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  • Defense Establishment Blasts Proposal for Trump Climate Review

    March 8, 2019
    In a letter released earlier this week, 58 “former national security leaders” urge President Trump not to approve the formation of a panel to review the evidence that climate change is a national security threat.  The signatories include former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
  • VIDEO: Deirdre McCloskey on "Bourgeois Dignity"

    March 8, 2019
    Given that it is International Women’s Day and almost CEI’s 35th anniversary, today is an excellent day to celebrate the impressive legacy of economist (and winner of CEI’s Julian Simon Award) Deirdre McCloskey. An impressive multi-disciplinarian who taught at the University of Illinois in the departments of economics, history, English, and communication, she is best known today for her trilogy of books on the “the bourgeois virtues” and how those virtues made global capitalism (and eventually, global prosperity) possible.
  • Labor Department Issues Proposed Update to Overtime Requirements

    March 8, 2019
    Last night, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) long-awaited proposed rule on overtime requirements was unveiled. The DOL intentionally wrote the rule to withstand legal challenge, and from the details it appears to be legally sound.
  • Federal Labor Ruling Prohibits Unions Charging Non-Members for Lobbying

    March 7, 2019
    It has long been the law of the land that labor unions may only collect agency fees, or forced union dues, from non-union members to the extent that they are necessary to cover the costs of union representation and collective bargaining. In states without right-to-work laws, which prohibit unions from charging non-members agency fees, non-members have the right to object to paying for union activities that are not germane to collective bargaining.
  • Higher Taxes, Wasteful Spending Not Solutions to Infrastructure Problems

    March 7, 2019
    In recent years, there have been increasing calls to raise federal fuel excise tax rates in order to address what many have called an infrastructure crisis. To be sure, there are very real infrastructure needs in the U.S., but they are not uniform across infrastructure asset classes and are not primarily the result of a lack of federal funding.
  • California Supreme Court Upholds Pension Reform, Punts on 'California Rule'

    March 7, 2019
    On Monday, March 4, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld a major provision in the state’s 2012 pension reform legislation, but punted on the broader question of whether pension benefits are protected as contracts under the state constitution—and therefore cannot be altered.
  • E-Cigarette Puritans Risk Lives

    March 7, 2019
    Tobacco companies faced a savage backlash in the 1990s when the public realized they willfully misled the world about the dangers of smoking. Yet when leaders of the modern medical establishment employ the same tactics to deceive the public about the risks of e-cigarettes, they face few, if any, repercussions.
  • Florida Bill Shines Light on Union Subsidy

    March 6, 2019
    Taxpayer dollars should be used to benefit the general public, not special interest groups. Yet, the state of Florida doles out a massive subsidy to government unions on an annual basis. This subsidy is known as union release time and permits public employees to perform union business on the taxpayer dime.
  • The Regulatory Costs of Abandoned Federalism

    March 6, 2019
    The deterioration of the principle of separation of powers is a signature feature of the powerful federal Administrative State. This corrosion is accompanied by a loss of federalism and enfeeblement of the constitutional authority of the states.
  • Three Reasons Kigali Amendment Favors China over America

    March 5, 2019
    Beginning in the 1970s, many policymakers became concerned that the refrigerants used in most air conditioners and refrigerators were leaking into the air and depleting the Earth’s ozone layer. This led to the negotiation and signing of the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 United Nations treaty phasing out the use of these chemicals.

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