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  • West Virginia AFL-CIO Reacts to State Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Right to Work

    April 24, 2020
    Supporting the rights of individual workers has cost a pro-union West Virginia Supreme Court justice the backing of the state’s AFL-CIO. That’s because the judge backed one worker right that unions don’t recognize: the right of the worker to decide whether they want to be in a union.
  • Trump Defers Tariff Payments for Struggling Businesses: A Good Start, More Needed

    April 24, 2020
    President Trump has deferred selected tariff payments for companies experiencing coronavirus-related hardship. It came after more than two weeks of starts, stops, denials, and reversals. This indicates that trade policy is still an area of uncertainty and not something rebuilding businesses can plan around—potentially endangering post-virus economic recovery.
  • CEI Submits Comments to DOT on Aviation Consumer Protection Authority Modernization

    April 24, 2020
    Today, CEI submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking in the matter of Defining Unfair or Deceptive Practices. At issue is past backdoor re-regulatory activity that perversely harms consumers under the banner of consumer protection. Fortunately, the current DOT has signaled it does not want to engage in the abuses of its predecessors.
  • DEREGULATION IN AN EMERGENCY: The President’s Emergency Powers Include Not Just Imposing Regulations on Industry, but also Suspending Regulations

    April 23, 2020
    Across the country, governors have suspended harmful regulations on an emergency basis due to the COVID-19 crisis. The improvements that have resulted have got people asking if the regulations were ever really needed at all. If we are better off without these regulations, what others are also causing more problems than they solve?
  • VIDEO: Cato Experts on Coronavirus and the Constitution

    April 23, 2020
    Recently three legal experts from the Cato Institute hosted a fascinating discussion of recent pandemic-related legal enactments, “Coronavirus and the Constitution.” Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Walter Olson addressed recent moves from local, state, and federal officials, comparing them to similar policies in previous public health emergencies, reaching all the way back to the 18th century.
  • Retro Review: Vlad Tarko’s Biography of Elinor Ostrom

    April 23, 2020
    Elinor Ostrom’s pioneering work on “polycentrism,” the existence of multiple sources of government authority or power within a single political system, is especially relevant during the current coronavirus pandemic, in which we wrestle with the respective roles and responsibilities we expect from mayors, governors, federal officials, and international bodies like the World Health Organization.
  • Decades of Internet Freedom Left America Better Suited for the Pandemic

    April 23, 2020
    Broadband investment has rebounded since the FCC rolled back public utility-style rules for Internet service providers. The decades-long trend of more significant Internet usage, enabled by greater investment, left the American economy more resilient to the impacts of the pandemic than had a utility-style approach been in place all along.
  • Congress Has Already Introduced Bills to Reform #NeverNeeded Regulations

    April 23, 2020
    Policy makers have already waived more than 350 regulations and counting that were slowing the pandemic response and harming economic recovery. But with a 185,000-page Code of Federal Regulations, there is more to do. Fortunately, a number of bills have already been introduced in Congress that could help get rid of more #NeverNeeded regulations.
  • The Man Who Fed the World, And the Film that Condemned Him for It

    April 22, 2020
    The first indication that PBS’s new documentary on agronomist Norman Borlaug will not be overly laudatory is its title. Anti-hunger activist Leon Hesser called his biography of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner The Man Who Fed the World. But film writer/director/producer Rob Rapley was only willing to call Borlaug The Man Who Tried to Feed the World. Still, while the program struggles to find fault with Borlaug and his methods, the positives cannot help but shine through.
  • West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Right to Work

    April 22, 2020
    The Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia ruled that if a worker says, “No, thank you, I’d rather not be a union member,” he is not engaging in robbery. That was essentially one of the arguments that the West Virginia branch of the AFL-CIO and its allies had employed in an attempt to knock down the state’s right to work law.

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