NLRB Overreach, Public Transit, and the Regulation of the Day

NLRB Overreach, Public Transit, and the Regulation of the Day

Today in the News
May 16, 2011

NLRB Overreach

Yesterday, three senators introduced the Jobs Protection Act, which would prevent controversial NLRB overreaches like the recent Boeing scandal.

Policy Analyst Ivan Osorio comments on the bill.

"It should be outrageous that such a bill would be needed, yet it is, as the NLRB carrying water for Big Labor appears to be part of a pattern. The Board has also threatened to sue four states over amendments to their constitutions guaranteeing secret ballots in union organizing elections.[...] [The Boeing incident] is the latest episode in the Obama administration’s pattern of politicizing the NLRB to act as an agent for organized labor, rather than an independent arbiter. Congress may still need to do more to rein in this rogue agency."

 

Public Transit

A new report from the Brookings Institution analyzes U.S. transit systems in different cities.

Policy Analyst Marc Scribner responds to the report.

"Important takeaway: as metropolitan areas continue to suburbanize (including lower-income residents who previously resided in inner cities), the spoke-and-hub model of transit, which relies on monocentric urban land-use patterns, will become less useful for those who can least afford private auto trips. The high-skilled, high-income workers of central cities benefit the most from the status quo, while the increasingly lower- to middle-income suburban residents — who are more and more often finding work in the suburbs, as well — have less access to efficient transit. [...] I don’t believe the Brookings authors go far enough in their conclusions or articulate the inconvenient truth that many Americans have rejected transit outright, but it is definitely worth reading."

 

Regulation of the Day

In the latest "Regulation of the Day," Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young talks about efforts in Texas to criminalize lying about the weight of a fish you've caught.

Read the "Regulation of the Day" here.