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June 19, 2014

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Health Care

Research & Commentary: The Cost of Failed Health Insurance Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to construct and develop their own health insurance exchanges instead of becoming part of the federal exchange. However, many of the states that chose this path have seen their exchanges underperform at the great expense of taxpayers. In this Research & Commentary, Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Glans notes, “Instead of wasting millions of dollars propping up exchanges that do not work, legislators should focus on creating health care policies that lower costs and empower individuals to control their own health care.” Read More

Energy & Environment
Research & Commentary: Zero-Subsidy Energy Policy

Compared to most other sectors, the U.S. energy sector is relatively free (excluding the electricity industry), yet in the past decade heavy-handed government regulations in the marketplace have come from both political parties. Policy Analyst Taylor Smith points out support for eliminating subsidies for all energy sources, including fossil fuel, renewable, and nuclear, has come from intellectual leaders of several political viewpoints. Read More 
 
Budget & Tax
 

In this Research & Commentary, Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Glans examines the transportation funding plan recently proposed by the Obama Administration. The $302 billion plan, called the Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America (GROW AMERICA) Act, is intended to raise funding for transportation infrastructure including bridges, highways, and rails. Glans notes, however, “The proposal is expensive and funded by a one-time tax scheme that does little to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness.” The federal government should stay out of problems that should be solved by the states.  Read More

 

Education
 
With the federal government’s increasing involvement in education, advocates of this national education system claim gathering immense amounts of data is necessary for the system to properly function. The data are more than simple aggregates of test scores, but rather personal information about individual students, including their values and facts about their family life. In this report, co-authored by Research Fellow Joy Pullmann, the argument is made that the government has no right to collect this massive amount of student data. Individuals have a right to their own personal information, and it should be protected as personal property. Read More
 
Telecom
 
In an article appearing in the Heartlander digital magazine, Heartland Policy Advisor Bartlett Cleland discusses the need for a comprehensive, clear, and permanent moratorium on Internet taxes. Commenting on the possible harm that would be done if such a moratorium is not passed, Cleland notes that Scott Mackey, former chief economist for the National Conference of State Legislatures, “Has estimated that an average household’s taxes would increase by $50 to $75 a year if states decide to apply their sales or telecommunications taxes to Internet access.”  Read More
 
From Our Free-Market Friends
 
An economic policy research report recently released by the Institute for Justice discusses the detrimental impact of numerous and unnecessary regulations that have amounted to an “assault on food freedom and economic liberty.” The report concludes, the “overzealous food safety regulations and bureaucratic hoops” that exist today will “Ultimately limit the choices available to eaters—which includes quite literally everyone—and in the process, prevent food entrepreneurs from earning an honest living.”  Read More
 

 

 

 
 

Two years ago, when Rhode Island passed bipartisan legislation to reform a state pension system that threatened to bankrupt the state, it was hailed as an example for other states to follow. Now, as the June issue of Budget & Tax Newsreports, Rhode Island is once again an example for other states: But this time around, it’s an example of what not to do.

Environment & Climate News

School Reform News