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Anti-School Choice Nonsense

Attempts at school choice expansion, such as the forthcoming Texas ESA proposal, aim to provide affordable alternatives to the assigned public school so that 100% of school children can derive maximum education opportunity from the school taxes extracted from 100 of the citizens, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John Merrifield...

California's Bag Ban: A Wealth Transfer from Customers to Big Grocers

In 2014, the California State Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed, Senate Bill 270, a statewide ban on plastic bags scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Before this bill passed, many California counties and municipalities enacted their own plastic bag bans with little fanfare. However, upon reading SB 270, the public discovered that it would line the pockets of grocers at the expense of consumers, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...

EpiPen: A Case Study in What's the Matter with Health Care

Americans throw away unused epinephrine auto-injectors worth more than $1 billion annually. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that Americans waste more than $1 billion annually on $50 million worth of epinephrine auto-injectors that are discarded unused. The devices should only cost $20 a pair. So, why do they cost $608 instead, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

The Big Business Profitability of the Nonprofit College Board

Headquartered in New York City and Reston, Virginia, with six regional and two international offices, the College Board is a nonprofit association of more than 6,000 educational institutions. Its goal is to promote excellence and equity in education. The Board was founded in 1900 by 12 prestigious universities to create a standardized test to admit students based on merit. According to its mission statement, the College Board prepares students for a "successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program," writes NCPA Contributing Fellow Carole Hornsby Haynes...

Four Reasons to Abolish the Social Security Benefits Tax

The Social Security benefits tax is perhaps the most bizarre tax on the books. In particular, it penalizes moderate-income seniors who wish to supplement their Social Security benefits, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...

EpiPen: A Case Study of Government Harm

Much has been written about the dramatic price hikes for EpiPens, which inject a drug that counters severe allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock). The federal government changed its guidelines such that the EpiPens have to be sold in packages of two (while customers might prefer just one, or at least an odd number). Also, the federal government gave public-emergency grants to states on condition they stockpile EpiPens. Further, the Food and Drug Administration has hindered other manufacturers' ability to compete, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Hillary's Economic Plan Will Cost Americans Jobs and Income

Several weeks ago, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience in Warren, Michigan laying out her plans for the economy should she become president. She asked four questions of her audience, of which the first was: "Which candidate has a real plan to create good-paying jobs?" Evidently, not Hillary Clinton, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...

Telehealth Opportunity or Telehealth "Parity"?

Telemedicine, which allows physicians to consult patients over the phone, by text, or video, promises to cut costs and increase quality. However, some advocates demand government regulate prices, which will inhibit adoption, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Clinton's Tax Plan Won't Just Hurt High Income Earners

The distributional effects of Hillary Clinton's proposed tax plan will negatively affect even the lowest income earners, according to a new NCPA/Beacon Hill Institute analysis...

Hillary's Tax Plan Will Cost Everybody, Not Just the Rich

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a number of changes to the income tax code, targeted mainly at high-income earners. The tax changes would have little impact on 90 percent of the population in terms of tax liability. However, households in the top ten percent of the income distribution, who currently pay 53 percent of all federal taxes, would pay 80 percent of the additional tax collected, according to an NCPA analysis...


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