Popularity of Homeschooling Grows, Parents Flock to Homeschooling Conventions

The popularity of homeschooling continues to grow nationwide as more parents choose to withdraw...

A Chorus of Viewpoints on Common Core’s Cultural Catastrophe

Review of Common Ground on Common Core: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum Expose the...

Don't Fence Us in: Western States Seek Return of Land From D.C.

According to the United States Geological Survey, nearly half the land in the Western United States...

How the Environmental Movement Morphed into the Climate Change Movement

“Network” has become a common last name for dozens of radical environmental groups, including the...

America’s National Debt Bomb Caused by the Welfare State

The news is filled with the everyday zigzags of those competing against each other for the Democrat...

Floods in the UK Blamed on EU Water Policy

The widespread flooding experienced in towns and cities in the County of Cumbria in North West...
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Education

Popularity of Homeschooling Grows, Parents Flock to Homeschooling Conventions

The popularity of homeschooling continues to grow nationwide as more parents choose to withdraw their children from government schools and take a more active role in their children’s education. Current estimates of the popularity of homeschooling suggest there are between two million and four million homeschooled students in the United States. There are just over 50 million students in government...

Environment

Oregon Bill Proposes Ban on Coal-Generated Electricity by 2035

In a vote that could have far-reaching implications for Oregon’s residential and commercial electricity users, the state’s legislature will soon consider a bill sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) and state Rep. Brian Clem (D-Salem) that would eliminate electricity generated by coal-fired power plants from the state’s power grid by 2035. The Portland Tribune reports Oregon’s two...

How the Environmental Movement Morphed into the Climate Change Movement

“Network” has become a common last name for dozens of radical environmental groups, including the Rainforest Action Network, Pesticide Action Network, Climate Action Network, and many others, but the push to be part of a network is about more than puffery; it’s all about money. Foundations funding the environmental movement are no longer satisfied with stand-alone groups saving the environment....

Farm Bureau Fights Federal Land Grab in Chesapeake Bay Region

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a lower court’s decision to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate land use and development decisions within the Chesapeake Bay watershed under the Clean Water Act (CWA). At issue in American Farm Bureau Federation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is EPA’s Chesapeake...

Finance & Insurance

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...

Lawmakers Hit Brakes On Proposed Fiduciary Broker Rules

Lawmakers in Congress are fighting with U.S. Department Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and President Barack Obama over proposed new regulations on the investment industry. Congressional Democrats are calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to open a period for public comment after a final version of the rule is published next year, adding delays to the rule change’s implementation, during the...

Smart Growth Policies Worsen Housing Crash

A new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) details the harmful impact of smart growth policies on housing affordability. The 2007 financial crisis began when relaxed lending practices, allowing people to buy homes they could not afford, led to the creation of a housing-price bubble. The crisis deepened when home values stopped rising, causing a subsequent rise in defaults,...

Health

Surgeon Posts Prices Online to Improve Transparency, Competition

An Oklahoma City surgeon has found a unique way to explain to patients the true costs of their health care: He tells them. Dr. Keith Smith posts prices for surgical procedures performed at his practice, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. He adopted transparent pricing five years ago, soon after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, in response to Smith’s slackening number of...

Medical School Costs Keep Young Doctors Out of Primary Care

Consumer Power Report #493 Health care reform efforts over the past two decades have focused primarily on creating ways to help more Americans obtain health insurance, but little has been done to address the rapid medical school cost increases now plaguing hundreds of thousands of new doctors. Increasing medical school tuition and fee rates are not only problematic for new graduates, they are...

Obamacare Paperwork: A Multi-Billion-Dollar Cost Americans Can’t Afford

Consumer Power Report #492 [Subscribe here.] Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama’s signature law, including the entire field of Republican presidential candidates, say Obamacare has caused significant premium price increases and has forced millions of Americans out of insurance plans they enjoyed prior to the law’s passage. While these burdens are significant and...

Taxes

California State Pension Board Overrides San Diego’s Entitlement Reforms

San Diego, California lawmakers are appealing a ruling by the state’s labor relations board that rolls back pension entitlement reforms approved by voters four years ago. The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled in December 2015 Proposition B, a San Diego ballot question approved by 66 percent of city voters in 2012, violated public employees’ legal rights by shifting the...

New Mexico Gov. Martinez Revives Right-to-Work Push

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is attempting, for the second time, to bring right-to-work (RTW) reform to her state. In 2015, the measure passed the Republican-led state House of Representatives, but it was later rejected, due in part to strong union opposition, by the Democrat-led state Senate. Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation, says right-to-work could cause the kind of...

Maryland Governor Proposes Tax Relief, Spending Reductions

Unveiling his budget priorities for fiscal year 2017, newly inaugurated Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is pushing for more tax relief for residents and business owners and reform of the state’s spending formulas to include automatic reductions trigged by revenue decreases. Hogan also says he plans to transfer $1.1 billion in revenue to the state’s emergency reserve fund, commonly called the rainy-...

Tech

Madison, Wisconsin Lawmakers Dial Up Taxpayer-Funded Internet Plan

Lawmakers in Madison, Wisconsin are proposing to use taxpayer funds to create a new government-owned Internet service provider that they hope will be able to compete with private-sector companies already providing Internet access and services to consumers. City officials have hired a consulting firm to examine the feasibility of expanding local government data networks to provide universal wired-...

FCC Targets Cable Set-Top Boxes — Why Now?

With great fanfare, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler is calling for sweeping changes to the way cable television set-top boxes work. In an essay published Jan. 27 by Re/Code, Wheeler began by citing the high prices consumers pay for set-top box rentals and bemoaning the fact that alternatives are not easily available. Yet for all the talk and tweets about pricing and...