Letter to Congress: Stop Putting Self-interest Before the Public Interest

In the face of the coronavirus outbreak and as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on the second economic stimulus plan, a coalition of 26 organizations sent a letter to the House calling on members to do the right thing and stop holding the American people hostage to pursue a policy agenda of […]

Lobbyist Greed and Political Pork are Infecting the Next Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The White House and both sides of the aisle in Congress are rushing to put together a stimulus package to limit the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. While the full extent of the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis is yet to be determined, the global economy is facing dramatic turbulence. 72% of Americans […]

Leading Economists Warn ‘Medicare for All’ Would Trigger Shortages, Stifle Innovation

As reported in the Washington Times, “more than 50 leading U.S. economists and professors have signed an open letter warning that the proposed “Medicare for All” plans to place Americans on a government-run system would trigger shortages, degrade quality and discourage medical innovation.” Below, you can read the Open Letter: Open Letter from Economists on […]

The Economic Standard: Federal Interference Blocking Renewable Energy

Wind power has gradually become the leading source of renewable energy in the United States. With strong consumer demand for lower carbon energy and new technology lowering the price of production, wind power now rivals solar and fossil fuels on cost. Despite wind’s success, conflicting federal policies are picking winners and losers in the industry while fleecing taxpayers through […]

States Should Follow Arizona’s Occupational Licensing Reform

Over 750 people now have jobs in Arizona because of universal occupational licensing. In a report from the Goldwater Institute, after Arizona passed a bill last year that recognizes out-of-state occupational licensing, workers that moved into the Grand Canyon State were able to find work without having to retrain for a professional license. While this […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Proposed Rail Regulations Are Bad for Consumers, Workers and the Environment

Undermining railroad investment is a dangerous risk that could eventually lead to underperformance by railroads, produce financial losses, and increase market shares for the trucking industry. As trucking increases, environmental concerns increase along with congestion and added pollution. Compared to trains, trucks create three times more pollution per ton. By one estimate, taxpayers will face […]

The Economic Standard: How Charter Schools Could Lower Your Property Tax

In Idaho, residents are concerned with rising property taxes, pushing legislators to consider freezing them all together. Meanwhile in Greenville, North Carolina residents are worried about reappraisals that are also raising property taxes. Yet, the solution to lower property taxes should be no mystery. With 30 percent of property taxes going towards education, residents would […]

Pet owners and New York’s Plastic Bag Ban

Earlier this month, New York City banned plastic bags entirely, forcing consumers to either bring their own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper bag. While the intent is laudable, the decision is troublesome as businesses will see increased costs, while paper bags are worse for the planet than their plastic counterparts. Moreover, since […]

Inside Sources: Flavored Tobacco Ban Is a Pandora’s Box

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a landmark flavored tobacco ban. Despite the Trump administration wisely announcing its opposition to the bill, the “Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020” is a legislative proposal that will drastically harm an entire industry and its consumers. To read this op-ed, please […]

Michael McGrady: Lessons on COVID-19 Hysteria and Public Health Panics

World War One made the breakout of the H1N1 influenza virus, or Spanish flu, which began in the winter of 1918. Due to the movement of troops and  the close quarters invited by trench warfare, this case of the influenza virus is considered one of the worst in human history. The Spanish flu killed 40 […]