Daily Policy Digest

The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Financial Regulations

Using cost-benefit analysis in evaluating regulations would improve transparency, as regulators would have to explain to the public exactly what their assumptions are behind proposed regulations...

Texas' Regional Education Service Centers Need Greater Spending Transparency

Texas' Regional Education Service Centers lack transparency, making it difficult for Texas residents to determine how exactly taxpayer funds are being spent...

Facts and Myths about the U.S. Corporate Tax Rate

The corporate income tax rate in the United States is so high that it leads to inefficiency in taxation, because businesses plan extensively to avoid the tax, shrinking the tax base...

Lawmakers Push to Lift Export Restrictions

With a U.S. oil boom in full swing thanks to the North Dakota shale and oil production in Texas, support is emerging to lift oil export restrictions that have been in place for years...

One in Six American Men Not Working

More than 10 million men ages 25 to 54 do not have jobs today, a function of the slow economy as well as technology and globalization...

The Real Reason Health Spending Has Slowed

A 2012 Rand Corporation study found that people in Health Savings Account plans spend 21 percent less, on average, on health care in the first year...

A Survey of Charter Schools

The average charter school waiting list rose from 233 in 2009 to 277 in 2012; in New York City, however, the wait list was 50,000 students...

Employment Rate Falling for Older Populations

A Swiss study found that permanently reducing retirement benefits by 3.4 percent would result in a 50 percent decline in retirement probability...

Maple Syrup Group Seeks International Standards

The International Maple Syrup Institute is pushing for U.S. states and Canadian provinces to adopt a uniform grading standard, the idea being that the standard would make marketing the syrup worldwide an easier endeavor...

How Shifting to Electronic Records Has Endangered Patient Privacy

In 2009, one out of every six data breaches was targeted at the health care industry...


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