ACI in the Tallahassee Democrat: Cell Tax Cut is Sensible

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As part of Florida’s budget, Governor Scott proposed to cut the cell phone and TV tax rate by 3.6 percentage points. When approved by the Florida Legislature, the tax cut will save Floridians $470 million annually. These services are taxed at 9.17% for cell phone and cable TV and 13.17% for satellite TV services – […]

Spending Habit Can Tee up Another Bailout

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Two of the largest US institutions are at risk of going wobbly.  Fannie Mae lists $3 trillion and Freddie Mac lists $1.7 trillion  in securitized mortgages that they sold to banks usually with guarantees.  According to some sources, their impressive performance in recent years may be drawing to a close and their federal masters have […]

Patent Litigation: Slow, Costly, Error-Prone

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A few insightful studies of intellectual property abuses and patent infringement defenses have highlighted the role of patent trolls and patent pools. The litigation between patent holders and those accused of infringement is resolved in district courts where large, unproductive process costs and awards eventually hit consumers. Part of these problems seems to be fostered […]

Peer Assessment Won’t Cut It

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Most teachers are dedicated and hardworking, but some are not preparing children with the right stuff to succeed in today’s competitive world of jobs. US graduates and young adults underperform in math, technology and literacy compared with our developed economy competitors.  We cannot expect our new graduates to play a role in winning high value […]

Second Attempt at Privacy and Justice

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Senators Hatch, Coons and Heller have introduced the LEADs Act in the Senate. The bill would establish a framework for how the U.S. government can access data stored abroad during the course of a criminal investigation.  Alan Daley’s new piece, published in today’s Daily Caller, discusses why this bill is so important in protects U.S. economic interests abroad.   

Insurance Commissioner Choses the Wrong Beneficiary

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From the dusty file rooms of Utah insurance brokerages we hear indignant squeals of discomfort. A new competitor called Zenefits rode into town offering customers a much better deal than has been seen in decades. In response, the Utah brokers tied on their guns and did what they have been taught – hunkered down behind […]

What Graduates Need and What Teachers Don’t Like

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While activists may tug educators in other directions, the central goal for high school graduates is to be educated as thoughtful citizens and as employable entry-level workers, or as students who can thrive in college or university. Obtaining an entry-level job shortly after graduating is an important step for many along the path to becoming […]

Adding Imaginary Value to Food Labels

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In a recent AP-GfK poll, 66% of Americans want food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be labelled as such. Only 7% oppose the labeling. Plant and animal breeding that selects some attributes and suppresses others has been in use for about 14,000 years. Intentional alteration of the DNA within a cell (resulting in a […]