Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Bad Analysis Hurts Technology Policy

Developing technology policy is difficult because it requires an understanding of law, economics, engineering and policy analysis, and few people have expertise across all of those fields...

A Ranking of Housing Affordability

Of 360 housing markets measured, 95 of them were ranked "affordable," 84 of those being in the United States; of the rest, seven affordable markets were in Canada and four in Ireland...

Regulations in 2013

Regulators published $112 billion worth of net regulatory costs and added 157.9 million paperwork burden hours in 2013...

Avalanche of New Laws in 2014

An estimated 40,000 new state laws, regulations and resolutions were approved by state legislatures in 2013, and many of which take effect January 1...

Why Government Institutions Fail to Deliver on Their Promises

Because government decision makers are using other people's money rather than their own, they do not face the same type of risk that an individual faces when making a decision...

How States Talk Back to Washington

There are several ways that states can preserve their power against the federal government beyond lobbying, filing lawsuits or using nullification, including decriminalization, nonparticipation, judicial reconsideration and judicial veto...

E-Cigarettes Reduce Harm from Tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should highlight e-cigarettes as a way to reduce tobacco harms...

Privatizing the Transportation Security Administration

In a series of 2006 tests, Transportation Security Administration screeners in Los Angeles and Chicago failed to catch 75 percent and 60 percent of fake explosives, respectively...

Smoking Kills, and So Might E-Cigarette Regulations

Rather than regulating under the Tobacco Control Act, the federal government could allow states to oversee the sale of e-cigarettes and establish age limits and other reasonable forms of oversight (such as warning labels, ingredient listing and manufacturing standards)...

Leaked Intellectual Property Chapter of Trade Agreement Sparks Outcry

Groups making a commotion over the leaked intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are really just opposed to intellectual property laws in general...


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