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  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: Tech and Telecom

    January 28, 2019
    As technology and telecommunications evolve, new challenges inevitably arise for policy makers. New mandates or prohibitions should be avoided in all but the most exceptional circumstances. Ill-conceived rules could stifle the high-tech economy, saddling innovative firms with arbitrary regulations or draconian liability regimes.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    January 28, 2019
    The partial shutdown ended on Friday, though only on a three-week deal. This likely will not show up in the Federal Register’s page and rule counts until mid- to late-week, given that it usually operates on a 2-3 day lag. Regulations that did appear during the week range from cockpit displays to crabbing vessels.
  • Chuck Todd's 'Daily Show' Comments Got It Wrong on the Climate Debate

    January 25, 2019
    Last night Chuck Todd went on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and was asked about his announcement on a recent episode of “Meet the Press,” (which was devoted entirely to climate change), to bar guests who dispute climate alarmism. I think CEI may have spurred the question.
  • Warren Wealth Tax Proposal Raises Constitutional Questions

    January 25, 2019
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed a new wealth tax. We don’t know a lot of details on what is being proposed, but what little we do know suggests there is a constitutional problem. The Washington Post reported yesterday that Warren is being advised by two economists “on a proposal to levy a 2 percent wealth tax on Americans with assets above $50 million, as well as a 3 percent wealth tax on those who have more than $1 billion.”
  • VIDEO: Pacific Legal Foundation Stands up for Freedom of Falconry

    January 25, 2019
    Falconry has a long and noble heritage. During most of that time, however, it has been heavily regulated. In Medieval England, for example, only people belonging to certain social classes were allowed to keep and hunt with bird of prey, and certain species of birds were considered appropriate only for holders of certain noble titles. Though we in the present-day United States may live in a far more egalitarian society, the practice of falconry still comes with onerous rules. The new video below from the Pacific Legal Foundation explains a lawsuit they are pursing to challenge those restrictions.
  • New Cable Franchise Rules to Benefit Consumers

    January 24, 2019
    In September of last year, the Federal Communications Commission issued a further notice of proposed rulemaking clarifying how the amount that cities are allowed to charge cable companies in franchise fees is calculated. If these changes are adopted, it will be much to the benefit of consumers.
  • Oregon Introduces Taxpayer-Funded Union Subsidy

    January 24, 2019
    Earlier this week, I took a look at legislation that has been enacted to undercut the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Janus v. AFSCME. Unfortunately, state legislatures are just getting started. Today, I’ll examine a bill introduced in Oregon.
  • CEI Leads Coalition in Support of Nationwide Road Usage Charge Pilot Program

    January 24, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute sent a letter to Congress urging members to preserve and strengthen the users-pay/users-benefit highway funding principle and to establish a nationwide, interoperable mileage-based user fee pilot program.
  • Courts Should Protect Economic Liberty Rights As Originally Understood

    January 23, 2019
    The prohibition on taking a person’s liberty without due process of law is enshrined in the Constitution’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. But what does this mean? Does “liberty” only mean not being imprisoned, as some people have claimed, or is it far broader than that? In a new post on the Federalist Society’s blog, I argue that liberty, as originally understood by our Founders, was far broader than lack of imprisonment.
  • What If Trump's Regulations Exceed His Regulatory Rollback Savings?

    January 23, 2019
    President Donald Trump has pruned rules and costs at a quicker pace than other presidents. But could his other policies torpedo that?

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