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  • Internet Tax Not A Popular Proposition, According to R Street/NTU Poll

    September 12, 2013
    Andrew Moylan of R Street says members of Congress -- right, left, and center -- who value their electoral health should steer clear of the Marketplace Fairness Act. It polls poorly in all groups as Americans realize this is just another way to prop up inefficient businesses at the expense of the general welfare.

    Here are some facts on the MFA from CEI Adjunct Scholar Jessica Melugin.

    And here is the R Street press release on the poll:
    new poll released today by the R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union found strong opposition across the board to new Internet sales tax legislation like the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act....
  • Come On Into The Immigration Pool, Republicans … The Water Appears To Be Safe

    July 25, 2013
    There are a lot of things Republicans can do to get themselves primaried these days, but embracing comprehensive immigration reform does not seem to be one of them.

    A survey taken earlier this month of voters who have a history of voting in Republican primary elections found those “who support comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship, do not run afoul of the majority opinion of their primary voters,” the survey oufit said. “That is true in every region of the country, and in suburban and rural districts alike. It is true with Tea Party voters, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives and moderate Republicans … as well.”

    Here are the findings:

    --Nearly four in five think the system is broken and something must be done to fix it. That includes 75.4 percent of the Tea Party supporters polled as well as 78 percent of those who watch FOX News daily.

  • End Of Compulsory Dues Has Led To Plummeting Union Membership In Wisconsin

    July 24, 2013
    Gov. Scott Walker “can deny that he wanted to weaken public sector unions, but whatever his motivation, that’s what has happened.”

    Thus concluded an eye-opening recent op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin’s leading newspaper.

    And it is true. Since paying union dues became a value judgment by workers rather than a mandatory part of holding a government job in Wisconsin, membership in public-sector unions there has plummeted. The newspaper found membership has declined by 50 percent at some unions and even more at others.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48, which represents city and county workers in Milwaukee, went from 9,000 members and an income of more than $7 million per year in 2010 to 3,500 members and a deep deficit by the end of last year.

    The Wisconsin law required workers to contribute 5.8 percent of...
  • CEI Joins Push for Corporate Tax Reform

    May 31, 2013
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute signed on to a letter with taxpayer groups and other public policy organizations that urges Congress to act on corporate tax reform. “High taxes on businesses hinder job creation, drive up costs and make America less competitive,” said Iain Murray, vice president of strategy at CEI. “Today, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This seems incongruous with rebuilding our economy.”

    The letter can be viewed here.

  • State Of The Union Live Blog 2013

    February 11, 2013
    Welcome to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's live blog of President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. Tune in here on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. for the real-time free-market/libertarian take on the speech.

  • Lose The Helmet Already

    October 2, 2012
    So now we're down to safe v. healthy. The "safe" approach to riding a bike is to wear a helmet, according to the Nanny Statists in cities from coast to coast. But it turns out a lot of people won't ride bikes if it means buying and wearing a helmet. It also turns out helmets don't actually prevent a lot of injuries. As this story from The New York Times reveals, these days, officials in cities that want to promote bike riding have realized it might be better to accept a little more risk from letting riders go helmet-less than insisting on the helmet and forcing many riders to the sidelines.
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