Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Cruise ship head tax cut expected to pass Legislature

(Business Week) Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed reducing the $46-per-person tax to $34.50, and allow deeper offsets for local head taxes for ships stopping in Juneau and Ketchikan. Some form of the tax is expected to pass before session ends April 17. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Opinion: Work sharing could work for us

(Los Angeles Times) Currently, firms mostly respond to weak demand by laying off workers. Under a work-sharing program, firms are encouraged by government policy to spread a small amount of the pain across many workers. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Economics, Policy | Read More

U.S. Trans. Secretary Lahood delcares end of favoring cars over bicycles

(Fast Lane) In his personal blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood declared a “sea change” in policy after attending the National Bike Summit: “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized,” he wrote. (NYT blog reports) Read the...
April 23rd, 2010 | Energy, Policy | Read More

EPA administrator distances herself from IPCC

(Pajamas Media) When EPA administrator Lisa Jackson decided that the EPA would consider the air we exhale (CO2) a pollutant, she cited from the IPCC AR4 report. But now that the climategate story is out in the open, she appears to have circled the wagons. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

NH town rejects federal stimulus funding because of federal wage rules

(Seacoast Online) As stimulating as it might have sounded at the time, the city recently declined $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for its new water treatment plant because federal wage regulations would have forced the city to pay more for the project. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy, Recent News | Read More

MN suesover campaign finance laws

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues in federal court to void state campaign finance laws (Business Week) The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is asking a federal judge to void state campaign finance laws that restrict corporate activity in elections. The business group sued Tuesday in U.S. District Court,...
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Opinion: Warming’s Uncertain Science

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Before trillions more of our dollars are wasted in a vain effort to control the weather 100 years from now, our leaders should be much more certain that human activities are actually causing climate harm than is warranted by the uncertain science that has been spun out as...
April 23rd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Budget request uncovers mismanagement of Alaska Medicaid

(Fairbanks Daily News-miner) The state suspended, for one year ending in mid-2009, a school-focused Medicaid reimbursement program after muddy financial reporting raised red flags with federal agencies. The Department of Health and Social Services has asked for a legislative OK to balance its books by...
April 23rd, 2010 | Accountability, Health Care, Policy | Read More

The cost of government regulation

(AP) The world’s cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India’s Tata Nano is retrofitted to meet emissions and safety standards, it won’t be that cheap. Originally sold for $2500, the Tata Nano is expected to cost $8000 in the United States. Read the article...
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Illinois reforms its pension system

The reforms recently signed into law by Gov. Quinn include: – Retirement age is raised from 60 to 67 years old; – the earnings cap is decreased from $240- thousand dollars to almost $107-thousand dollars; – double dipping, when someone receives a public pension while drawing salary...
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Charging more for higher bandwidth usage

Getting what you pay for: Charging more for higher bandwidth usage (Regulation Magazine) Christopher Yoo surveys developments in internet technology and describes how changes in pricing plans are allowing internet providers to recover their investments in better bandwith capabilities. Read the article...
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy, Recent News | Read More

Texas schools improved with voucher system

(National Center for Policy Analysis) The University of Texas-San Antonio studied the effects of the voucher program in the Edgewood school district. The Texas Education Agency uses student performance on standardized tests to classify each public school as exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable....
April 22nd, 2010 | Education, Policy | Read More

Infrastructure “banks” no good for transportation funds

(The Heritage Foundation) Resistance to higher fuel taxes to fund failed state and federal transportation programs has encouraged President Obama, some Members of Congress, and transportation lobbyists to endorse a federal infrastructure bank to invest in highways and transit. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy | Read More

Eminent Domain abuse in the name of development

(Reason TV) A small business is fighting for its life in Brooklyn, New York. (Previous 2009 article)
April 22nd, 2010 | Policy, Recent News | Read More
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