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  • A Pioneer in "Smart Growth" Becomes a Pioneer in No Growth

    April 30 was the last day for the planning department of Petaluma, Calif. The city decided to axe the department after it became clear that development activity was not generating sufficient revenue to cover the department’s expenses. As of March, the department was running a deficit of $280,000 for the … More

    Competition Is the Key

    School choice can be more than just a “lifeboat” for students needing to escape troubled public schools. When structured correctly, school choice can create competition among both private and public schools to improve their performance. That, say Jay Greene and Ryan Marsh, is what’s going on in Milwaukee right now. … More

    Your Idea on Health Care Reform Could Win $10,000

    The Pioneer Institute’s annual Better Government Competition is a great opportunity for citizens to get involved in shaping public policy. The Pioneer Institute, for those who don’t know, is Massachusetts’ free market think tank, and with all that has happened in the state in health care the past few years, … More

    Two Stories about the Same Thing

    December 8, 2008: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) orders state agencies to stop doing business with Bank of America until it reinstates a line of credit for the company Republic Windows and Doors to either keep operating or provide severance and vacation pay to employees. On December 2, the company … More

    Civil Society Under Siege in the Andes

    Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez faces an election on November 23, and he’s wasting no time in further undermining civil society and consolidating his power. Jaime Daremblum of the Hudson Institute reports: On July 22, the Venezuelan president arrived in Moscow to finalize a number of bilateral energy and military agreements, … More

    Already Known to Economists … but Not to the Democratic Policy Committee

    We’re willing to bet that no member of Congress is a regular reader of The Energy Journal, though perhaps some of them should be. It’s an academic journal on energy economics. But maybe leaders on Capitol Hill should start with something The Energy Journal decided not to publish: a paper … More

    Decades Late, but Welcome to the Party!

    Legal Times reports that some liberals are encouraging their friends on the Left to rethink their approach to the Constitution. The Constitutional Accountability Center, launched earlier this month, plans to promote the idea that progressives should base their arguments about constitutional questions on the language and history of the Constitution. … More

    Laffering All the Way to the Treasury

    The New York Sun pokes fun at the Treasury Department, which this week released two reports assessing the impact of the 2003 tax cuts: We confess we stumbled a few times in making our way through the language, which seems at times to buy into left-wing assumptions. “Capital gains income, … More

    Thank You, American Soldiers

    Our friends at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation have produced an excellent video tribute to the men and women of the U.S. military who have sacrificed so much to preserve freedom in this country. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9hWrddLfPs[/youtube]

    Parents Should Be Able to Fire Their Kid’s Principal

    The recent firing of 24 principals in Washington, D.C., illustrates perfectly a point that school choice proponents have made time and time again. One of the principals dismissed was the principal at the school attended by the children of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Before the firing, Rhee had promised … More