Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Rent Control Is Harmful to Housing Markets

For affordable housing and real growth, cities should nix rent control and harmful regulation...

States Protect Consumer Privacy

Over two dozen privacy laws have passed this year in more than 10 states, in places as different as Oklahoma and California...

Alcohol Crimes Decline After Liquor Sales Privatization

Economist Patrick McCarthy examined 111 California cities and found that a higher number of take-away alcohol stores actually correlated with decreases in fatal and nonfatal alcohol-related car accidents...

Regulatory Improvement Act Is in Need of Support

The proposal of a heavy-handed retrospective regulatory review mechanism is a public acknowledgement that our democratic institutions are not effectively working...

Why a Firearm Insurance Mandate Won't Work

Statutes requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance could be written in a way that would not violate the Second Amendment, but there are many constitutional pitfalls in such an undertaking...

Improving Child Poverty Measures

The lack of accuracy with relative measures of poverty, and reliability with surveyed deprivation statistics, challenges the belief that the United States has more pervasive child poverty than other developed countries, says Marcelo Ostria, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Reducing the Department of Transportation's Role in Funding and Regulating Transportation

The federal government does not fund transportation efficiently and creates unnecessary costs through regulation...

Kosher Certification as a Model of Private Regulation

Competition among kosher certifiers provides incentives for them to cut costs in order to keep their fees as low as possible while at the same time maintaining high standards in order to protect their brand value...

Unions Pay Big, Feds Look the Other Way

In 2008, the Office of Labor-Management Standards audited 791 unions, but in 2011, under new director John Lund, it looked at only 461...

Leave Uber's Fate to Passengers, Not City Hall

As part of the local campaign against car service Uber, the Dallas police used undercover passengers to try to detect insurance and licensing violations; they discovered none, but still issued 36 citations, claiming Uber cars were violating local ordinances, says John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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