Daily Policy Digest

Hospitals Cut Costs by Getting Doctors to Stick to Guidelines

Eliminating unnecessary procedures cuts hospital costs...

Zombie Spending

Government programs often outlive their rationales, says Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute...

Alaska's Lessons for the Keystone XL Pipeline

Many opponents of the Trans-Alaska pipeline argued that there would be threats to wildlife, earthquakes, and massive oil spills along the Pacific Coast. None of these doomsday scenarios ended up transpiring...

The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Eliminating the Federal Death Tax

The death tax encourages people to consume more and invest less because there is less of an incentive to save if the government can end up confiscating 40 percent of assets...

Texans Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses After Texas Eased Restrictions on Selling Food Made At Home

Texas is enjoying a burst of entrepreneurship after enacting laws that let anyone turn a home kitchen into a business incubator...

Robots Work Their Way into Small Factories

Robots have easily transitioned into the workplace because some are now equipped with sensors and internal maps that allow it to move through crowded corridors and cluttered spaces...

Obama Administration Issues New Rules to Combat Tax Inversions

The Treasury Department tightened tax rules Monday to deter U.S. companies from moving their legal headquarters to lower-tax countries, part of a White House effort to slow a wave of so-called corporate inversions that effectively reduce federal revenues...

Feds Lack the Data to Determine How Well Key Obamacare Provisions Are Working

The accounting system used by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, which manages Obamacare, doesn't track "expenditure totals for CCIIO-related polling, focus groups, or advertising and other public relations activities," GAO said in a recent report...

Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles

Congress should stop funding expensive and obsolete rail transit projects, which will have no place in a future likely to be characterized by widespread sharing of self-driving cars, writes Randal O'Toole...

Overselling the Earned Income Tax Credit

Twenty-seven million families received the EITC in 2012 at a cost of $63 billion, or twice the cost of TANF and associated state programs...


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