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The Poverty of Preschool Promises: Saving Children and Money with the Early Education Tax Credit

Adam B. Schaeffer
August 3, 2009

This Policy Analysis for CATO concludes that the political momentum behind state-level preschool programs is tremendous, but existing proposals are often flawed and expensive.

The High Cost of Low-Value Wind Power

Jonathan A. Lesser
March 26, 2013

Many arguments have been made against subsidies for energy production, and against subsidies in general.

An EPA War on Coal?

Richard L. Gordon
March 26, 2013

The minimum complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is that defects in environmental legislation denounced by economists for decades continue to produce bad results.

50 Vetoes: How States Can Stop the Obama Health Care Law

March 21, 2013

In this policy report, Michael Cannon argues that despite surviving a number of threats, President Obama’s health care law remains harmful, unstable, and unpopular.

The Ethanol Boondoggle

Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren
January 21, 2007

Taylor and Van Doren equate corn ethanol to a religion, arguing that it, "...is more a religion than a reasoned proposition." They go on to explain how production of corn ethanol really only

Publication Practices for Transparent Government

Jim Harper
September 23, 2011

Government transparency is a widely agreed upon goal, but progress on achieving it has been very limited.

State Income Taxes and Economic Growth

Barry W. Poulson and Jules Gordon Kaplan
January 1, 2008

This article explores the impact of tax policy on economic growth in the states within the framework of an endogenous growth model.

The Negative Effects of Minimum Wage Laws

Mark Wilson
June 21, 2012

The federal government has imposed a minimum wage since 1938, and nearly all the states impose their own minimum wages. These laws prevent employers from paying wages below a mandated level.

A Rational Response to the Privacy ‘Crisis’

Larry Downes
January 7, 2013

What passes today as a “debate” over privacy lacks agreed-upon terms of reference, rational arguments, or concrete goals.

Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity

December 19, 2012

Nothing can be made, transported, or used without energy, and fossil fuels provide 80 percent of mankind’s energy and 60 percent of its food and clothing.

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