Daily Policy Digest

America Needs Mining Reform

The United States imports $119 billion worth of minerals each year, and our reliance on other countries makes domestic manufacturers vulnerable to supply disruptions and price spikes...

Houston Creates Jobs, Boasts Low Housing Prices

On a square-footage basis, the same amount of money can buy seven times as much space in Houston as in San Francisco and over four times as much space as in New York...

Ex-Im Benefits a Few, Has Minor Impact on Exports

In 2013, the top 10 Ex-Im beneficiaries received 75 percent of Ex-Im subsidies...

States Restrict Ability of Employers to Ask for Employees' Passwords

Seventeen states have passed laws restricting the ability of employers to ask for login and password information from employees...

Should the United States Expand the Child Tax Credit?

Some pundits argue that expanding the child tax credit would help Republicans politically, but others argue that the subsidy is an entitlement that should not be extended...

New FDA Rules Could Ruin 119-Year-Old Cigar Business

In an effort to limit youth access to tobacco, the FDA is trying to make affordable cigars a thing of the past. But the regulation would ruin J.C. Newman, a company that has been producing quality cigars for under $10 for over a century...

Is Congress Afraid to Support Obama's Climate Plan?

Last week, President Obama said that Congress was afraid to support his Climate Action Plan, but empirical data shows that Congress is right to remain skeptical...

Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Program Back in Business

The federal program offering loan guarantees for renewable and energy-efficient projects, notorious for its $535 million loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, is now accepting applications...

Phoenix Police Conduct Union Business on the Taxpayer Dime

An obscure portion of the city of Phoenix's labor contracts allows police officers and other public employees to conduct union work while being paid by Arizona taxpayers...

The Problem of Taxing Online Sales

State and local governments have lost $23.3 billion in uncollected tax revenue due to the difficulty of collecting taxes associated with online commercial activity...


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