The Leaflet – EPA Proposes New Carbon Dioxide Standards

Published October 23, 2014

EPA Proposes New Carbon Dioxide Standards

According to a story recently released by Bloomberg, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to regulate modernized power plants under two separate sections of the Clean Air Act. Opponents of EPA’s plan say it is illegal.

Following the Bloomberg story, NERA Economic Consulting released a study last week concluding EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan would have significant economic impacts. NERA projects complying with the Clean Power Plan could cost more than $366 billion. NERA estimates 43 states will suffer from double-digit electricity price increases. In total, EPA’s Clean Power Plan could cost consumers and businesses an astounding $41 billion per year, according to the analysis.

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Research & Commentary: College Affordability and Student Loan Debt

Some 40 million Americans have a total of more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Since 1978, college tuition and fees have risen by 1,134 percent, far outpacing even medical costs, which rose by 607 percent. U.S. higher education is expensive, but it’s still the best in the world, largely due to free-market mechanisms such as competition, consumer choice, and institutional autonomy. Policy Analyst Taylor Smith says  even more market-based reform, not government intervention, is needed to cure higher education’s woes. Read more

Energy & Environment

Research & Commentary: Nuclear Power

Almost 20 percent of the United States’ electricity is generated by nuclear power, with more than 100 nuclear power units in 31 states. But no new nuclear reactors have begun construction since 1996. Experts across the political spectrum say the claims of health dangers linked to nuclear power are overblown. Federal and state legislators should acknowledge nuclear power is a safe, reliable, emission-free form of energy that should be freed from burdensome regulation and delays in government permitting. It also should be denied the generous taxpayer-funded benefits it has received in the past. Read more

Health Care

Research & Commentary: Utah Medicaid Expansion Update

As Gov. Gary Herbert’s (R) “Healthy Utah” Medicaid expansion plan awaits approval by the Obama administration, it remains unpopular with many Utahans. The plan includes the state’s recommendation that able-bodied applicants who receive insurance subsidies be required to work. The plan would provide assistance to citizens making less than $15,500 a year in order to help them pay for health insurance in private markets. In thisResearch & Commentary, Matthew Glans discusses the Healthy Utah plan, where it currently stands, and why the program is not the best plan for the people of Utah. “Instead of expanding a costly and flawed model that delivers subpar health care and shifts more power to the federal government, state lawmakers should focus instead on reform options like those piloted in Florida, which reduce costs and offer better care.” Read more

Budget & Tax

In Fight over Minimum Wage Hikes, Small Businesses Get Trampled

Rusty Weiss writes in The Heartlander digital magazine about New Jersey’s minimum wage increase and the negative effect the increase may have on small business owners. “Despite being just one of 23 states with a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage, New Jersey will see another increase of 1.59% come January. Small business owners are claiming the rate hikes will negatively impact job creation, will lead to fewer hours for current employees, and will result in an increase in costs for consumers.” Read more


Black Thursday Is Coming in December: Politicians Want Green, Taxpayers Will See Red!
In this Heartlander digital magazine article, originally published by the Institute for Policy Innovation, Bartlett Cleland discusses how the proposed changes to Internet sales and access taxes could affect the upcoming holiday shopping season. Cleland refers to the day the Internet access moratorium would end, December 11, as Black Thursday. “ITFA has been extended several times, including recently when it was extended until Thursday, December 11—or what we should dub another Black Thursday. The American Action Forum released an analysis showing that the cost to taxpayers would be $14.7 billion annually. This tax increase is the very real cost of failing to extend the moratorium permanently.” Read more

From Our Free-Market Friends

Revenue Sharing Reform: On the Road to Ohio’s Recovery

In a new report, the Buckeye Institute discusses revenue-sharing programs that redistribute state dollars to local governments. The statehouse liaison and policy analyst at the Buckeye Institute, Greg R. Lawson, found Ohio’s revenue-sharing programs and reforms have “the benefit of promoting economic growth and opportunity for the entire state while also fostering flexibility and fiscal responsibility.” Read more




The October issue of School Reform News reports the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program and allowed more students to transfer to private schools on scholarships. “I prayed that the other parents that didn’t get picked, that extra money would be available for them to get picked, because as passionate as I am, they are too,” said one parent.

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