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Tax Day Protests, Small Car Safety and Union Organizing

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Tax Day Protests, Small Car Safety and Union Organizing

People across the country gather to protest high taxes and excessive government spending.

A new crash test study finds that smaller cars are especially vulnerable in “offset” crashes.

Debate continues to rage over proposed changes to union organizing rules.

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1. POLITICS 

People across the country gather to protest high taxes and excessive government spending.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews on the hidden costs of federal regulation

“Especially at a time when many American businesses and families are hurting financially, Congress ought to scale back burdensome and ineffectual regulations. Ours is the age of Spending Stimulus; what we need instead is a ‘Deregulatory Stimulus’ to jumpstart small business formation and job creation, and get the government off our backs.”

 

2. SAFETY

A new crash test study finds that smaller cars are especially vulnerable in “offset” crashes.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: General Counsel Sam Kazman on the safety trade-off involved in driving smaller cars: 

“Proponents of higher fuel economy standards continually tout how much fuel they’ll supposedly save us; they never say a word about the fact that people will die in the process. In short, we can expect to see Corporate Average Fuel Economy restrictions kill people and car makers, while CAFE’s proponents talk about fuel efficiency and reduced [carbon dioxide] emissions.” 

 

3. LABOR

Debate continues to rage over proposed changes to union organizing rules.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Editorial Director Ivan Osorio on the impact the legislation would have on employers

“How damaging would the so-called Employee Free Choice Act be to businesses? Enough to force some healthy companies into bankruptcy. Specifically, EFCA’s binding arbitration provision could lead to newly unionized companies being forced to assume unsupportable new pension liabilities. Thus explained Brett McMahon of the construction firm Miller & Long, speaking to bloggers at The Heritage Foundation recently.” 

 

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