Brief Analyses

Restricted to two letter-size pages, a Brief Analysis summarizes some aspect or aspects of a public policy issue, presenting points for consideration in policy debates or responding to points that have been raised during these debates.

Taxpayer Choice

After more than 30 years of the War on Poverty, the federal government has proven one thing: it does a bad job of dispensing welfare. Hardly anybody is happy with the result. However, there is a bette…

Fighting the Rising Tax Burden

Recently released data from the Department of Commerce reveal that federal, state and local taxes consumed a record 31.3 percent of gross domestic product last year - the highest level in U.S. history…

The Complex Dynamics Of Raising The Minimum Wage

Both proponents and opponents of a federally mandated increase in the minimum wage are framing the issue in the wrong terms.

Misplaced Criticism of MSAs

Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) have become the most controversial element of the health insurance reform proposal before Congress. They should be the least controversial.

Five Steps to Effective Regulatory Reform

Congress should take five more steps toward meaningful regulatory reform. The first involves revisiting and improving the reforms Congress has made. The last four represent a sharp break with the past…

The Minimum Wage Trap

With the exception of the Card-Krueger findings, virtually every major study that has ever been done has found significant job losses from an increase in the minimum wage. But even if one accepts the…

Four Steps to Reforming Superfund

Superfund cleanups have been incredibly expensive and inefficient, and the law has been ineffective in protecting both human health and the environment. With reauthorization overdue, now is a good tim…

Consensus on Health Reform

A consensus is emerging on the right way to reform our health care system. The consensus stems from the recognition that the tax system has shaped and molded our health care system and is responsible…