Daily Policy Digest

Reports Supporting Medicaid Expansion Flawed

Two Jackson Hewitt studies are being used by Medicaid expansion advocates, yet the studies are very flawed and wildly overestimate the tax penalties on businesses...

Cigarette Taxes Lead to Smuggling

As the cigarette tax rate in New York has risen 190 percent since 2006, the smuggling rate has increased 59 percent...

Public Pension Millionaires

The typical full-career government employee has a retirement income higher than 72 percent of full-time employees working in that state...

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...

Megadam Projects Not Successful

In the 1970s, Brazil built its Itaipu Dam at a cost of $20 billion -- 240 percent more than had been projected...

The Poor Are Not Getting Poorer

Over half of taxpayers moved to a different income quintile from 1987 to 1996 and from 1996 to 2005...

No Link between Spending and Academic Performance

Seventeen year olds' academic performance on a national scale has been stagnant since 1970 across all subjects, despite K-12 education costs tripling...

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...

Colleges Try to Measure Employment Success

Positive employment numbers provided by universities can be misleading because of small response rates...

New Benefits for College Savings Plans

Thirty states and the District of Columbia allow 529 savers to deduct their contributions from their state income taxes...


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