Daily Policy Digest

Map of State Tax Collections

New York collected $2,289 per person in individual state and local income tax collections in 2011...

How to Boost the Economy

By allowing natural gas exports, the U.S. could sell gas to Europe and Asia, undercutting Russia's market. Right now, more than two dozen natural gas export applications are waiting for approval at the Department of Energy, some of which have sat there since 2011 and 2012...

Creative Destruction Coming to Higher Education

Private businesses are used to creation and destruction, as new businesses come in to replace the old. Higher education, however, has been somewhat immune from this cycle...

Who Will Pay the Individual Mandate Tax?

In many cases, the individual mandate tax will be much less than the cost of insurance premiums, and Obamacare allows anyone to sign up for coverage during subsequent enrollment periods, with no penalty on their premiums...

Why Biofuels are a Bad Idea

In 2012, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop was put towards ethanol production rather than food...

Why Unions Support Minimum Wage Hikes

While businesses are forced to slow down hiring and lay off workers when the minimum wage rises, unions see more money and their workers receive higher wages...

How to Measure College Success?

More graduates who majored in science or business were employed full-time than those who studied social science or arts and humanities. However, those who studied social sciences or arts and humanities were more likely to feel engaged in their jobs...

Government Employees Abusing Credit Cards

The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency found that its employees had used government cards to purchase gym memberships, expensive dinners, and DVDs...

States Pass "Amazon Taxes"

Rather than boost brick-and-mortar sales, Amazon sales tax collections have pushed shoppers to purchase from other online retailers that are not subject to the tax collection requirements...

Our Weak Economic Recovery

Economic growth since the end of the financial crisis has been significantly weaker than in other recoveries...


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