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OpenMarket: February 2019

  • Conservative Criticisms of Passenger Facility Charge Again Miss Mark

    February 11, 2019
    Our friends at the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) recently sent a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in advance of a hearing on the future of infrastructure investment titled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.” NTU’s letter raises a number of bulleted criticisms against the passenger facility charge (PFC).
  • Green New Deal Launched with Support from Democratic Presidential Candidates

    February 11, 2019
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) held a press conference outside the Capitol building on February 7th to introduce their House and Senate resolutions for a Green New Deal. Original co-sponsors include 64 House Democrats and 9 Senate Democrats.
  • Kids Climate Litigants Petition Court to Stop Fossil Fuel Development

    February 11, 2019
    Kelsey Juliana and her fellow litigants are the youngsters who, since 2015, have been suing the federal government to “prepare and implement an enforceable national remedial plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down excess atmospheric [carbon dioxide] so as to stabilize the climate system.” On February 7th, they petitioned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals  to halt fossil fuel development on U.S. soil and territorial waters.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    February 11, 2019
    The delayed State of the Union speech happened on Tuesday, but contained no surprises on the policy front. The length of the Federal Register doubled this week, as did the number of final regulations and agency notices. The number of new final regulations on the year also hit the 100 mark on Thursday and exceeded it on Friday, with new rules for the week ranging from arts penalties to “civil disturbance intervention.”
  • Net Neutrality Regulation Still a Bad Idea

    February 7, 2019
    The debate at today’s House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing was largely between making blocking, throttling, and fast lanes illegal and going further to also place the Internet under heavy-handed Title II authority.
  • VIDEO: Operation Choke Point Sets Dangerous Precedent

    February 7, 2019
    Our friends at the Federalist Society have an interesting new video out on legal businesses being targeted for government harassment because their products have become politically unpopular. These tactics were notoriously employed by the Obama-era “Operation Choke Point,” but could be deployed in the future against any industry that attracts the ire of federal bureaucrats. 
  • Amazon under Pressure to Accept Union

    February 6, 2019
    This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Amazon employees should unionize, and that the company should welcome losing a direct line of communication to their employees. Mayor Blasio also mentioned that labor policy was not discussed when he was wooing Amazon to New York City, but he felt “strongly if they came here, the pressure to unionize deeply would win the day.”
  • House Climate Hearing off to Bad Start

    February 6, 2019
    The newly-minted environment and climate change subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing today titled “Time for Action: Addressing the Environmental & Economic Effects of Climate Change.” If the majority staff’s briefing memo is any indication, the hearing will be a platform for alarmism, groupthink, and virtue signaling.
  • Administrative Procedure Act Limitations: Process and Oversight Shortcomings

    February 5, 2019
    The Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 (APA) set up the foundation of the public consultation rulemaking procedure. Part one of this two-part glance at APA limitations covered rule cost categories prone to escaping measurement and disclosure; this column identifies some process/oversight shortcomings. There are far more extensive costs with respect to the administrative state as a phenomenon beyond mere execution of the APA (some are outlined here) that will be covered elsewhere.
  • Fintech: A Bipartisan Priority for the 116th Congress

    February 4, 2019
    While the 115th Congress did not achieve all that was hoped for with regards to financial services reform, it did make important progress to achieving a more free and competitive system by passing Senate bill 2155. However, while S. 2155 was an important bipartisan victory, there was something conspicuously missing—reform of financial technology. This should be a bipartisan priority in the 116th Congress.

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