Daily Policy Digest

Proposed Ivory Ban the Wrong Approach

A proposed ban on elephant ivory trading by the Department of the Interior is unlikely to reduce the illegal ivory trade...

Success of the National Labor Relations Act

Rather than create a vibrant union employment sector, the National Labor Relations Act seems to have created a strong nonunion sector instead...

United States Needs to Discard Its Outdated Energy Policy

The United States' outdated export restrictions on oil are based on the idea that fossil fuels are scarce and that the United States is vulnerable to the volatility of the global oil market...

Why Is the Labor Force Participation Rate So Low?

The United States should reconsider what the proper role for the federal government is in the labor market...

Waiting for Keystone XL Approval

Canada has suffered from the Keystone XL delay -- it has depressed Canadian oil prices, hurt profits and affected government revenue...

Why Are There So Few Job Losses from Minimum-Wage Hikes?

An increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to only $9.00 an hour would actually make covered workers worse off by 35 cents an hour, thanks to cuts in fringe benefits, says Richard McKenzie, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

The "77 Cents on the Dollar" Myth

If women are truly paid 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, then any business looking to maximize its profits can cut its labor costs by replacing its male workers with female workers...

Environmental Protection Agency's New Definition of Water

Narrowing the definition of "Water of the United States" is a good idea, but a new proposal attempting to do so is confusing, technical and will likely be even longer in its final form...

States Act on Tax Reform

From 2002 to 2012, the nine U.S. states without personal income taxes saw 30 percent greater growth in gross domestic product than the nine states with the highest marginal tax rates...

Corruption and Bribery in Veterans Affairs Hospital Deal

According to the Veterans Affairs' inspector general, a hospital lease deal in Pennsylvania was rife with corruption, bribery and embezzlement...


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