Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Longer Work Commutes Affect the Economy

Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent. The number of jobs increased in only 29 of the nation's 96 largest metro areas...

Congress Should Balance the Budget

The budget is a critical tool in Congress' legislative arsenal to correct the current fiscal course...

Unions Can't Raise Wage But High Productivity Can

Walmart's U.S. operations, with around a million hourly employees, generate about $330 billion...

The Burden of Pension Costs on California Municipalities

A number of cities are spending more than 12 percent of total revenue on pension contributions...

Dodd-Frank Restricts Competition Among Financial Firms

Title VIII provides yet another reason why Congress should repeal the Dodd–Frank Act...

Inefficient Public Transport Project Should Be Reevaluated

The Purple Line will have an average speed of 15.5 miles per hour...

Entrepreneurs Need Freedom, Not More Regulations

Congress could stimulate the economy by easing regulatory burdens, poor tax policies and end restrictive banking policies that prevent innovators from accessing the funds they need to do business...

Important but Surprisingly Low-Paying Jobs

As the national debate continues about raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, lawmakers could also be discussing how to stimulate higher pay for important jobs such as mental health counselors, firefighters, EMTs and pre-K teachers, whose jobs save and transform lives...

China's Excess Metal Supply Leads to Calls for Tariffs in the United States and Europe

Steel producers around the globe are seeking government protection from falling prices...

Why Are the Budget Reforms Important?

U.S. public debt, which has the largest share of the debt, doubled since before the Great Recession...


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