Daily Policy Digest

Government Pays Contractors Three Times Market Rate

In New York City, the median hourly salary for window installers is $18.87. But for government contractors, even the most inexperienced installers make $42 hourly...

State Unemployment Trust Funds in Trouble

Prior to the recession, the states together had less than $40 billion in their unemployment trust funds, the lowest level since World War II; in the early 2000s, the state funds had more than $50 billion...

Looking at the Parent PLUS Loan Program

The Parent PLUS loan program has grown in popularity as college tuition has skyrocketed and financial aid packages have not kept up with rising costs...

Only 67 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Have Paid Premiums

Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums, but information collected from insurers by the House Energy and Commerce Committee indicates that the number is much lower...

The Many Problems with Ethanol

Between 20 and 40 percent of the 2007-2008 spike in world food prices was due to increased use of biofuels...

How Colleges Waste Health Fees

Health insurance at most colleges costs between $800 and $1,500 per year and student health fees vary, but it is unclear what students are getting for their money...

Labor Shortage Causing Higher Home Prices

While homebuilding markets are recovering in many cities, many contractors are having difficulty finding skilled workers. They have boosted worker pay in order to attract labor, passing those higher wage costs onto home buyers...

Post Office Shuts Down Innovative Startup

Outbox -- a mail digitizing service -- allowed customers to have their snail mail redirected to Outbox, opened, scanned and made available online or on their smartphone...

Which State Taxes Provide the Best Return on Investment?

Wyoming taxpayers ranked at the top of the list for their return on their tax investment...

Making Bonus Expensing Permanent

Low-income Americans would benefit most from bonus expensing, as it would increase the after-tax income of those earning less than $40,000 by more than 1 percent...


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