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    Should Unions Have to Ask Workers for Forgiveness or Permission?

    Should workers have to continuously “opt out” of paying for union political expenses they oppose? Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R) has raised this question because in Washington, as in most states, government employees must pay union dues whether they join the union or not. Washington state also allows a … More

    It's Good to Be the Budget Chairman: Patty Murray's Omni-BUS Carve-Out

    At least one special favor is hiding deep in the omnibus—giving one county’s government-subsidized transit system the advantage over private transportation. Buried on page 1,460 of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 omnibus spending bill that the House just passed is a carve-out that shields just one federally subsidized transit system … More

    A Farmer's Case Against the Farm Bill

    Farming can be a risky business, but Britt Dudek thrives off the uncertainty. It’s a part of farming he defines as freedom—a freedom he refuses to let government take away. “Farming gives you the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail,” said Dudek, who took over his family’s farm … More

    Thoughts About the Washington State Bridge Collapse and Transportation

    Thankfully there were no fatalities in the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge that crosses the Skagit River in Washington State last night. The thoughts and prayers of The Heritage Foundation are with the people injured and their families. As is the case immediately following any tragedy, it is too … More

    A Win for Religious Freedom in Illinois

    On Tuesday, the state of Illinois declined to appeal a recent loss in the Illinois Court of Appeals, which ruled in late September that the state cannot force pharmacists and pharmacies to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. The Illinois Attorney General’s decision marks the … More

    Fast and Furious, Marijuana Legalization Still Worry Our Southern Neighbors

    Since November 6, President Obama has had little time to savor his electoral victory. The White House is in the throes of dealing with, among other issues, the aftershocks of Benghazi, the David Petraeus resignation, and the looming plunge off the fiscal cliff. While it may be too early to … More

    How Marriage Fared in the 2012 Election

    Until Tuesday, no state had redefined marriage by popular vote. Indeed, 32 out of 32 states that put the issue to a vote defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman. But in this week’s election, citizens in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State all passed ballot initiatives … 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

    Marriage on the Ballot in Four States This Fall

    When citizens in Maryland, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota go to the polls in November, they will be confronted with ballot initiatives that speak to the central question of what marriage is. In Minnesota, voters will consider whether to amend their state constitution to preserve the definition of marriage between one … More