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    On Saint Patrick’s Day, the U.S. Has Much to Learn From Ireland

    On Saint Patrick's Day, the U.S. Has Much to Learn From Ireland

    While Saint Patrick’s Day gives people all over the world a reason to be Irish for a day, it might be better for the United States to move permanently ‘Irish’ when it comes to corporate income tax rates. The United States currently has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world at 35 percent federally, and reaches almost 40 percent once the average | Read More »

    The Article V Convention: The Other Way to Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment

    The Article V Convention: The Other Way to Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment

    In fiscal year 2015, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects the federal government will run a deficit of $468 billion, borrowing approximately 13 cents of every dollar it spends. As if this were not enough cause for concern, the CBO’s 10-year forecast projects the deficit will steadily increase to be more than $1 trillion by 2025, leaving the nation with a debt of approximately $27.3 | Read More »

    President Obama’s Budget Proposal Violates the Principles of Sound Tax Policy

    This week President Obama rolled out his budget proposal, which again demonstrates how incredibly out of step the president is with the rest of the country. Just a couple of weeks after outlining $320 billion in tax increases during his State of the Union address (and quickly backtracking on a plan to tax 529 college savings accounts), President Obama rolled out a budget proposal that | Read More »

    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 »