Constitutionally Limited Gov’t: A Pragmatic Response to Gov’t Picking Winners and Losers

In a recent article published by Bloomberg View, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein...

“The Sky is Falling” Scare Stories Have No Place in Public Interest Science or Policy

Earth Day 2016 brought extensive consternation about how our Earth will soon become uninhabitable,...

REGROW Act Would Require FDA to Fast-Track Regenerative Meds

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate would require the U.S. Food and Drug...

The Marketplace Delivers More Data

The Oxford Dictionary defines capitalism as "an economic and political system in which a country's...

New Study Shows Renewable Energy May Always Need Government Support

A new study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says renewable energy sources...

Let’s Not Emulate How Much of the World Treats Intellectual Property

April 26 is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day: “We celebrate World Intellectual Property...
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Education

We Can’t Trust the Feds, Says Lamar Alexander

School Choice Weekly #135 Remember when Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander sheepdogged the No Child Left Behind rewrite bill through Congress, and this author and colleagues argued it would not “end the national school board,” as Alexander promised? That was just four months ago. Four. Alexander himself now agrees with us – conveniently after rushing the bill into law. Alexander has...

Environment

Virginia Gov. Bars State Lawmakers Having Input on Clean Power Plan

Citing separation of powers, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a bill that would have given state lawmakers authority over implementing a federal Clean Power Plan. A statement issued by Gov. McAuliffe’s office says he “supports the CPP as a necessary response to climate change and an opportunity for Virginia to become a leader in clean energy.” Lawmakers said their constituents ought to...

New Study Shows Renewable Energy May Always Need Government Support

A new study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says renewable energy sources will be unable to compete with conventional energy without government support or high taxes on fossil fuels for at least a decade. The authors also conclude renewable energy may always need government assistance to stay in business. The study’s authors say while renewable energy has made promising...

Despite More than a Billion Dollars in Government Subsidies Largest Renewable Energy Company Filing for Bankruptcy

SunEdison, which bills itself as the largest green energy company in the world, a company the National Review reports has received more than $1.5 billion in state and federal government subsidies and loan guarantees, is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. SunEdison’s financial collapse would rank as one of the largest in recent years. The company had a market value of...

Finance & Insurance

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...

Federal Reserve Places Restriction on Future Bank Bailouts

The Federal Reserve has adopted new rules restricting its ability to bail out financially strained banks, complying with provisions in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The new rule limits the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers to “broad-based” programs, as opposed to targeted lending to individual banks. Escaping Accountability Norbert Michel, a financial...

Health

Ohio Medicaid Cost-Sharing Proposal Denounced as ‘Window Dressing’

The Ohio Department of Medicaid will seek federal approval to require some of the state’s Medicaid recipients to shoulder a portion of their health care costs, according to an application draft of the Healthy Ohio Program (HOP) posted on April 15. Jonathan Ingram, vice president of research at the Foundation for Government Accountability, says HOP would do little to reduce the state’s...

Medicaid Reform Could Save Ohio $1 Billion

A proposed reform to Ohio’s Medicaid program could save the state $1 billion by requiring enrollees to contribute a few dollars a month to health savings accounts (HSAs) and to make copayments for some medical services. Under the proposed Healthy Ohio Program (HOP), Medicaid recipients would make mandatory monthly contributions of 2 percent of their income—or $99 a year, whichever is less—to a “...

Study: Mass. Bill Would Raise Drug Costs, Make Companies Divulge Proprietary Info

Requiring Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical companies to disclose their pricing methodologies and proprietary information would discourage drug development and drive up health care costs, a new study by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute concludes. The Pioneer Institute published “Are Drug Prices Driving Healthcare Cost Growth?” on April 7 in anticipation of an April 11 hearing by the state...

Taxes

Missouri Lawmakers Approve Referendum to Pump Up Gas Tax

Lawmakers in Missouri’s state Senate approved a bill authorizing a November 2016 ballot question asking for an increase in the state’s gasoline excise tax. If the state House of Representatives passes the bill, voters will be asked to approve an increase in the state’s gasoline tax by about 6 cents per gallon, from 17.3 cents per gallon to 22.9 cents. Approval from Gov. Jay Nixon (D) is not...

Virginia House Approves Resolution Calling for Article V Convention

Virginia lawmakers are considering a resolution calling for Congress to convene a national convention for the purpose of drafting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and authorizing the state to participate. In February, the Virginia House of Delegates approved House Joint Resolution 3, which calls for Congress to convene a convention of the states to propose a constitutional amendment to “...

Study: Taxes are Costliest Part of Providing Telecom Services

Study: Taxes are Costliest Part of Providing Telecom Services Johnny Kampis A study on rural broadband found that — wait for it — taxes are far and away the largest cost involved in providing telecommunications services. This comes after another report last year indicated taxes could slow down wireless broadband expansion. Hudson Institute’s “The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband” found that...

Tech

The Marketplace Delivers More Data

The Oxford Dictionary defines capitalism as "an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state."  A new poll on the topic from Harvard received some attention yesterday, garnering headlines about millennial's view of capitalism. The poll is challenging to interpret given that most people...

Let’s Not Emulate How Much of the World Treats Intellectual Property

April 26 is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day: “We celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.” It’s sad that so many of us still need to learn “the role that intellectual property rights…play in encouraging innovation and creativity...