Daily Policy Digest

Solving Social Problems with Pay-For-Success Contracts

California is considering partnering with private organizations with "pay-for-success" programs...

Plaintiffs Can Receive Millions Under False Claims Act

Whistleblowers can collect 30 percent of the total recovery in a False Claims Act case...

State Tax Code Cronyism

When states issue carve-outs to small groups, tax rates must necessarily rise in order to compensate for the diminished tax base...

Improving Education Would Improve Upward Mobility

When Florida quit promoting third graders who could not read to the next grade level, Florida fourth graders made reading gains that were three times the national average...

Burning Trash in Sweden

Sweden sends just 1 percent of its waste to landfills...

Detroit's New 3-Mile Light-Rail Line

The federal government has given Detroit $41 million in taxpayer subsidies to build light rail, and supporters have asked for another $12 million for the project...

Paying for Public Employee Health Costs

In school districts where union power is weaker, districts are more likely to reduce health care costs by reducing benefits...

Federal Poverty Measurement Is Misleading

Poverty is a measurement of income below a specific threshold, yet income includes only wages and salaries -- not welfare benefits...

Legal Battles Rage over Hepatitis-C Drugs

Drug companies can obtain patents for a "method of use" that utilizes drugs belonging to other patent owners...

TSA Raises Passenger Fees

The TSA is raising fees as a result of a budget deal agreed to by Congress in December, and the agency believes that the measure will raise $16.9 billion in additional revenue...


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