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Federal Bailouts Punish Fiscally Responsible States

The House of Representatives prepares to vote on a $3 trillion stimulus bill, which includes $875 billion for state and local governments. 

Frances Floresca May 14, 2020
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State Energy Bailouts Pose More Urgent Threat Than Green New Deal

The Green New Deal and its associated hyperbole have commanded most of the recent attenti

Spencer Chretien March 12, 2019
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19 Things States Should Not Do In 2019

Governors and legislators new and old taking office this month will be inundated with advice from all directions.  Each special interest and left-wing or right-wing single-issue activist group will have scheduled meetings between its highest-paid...

Spencer Chretien January 31, 2019
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IM 25: Bad for South Dakota

On Tuesday, November 6, South Dakota voters will decide whether to approve Initiated Measure 25 (IM 25).  This measure would increase taxes on cigarettes by $1 per pack and increase the wholesale tax on tobacco products from 35 to 55 percent.  The...

Spencer Chretien November 1, 2018
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Initiative 185 Would Raise Taxes on All Montanans

Montanans will decide the fate of Initiative 185 when they vote this November.  The ballot measure is needed, proponents say, because it will finally accomplish the most noble, yet elusive, of goals: reducing smoking and raising revenue for the...

Spencer Chretien October 1, 2018
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Legal Sports Betting Should Be Allowed to Thrive

In May 2018, in Murphy v. NCAA, the Supreme Court invalidated a 1992 law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited most states from legalizing sports betting.

Spencer Chretien September 20, 2018
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Right-To-Work is Right for Missouri

On August 7, 2018, Missourians will have the opportunity to vote to uphold their state’s right-to-work law, passed by the legislature in 2017, which ensures that anyone can hold a job without having to join a union.  If they uphold the law by voting...

Spencer Chretien August 6, 2018

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