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July 8, 2011
In states across America, Democratic leaders are being forced to re-evaluate their close relationship with powerful union lobbyists. Taxpayers are holding politicians accountable for broken state budgets now more than ever; and Democrats are realizing that they can’t seriously address their constituents’ economic concerns if they’re continuing to give political gifts to Big Labor. In this month’s Labor Watch, Ivan Osorio and Trey Kovacs examine the causes and consequences of the disintegrating friendship between leftist lawmakers and powerful unions. Read the study here (PDF).
>>Shaping the Debate
Fred Smith’s televised debate with Norm Ornstein
TSA Under Fire After Man Boards Flight With Expired Boarding Pass
Vincent Vernuccio’s interview on Fox Business
The Cost of Government Regulation
Wayne Crews’ column in Forbes
Fuel Economy Standards Need a Warning Label
Sam Kazman’s citation in The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Employers Doubt Obama’s Promise of Less Red Tape
CEI’s citation in The Washington Times
NYT: Tea Party vs. John Mica’s Myopic Monorail to Nowhere
Marc Scribner’s citation in The Washington Examiner Blogs
>>Best of the Blogs
Third Time’s the Charm: Ray LaHood Announces TIGER 3
By Marc Scribner
Alcohol Regulation Roundup: Independence Day Edition
By Michelle Minton
>> CEI Podcast
One federal government study says federal regulations cost $1.75 trillion. Another says it’s $62 billion. The difference is almost a factor of 30. Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews compares the two, and talks about the hazards of calculating regulatory costs and benefits. As it turns out, $1.75 trillion might be an understatement.