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    A Simple and Wrong Answer to Poverty: Increasing the Minimum Wage

    During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed fighting poverty by raising the minimum wage. It sounds appealing but it will not work. Labor economists have repeatedly studied the effects of minimum wage increases. They find no correlation between higher minimum wages and lower poverty. Raising the … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Bogus State of the Union Promises

    Tonight, the American people will be watching President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address. How has he done on his promises over the past four years? Take a look at some of the promises Obama made back in 2009 during his first State of the Union. “I pledged to … More

    Obama Jobs Council Disbanded - Despite Economy, Jobs as Top Priority for Americans

    President Obama has allowed his jobs council to expire - even though “strengthening [the] economy” and “improving [the] job situation” continue to be top priorities for the American people, according to the Pew Research Center. This action fits with the President’s pattern of ignoring job-creating recommendations that don’t align with his views. … More

    Morning Bell: Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business

    In North Dakota, people have jobs. That state led the nation in job creation last year, and its unemployment rate is only 3.2 percent (compared to the national rate of 7.9 percent). Why? One word: energy. As Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, writes in a forthcoming paper: … More

    Free Trade Twist: China No Longer Cheapest Labor

    As wages in China rise with economic growth, some companies are beginning to look elsewhere for what was once China’s selling point: cheap labor. It just highlights the power that free trade provides—growing economies and raising living standards. Consider that wages in China are five times greater than they were … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Rick Snyder's Customer-Service Approach to Government

    Michigan has added 14,000 new small-business jobs to become the sixth fastest growing economy in the nation, and even automakers are starting to hire again. Heritage visited with Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) to find out how the former president and COO of Gateway Computers has contributed to the turnaround. Snyder … More

    Visa Waiver Program Expansion Should Advance on its Own

    On Monday, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D–IL) and Aaron Schock (R–IL), along with Senator Mark Kirk (R–IL) and more than 15 other cosponsors, reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. The bill would expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows citizens of participating countries to travel in … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda

    Would you like a raise? For some workers, cronyism prevents receiving raises in pay. In early 2011, a Giant Eagle supermarket in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, wanted to give wage increases and higher starting wages to 25 employees. But a union wouldn’t let it do so. Why would a union object to … More

    Morning Bell: What Ideas Are Conservatives FOR?

    Many looked at the results on Election Day and saw disaster. At The Heritage Foundation, however, we see opportunity. Americans are asking: “What do conservatives stand for?” This is the opportunity to tell them. There are important lessons to be learned from the recent election and the current trends in … More

    Keystone XL—A Matter of First Importance

    Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R) sent a letter approving the rerouted Keystone XL pipeline to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the first day of President Obama’s second term—a measure of the letter’s importance. The President initially denied approval of the pipeline in January 2012, even after … More