CEI Weekly: CEI Labor Project Inspires Reform in Oklahoma

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CEI Weekly

February 3, 2012

>> Featured Story

In 2011, CEI labor policy analysts created the Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index to measure the influence of union lobbyists on state governments. The purpose of the Index was to educate lawmakers and taxpayers about union handouts at the state level. Now, in early 2012, the Index is certainly making a difference: Oklahoma Senator David Holt is introducing legislation to empower Oklahoma taxpayers, citing his state’s poor ranking on CEI’s Index. Read Research Associate Jack Mann’s OpenMarket commentary on Sen. Holt’s announcement for more details.


Countering the Assault on Capitalism
Fred L. Smith’s article in Economic Affairs

McDonald’s and Pepsi’s Different Response to Pressure
Fred L. Smith’s letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal

The FDA Has It Dead Wrong
Michelle Minton’s op-ed in The Hill

Cuba, Where Sheep Are Trained to Venerate Wolves
Bill Frezza’s column in Forbes

Dodd-Frank Shields Fannie and Freddie
Hans Bader’s letter to the editor in The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Opposition to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Takes Right Turn
Marc Scribner’s citation in Politico

How Europe Became a Dirty Word in the U.S. Election
Iain Murray’s citation in BBC News

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