) miscalculation of the amount of subsidies...

Taxes

Bloomington City Council Passes New Food Truck Rules

Responding to pressure from local restaurant owners, lawmakers in Bloomington, Indiana passed new regulations on where food truck vendors may sell food to customers. The new ordinance prevents food truck vendors from selling food to customers within 50 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. The new regulations will take effect immediately after mayor Matt Kruzan (D) has signed the ordinance. ‘...

Haley Rejects Gas Tax Hike Proposal

Following up on her promise to reject any gasoline tax increases without offsetting decreases in the state’s income tax rate, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) announced her plan to veto House Bill 3579 and Senate Bill 523.  As reported by the Charleston Regional Business Journal, “the House Ways and Means committee recently passed a proposal to raise the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon while the Senate...

Minnesota Lawmaker Proposes Cigar Sin Tax Cut

In Minnesota, State Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia) introduced a bill to reduce the state’s excise tax on cigars by up to $3, lowering the tax to $0.50 per unit. Currently, a 95 percent tax is added to the price of cigars, increasing the price by $3.50. Nash’s bill would lowering Minnesota’s cigar tax rate, equalizing the state’s tax rate with the rate applied in Wisconsin. As reported by KARE-TV 11,...

Tech

Book Review - The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order

Bitcoin is digital money for a digital age and although often associated in the public mind with instability, wild fluctuations and illicit dealings it could yet be poised to launch an economic revolution. Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, two long time Wall Street Journal business reporters attempt to cut through the hype and demystify crytocurrency, detailing its origins, its functions...

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...