Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Government Secrecy Up

The government withheld information on the basis of national security 8,496 times last year -- that is a record, and it is a 57 percent increase over 2012...

Code of Federal Regulations Expanding under Obama

In his first five years in office, President Obama has added 17,522 pages of regulations -- an 11 percent increase in the size of the regulatory state and an average of 3,504 pages each year...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulations Lack Rigorous Analysis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration employs rigorous standards when granting drug approvals, but the agency does not craft its regulations with the same precision...

Ranking of Intellectual Property Environments

The United States has the best intellectual property environment in the world, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Singapore and Australia...

The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Financial Regulations

Using cost-benefit analysis in evaluating regulations would improve transparency, as regulators would have to explain to the public exactly what their assumptions are behind proposed regulations...

Maple Syrup Group Seeks International Standards

The International Maple Syrup Institute is pushing for U.S. states and Canadian provinces to adopt a uniform grading standard, the idea being that the standard would make marketing the syrup worldwide an easier endeavor...

New "Client Choice" Program First in the United States

A Texas county has been awarded a grant to establish a program that, among other things, establishes a "client choice" system in which defendants can pick their own attorney from a list of approved lawyers...

Pilot Shortage Hurts Airlines

Airlines have long been anticipating a large wave of pilot retirements, but it has come earlier -- and has been more severe -- than companies expected...

Does California's "Right to Know" Law Provide Too Much Information?

In California, there is little, if any, evidence that the state's "right to know" law has significantly reduced the frequency of cancer in the state...

Foster Care versus Modern Orphanages

More than 85 percent of alumni surveyed reported favorable or very favorable assessments of their orphanage days, says Richard McKenzie, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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