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Hurricane Recovery, Union Politics and Disaster Insurance

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Hurricane Recovery, Union Politics and Disaster Insurance

Residents of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast are being advised to avoid taps and drink only bottled water.

Unions increase their spending on campaign advertisements and mailings.

Experts gather in South Carolina to debate the future of disaster insurance.

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1. HEALTH

Residents of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast are being advised to avoid taps and drink only bottled water.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Risk & Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini on why that may soon become more difficult:

“Thanks to environmental activists and busybody lawmakers, bottled water may soon be more expensive and less accessible. They say bottled water is wasteful and environmentally irresponsible, and they are pushing a host of silly laws to tax, ban or otherwise hinder access to the product.”

 

2. LABOR

Unions increase their spending on campaign advertisements and mailings.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Adjunct Fellow Doug Bandow on what labor unions hope to accomplish in the next Congress:

“[The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act] would enable organized labor to pour even more money into campaigns, spurring passage of union-supported legislation. For instance, unions are pushing Congress to override state laws limiting unionization of public safety employees, open the Traffic Safety Administration to organizing, and reverse recent National Labor Relations Board decisions defining "supervisors," who are exempt from collective bargaining requirements. Labor also has led an assault in the Democratic Congress on the Office of Labor-Management Standards, which enforces laws and regulations against union corruption.”

 

3. CONSUMER

Experts gather in South Carolina to debate the future of disaster insurance.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer on what they hope to accomplish:

“This is a different kind of conference. We’ve brought together the top experts from the academic, legislative, and corporate worlds. We’re hoping to actually move towards solving some of the thorniest problems in insurance.”

 

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