Daily Policy Digest

The Medicare Doc Fix Needs fixed

If the doc fix were similarly limited to a two-year extension, instead of perpetually locking in spending, the gross cost of the change would drop from $175 billion to about $26 billion...

Does Pharma Have a Productivity Problem?

A single drug that cured all cancers would be immensely more valuable than 100 new molecules that treated acne...

Policymakers Should Stay Out of the Classroom

Policymakers should reduce instructional challenges and create tangible incentives to deliver the highest quality, correctly targeted instruction by letting parents decide the schools where public funding will support their children...

Franchise Reform Could Soon Boost Texas Economy

SB 7 cuts the franchise tax rate by 15 percent and expands eligibility for the "EZ" reporting, doubling the amount of revenue allowed to be reported on the "EZ" form from $10 million to $20 million...

The 114th Congress Has a Chance to Boost Innovation

Public policymakers, says the CBO, must "endeavor to promote innovation to compensate for that underinvestment."...

American Millenials Are Not Working

A recent Census Bureau study found more than 100 million Americans collecting a government check or benefit each month...

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Could Soon Change

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Patty Murray (D-Wash) appear to be nearing consensus on major pieces of a bipartisan draft to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act...

America's Shale Fields Could Improve International Interests

America is already the world's fastest growing source of oil (and natural gas) and the world's largest producer of liquid hydrocarbons...

Welfare Reform's Relation to Upward Mobility

Columbia University found the rate of children living in poverty declined by 10 percent between 1990 and 2006...

The Northeast's Natural Gas Supply and Demand Problem

New Englanders are overpaying $3.58 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas...


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