Daily Policy Digest

Choosing the Right Measure for Student Test Score Growth

A two-step value-added model to measure test score growth as a way to evaluate teacher and school performance encourages optimal effort by schools and teachers...

United States Should Not Follow EU Energy Policies

Today, a German household pays three times what an American household pays for electricity, thanks to European energy policies marked by government interference...

Why Per-Mile Tolling Is Better Than Fuel Taxes

A toll per-mile would allow funding to be funneled back to the highway providers in proportion to the amount of miles driven on each road...

New York City Mayor Opposes Charter School Growth

New York City's schools chancellor announced a plan at the end of January to move $210 million in charter school funds to pay for pre-kindergarten teaching and declared that all charter school expansion plans are going to be reviewed...

Who Actually Pays Corporate Income Taxes?

Corporations can choose to offset their taxes by increasing their prices, passing on the tax to consumers in the form of more expensive goods and services...

Dodd-Frank Act and Mortgage Reform

The actual features of the mortgage market that most directly led to the financial crisis are either not addressed by the new Dodd-Frank laws or have only been made worse by regulations...

Do Income Taxes Mean Less Work?

Income taxes reduce the overall labor supply...

Getting Rid of Tennessee's Investment Tax

Tennessee lawmakers are likely to repeal a 6 percent tax on investment income, taxing dividends and interest this year, which would move the state from the 15th best state for business up to the 11th...

Germany's Green Energy Policy Backfires

To meet all of its energy demands, Germany has turned to using the most inexpensive alternatives such as lignite and coal; as a result, its carbon dioxide emissions did not decrease as intended...

More Doctors Becoming Employees

In 2004, physician placement firm Meritt Hawkins saw 11 percent of job offers filled involving hospital employment; last year, that number skyrocketed to 64 percent...


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