Health Insurers Find Back Door to Limit Choice

Lost in the noise of political posturing over health care, there's one widely accepted principle:...

Missouri Adopts New Standards to Replace Common Core

Missouri public schools will have new academic standards this fall, with the State Board of...

What if Environmental Laws Make Things Worse?

Time and again, humans have put into motion well-intentioned schemes to restore the environment to...

The Free-Market Alternative To Education Socialism

More than a few parents active in the fight to end Common Core’s suffocating grip on elementary and...

Another Climate Alarmist’s Predictions Don’t Match Real-World Data

Whenever there is a new record set, whether rain, hurricane, drought, etc., those in the climate...

VA Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Education Choice for Parents of Disabled Children

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents of disabled...
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Education

Missouri Adopts New Standards to Replace Common Core

Missouri public schools will have new academic standards this fall, with the State Board of Education having adopted standards in April to replace Common Core. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed House Bill 1490 in July 2014 to repeal and replace Common Core and require the state government to prepare replacement standards for the 2016-17 school year. Work groups of educators and parents chosen by...

Environment

Greater Sage Grouse Protections Hatching Lawsuits

The Obama administration’s greater sage grouse protection plan has spawned multiple lawsuits, including two since April. The administration’s plan to protect the sage grouse, while avoiding listing the ground-dwelling bird as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), places strict limits on the use of more than 180 million acres of federal, state, and private lands across the bird’s...

Remaining Presidential Contenders Differ Radically on Climate, Fossil Fuels

Donald Trump would reverse many of the regulations the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposed on the economy—regulations he says are costing coal, natural gas, and oil jobs—while Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) want to build on EPA’s regulations to end the use of fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Those are the messages...

Legislative Pulse: Colorado Supports Domestic Energy Production, Climate Realism

Editor’s Note: First-term state Rep. Yeulin Willett (R-Grand Junction) serves on the House Judiciary Committee. He is also a member of the Legislative Legal Services Committee, the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, and the Uniform Law Commission.  Burnett: Over Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s objections, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, joined 26 other...

Finance & Insurance

Ohio ‘Cancer Presumption’ Would Cover Treatment as Workers Comp

A bill now being considered by the Ohio House of Representatives would create a legal presumption firefighters with certain cancers became ill as a result of their work. Senate Bill 27, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), passed the upper chamber 32–1 on April 13. If the bill becomes law, Ohio’s employers will pay the cancer treatment costs of certain firefighters through the...

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...

Health

Lawmakers Incentivize and Facilitate Health Care Delivery to Rural Missouri

Missouri legislators and medical school professionals are pursuing ways to incentivize and facilitate delivery of health care services to underserved areas of the state. Lawmakers appropriated $2.2 million for the Offices of Primary Care and Rural Care and Women’s Health and $2.9 million for the Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri (PRIMO) under House Bill 2010, an appropriations bill...

Universal Health Insurance Tax Credit Enters GOP Mix of Obamacare Alternatives

Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives will release a conference-wide plan to repeal and replace Obamacare by mid-July, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) office told Health Care News days after Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced House Resolution 5284, titled the World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan Act of 2016. HR 5284, introduced on May 19, would...

Medicaid Expansion Dubbed ‘Rebalancing’ by Oklahoma Lawmakers

A $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase will go toward funding a form of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma—if lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin (R) approve the Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020 (MRA) this session, scheduled to adjourn on May 27. MRA would move nearly 175,000 members of SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program, into private health insurance plans purchased with federal subsidies...

Taxes

New Orleans City Council Considers New Airbnb Regulations

New Orleans lawmakers are considering a new ordinance targeting Airbnb, a peer-to-peer economy company connecting tourists seeking short-term housing and hosts who provide places to stay. In April, the New Orleans Community Development Committee, a city government committee tasked with reviewing city housing laws, recommended a new ordinance that would allow taxpayers to participate in short-term...

Report: California Taxpayer-Funded Internet Program Doesn’t Provide Internet

Investigations made by a local newspaper found a regional government program in California tasked with the installation and operation of municipal Wi-Fi networks in cities with low-income households between Long Beach and Pasadena failed to provide Wi-Fi access after receiving nearly $500,000 in taxpayer funds from the state’s public utility regulatory agency. In March 2015, the South Bay...

Louisiana Lawmakers’ Vote Curdles Hopes for Raw Milk Bill

Louisiana lawmakers rejected a bill that would have made it legal for consumers to purchase raw milk from farmers, after legislators in one chamber of the General Assembly approved the proposal. In April, lawmakers in the Louisiana Senate approved Senate Bill 29, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Eric LaFleur (D-Ville Platte). LaFleur’s bill would have allowed Louisiana consumers to purchase...

Tech

In Venezuela, Net Neutrality Does In Fact Mean Internet Censorship

Venezuela is an official Socialist Utopia disaster area. (It would be nice if Team Bernie Sanders and his Democrat cohorts were paying attention – but who are we kidding.) The United States State Department issued a travel warning back on September 18 (which still appears to be in place). The news, meanwhile, is chock full of horror stories for the people of Venezuela –...

Google’s Omnipresent Tracking Much Harder to Leave than an ISP for Privacy

If you are online, you can’t escape Google’s myriad of ways it tracks you, but you can leave your ISP. A famous 2009 Google Blog post boasted that: “Google is not the Hotel California — you can check out any time you like and you CAN, in fact, leave!” Since Google chose that apt metaphor, and boasted about how easy Google makes it to “check out” your private data and “leave” to a...