Daily Policy Digest

How to Stem the Regulatory Flood

While the SEC issued the most regulations in 2013, the EPA is responsible for the most expensive ones; since 2009, the EPA has imposed $40 billion in new costs annually, more than all other executive branch agencies put together...

Giving Employees Stock in Public Schools

Fifteen years ago, economist Richard Vedder suggested that public school employees "take ownership" of public schools through a stock plan...

Loss of Coal Will Boost Power Costs by 25 Percent

According to a new report, the loss of coal will increase the price of power by 25 percent for energy grids that currently supply power for one-third of the nation...

Can a Passport Interfere with Foreign Policy? The Case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry

In 2002, Congress passed a law that required the Secretary of State to allow an American citizen born in Jerusalem to list "Israel" as his place of birth on his passport...

Group Issues Misleading Frac Sand Study

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses a mixture of sand, water and chemicals to create fissures in rock, which then releases oil that would be otherwise unreachable...

Right-to-Work Laws Make Unions More Accountable

When states implement right-to-work legislation and make union dues voluntary, unions become more responsive to their members...

Ballot Initiatives across the Country: Soda Taxes, GMOs and Corporate Speech Rights

San Francisco is mulling a new tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce, meaning that a canned soft drink will face a 24-cent tax if the measure passes...

Despite Rhetoric, Women Are Succeeding in Science Fields

Women are a minority within the academic sciences field. As a result many commentators have begun to insist that male-dominated academia creates an inhospitable work environment for women...

How Important Are Education Issues in the Midterm Elections?

An analysis of the platforms of 139 of the major candidates for governor and U.S. Senate races reveals little focus on education...

Countries Boost Incomes, Reduce Poverty with Capitalism

From 1990 to 2011, the percent of the world's population living in extreme poverty fell from 36 percent down to 15 percent...


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