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  • Reason's Shikha Dalmia on EFCA's Binding Arbitration Provision

    July 13, 2009
    With Al Franken joining the Senate, public attention is again turning to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). In the weekend Wall Street Journal, the Reason Foundation's Shikha Dalmia makes the case against EFCA's binding arbitration provision, which has not gotten nearly as much public scrutiny as its now-infamous secret ballot-circumventing card-check provision. As she notes, many state and local governments have extended compulsory arbitration to their employees, especially public safety workers, in exchange for their giving up the right to strike -- to those governments' subsequent chagrin.
    Exhibit A: Michigan. In 1969, the Wolverine State embraced a form of compulsory arbitration nearly identical to the one proposed in EFCA to resolve disputes with its police...
  • "It would be hard to devise a surer formula for economic catastrophe."

    July 12, 2009
    It may not be in a debacle like California's, but I still find it galling to see my home state of Florida go from being one of the best governed states in the country to leading the nation in a particularly destructive sort of fiscal insanity. But if the first step toward a cure is an accurate diagnosis, The Economist is helping on that count. As the current issue notes:
    Two years ago, after homeowners complained about rising insurance premiums, the governor, Charlie Crist, leaned on firms to cut prices and offered Floridians state-subsidised policies. Private insurers curtailed their operations or pulled out. When the next hurricane hits, the repair bill will land squarely on Floridian taxpayers, rather than being spread among global insurers. It would be hard to devise a...
  • Reason's Michael Moynihan on the SEIU Chavistas

    July 10, 2009
    At Reason Hit & Run, Michael C. Moynihan looks at the Service Employees Internatinoal Union's harassing of broadcasters who air ads opposing the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
    According to this letter obtained by TPM, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is threatening television stations broadcasting this anti-card check advertisement produced by the Employee Freedom Action Committee. In the letter (viewable...
  • CEI Weekly: Firsthand At the Tea Party

    July 10, 2009
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI's fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday. Also included in the Weekly newsletter is a brief description of CEI's weekly podcast and a feature on a major CEI breakthrough made during the week
  • A Second Stimulus?

    July 9, 2009
    Any stimulus proposal is, by its very nature, less than a zero-sum proposition. Stimulus involves taking some money out of the economy, wasting some of it on bureaucracy, then putting it back in.
  • Regulation of the Day: Asphalt Emissions

    July 9, 2009
    EPA is proposing national emission standards for asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing.
  • Crews in the News: Consumer Choice Doesn't Come From Regulation

    July 8, 2009
    CEI's own Wayne Crews is quoted in the Boston Globe this morning, explaining why real competition -- not government-mandated 'openness' -- is the best way to promote consumer choice. Wayne takes issue with Ben Scott of Free Press, who describes cellular data access as “a classical net neutrality issue.’’ Apparently placing legal burdens on any new web platform is Mr. Scott's strategy for encouraging the spread of mobile internet access...
  • Igniting Agricultural Innovation

    July 8, 2009
    "Biotechnology applied to agriculture has enormous potential to enhance our ability to develop seeds for improved crops and for enhanced livestock to enable us to meet the food, feed and fiber challenges of a growing world and stressed ecosystems in coming years. Significant impediments are created by unwarranted or outdated regulatory burdens that could easily be removed."
  • Antitrust Irony

    July 8, 2009
    Microsoft is having a tense antitrust discussion with the EU. Meanwhile, Google is readying an operating system to directly compete with Windows. Compare and contrast.
  • Antitrust Policy and Telecoms

    July 7, 2009
    It’s hard to make a case that a company is abusing market power if it doesn’t really have any. And Verizon and AT&T are not exactly Standard Oil.

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