Daily Policy Digest

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...

Seniors Spending More on Credit Cards, Mortgages

In 1989, the average credit card balance for 65 to 74 year olds was $2,100; that number has increased to $6,000 today, says National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal...

Course Choice Policies

By employing course choice, students have more options and can take those classes from an outside provider...

Income Tax Credit for Home-Schooling Families

A new report suggests home schooling families should receive a tax credit because they are required to fund schools that they are not using...

A Carbon Tax Is Not More Efficient

Even reducing greenhouse gases by 100 percent, the United States would only be able to avert a warming of 0.173 degrees Celsius by 2100...

New "Client Choice" Program First in the United States

A Texas county has been awarded a grant to establish a program that, among other things, establishes a "client choice" system in which defendants can pick their own attorney from a list of approved lawyers...


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