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    States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    States Prove that Educational Freedom Works

    State lawmakers will surely haggle over education policy this legislative session, but hopefully they will remember the purpose of any education system during their battle over budgets: excellence in education and an equal opportunity for every child to succeed. The term “education reform” has taken on many meanings since its inception, but its foundations are based on educational freedom: Freedom for parents to determine their | Read More »

    State of the Union Tax Proposal Would Hurt Middle Class

    State of the Union Tax Proposal Would Hurt Middle Class

    During his seventh State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined his vision for an economic plan he claims will help the middle class. And for the seventh year in a row, President Obama has advocated for tax increases that will likely end up hurting those that he claims to help. The weekend before the annual address, the president released the full details of his | Read More »

    A Free Market State Legislative Agenda for 2015

    President Obama will lay out his plan for the nation during the State of the Union tonight, but state legislatures convening across the country in January should not wait for him to act. Legislators are already meeting to discuss fresh ideas and create plans of action to address the many issues facing their states. A 2015 legislative agenda for the states should break out of | Read More »

    Keystone XL: It’s Official – Excuses for Inaction Have Disappeared

    Last year, President Obama halted the U.S. Department of State’s 90-day review of the Keystone XL project, citing the importance of giving the Nebraska Court the time to issue a ruling. Earlier today, the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision, and in doing so, ruled that the Governor of Nebraska has the authority to approve the pipeline’s route. Now that the Nebraska Court | Read More »

    New York’s Minimum Wage Increase: The Wrong Way to Ring in the New Year

    Last night, as shivering tourists gathered in Times Square to watch the New Year’s Eve Ball drop, something much more impactful rose across the entire state of New York. Rising from $8.00 per hour to $8.75 per hour on December 31, New York’s minimum wage became the fourth-highest state minimum wage in the nation. Yet advocates continue to call for a higher minimum wage, some | Read More »

    EPA Proposes Its Most Expensive Regulation to Date

    EPA Proposes Its Most Expensive Regulation to Date

    The strategy of publicly releasing bad news late on a Friday afternoon in order to avoid significant media scrutiny is well established and commonly employed by a variety of institutions. For example, corporations may elect to bury a bad earnings report or government bodies may release unflattering documents just before the weekend when people are paying the least amount of attention. The popular television show The | Read More »

    What the elections tell us about state governments and their constituents

    What the elections tell us about state governments and their constituents

    President Obama said in his post-election press conference, “I hear you,” referring to the results of the Nov. 4 Republican sweep. But what the president might be missing is the rising tide of limited government ideas that are taking hold of the country. Up for election on Nov. 4 were 82 percent of the country’s state legislators, and the results flipped 11 chambers in favor | Read More »

    Gubernatorial Elections and the Message on Taxes

    While there is plenty to analyze from the elections as a whole, one of the most important lessons that we can glean from the 2014 mid-terms is on taxes. The message sent this election cycle to the nation’s governors is unmistakable. Governors who enacted bold tax reforms were reelected, even when facing daunting odds. Many governors who raised taxes, or even showed support for increased | Read More »

    Washington, D.C. Outperforms Virginia in School Choice

    Washington, D.C. Outperforms Virginia in School Choice

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week released its annual Report Card on American Education, where it grades states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies and digital learning opportunities. Interestingly, states sharing the same border often receive very different rankings. For example, Virginia education policies ranked very | Read More »

    Maryland Seeks Power to Double Tax Income

    While it may seem unfair to pay income taxes twice, Maryland residents have been doing so for years. That’s because unlike most other states, Maryland’s tax code does not provide a full tax credit for taxes paid to other states. This means anyone in Maryland who earns money in another state will pay that state’s income taxes, only to have Maryland levee county-level income taxes, | Read More »