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    CBO Affirms What We’ve Known All Along: Reducing National Debt Will Grow the Economy

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–Wis.) steps to reduce the budget would help boost economic growth. Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal contains more than $5 trillion in savings over 10 years and balances by the end of the budget window, leaving a $5 billion surplus in 2024. Ryan’s budget acquires … More

    State Occupational Licensing: A Burdensome Barrier

    The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that barriers such as excessive state occupational licensing are thwarting opportunity for low-income workers. Occupational licensing can make sense for some industries that require highly technical or specialized skills, but not all jobs require such knowledge or skills. Yet in … More

    Regulation A+ Proposed Rule Needs Work

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to be commended for recognizing the debilitating problems with the existing Regulation A, but unless the proposed rule is modified in substantial ways, it will be of only limited value to entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital. The SEC should: Reduce overregulation by state … More

    Two Ways to Hurt Women in the Workplace

    Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down. Convincing people that injustice is taking place is a great way to push your policy agenda—and that’s where “Equal Pay Day” comes from. It’s the left’s claim that women in America are paid only … More

    Univision Partners with U.N. to Push Climate Change Agenda

    Walter Cronkite once said, “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of the story.” Well, if that’s the case, then our country’s biggest Spanish-language network has no interest in providing Hispanics in the United States—this nation’s fastest-growing and youngest demographic—with the truth on the issue of climate change. … More

    SEC Continues Clash with Financial Stability Oversight Council

    The 2010 Dodd–Frank Act is a colossal regulatory mess that gave us, among other things, a new set of turf battles among regulators. The latest fight is between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, well, basically all the other financial regulators. The Wall Street Journal notes: Luis Aguilar, a … More

    Even Captain America Wants Tax Breaks

    Today’s the day: #CaptainAmerica #WinterSoldier explodes into theaters worldwide! Got your tickets yet? pic.twitter.com/wYPUK21c1r — Captain America (@CaptainAmerica) April 4, 2014 “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which began storming U.S. movie theaters last night, filmed key scenes last May in Washington, D.C. But few movies or TV shows not starring … More

    The Chamber in Silicon Valley: Looking for the Next Bill Gates?

    The Chamber of Commerce announced this week it is opening a second office in Silicon Valley. The Chamber is no doubt in the hunt to expand its membership base, but will it lobby for policies that encourage the next generation of garage discoveries and creative destruction—or lock in the market … More

    March Jobs Report: No Change in Unemployment Rate

    The March employment report showed modest job gains of 192,000 with the unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7 percent. Unemployment remains highest among teenagers (20.9 percent) and African Americans (12.4 percent). The sectors with strongest growth were food services and drinking places (+30,000) and temporary help services (+29,000). With additions in … More

    What the Left Doesn’t Want You to Know About Equal Pay for Women

    “Equal Pay Day” is slated for April 8—plenty of time for Democrats to start playing the gender card in hopes of galvanizing female voters ahead of the November midterm elections. Rumor has it that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is getting ready to move on the Paycheck Fairness Act—a … More