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  • Do the Arts Need the NEA?

    Published February 7, 1995
    Opinion -
    The National Endowment for the Arts is fighting for its life, as newly empowered Republicans in Washington have targeted the NEA for extinction. Many artists are angry about this possibility and believe that only ignorance or malevolence can explain it.
  • Do the Arts Need the NEA?

    Published February 7, 1995
    Opinion -
    The National Endowment for the Arts is fighting for its life, as newly empowered Republicans in Washington have targeted the NEA for extinction. Many artists are angry about this possibility and believe that only ignorance or malevolence can explain it.
  • Bad Economics Kills 68 on Flight 4184

    Published January 4, 1995
    Opinion -
    On October 31, 1994, in a muddy northern Indiana soybean field, American Eagle Flight 4184 from Indianapolis to Chicago went down, killing all 68 passengers.
  • Angels of Mercy

    Published December 20, 1994
    Opinion -
    It was Halloween. Children were already at the door collecting candy. Then we heard the news that American Eagle flight 4184 had just plowed into a Northern Indiana cornfield.
  • Disposing of the Medical Waste Problem

    Published December 10, 1994
    Opinion -
    No terrorist could have devised a better plan to jeopardize biomedical research and deny modern medical treatments to Americans who desperately need them.
  • New Lessons for Health Care Reformers

    Published November 11, 1994
    Opinion -
    Government-run health care stood trial twice in 1994, once in Washington D.C. and again in California. It was a two-time loser. Health care in America must be reformed. There is ample evidence of waste and fraud in the current system.
  • Health Care Reform: Lessons from Missouri

    Published November 11, 1994
    Opinion -
    Contrary to the official "spin" coming out of Jefferson City, Missouri, special interest groups, lobbyists, and big bucks did not cause the legislative defeat of that state's far-reaching health care reform proposal.
  • No. 64 Chicago School Reform: First Annual Evaluation

    Published October 31, 1994
    Publication -
    Policy Studies -
    On July 1, 1988 - the final day of that year's legislative session- the Illinois General Assembly passed school reform legislation touted by many as "far-reaching" and "nothing less than a blueprint for revolution.
  • Finding Alternatives to Higher Taxes

    Published October 21, 1994
    Opinion -
    Illinois taxpayers are about to encounter a well-orchestrated campaign for a major permanent tax increase in 1995.
  • New Hope for Regulatory Reform

    Published October 11, 1994
    Opinion -
    When Congress repealed the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit law in December 1995, the safety experts at the U.S. Department of Transportation predicted that up to 6,400 more people would die every year.
  • No. 63 How To Win Illinois’ Battle Of The Budget

    Published September 30, 1994
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    Policy Studies -
    In January 1995, Illinois' Bureau of the Budget is expected to announce that revenues for the current fiscal year will fall approximeately 3 percent short of spending, producing a "budget gap"of between $1 and $1.5 billion.
  • The Hysteria over Dioxin

    Published September 29, 1994
    Opinion -
    The popular press has given extensive coverage to the latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on dioxin.
  • Competition for Wall Street Means Economic Growth for Main Street

    Published September 15, 1994
    Opinion -
    New electronic systems for trading stocks could end the financial abuse suffered by investors when buying and selling small, over-the-counter (OTC) stocks. Such systems can spur economic growth, benefiting investors, business firms, and employees.
  • Prince William Sound: Getting the Story Right

    Published September 8, 1994
    Opinion -
    The 1989 oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound was a terrible accident. It should never happen again. The damage awards now coming out of Alaska jury rooms will encourage oil companies to make sure it doesn't.
  • Guaranteeing Health Benefits Is No Cure

    Published August 17, 1994
    Opinion -
    Health care reformers want to make sure that every American has basic medical care. Most reform bills in Congress thus include a "minimum benefits package.
  • The Folly of Employer-Based Health Insurance

    Published August 17, 1994
    Opinion -
    While debating whether to force employers to provide health insurance to their employees, Congress should take the opportunity to re-evaluate the notion of employer-based health insurance.
  • Health Care Rights and Responsibilities

    Published August 17, 1994
    Opinion -
    Most politicians in Washington and many citizens believe "universal coverage" is a proper goal of health care reform.
  • Michigan’s Teacher Bargaining Law: A Model for Illinois

    Published August 12, 1994
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    All across America, parents and local school boards are wrestling with a growing problem--the political and economic clout of teacher unions. One state--Michigan- -has finally done something about it.
  • The ’94 Crime Bill: Shooting Hoops in the Dark

    Published August 10, 1994
    Opinion -
    The crime bill currently being debated in Congress, if passed, will go down in history as one of the most colossal failures ever to come from Capitol Hill. The bill is chock-full of political pork, repeats old mistakes, and will not prevent crime.
  • Privacy Means Privacy from Everyone, Even the Police

    Published August 4, 1994
    Opinion -
    GOOD NEWS! The federal government respects and is working to protect your privacy . . . just as long as you don't want privacy from the government itself.
  • The Science of Chlorine

    Published August 1, 1994
    Opinion -
    Thirteen years ago in Volume 1, 1981, this international journal started with an editorial that emphasized the need for a forum in which to review, analyze, and debate the scientific bases for regulatory decisions.
  • Mr. President, Don’t Mess with Drug Pricing

    Published July 27, 1994
    Opinion -
    The Clinton Administration says it wants to drive down the cost of prescription drugs. This sounds like a fine idea, but the method being proposed could backfire on consumers.
  • The Solution to Pollution is Eco-Sanity

    Published July 10, 1994
    Opinion -
    If the modern environmental movement in the United States was born in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, then the movement is now 32 years old.
  • Don’t Federalize Criminal Law

    Published July 6, 1994
    Opinion -
    Different versions of President Clinton's omnibus crime bill passed the Senate and the House months ago. Today the proposals remain mired in a conference committee that has been unable to get agreement on several controversial provisions.