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  • Buckeye Institute Study: Ohio's Green Energy Mandate Is Bad Economics

    March 20, 2017

    By statute, Ohio regulators operate a Soviet-style production quota for renewable energy that gradually increases the mandatory supply requirements to 12.5% of all sales by 2025. The Economic Research Center (ERC) at The Buckeye Institute analyzed the likely economic impacts of the state’s green energy mandate by...
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    March 20, 2017

    Starting this week, many late-Obama administration regulations delayed by the Trump administration’s 60-day freeze will come into effect. Agencies will also gain a freer hand to issue more new regulations. There may be a deluge of new rules to even out the slow post-inauguration pace, or it may simply be back to business as usual—which is roughly 15 final regulations and 300 Federal Register pages per workday. Time will tell. New regulations from the final freeze-week range from glucose monitors to water power.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 55 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 39 the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 3 minutes.
    • Federal agencies have issued 601 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 2,946 new final regulations. Last...
  • Reason TV on the Future of Public Broadcasting

    March 17, 2017

    Yesterday’s White House Budget Blueprint for fiscal year 2018 zeros out funding for, among other agencies, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Critics of that cut quickly suggested that reducing federal funding to non-commercial radio and television stations would be a mistake, with Public Broadcasting Service president and CEO Paula Kerger enumerating benefits such as “public safety communications and civil discourse.”

    In what now seems like a prescient programming decision, Reason TV released...

  • White House Should Expand Budget Cuts to Additional Agencies

    March 16, 2017

  • Trump Administration Budget Request Targets Union Slush Fund

    March 16, 2017

    Today the White House released an outline of its 2018 budget. The Trump administration requests a 21 percent decrease to the Department of Labor’s budget, a reduction of $2.5 billion.

    The budget finds savings, in part, through eliminating or cutting back ineffective or duplicative training programs.

    One area in which the budget outline recommends cuts is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) grants:

    Eliminates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s unproven training grants, yielding savings of almost $11 million from the 2017 annualized CR level and focusing the agency on its central work of keeping workers safe on the job.

    Hopefully, this calls for the elimination of the OSHA Susan Harwood...

  • Federal Budget Must Demand Value for Taxpayer Dollars

    March 16, 2017

    Competitive Enterprise Institute Vice President for Strategy Iain Murray responded to President Trump’s budget proposal today:

    “President Trump's proposed budget is the clearest sign yet that he is moving forward with his efforts to uproot waste and drastically shrink the federal government.

    “For years, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has called for numerous ways to increase federal savings by getting rid of programs that cost more than they deliver to the American people, such as:

  • White House Budget Embraces Air Traffic Control Reform

    March 16, 2017

    This morning, the White House released its 2018 budget blueprint. The Trump administration proposes a 12.7 percent decrease in Department of Transportation spending relative to fiscal year 2017, accomplished in part by reducing Amtrak subsidies, transit grants, and eliminating the Essential Air Service. But the most important cut is the administration’s embrace of air traffic control reform (p. 35):

    Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more efficient and innovative while...

  • Restraint, Humility Needed at Federal Trade Commission

    March 16, 2017

  • Help Stop Obamacare for Your IRA and 401(k)

    March 15, 2017

    While Congress is battling over repeal of Obamacare, President Donald Trump is setting a course to repeal a regulation that the Obama...
  • Manhattan Institute Study of NYC Schools Shows Harm from Flawed Legal Standards

    March 14, 2017

    In addition to micromanaging college discipline under Title IX, the Obama-era Education Department also sought to transform the disciplinary policies of K-12 schools and even preschools. It pressured primary and secondary schools to reduce suspensions, in the name of fighting racial disparities. Teachers in...

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