Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Simple Logic Derails Congress' Positive Train Control Initiative

Positive train control is a classic example of what you get when Congress tries to dictate solutions to commercial and technological problems...

"Tough on Crime" Laws Cost Taxpayers $80 Billion Annually

With high rates of recidivism, the broken incarceration system wastes taxpayer dollars, threatens the safety of our communities and demoralizes victims by leaving many offenders unaccountable...

United States Federal Regulatory State is Larger than India's Economy

In 2014, agencies issued 16 new regulations for every law—that is 3,554 new regulations compared to 224 new laws...

Small Businesses Affected Most by Government Regulations

Since 2008, the federal government has imposed $733.9 billion in regulatory costs...

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Federal Mismanagement, Again

The Government Accountability Office estimated the total cost of the Department of Homeland Security's 22 programs is about $9.7 billion higher than originally expected...

Will Congress Reform the U.S. Patent System?

The crux of the issue over patent reform appears to be twofold: whether Congress should enact comprehensive patent reform legislation, or pass targeted legislation making specific – and limited –improvements to the nation's patent system to address flaws in the system...

Dodd-Frank Proposal Takes Aim at CEOs

Passing the new Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation could have a major effect on private industry...

Massachusetts Could Soon Oversee Local Ride-Hailing Services

Governor Charlie Baker on Friday introduced legislation that would allow Uber, Lyft and other companies to operate under a new category of state supervision...

Patent Reform Could Soon End Abusive Behavior

Abusive claims accounted for over half of all patent litigation in 2012, while there was a nearly 40 percent increase in suits by non-participating entities (NPE) between 2007 and 2011...

As Foreign-Born U.S. Population Increases, Incomes Decrease

Between 1970 and 2013, the estimated foreign-born population in the United States increased from 9,740,000 to 41,348,066, respectively, an increase of 31,608,066 persons, representing a percentage increase of 324.5 percent...


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