Daily Policy Digest

Twelfth Grade Test Scores Not Improving

Amidst concerns that the U.S. is failing to churn out college-ready graduates, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed 38 percent of American twelfth graders scoring as proficient in reading and 26 percent as proficient in math, identical to the NAEP results from 2009...

National Climate Assessment: A False Alarm

According to research, eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. forever would only impact warming by less than two-tenths of one degree by 2100...

How Much Does Regulation Burden Employment?

For every $1 billion in new regulatory costs, employment in the regulated industry declines 3.6 percent. For an average industry, that is a loss of 8,101 jobs for every $1 billion in regulation...

Only One Job Lost in Sequester

Despite claims from government officials and commentators that the sequester would wreak havoc on the American economy, the cuts resulted in the loss of just one federal job...

Companies Cite Obamacare Costs

Since the first of March, 30 companies in the Standard and Poor's 500 have mentioned Obamacare during their conference calls...

The Best Anti-Poverty Tool: Jobs

Research indicates that those who find a job after losing one experience reduced earnings for up to two decades afterwards...

Increasing Drilling on Federal Lands

The amount of federal acres leased for oil and gas exploration has dropped 24 percent since 2008. While the U.S. leased 131 million federal acres in 1984, it leased only 36 million acres last year...

Half of Doctors Won't Accept New Medicaid Patients

Despite the problems that Medicaid patients already have accessing doctors, one of the biggest ways that Obamacare expands health care coverage is through the Medicaid program...

Who Will Pay for Highway Funding?

A total of 1,001,874 miles of roads in the United States receive federal funding. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the highway trust fund is on track to drop to $2 billion by September 30, and its mass-transit account will drop to just $1 billion...

Free-Market Principles for Agricultural Policy

Farmers should be able to succeed on their own merits, not require subsidies in order to succeed. Ensuring that farmers are profitable is not the role of the government...


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