Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Unemployment Is Down, but Real Earnings Remain Underwhelming

While the American economy added 250,000 jobs in January, Americans who are polled still say the country is "heading in the wrong direction."...

Is Sugar Protectionism Too Sweet Of A Deal To Reform?

Sugar protectionism has only resulted in higher prices for American consumers...

Reflections during Black History Month: Welfare Policy and Marriage

Out-of-wedlock births are the second key cause of poverty (next to lack of employment), but the structure of welfare benefits encourages single parenthood and family breakups...

The Best States to Find a Job

North Dakota sits in first place for the best hiring climate, where it has been for the last six years due to energy development...

Reflections during Black History Month: How Government Policy Affects Quality, Affordable Housing

"Smart growth" urban planning (in an effort to reduce "urban sprawl") prices lower- and middle-income families out of the housing market...

Union Contracts Reduce Productivity

A new study indicates that when companies unionize, wages fall...

Currency Manipulation Affects Global Economic Recovery

The long-term consequences of currency manipulation disrupt the global economy...

Forced Union Dues Have Crushed Illinois Taxpayers

On Monday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed an executive order making union dues voluntary for public employees...

MyRA or the Highway?

The new MyRA retirement accounts are a bad idea for young workers who wish to save for retirement, due to their low rate of return, writes Pam Villarreal...

An Obstacle to Bringing Jobs Back to America: Taxes and Regulations

Some American companies have started bringing jobs back to U.S. shores, but much more needs to be done at the state level to encourage companies to investment domestically...


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