Daily Policy Digest

Economic Gains from Eliminating Travel Visas

By eliminating travel visas, the United States could see an increase of 45 million to 67 million tourists each year, which adds up to somewhere between $90 billion and $123 billion in visitor spending...

New Tax Would Increase Travel Costs

Tax advocates are looking to impose hotel occupancy taxes on online travel sites' service fees -- a short-term way to add more pennies to state coffers rather than actually deal with more fundamental fiscal problems...

Rise of Medical Identity Theft

In 2013, 43 percent of all data breaches in the United States involving personal information were breaches of medical records...

The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage

The earned income tax credit is only available for working families and targets poverty much more effectively than does the minimum wage...

Trade Gap Shrinks as Oil Exports Rise

Last year, the trade gap dropped from $534.7 billion in 2012 to $471.5 billion, thanks largely to rising petroleum exports...

Retiring Soon? Pay off the House First

When considering a move for their senior years, whether to another home or another state, pre-retirees should look at the pros and cons of carrying a mortgage, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Ranking of Intellectual Property Environments

The United States has the best intellectual property environment in the world, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Singapore and Australia...

The President's College Ranking Plan

The president's new college rating system is going to be difficult to implement, as very few schools can meet all three requirements under the plan...

The EXPAND Act

Releasing the energy market from federal controls will not only generate more energy, but it will lead to job creation and lower energy costs for all families...

Proposed Medicare Drug Plan Rule Would Harm Seniors and Taxpayers Alike

An estimated 14 million seniors could lose their current Medicare Part D plan and beneficiaries could see premium increases of up to 21 percent under regulations proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...


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