Daily Policy Digest

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...

Popular Medicare Drug Plans Are under Assault

A new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposal would cause almost 14 million seniors to lose their Medicare Part D stand-alone plans, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Grading the No Child Left Behind Waivers

The idea behind accountability systems is that teachers will be motivated to teach specified content and improve the quality of their instruction...

Bringing Federal Land under State Control

Restructuring our current system of land management would improve the process and allow the true value of our land and resources to be realized...

Economy Growing Slowly Due to Antigrowth Policies

The slow economic recovery has cost the United States $1.3 trillion in gross domestic product compared to past economic recoveries, according to a study from the Joint Economic Committee...

Minimum Wage Hike Could Cost 500,000 Jobs

A Congressional Budget Office report concluded that a minimum wage increase to $10.10 would lift 900,000 workers above the poverty line, but cost 500,000 jobs...


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