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Economic Issues

The Financial Costs of Illegal Immigration

Many people believe that illegal immigrants receive little government welfare, but that is not the case...

U.S. Economy Could See Dramatic Gains from 1 More Percentage Point of Growth

For 40 years, the American economy grew at a rate of 3.3 percent annually after World War II. That trend, however, has halted; growth since 2007 has been just 1.5 percent...

Young Americans Have a Negative Saving Rate

While Americans overall have increased their saving since the recession, young Americans have not...

Three Ways to Fix Dodd Frank

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has a number of flaws, but the new Congress should at least enact three simple fixes...

Why Citywide Minimum Wage Hikes Are a Bad Idea

Typically, a minimum wage is set by the state -- it is rare for a city to enact its own minimum wage...

How to Stem the Regulatory Flood

While the SEC issued the most regulations in 2013, the EPA is responsible for the most expensive ones; since 2009, the EPA has imposed $40 billion in new costs annually, more than all other executive branch agencies put together...

Right-to-Work Laws Make Unions More Accountable

When states implement right-to-work legislation and make union dues voluntary, unions become more responsive to their members...

Countries Boost Incomes, Reduce Poverty with Capitalism

From 1990 to 2011, the percent of the world's population living in extreme poverty fell from 36 percent down to 15 percent...

Union Leaders Sue Gov. Scott Walker to Raise Minimum Wage

Wisconsin labor leaders announced their intention to sue the governor of Wisconsin, insisting that he raise the minimum wage to that of a "living wage"...

FTC Overzealous in Attempts to Combat False Advertising

The FTC insists that advertising claims be "sufficiently substantiated," which the agency has interpreted to require scientific evidence...


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