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HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER
Yesterday, CEI circulated a coalition letter urging the members of the surface transportation reauthorization conference committee to support Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-Ga.) motion. Broun’s MTI [PDF], which is nonbinding, would have the House instruct conferees to restrain highway bill spending to levels at or below the expected Fiscal Year 2013 Highway Trust Fund revenue. The alternative is bailing out the Highway Trust Fund, which is dangerously close to insolvency, with general funds. A vote in the House is expected.
LABOR UNION REPUBLICANS - IVAN OSORIO
Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum dismisses the fact that 38 percent of Wisconsin union households voted to retain Governor Scott Walker as “exactly the opposite of surprising,” because “[f]or better or worse, about 37% of union members vote for Republicans, both nationwide and in Wisconsin.” That is indeed the case.
However, Drum’s acknowledgment that over a third of union households vote for Republicans on a consistent basis highlights a major problem with union political contributions: They go to fund candidates and causes which a large segment of union members do not support. > View the full commentary on Openmarket.org
WAR ON SALT - HANS BADER
FDA officials want to restrict the salt content of food, even though that could indirectly lead to increased obesity rates, more heart attacks, and “higher death rates among some individuals,” by making it harder to market low-fat foods. If salt levels are curbed, people will compensate by eating fattier food, since there seems to be a trade-off between salt and fat. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org
A new EPA regulation, the Utility MACT, is intended to cut mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. According to the EPA’s own estimates, the rule is one of the most expensive in history. Are the costs worth it? Policy Analyst David Bier, co-author of a forthcoming CEI study, thinks the answer is no.