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Government Issues

Surface Transportation Report: 2014

Thirty-six states and Puerto Rico have some type of legislation enabling transportation public-private partnerships, but many are limited or specific to certain projects...

Air Transportation Privatization

At the end of 2010, 22 percent of Europe's 404 main airports were either wholly investor-owned or had public-private ownership...

Red Tape under Obama

Over the last five years, the Obama administration has issued 157 new major rules at an annual cost of $73 billion; already, regulators have identified 125 more major rules that they plan to work on in 2014...

Incarcerating Juvenile Status Offenders

States and courts should reexamine the use of confinement for juvenile status offenses, based on the non-serious nature of the status offense and the less expensive and more effective alternatives that exist...

Tesla Sales Regulations Harm Consumers

Fifty-seven million Americans live in states where Tesla cannot legally sell its cars...

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...


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