Michigan State Education Officials Push for Higher Teacher Pay

Michigan’s outgoing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan made headlines one...

Union Cash Didn’t Deter Top PA Senate Republican From Backing Privatization

Money talks in politics, but sometimes not loudly enough. In March, the political action committee...

Study: Occupational Licensing Rules Hurt More Than They Help

Across the nation, state legislatures are re-evaluating the necessity of regulating individuals’...

National Student Privacy Bill Stirs Praise, Renews Concerns

Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the bipartisan...

Debater Claims Florida Tea Party Meeting Biased Venue for Solar Debate

Debbie Dooley, leader of the self-proclaimed Green Tea Party, accused Florida Tea Party members of...

Study Finds Students at Charters and Magnets Have Made ‘Meaningful Gains’

A newly released study by the Connecticut State Department of Education finds “meaningful gains” in...
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Education

Michigan State Education Officials Push for Higher Teacher Pay

Michigan’s outgoing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan made headlines one year ago when he said he wanted all public school teachers to make $100,000 or more. Brian Whiston, the man who will replace Flanagan when he retires in July, told a legislative committee on education in June he thinks districts will have to pay teachers more if they want to attract high quality...

Environment

Climate Truths Defended in Conference Keynote Addresses

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint kicked off the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change on June 11 by presenting the 2015 Political Leadership on Climate Change Award to U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).             DeMint, a former U.S. senator from South Carolina, said when introducing Inhofe, “It is vitally important we...

States, Congress Defy President’s Clean Power Plan

Climate Change Weekly #177 States and Congress are challenging the Obama administration’s clean power plan. Pennsylvania and West Virginia, for example, have enacted laws requiring legislative approval of any plan developed by their states’ environmental agencies to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). In a letter to the National Governors Association in early...

Pursuit of Climate Truth Comes at High Cost

David Legates, Ph.D., is a climatologist at the University of Delaware. He served as Delaware State Climatologist from 2005 to 2011. Legates has published more than 125 articles in refereed scientific journals, conference proceedings, and monograph series. Environment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett interviewed Legates, who was honored at the Tenth International Conference...

Finance & Insurance

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...

Senate Considers Dodd-Frank Reforms, Rollbacks

A bill to ease financial and investment regulations passed in 2010 in response to the 2008 banking crisis is under consideration in the U.S. Senate. The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015 (FRIA), proposed by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), was approved in May by the Senate Banking Committee. If signed into law, FRIA will ease financial regulations in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...

Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

With Senate Bill 248 the Michigan Legislature is attempting to address a number of problems with the auto insurance market in the state. Michigan’s no-fault system creates misaligned incentives, resulting in auto insurance rates that are among the highest in the nation. There is also a larger question of why we treat severe injuries from car accidents differently than we treat the similar...

Health

Three Outcomes From King v. Burwell

Consumer Power Report #465 President Barack Obama’s view of the King v. Burwell outcome is clear: Obamacare is ‘here to stay.’ I wrote last week on why he’s wrong. This SCOTUScare ruling presents an accurate reflection of the reality in Washington: that American politics no longer has real checks and balances. The rules no longer apply. Words mean whatever we say they mean at the time that we say...

Small Businesses Face Obscure Obamacare Penalty

Businesses that reimburse their employees for health care costs may face large Internal Revenue Service (IRS) penalties even though they may be unaware of the risks. Before Obamacare -- with its mandate that all Americans purchase insurance and requirement for businesses to offer employees insurance plans -- was passed, many small companies provided coverage by directly reimbursing medical costs...

Gov. Brown Mandates Vaccines For California Students

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a new bill eliminating religious and personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations. The bill was prompted after a measles outbreak infected 100 at Disneyland where a majority of those stricken were either unvaccinated by choice or were too young to be vaccinated. The new law makes California the third state after Mississippi and West...

Taxes

Union Cash Didn’t Deter Top PA Senate Republican From Backing Privatization

Money talks in politics, but sometimes not loudly enough. In March, the political action committee for the union representing employees at Pennsylvania’s state-owned wine and spirits stores cut a check for $7,000 to state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. Yet, just months later, Scarnati helped muscle through a bill privatizing the state stores and jeopardizing union...

Dish Network Tricks FCC, Taxpayers in Spectrum Auction

Dish Network may have used a set of subsidiary small businesses as front groups to buy electromagnetic spectrum transmission licenses from the Federal Communications Commission, at a discounted rate for which it would have otherwise been ineligible. Two companies, both of which Dish Network owns a majority stake, Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC were eligible for a 25...

Study: Occupational Licensing Rules Hurt More Than They Help

Across the nation, state legislatures are re-evaluating the necessity of regulating individuals’ occupational choices. Forthcoming research to be published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, authored by Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Research Fellow Paul Larkin, examines occupational licensing regulation through the prism of public choice theory. Public choice theory is an...

Tech

A Bad Bill + Crony Socialism = An Even Worse Bill

The Barack Obama Administration is – even more than any of its predecessors – the Crony Socialism Administration. No prior presidency has used and abused government to do more for its friends – and more to its friends’ competitors – than has this one. When Private Companies Beg for Government Favors – It’s Crony Socialism Crony Socialism: When Private Sector Losers Turn to Big Government Solyndra...

FCC Changed “Can-Do” Internet Into “Can’t-Do” Internet

A “can-do attitude” was the essence of the Internet for the last twenty years, making it a unique decentralized place of endless possibilities and opportunities. No more, the FCC has changed the “can-do” Internet into a “can’t-do” Internet, by centralizing control via the imposition of unnecessary 1934 telephone utility regulation. The FCC has enthroned itself as the ultimate gatekeeper of what’s...