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    Chart of the Week: How Many Edu-crats Does Your State Have?

    Federal laws and regulations such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) levy a mighty bureaucratic compliance burden on state departments of education. A recent report conducted by The Heritage Foundation finds that state departments of education on average have 142 employees per million state residents. To manage the decades of … More

    As Detroit Goes, So Goes the Nation

    Detroit is the poster child for economic decline. The city’s policies and politics over the past half-century should serve as a “do not” guide for policymakers across the country. There’s a great deal lawmakers in Washington can learn. The first is understanding that Detroit’s demise was the result of big-government, … More

    Obamacare Continues to Cut Workers Hours

    A Washington Post front-page story reported what many of us already know: The employer mandate in Obamacare is causing employers to cut workers’ hours as well as the number of workers they employ. The employer mandate penalizes employers that do not provide the proper mandated level of insurance to their … More

    Defunding COPS: Eliminating a Wasteful and Ineffective Grant Program

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee marked up the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2014 last week. While the bill still allocates too much funding for activities that are duplicative or inappropriate for the federal government to undertake, the committee did get something right: … More

    Detroit Bankruptcy Is No Time for Federal Bailouts

    The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection yesterday with some $18 billion in debt, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in the United States. There will inevitably be calls for the federal government to bail out Detroit. Washington should set a firm precedent now that it will … More

    Backdoor Bailouts Begin

    The Treasury Department’s release of $100 million from the Hardest Hit Fund last week amounts to a federal bailout of five Michigan cities without congressional oversight or approval. The Hardest Hit Fund, part of the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program, was intended to provide assistance to homeowners in states particularly … More

    Violence Against Women Act: Substitute Amendment Fails to Address the Underlying Problems

    Fighting domestic violence is not, and never has been, a partisan issue. Everyone is against domestic violence. However, Members of Congress should be concerned that the House of Representatives is considering the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 (S. 47), which has several troubling components, such as engaging … More

    GDP Fell in the Fourth Quarter of 2012

    The Department of Commerce made news Wednesday by announcing the first quarterly decline in gross domestic product (GDP) since the recession ended in 2009. As always, GDP is only a summary measure, not the whole story. This GDP report continues the narrative of the past three years: We are making … More

    Why States Should Hop Off the National Standards Bandwagon

    When “states signed on to common core standards, they did not realize…that they were transferring control of the school curriculum to the federal government,” said Sandra Stotsky, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas’s Department of Education Reform, speaking at The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday. Stotsky … More

    Gov. Scott Walker Defends Reforms; 'Our Most Powerful Tool Is the Truth'

    Gov. Scott Walker delivered a passionate defense of Wisconsin’s reforms at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday night. The embattled Republican governor used his keynote speech at CPAC to outline what’s at stake in Wisconsin and other states if his budget reforms are rolled back. “Our most powerful tool … More