CEI Weekly: Special Interests Walk Away with Multi-Million Dollar Obamacare Handouts

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CEI Weekly
May 6, 2011

>>Featured Story

Today, May 6th, is the last day that businesses and unions can apply for the Early Retirement Reinsurance Program (ERRP). ERRP is an Obamacare program intended to help employers cover costs for early retireees. It was supposed to last until 2014, but it stopped taking on new applicants far ahead of schedule. That’s probably because groups like the United Auto Workers cashed in early and walked away with millions—in UAW’s case, hundreds of millions—of taxpayer dollars. CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio last week exposed ERRP waste in a National Review op-ed. This week, Vernuccio revisited the issue in BigGovernment to mark the final week of the expensive, short-lived program.

>>Shaping the Debate

Maryland’s BPA Ban Exposes Children to Greater Risks Than the Chemical Itself

Angela Logomasini’s op-ed in The Baltimore Sun

The NLRB Overreaches–Once Again

Iain Murray and Ivan Osorio’s op-ed in Real Clear Markets

Ten Thousand Commandments: How Much Regulation Is Enough?

Wayne Crews’ column in Forbes

Free Trade Agreements Don’t Kill Jobs

Ryan Young’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

The Washington Post’s Junky Rant Against Princess Catherine’s Entrepreneurial Family

John Berlau’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

DOJ’s Poker Shutdown: Holding on to Americans’ Money
Michelle Minton’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

Do Americans Care About Climate Change Anymore?
Myron Ebell’s citation in U.S. News & World Report

Princess Entrepreneur
John Berlau’s citation in The Times of India

>>Best of the Blogs

Progress on Free Trade — With Strings Attached
By Fran Smith

D.C. Councilmembers Propose Taxicab Medallion System . . . Again
By Marc Scribner

Xcel Energy’s Versatile, Profitable Carbon Tax
By William Yeatman

Canadian Election Results: No Cap-and-Trade, No Carbon Tax

by Myron Ebell


>> CEI Podcast

May 5, 2011: Salt

A new study says that high-salt diets may not be as harmful as once thought. Research Associate Daniel Compton takes a look. He also points out that, even if salt is a health hazard, regulating salt intake probably won’t work as planned.