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    Profitable or Not, Loan Guarantee Program Is a Failure

    Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) is receiving criticism for including two solar-generation projects in his budget plan as “failed” projects despite the fact that Mesquite Solar 1’s project in Phoenix is generating electricity and SolarReserve’s project is under construction and recently entered a contract to sell power to California’s largest utility. … More

    Attorney General Edwin Meese on Marriage and the Courts

    Forty-one states continue to affirm that marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. In California, citizens voted directly to retain this understanding of marriage (after an activist court created a right to … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    Phil Mickelson and His Tax Bogey

    Professional golfer Phil Mickelson, one of California’s many but dwindling wealthy, apparently carded a bogey when he intimated over the weekend that the near 60 percent marginal tax rate on the state’s millionaires may be enough to make him flee to a lower tax burden state. In November, the state … More

    Gambling Taxpayer Money on a High-Speed Train to Vegas

    Even as the President and Congress have again failed to deal with the genuine fiscal threats facing the nation, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering gambling $5.5 billion in taxpayer funds on a high-speed train to Las Vegas. The loan could be approved under the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad … More

    EPA Gives Green Light for California's Costly Car Program

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a waiver to the state of California to move forward with its Advanced Clean Cars Program. The EPA waiver allows California to implement even tougher fuel efficiency standards than the White House announced last summer in an attempt to integrate more zero-emission … More

    Supreme Court to Hear Defense of Marriage Act Challenges: Legal Analysis

    It’s official: The Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this term. This was hardly unexpected. As we previously noted, the High Court was almost certain to hear one or more of these cases after two federal circuit courts struck down DOMA … More

    The Supreme Court's Challenge: Restore Marriage Decisions to Citizens

    The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear cases dealing with the definition of marriage during its current term. The Court will consider challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Clinton, and Proposition 8, California’s constitutional amendment … More

    Education Ballot Measures in the States

    Numerous education-related amendments, ranging from ballot initiatives and charter school authorizers to spending and collective bargaining reform, are under consideration in the states. It’s not every year that education policy receives so much attention, but America’s ailing education system is ripe for reform. Several initiatives deal with whether to raise … More

    What Caused Drop in Unemployment Insurance Claims?

    The news that new Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims dropped sharply to 339,000 last week has raised eyebrows—and aroused suspicion the Department of Labor had massaged the numbers. In truth, there is both more and less to this story than meets the eye. The numbers are incomplete, but because of bureaucratic … More