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    Soot, Soot Riot: EPA's New Rule Costly and Unnecessary

    Faced with a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized more stringent rules for National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Pollution (PM2.5), more commonly known as soot. The new standard lowers the standard from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air down to 12 micrograms, and counties must … More

    Hearing Exposes Obamacare's Implementation Challenges for States

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion, both of which are slated to begin in 2014. Exchanges Two officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressed confidence that exchange implementation was on schedule, stating, “All … More

    Morning Bell: Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare

    It seems that every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013. Here are just a few of the business owners’ comments on the health care law: “We’ve calculated it will [cost] … More

    Uber Gives Taxi Regulators an Economics Lesson

    Regulators around the country are looking to shut down an innovative startup that provides on-demand taxi and limousine services at the push of a button. The fight may seem novel, given the technologies at hand, but there are some bedrock economic principles at play. On one side of the fight … More

    Virginia's Uranium Working Group Releases Report

    The Uranium Working Group (UWG)—established by Governor Bob McDonnell (R–VA) to help Virginia state legislators determine the regulatory requirements for uranium mining—released its final report today. Though we are still reviewing the 125-page report, some cursory conclusions are appropriate. The most obvious takeaway is the comprehensive nature of the report. … More

    Disabilities Treaty Will Not Help Americans with Disabilities

    Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) announced his intention to proceed to executive session tomorrow to consider the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty purporting to protect the rights of the disabled that the Obama Administration signed in July 2009. However, U.S. … More

    Just in Time for Thanksgiving: Bloomberg Puts Homeless on a Diet

    Thinking of giving food to the homeless this Thanksgiving? Well, if you’re in New York City, that food had better comply with new nutrition standards issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Health Department. As of October 31, shelters, soup kitchens, and the like are barred from accepting food donations unless packaged … More

    Thankless Regulations an Affront to Pilgrims

    After 66 days of turbulent sailing across the Atlantic, the Pilgrims were understandably eager to touch land at Plymouth Rock. But before allowing themselves to alight, they gathered to sign the “Mayflower Compact,” by which they pledged to “combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering … More

    The Right Time for a Carbon Tax Is Never

    Once the electorate was made to realize that cap-and-trade bills (Lieberman-Warner, Waxman-Markey, etc.) were actually taxes on fossil energy, cap and trade became political poison. So it is surprising that an explicit tax on fossil energy is now being pushed in Washington. The hope among carbon-tax proponents is that they … More

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Defeated, but a Similarly Flawed Executive Order Is Around the Corner

    Last night, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The vote is already being portrayed as Republican obstructionism, even though five Democrats voted against the bill and four Republicans voted for it. Such rhetoric is being used to justify a cybersecurity executive order that mimics … More