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Higher Taxes on Pharmaceuticals Will Not Solve the Opioid Crisis

It is common knowledge that addiction to opioids and other controlled substances such as fentanyl is a national epidemic that needs to be addressed.  But, the plans being offered by Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz and the state legislature will drive up pharmaceutical costs, hurt patients, and fail to solve the opioid crisis in Minnesota.

Yes Virginia, (and Alabama, Alaska, Arizona … Wyoming) There is a Conservative Cure for Obamacare!

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 President Trump threw a virtual grenade into the Washington debating room when he tweeted, “The Republican Party will become ‘The Party of Healthcare.’”  This announcement came the day after the Justice Department wrote a March 25 letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans that it would side with the December 14, 2018 U.S.

Texas House Bill 3995 Would Hurt Consumers in the Lone Star State

It has been 20 years since the Texas legislature moved to end regulated energy rates and break up monopolies.  Texas now has twice the energy production of any other state, and electric prices are among the nation’s lowest.  Unfortunately, House Committee on State Affairs Chairman Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) is attempting to set the clock back with his bill, HB 3995.

Senate Disaster Supplemental Would Add Billions of Dollars to Deficit Spending

The Senate is considering another poorly designed disaster aid package.  With a price tag of $13.5 billion, the Senate intends to use the bill’s disaster and emergency spending designation as a way to circumvent the spending caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The bill will boost funding for programs that are not intended to respond to natural disasters.

Senate Vote Reveals Democrats' True Intentions Behind Green New Deal

It is no secret that the Green New Deal is a terrible deal for taxpayers, as even Senate Democrats, despite their public support, refused to match their votes with their words.

FCC TV White Space Decision Clears Path for Rural Broadband

Many rural communities and those living in remote areas often have difficulty accessing the internet or using broadband to the extent that their urban counterparts can achieve.  There has been a great deal of discussion about bridging the digital divide between urban and rural communities. 

In seeking solutions to this disparity, technology companies have been working on creative answers to allow greater access to the internet.  Among these potential solutions to bridge the digital divide is using TV white space (TVWS).

Nuclear Bailouts - A Radioactive Cost to Taxpayers

On March 22, 2019, the Trump Administration took another step to act on the president’s campaign promise to financially support coal and nuclear power. 

Addressing the Safety of PFAS – Use Science, Not Hysteria

Are environmental radicals and trial lawyers shifting their litigious energy from bisphenol A (BPA) hysteria, now that the CLARITY BPA consortium project has pretty much confirmed that the compound is safe to use, and moving to a new and potentially lucrative bogeyman? 

The Fallacy of Surveys and Studies

In college, during a discussion of surveys in one of my political science classes, I learned that survey writers often skew questions to achieve the desired results.  A prime example of how this occurs can be found in a survey that was frequently cited on March 6, 2019, when Democrats in Congress announced the introduction of the “Save the Internet Act.”  Fittingly, the survey was

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 attention that is paid to energy policy.

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