Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Practices to Improve Government Transparency

The data.gov Web site provides a large amount of data sets but most fail to expose the deliberations, management and results of the agencies...

Texas Should Ignore Calls to Increase Utility Regulation

To further enhance the competitiveness of its electricity and telecommunications markets, Texas should reduce local franchise fees to reflect actual coasts of managing the public right-of-way for utility companies...

Requests for Information Rise as Transparency Declines

Researchers have discovered a 28 percent increase in the number of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits from President Bush's last two years in office to the last two years of President Obama's first term...

Proposed Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Has Few Benefits

A new regulation proposes that hybrid and electric motor vehicles make enough sound to alert the blind or visually impaired of their presence...

Federal Communications Commission: Onerous Regulations and High Cost

The Federal Communications Commission is the federal government's third most expensive agency, costing $142 billion a year...

Struggling Post Office Scraps Saturday Service

The U.S. Postal Service projects that eliminating Saturday service will save roughly $2 billion annually by reducing the need for mail carriers on Saturday...

Millions Defraud Federal Phone Subsidy Program

Forty-one percent of Lifeline subscribers, a service that provides phones to low-income Americans via subsidies from phone service customers, could not demonstrate eligibility or did not respond to requests to determine eligibility...

January 2013 Poll Results Reflect Americans' True Feelings

Forty percent of American surveyed say their quality of life has been reduced due to government spending...

Privatizing Roads Will Improve America's Roads

New road enterprises in America should be granted the ability to charge user fees in place of relying on general funds...

Dispelling a Common Gun-Control Myth

Increasing background checks will constitute nothing more than an inconvenience for most gun purchasers and the delays may even trigger slight rises in violent crime...


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