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Government Issues

Prohibition's Leftovers: Pennsylvania's Beer Distribution Problem

Pennsylvania breweries are permitted to self-distribute their products to retailers in the state, but out-of-state breweries must go through wholesalers...

Legal Complexities Limit State Pension Reform

In many states, an employee's right to public pension benefits is considered contractual, and therefore is protected against substantial impairment under both state and federal constitutions...

High Speed Railways Are Not Realistic in the United States

The evidence suggests that high-speed rail can only be competitive on routes that are between 200 miles and 500 miles in length...

Privatization of Government Programs Benefits the Economy

Privatization is a bipartisan trend, embraced by pragmatic local policymakers from both sides of the aisle...

Red Tape Record Breakers

Pages in the Code of Federal Regulations hit an all-time high of 174,545 in 2012, an increase of more than 21 percent during the last decade...

Exporting Natural Gas: Is it Beneficial?

While politicians and corporations are worried about prices of natural gas inflating, it is not clear that allowing sales abroad would have a substantial impact on American purchasers of the commodity...

Five Myths about the Federal Housing Administration

The Federal Housing Administration took the lead in crafting the National Homeownership Strategy, which urged doing away with down payments...

Government Assault on Chinatown Bus Industry Fueled by Bogus Federal Study

New research indicates that conventional buses could have a higher fatality rate than curbside buses...

Ethics Should Hinder Lobbying and Crony Capitalism

In recent years, corporations have become increasingly successful at lobbying for more spending and stricter trade regulations despite efforts to reveal the biggest corporation's actions...

Amendments to Limit Campaign Contributions Misguided

Evidence from recent elections shows that campaign spending is not strongly related to electoral wins...


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