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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

March 12, 2019
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Basic Lack of Accountability Plagues NYC First Lady’s Mental Health Initiative

In 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, to lead an effort to tackle mental health challenges in the city.  Called ThriveNYC, it purported to offer a “roadmap

March 1, 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...

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...

November 1, 2018
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Local Governments in Puerto Rico Punish Charitable Activity

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and other places in the fall of 2017, Americans of all types raced to help.  Utility companies were among the first to provide aid, as restoring the island’s power grid was a monumental task. 

October 25, 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...

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.

September 20, 2018
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California Cases Challenge Threats to Donor Privacy

Although most average Americans are not thrilled when they sign their tax returns every April, most of them do not have to worry that their returns will be on public display.  The federal penalties for releasing tax returns without aut

August 27, 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...

August 6, 2018
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New Jersey Faces Plethora of Tax Increases

In the spring of 2018, New Jersey’s new governor and leaders in the legislature were arguing about which state taxes to raise.  Governor Phil Murphy had pledged to soak the wealthy with a state

July 17, 2018
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Seattle's Plastic Straw Ban is Unnecessary and Counterproductive

On July 1, 2018, plastic straws will be banned in Seattle.  No more will children be able to use the straw included with their juice box;

June 29, 2018
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Senate Farm Bill is a Disaster for Work Requirements

The strong economy offers much to celebrate.  Regulatory relief and the Trump tax cuts have sent the unemployment rate to historic lows, resulting in a booming business climate, higher wages, and more take home pay. 

June 22, 2018

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