Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Employment

A new study from University of California-San Diego researchers concludes that wage hikes have negative effects on employment...

West Virginia's Labor Force Participation Rate Falls Below 50 Percent

The only state in the country to have a labor force participation rate below 50 percent is West Virginia...

Texas Court Rules against Occupational Licensing Requirement

A federal court in Texas has ruled in favor of a small African hair braiding business, a win for entrepreneurs against licensing restrictions and unreasonable regulations...

Small Banks Hurt by Dodd-Frank

Dodd-Frank hit banks and financial firms with a host of new regulations, but lawmakers in the new Congress have indicated an intention to reform the massive law...

Reducing Down Payments to 3 Percent Is a Bad Idea

Prior to the 1990s, a 20 percent down payment for a Fannie or Freddie housing loan was standard, but at the start of the subprime mortgage crisis, required down payments had fallen dramatically...

46 Million on Food Stamps in 2014

Twenty million more Americans are on food stamps today than they were before the recession...

Inequality Is Falling across the Globe

Global inequality is on the decline...

Giving Congress More Power over Federal Regulations

Many people may not realize that Congress has power to limit federal regulatory actions...

Who Does the Minimum Wage Hurt? The Young

Analyzing overall employment after a wage hike can mask the negative impact that minimum wages have on youth employment...

New Regulations Cost $181.5 Billion in 2014

The $181.5 billion cost of new regulations is equal to $567 per American...


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