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Ongoing Government Failures in Air Transportation

Carriers can be fined for holding passengers on the tarmac for extended periods; the economic response of airlines has been to hold back flights at the gate or to cancel them...

Why We Need Principles-Based Regulation

With principles-based regulations, legislation would lay out broad but well-defined principles that businesses are expected to follow...

The Problem with Public Broadcasting

Government-funded media companies are inherently problematic and impossible to reconcile with either the First Amendment or a government of constitutionally limited powers...

Regulation in the Pulp and Paper Industry: Costs and Consequences

Between 1994 and 2010 the number of workplace injuries in the paper and pulp industry declined at a faster rate than the national rate for all private industries...

The Cost of Ever-Increasing Federal Regulations

Estimated regulatory costs, while "off budget," are estimated to be $1.75 trillion and are equivalent to over 48 percent of the level of federal spending itself...

When Cupcakes Are the Enemy of School Kids

Massachusetts will not only limit the bake sale capability of students -- it will also forbid students from handing out sweets such as cupcakes on their birthdays...

Restoring Trust in Mortgage-Backed Securities

There remains profound lack of confidence in the models used by credit rating agencies to assess residential mortgage-backed securities...

Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments

Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years...

Gaining Public Support for Freeway Congestion Pricing

If revenues from tolls were allocated exclusively to road construction/maintenance, consumers would likely be more amenable to them...

Why Congress Must Confront the Administrative State

The Small Business Administration last year estimated that the total cost of America's regulatory burden reached $1.75 trillion...


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