Daily Policy Digest

Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Killing Jobs

A proposal to raise Seattle's minimum wage up to $15 is controversial, and while the measure has not passed, small businesses are panicked. Many businesses are holding off on expanding or hiring additional workers...

More States Use Teacher Performance in Employment Decisions

Sixteen states now require that teacher performance evaluations be used when making decisions about granting a teacher tenure or non-probationary status...

Manufacturers Having Trouble Filling Positions

The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned $77,505 in 2012, yet companies are having trouble filling these positions. For many, manufacturing invokes images of old factories, but today's manufacturing is modernized...

Evaluating Thorium as a Nuclear Energy Option

The nuclear energy industry has minimal experience working with thorium, compared to decades of experience working with uranium. This has deterred investment and kept companies from using the new technology...

Flaws in the FDA's Food Labeling Laws

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a rule to revamp the labeling requirements on the back of food products...

Why Choice Schools Work Better than Public Schools

Early public schools were locally funded and controlled, and districts were small. In 1900, there were 115,000 small school districts. Today, there are 15,000 much larger districts, and many school boards are uninformed about the schools within their jurisdiction...

Debunking Myths About Imports

While China is the largest supplier of U.S. imports, half of America's non-oil imports come from other developed countries with high wages. Nine of the top 20 of these suppliers are high-wage trading partners...

VA Hospitals: Why Single-Payer Systems Fail

When resources can’t meet demand in a given year, the VA does what other single-payer systems do: it rations care...

The U.S. Needs Nuclear Energy

Two nuclear reactors in New York at the Indian Point Energy Center can provide up to 30 percent of the electricity for New York City...

Fed Policies are Hurting the Economy

The Federal Reserve has maintained its position that quantitative easing is the right path for our economy, but low growth levels and a weak dollar may say otherwise...


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