CEI Weekly: CEI Unveils Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index

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CEI Weekly
September 2, 2011

>>Featured Story

State governments across the country are struggling to balance their budgets; meanwhile, union lobbyists are pushing for better benefits and more handouts. To educate taxpayers about their state governments’ priorities, CEI has partnered with Crossroads GPS in a new initiative: the Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index. States are ranked in 23 different categories and given scores that reflect Big Labor’s influence on state legislators and regulators. Labor Policy Analysts Vincent Vernuccio and Trey Kovacs blogged on the index at BigGovernment. To take a closer look at the state rankings, you can visit WorkplaceChoice.org.

>>Shaping the Debate
Wither Weather Service?
Iain Murray’s interview on Fox Business

Do We Really Need a National Weather Service?
Iain Murray and David Bier’s op-ed on FoxNews.com

Immigration Tariff: Reforming a Broken System
Alex Nowrasteh’s op-ed in The Huffington Post

Privacy Mandates are Bad News for Web Users
Luke Pelican’s op-ed in The Washington Times

Propaganda Posing as Environmental Literacy
Matthew Melchiorre’s op-ed in The Washington Times

The DoJ’s Antitrust Seers
Ryan Young’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

Solyndra’s All-Too-Predictable Collapse
Chris Horner’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

Rekindling the Dream
Alex Nowrasteh and David Bier’s oped in The American Spectator

U.S. Fears Lost Jobs if AT&T Merger is Approved

Ryan Radia’s citation in The Los Angeles Times

We’re Powerless in the Face of the Alternative Energy Lobby
Myron Ebell’s citation in The Star-Ledger

>>Best of the Blogs

Infrastructure Pork vs. Infrastructure Investment: In Washington, There is No Difference
By Fred Smith

Will the Super Committee Legalize Online Poker?
By Brian McGraw

More Barriers to Job Creation from Obama Administration: Employers Must Hire Alcoholics as Truck Drivers Despite Liability Risk
By Hans Bader

Hurricanes in New York — Blame Global Warming?
By Marlo Lewis

Awful Month for “Green” Stimulus

By William Yeatman

>> CEI Podcast

September 1, 2011: The Blocked AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

The Department of Justice sued this week to stop the proposed AT&T-T-Mobile merger. Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia thinks this is a mistake. The evidence that the merger would make the wireless market less competitive is unconvincing. Nobody knows if the merger will succeed or not. Either way, consumer harm is unlikely.