Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

How Government Wastes Our Time in Travel

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute estimates the direct cost of urban traffic congestion at $121 billion per year -- and that is just an estimate of people's time and excess fuel burned in stop-and-go congestion...

Combating Patent Trolls

According to a White House analysis, victims of patent trolls paid $29 billion to fight or settle infringement claims in 2011 alone...

States to Test the Federal Boundaries

In order for states to combat federal overreach, it is vital that states develop ways of combating the allure of "free" federal money...

Antitrust Enforcement in the Obama Administration's First Term

The Obama administration has been significantly more active in enforcing the antitrust laws with respect to proposed mergers than his two predecessors in the White House...

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...


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