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One Senator’s War on Innovation,” by the American Spectator’s Steven Greenhut

From Politico California Playbook “One Senator’s War on Innovation,” by the American Spectator’s Steven Greenhut: “But while the vast majority of California legislators have been willing to approve bills …

Liberals and libertarians sunk Kelsey Smith Act in the U.S. House

From Topeka Capital-Journal The R Street Institute, a libertarian think-tank, encouraged members of Congress to vote against the Kelsey Smith Act on Monday, calling it "yet another expansion of government surveillance …

Interview with District 9 council candidate Sarah Saez

From San Diego Union-Tribune Take them from what Steven Greenhut called, indentured servitude, actually comparing it to sharecropping where people worked the farms, but could never own the farms, …

Bill named after murdered Girl fails House vote. Thank goodness.

From Reason Current law already allows telecom providers to share info with police in emergencies if the user has given permission or if law enforcement clears a few existing …

Advisory: IWF announces 2016 Women LEAD Summit

From Independent Women's Forum Independent Women's Forum (IWF), the leading organization for center-right women focused on economic issues, today announced its agenda for its annual Women LEAD Summit taking …

House Democrats, Republicans United To Tank Kelsey Smith Act Floor Vote

From Communications Daily A last-minute lobbying effort questioned the bill's implications. "While written with the best intentions, this bill would breach the privacy of millions of Americans by giving …

Elizabeth Warren’s next crusade

From New Republic Second, Warren endorses the idea of making benefits portable—an idea endorsed byNick Hanauer and David Rolf on the left and Ian Adams of the R Street …

Industry shouldn’t rely on government for innovation

From Houston Chronicle "Other groups, including Friends of the Earth, called on Moniz to suspend all clean-coal projects. The Department of Energy would do better to concentrate on funding …

DOE draws criticism over continued support for large CCS projects

From Inside EPA "This administration has prioritized an elusive breakthrough in developing carbon capture and sequestration over their commitment to the taxpayer. A successful innovation strategy is driven by …

Scientists questioned RICO strategy, FOIA emails show

From E and E News "The RICO stuff touches a sore spot with conservatives," he wrote. "Andrew Moylan, the executive director of R Street stood up at Whitehouse's [American …

Three reasons proxy access proposals fail

From Agenda “[This] shows that shareholders are starting to think a little clearer about proxy access even though there is still a lot more work to be done in …

Flood cover bill makes progress in Congress

From Business Insurance Ray Lehmann, senior fellow at free-market advocacy group R Street Institute in Washington, which is a member of SmarterSafer, called the bill a "step toward a …

R Street encouraged by legal challenge to FDA deeming rules

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016) – The R Street Institute is encouraged by news that Nicopure Labs LLC, a Tampa-based manufacturer of nicotine e-liquids and vaping devices, has filed …

Uber approves first non-union drivers group in NY compromise

From Christian Science Monitor "This is important not only for the gig economy, but because you might have a new kind of labor organization coming out of this," Eli …

Make Austin Uber-less!

From The Advice Goddess As R Street Institute's Josiah Neeley has explained, Austin doesn't prohibit taxi driver applicants who have been convicted of "a criminal homicide offense; fraud or …

Uber and Lyft leave Austin over fingerprint requirement

From Cato As R Street Institute’s Josiah Neeley has explained, Austin doesn’t prohibit taxi driver applicants who have been convicted of “a criminal homicide offense; fraud or theft; unauthorized use …

Study shows people still love inappropriately referencing Nazis online

From NPR Mike Godwin first noticed the phenomenon in the 1980s: People on a message forum called Usenet really, really liked referencing Hitler. In 1994, in an essay for …

Uber recognizes first drivers association in New York City

From Washington Post Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington that is an enthusiastic supporter of the sharing economy, also welcomed …

Thoughtful, puritanical, or just plain “huh”? How the media reacted

From ECigIntelligence And in the neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standard, Eli Lehrer – president of the R Street Institute think tank – seemed to see the whole issue as …

Seattle regulators go after rideshare driver privacy

From Competitive Enterprise Institute Last year, Seattle city council passed an ordinance that allowed drivers to form groups that could have the power to negotiate pay and conditions with …

FDA imposes rules for e-cigarettes in a landmark move

From New York Times “In terms of the health of the public, this action is a disaster,” said Dr. Joel L. Nitzkin, senior fellow for tobacco policy at the …

R Street calls on Congress to amend FDA rules for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (May 5, 2016) – The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment with the Food and Drug Administration’s final rule, published today, calling for all electronic cigarette products …

US House unanimously passes flood insurance bill

From SNL Financial  "Catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, coupled with the $20 billion-plus debt of the NFIP and its $1.1 trillion of total property exposure make …

AGs redefine climate dissent as “fraud”

From Overlawyered “While I think that climate change is both human-caused to a significant extent and likely to be a problem, I would warn my environmentalist friends about the …

R Street statement on selection of David Altmeier as Florida insurance commissioner

The following statement may be attributed to R Street Florida Director Christian Camara: The Cabinet had a difficult task in selecting a replacement for Kevin McCarty, Florida's first appointed …

House passes private Flood insurance bill

From National Underwriter “The NFIP remains more than $20 billion in debt to U.S. taxpayers and has been on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office’s list of high-risk federal programs …

Californians can build their way out of the housing shortage

From Reason If there were 30 loaves of bread and 50 people who wanted them, you can guess what would happen. Prices for those loaves would rise, from, maybe, …

Despite the threat of bankruptcy, Stanton Is spending millions to build one park

From OC Weekly Steven Greenhut laughed when told about the city's decision to build Central Park in the midst of financial crises. "What's that old saying about the first …

Cloture filed on energy-water spending bill

From Congressional Quarterly While such "buy American" mandates generally stir little controversy, spending hawks urged senators "who care about fiscal discipline" to vote against her amendment, according to a …

Let’s free the antique alcohol market

From American Spectator It seems like every month, I get an email or two from strangers asking me the same question. They read something like this: “Hi. My elderly …

Statement from R Street Institute’s Policy Analyst Nathan Leamer on the unanimous passage of HR 699

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2016) - The R Street Institute is pleased by this strong statement of unanimous support from the House. Most of our lives are on our …

Bryn: Texas rains bring people together

From Pasadena Citizen That is precisely why many others, from ExxonMobil to reliably conservative think tanks in Washington like the R-Street Institute, continue to point out that any carbon …

Betsy’s page: cruising the web

From Betsy's Page Eli Lehrer details some of the reasons why Harriet Tubman is such an admirable role model. In addition to her work leading 300 slaves to freedom …

10 rising stars in the energy and environment world

From The Hill Catrina Rorke, director of energy policy, R Street Institute Rorke has become a champion of a controversial idea: that taxing carbon dioxide emissions is a conservative solution to …

Nonprofits urge high court to hear patent exhaustion suit

From Law360 EFF, along with Public Knowledge and the R Street Institute, said the Federal Circuit’s decision in Lexmark International Inc.’s infringement suit against Impression, a printer cartridge refurbisher …

California GOP blathers about freedom, but mostly backs ‘secrecy lobby’

From Reason In one of my favorite Far Side comic strips, the first panel offers what people typically say to dogs: "OK Ginger I've had it. You stay out …

#65 Government Transparency

From TechFreedom These days, it costs almost nothing to publish information online. So why isn’t more government information available to the public? Taxpayers spend $100 million a year on …

Conservative Groups Back Puerto Rico Bill

From Speaker Paul Ryan This week, many conservative groups came out supporting H.R. 4900, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), introduced by Rep. Duffy and …

The administrative state faces a legitimacy crisis: so fix Congress!?

From Brookings The newly formed Legislative Branch Capacity working group, formed by Drutman and Kevin Kosar, which seeks to operate as a central hub for this kind of thinking, …

Oklahoma lawmakers propose taxing new bill on online sales

From Heartland Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow of the R Street Institute, says the proposed bill makes “mincemeat” of tax policy. “Oklahoma’s Internet sales tax bill makes mincemeat …

R Street warns Jolly bill would be a giant ‘beach house bailout’

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2016) – The R Street Institute today expressed its concern about the reintroduction of a deeply flawed legislative proposal to create a taxpayer-backed federal reinsurance …

¿Cuánto sube mi seguro de auto por una multa?

From Al Dia Dallas “El asunto de fondo es que entre más riesgoso sea un conductor, más caro sale asegurarlo”, dijo Eli Lehrer, presidente de R Street Institute, una …

CCS credit credit backers see ‘new level’ of support on Hill despite FAA setback

From Inside EPA The groups -- Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the R Street Institute -- also cite what they argue are hundreds of millions of dollars …

The Washington Post’s neo-prohibitionist movement

From American Spectator I enjoy Christopher Ingraham’s writing for the Washington Post. His Wonk Blog posts are data-heavy, which makes them interesting. Like Ingraham, I have serious concerns about America’s …

How high does your insurance rate accelerate when you’re caught speeding?

From Dallas Morning News “The bottom line is that the riskier a driver is, the more expensive he or she is to insure,” said Eli Lehrer, president of R …

Regulators requested data on 12M Uber riders and drivers, transparency report shows

From SC Magazine “Uber's transparency report doesn't add much fuel to the fire in terms of general criticism from the EU regarding Privacy Shield,” said Mike Godwin, director of …

R Street urges House Judiciary Committee to pass Email Privacy Act

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2016) – As the House Judiciary Committee moves today to mark up electronic privacy legislation, the R Street Institute believes the manager's amendment forwarded by …

Mindy Finn Project

From Politico Empowered Women, founded by Mindy Finn (formerly of Twitter and the RNC), [will announce] today it will host its first Leadership Retreat, #OwnYourPower, June 6-8 ... featuring …

Mississippi AG to ‘re-evaluate’ Google probe after 5th Circuit vacates injunction

From Washington Internet Daily Hood will need to make a "political decision" whether to continue to pursue his office's Google investigation, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Senior Staff Attorney Mitch …

ADAPTATION: Republicans open to working on climate resilience

From ClimateWire "It's a mom-and-apple-pie issue. How could anybody say, 'It's a bad idea to make people safer against extreme weather'?" said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, …

Don’t just get kids off the sex offender registry. Abolish it.

From CounterPunch For instance, CYRR is collaborating with Eli Lehrer, of the free-market think tank R Street; he is also a signatory of the conservative Right on Crime initiative. Flagged on …

Anaheim targets people using homes as short-term rentals

From Reason I first got to know Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait in the early 2000s, when we were battling a perverse city ordinance that forced low-income people—typically, folks one …

MetLife: Win for Const. Gov’t, Bad for Bureaucrats

From Real Clear Markets Do the bureaucrats who run government agencies long to increase their power?  Are they ambitious to extend their reach over private institutions and citizens?  Of …

Private Retirement Plan a Cover for Bloated Public Pensions

From Fox and Hounds Daily California’s Democratic leaders announced a “landmark deal” Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Yet it may be overshadowed by another milestone …

Deregulate taxis to allow them to better compete

From OC Register Spitzer told me he came up with the idea after reading Steven Greenhut’s Register column a week ago about state legislation and lawsuits aimed at grounding …

‘Quill’ in states’ crosshairs as new Nexus standards enacted

From Bloomberg BNA Voters also are divided on the issue. Stitzel pointed to a national poll conducted by the R Street Institute in October 2015, which found that “by …

Is Bernie Sanders’s nuclear phaseout plan a hippie pipe dream or smart policy?

From New Republic That’s also the view of Devin Hartman, electricity policy manager for the R Street Institute, a center-right think tank, and a former energy market analyst at …

U.S. should look to Canada and Australia as examples of robust global energy markets

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) – Congress' decision to lift the decades old ban on exports of U.S. crude oil should make the U.S. energy sector an attractive target …

What do all of the regulations facing Airbnb and Homeaway really mean?

From Texas Monthly In Austin, the code enforcement division in charge of short-term rentals recently tripled in size: from two people alllllllll the way up to six, who are tasked …

Tibor Machan, a strong voice for liberty

From Orange County Register “Tibor’s contributions to the freedom movement were as towering as the man himself,” said Steven Greenhut, a Register editorial writer from 1998-2009. “We know his …

CFA Institute report on proxy access deeply flawed, R Street policy short finds

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2016) – As the 2016 corporate proxy season gets underway, shareholders should be skeptical of high-profile claims that proxy access conveys value, according to a …

Editorial: California Public Records Act needs more muscle

From Fresno Bee Linder authored the bill after being contacted by a constituent who complained about the roadblocks faced after filing a public-records request, San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Steve Greenhut …

How do you manage retirement in the freelance economy?

From Consumer Affairs The R Street Institute, a Washington think tank, has studied the problem, concluding that reforms are needed to create a retirement system less tied to employers …

FBI would rather crack terrorist’s iPhone itself

From Tech News World "Those of us who are watching both the technology arguments and the legal arguments are somewhat skeptical of the claim that the FBI suddenly discovered …

These are the best and worst cities for Airbnb

From Marketwatch “Our assessment is that the picture is not a pretty one,” said Andrew Moylan, author of the study, conducted by R Street, a non-profit public policy research …

5 Charts showing state of short-term rental regulations in U.S. cities

From Skift Take Atlanta, for example. The city has no legal framework for short-term rentals such as single bedroom rentals within apartments or homes, yet it has some of …

Why the poor get trapped in depressed areas

From the New Republic Enrico Moretti of the University of California, Berkeley, and Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders of the R Street Institute have proposed broader grants to better …

Detroit receives friendly Airbnb ranking

From Mackinac.org A new study from the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank with a pragmatic approach to public policy, gives Detroit an A-minus grade for its regulatory …

Congress passes permanent ban on Internet access taxes

From Heartland Institute Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow of the R Street Institute, says PITFA and MFA had little in common. “Taxpayers should be happy that the House …

The Libertarian view on the distributed energy transition

From Green Tech Media It wasn't just science that got Eli Lehrer to accept the reality of climate change. It was insurance markets. As a free-market expert on insurance …

Austin behind the curve on short-term rental regulations, report says

From Austin Business Journal The report, from Washington, D.C.-based R Street, graded major U.S. cities on their regulatory and policy structures regarding short-term rental properties. Generally speaking, cities that …

Financial experts look back on FCIC report, five years later

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2016) – Five renowned financial experts offer a look back at the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission that Congress …

It’s really tough to move out of a dead-end town

From Newsday Another thing keeping people in dead-end towns is government benefits. Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders of the conservative/libertarian R Street Institute argued in a 2014 article that …

America’s best (and worst) cities for Airbnb

From Watchdog.org The report was released Wednesday by R Street, a free market think tank based in Washington, D.C. Although the short-term rental market is complicated and relatively new, …

Galveston, Savannah offer nation’s best rules for short-term rentals

WASHINGTON (March 16, 2016) – As services like Airbnb and HomeAway grow in popularity, a new study from the R Street Institute of 59 of the largest U.S. …

Violence at Trump rallies: an American Nazi precedent

From Newsweek In recent weeks, America’s presidential campaign politics have gotten uglier. Much uglier. The protests have gotten out of hand. Showing up at political events to call candidates’ supporters …

Are underqualified Congressional staff impeding oversight, wasting agencies’ time?

From Government Executive “This lack of internal capacity empowers lobbyists since they are who the staff turn to for policy expertise,” wrote the five signatories: Lee Drutman, senior fellow in …

R Street disappointed in onerous Corpus Christi ordinance that hurts ridesharing drivers and riders

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2016) – The R Street Institute is disappointed at news that ridesharing company Uber will cease operations in Corpus Christi, Texas, due to onerous regulations …

Texas setting positive example on RESTORE Act priorities

AUSTIN, Texas (March 10, 2016) – As the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill approaches, Texas should serve as a model for taking measures to ensure …

The specter of a Trump presidency makes a very strong case for investing in congressional capacity now

From Vox The fact that congressional Republicans have so struggled to respond to Obama's executive actions should be a clear signal that they can't succeed with what they have. …

Private flood insurance would ease red ink for federal program

From Business Insurance Proponents of privatization hold that opening the market to private insurers would ease pressure on the NFIP.   “The NFIP is not only an unnecessarily burdensome program for …

Conservative groups oppose licensing of tax preparers

From Accounting Today A group of mostly conservative public policy organizations have sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives asking them to oppose legislation that would …

On regulatory reform, look to Canada, paper argues

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2016) – As the White House prepares to receive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a state dinner this week, there are key lessons the …

Whiskeys have to age for years, so how do distilleries make money?

From Marketplace Storing whiskey  in wooden barrels can enhance its flavor – kind of like salt.  Soon, “aging whiskey became more popular just because whiskey became more popular,” said …

The list

From New Yorker She was dejected, and weighed giving up, but when she won last-minute funding from the Stoneleigh Foundation she moved her operations to Oakland, California, and launched …

R Street Institute statement on Senate passage of S.B. 1044

The following statement can be attributed to R Street Institute Florida Director Christian Cámara regarding the passage of S.B. 1044 on civil forfeiture reform: S.B. 1044 is a commonsense …

Could Trump work with Congress? Could Congress work with Trump?

From Newsweek Donald J. Trump had a pretty super Super Tuesday. He won more delegates than any other Republican contender and his lead has expanded considerably. The model put together …

Could Trump work with Congress? Could Congress work with Trump?

From Newsweek Donald J. Trump had a pretty super Super Tuesday. He won more delegates than any other Republican contender and his lead has expanded considerably. The model put together …

Study: Tax credit favored by Obama, Ryan should be boosted in big cities

From Washington Examiner In a new study published Tuesday, researchers for the R Street Institute, a right-leaning think tank, reports that the Earned Income Tax Credit, a major U.S. …

The Earned-Income Tax Credit Is worth far less in San Francisco. Should we fix that?

From Wall Street Journal But national income limits for the tax benefit make it far more valuable to the working poor in low-cost parts of the country, and far …

R Street beefs up communications and outreach staff 

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2016) – The R Street Institute today welcomed two new staffers in its communications and outreach departments. Ben Carnes will assume the role of communications …

R Street taps Steven Greenhut as western region director

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 29, 2016) – The R Street Institute is pleased to welcome Steven Greenhut as its new western region director, based in Sacramento. In his new …

Internet of no privacy

From Washington Examiner: Steven Titch for the R Street Institute: I've supported the right of private-sector companies to collect personal information on individuals who voluntarily agree to disclose it. …

Comparing Trump to Hitler Is worst kind of hate speech

From Huffington Post Mike Godwin, director of innovation policy at R Street Institute, created his ownGodwin's Law to call out these Nazi comparisons, which are commonplace online. Godwin's Law …

Gates sees both Sides in Apple vs. FBI ruckus

From E-Commerce Times If Apple does what the FBI wants done, it will set a dangerous precedent, maintained Nathan Leamer, policy analyst at the R Street Institute. "You're compelling a …

Technological advances spur need for deregulated electricity market

WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2016) – As more consumers adopt photovoltaic solar and other forms of distributed energy resources (DERs), policymakers will need to scrap outdated rules for electricity …

Why Is the Post Office Still a Thing?

From Vice Kevin Kosar is a senior fellow at the D.C. think tank R Street Institute, but before that he covered postal issues for the Congressional Research Service for …

Congress should act to ensure e-cigarettes aren’t pulled from the market

WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2016) – Congress should act to pass legislation to keep e-cigarettes and other vaping products on the market, as their removal would jeopardize millions of …

Apple is fighting the government to protect your privacy—and it goes way beyond your iPhone

From Rare “What the FBI wants here is more like a golden key that would allow access to private data decoding encrypted material,” says Nathan Leamer, a policy analyst at …

Virginia gets A rating on insurance industry report card

From Augusta Free Press Virginia joins four other states given an A on the 2015 R Street Institute’s Insurance Regulation Report Card for 2015. The report is an annual …

Nonpartisan think tank supports NCUA’s FOM proposal

From Credit Union National Association Nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization R Street Institute wrote to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of the agency’s field-of-membership proposal. …

Senators, Stakeholders Optimistic About PITFA Deal Ahead of Thursday Vote on Customs Bill

From Washington Internet Daily Industry PITFA supporters said Wednesday they're cautiously optimistic McConnell's deal with Durbin will allow HR-644 to pass the Senate with PITFA intact but are more …

Conservative groups, legislators square off over online sales tax

From Salt Lake Tribune "Utah lawmakers would do well to listen to the loud and clear message and mountain of evidence that voters oppose misguided Internet sales-tax bills," said …

R Street Institute statement on Supreme Court’s delay of Clean Power Plan

The following statement can be attributed to Catrina Rorke, director of energy policy for the R Street Institute: While it's unclear how the legal challenge will pan out, the …

Congress should clarify intent of U.S. Postal Service’s “ghost ship” board

WASHINGTON (Feb. 9, 2016) – Congressional inaction on nominees to the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors has left the agency under the control of a Temporary Emergency …

Insurance differences stall progress on ride-hail regulation

From Tampa Tribune Instead, they support the House version by Rep. Matt Gaetz, HB 509, which passed out of the House with a supermajority vote of 108-10 and vast …

Modernizing Regulation Key To Insuring Sharing Economy

From Insurance Information Institute How free are insurers to provide the insurance products consumers want? That’s a key question that the R Street Institute’s Insurance Regulation Report Card seeks to …

Margin between keeping, removing PITFA from customs bill down to ‘handful of votes’

From Washington Internet Daily "It's somewhere north of 50, but it's going to come down to a handful of votes." R Street Institute Executive Director Andrew Moylan told us he's …

What grade does your state get for its insurance regulation?

From Property Casualty 360 North Carolina went from bad to worse in R Street's annual rankings of state insurance regulation. Coming in at No. 49 last year in the R …

Utah citizens: Internet sales tax system works fine, don’t mess with it

From NetChoice “The new NetChoice-Vrge Analytics research finds conclusively that among ordinary Utahns, such proposals are viewed as little more than a power and money grab. These findings largely …

Here’s who was wrong about Rand Paul

From Politico “And, even though it's still early, I think that there's a good case that Paul's early support may turn into something real. In other words, he's a …

New poll echoes R Street finding that Utah residents oppose Internet sales taxes

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2016) – A new poll released today shows that Utah residents overwhelmingly oppose Internet-sales-tax collection schemes at the federal and state level that would require …

What about agriculture?

From The American Conservative Lori Sanders of the R Street Institute explains the bill’s importance: Tucked neatly away in Sec. 32205, on Page 1,143 of the 1,301-page bill, is a …

Shut up, explained the businessman: how consumers like you get SLAPPed down

From Reason Representatives from eight free market, pro-consumer groups just sent today a letter in support of the SPEAK FREE Actto the House Judiciary Committee. The groups involved include …

Meet your unauthorized federal government

From Politico “They tried to clamp down on [permanent reauthorizations] because they thought if we quit doing that, we’ll have to actually stop and take the time and do …

How Republicans weakened Congress and strengthened the presidency

From Washington Monthly But the truth is, when it comes to the shift of power away from Congress and to the President, we’ve been walking down that path for …

Commissioner Jones’ call for coal divestment is just the latest gesture

From Divestment Facts As for Commissioner Jones’ announcement itself, it appears to be lacking in substance. According to the think tank R Street Institute, it falls flat for two …

Women of The Federalist weigh in on feminism

From The Federalist Federalist contributor Lori Sanders, who doesn’t identify as a feminist, said that women are thriving today. “The women in my generation are so successful, and you know …

First Class! Here’s How Bernie Sanders Might Be DESTROYING The Post Office

From The Daily Caller But no matter how aggressive the new watchdog is, it is questioned whether the board can actually manage all of its duties – whether that’s analyzing IG …

Insurance debate flares as climate change boosts wildfire risk

From E&E News "That's a huge deal," said Ian Adams, senior fellow and Western region director of the conservative R Street Institute. "By making the coverage in the FAIR …

Governance experts contribute to R Street study on broken legislative branch

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2016) – Five experts concur that the legislative branch is broken and has ceded too much power to the executive, and they have different ideas …

R Street welcomes former FERC analyst as electricity policy manager

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2016) – R Street is pleased to announce the addition of Devin Hartman as electricity policy manager and senior fellow. In his new role, Hartman will conduct …

R Street praises Florida House for legalizing ridesharing, urges Senate passage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2016) –The R Street Institute is pleased with the Florida House of Representatives' overwhelming 108-10 vote to pass H.B. 509, legislation creating a regulatory …

R Street Institute grades 50 US cities on transportation regulations

From Americans for Tax Reform In R Street Institute’s new study “Ridescore 2015: Hired Driver Rules in U.S. Cities” researchers Andrew Moylan and Zach Graves evaluate the regulatory environments …

EPA foes threaten Supreme Court battle to freeze climate rule

From ClimateWire "Failing to stay the rule puts pressure on states to develop compliance plans for a regulation that may very well turn out to be illegal," said R …

R Street disappointed in court ruling allowing EPA rule to go into effect

WASHINGTON (Jan. 21, 2016) – The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment in today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit not to stay …

Postal reform a painful but necessary step, says R Street’s Kosar

WASHINGTON (Jan. 21, 2016) – Reforming the U.S. Postal Service will require making some tough cuts, but is a necessary measure to take sooner rather than later, according …

R Street welcomes proposed reforms to FEMA disaster assistance program

WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2016) – The R Street Institute welcomed the announcement, published in today’s Federal Register, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking to make reforms …

Congress actually dealt with climate change in the 2016 budget bill. Really.

From Inside Climate News The new flood risk standard "is something that makes sense from a climate change point of view, but it is also something that makes sense …

Former Chicago Home Loan Bank president to lead R Street’s financial services work

WASHINGTON (Jan. 19, 2016) -- The R Street Institute is pleased to welcome Alex J. Pollock as the institute's newest distinguished senior fellow. In his new role with …

The Unbearable Lightness of Donald Trump; or, Trump is Hitler

From Stanford Arts Review Mike Godwin, an attorney and author in 1990, now a director of innovation policy and general counsel for The R Street Institute, has himself written …

Postcom national news

From Postcom The Postal Service Board of Governors is not well-structured to provide competent oversight of USPS executives and the massive USPS apparatus. The agency has a half-million employees …

BCFC announces top ten most egregious examples of unfair government competition for 2015

From Business Coalition for Fair Competition San Antonio's CPS Energy, the city-owned utility, began a solar rent-a-roof program, SolarHost, a pilot program that would pay CPS customers, homeowners and …

Newsmax’s 30 most influential Republicans 30 and under

From Newsmax Lori Sanders — As outreach director and senior fellow at the nonprofit R Street Institute, Sanders helps promote free markets and limited, effective government. Previously, she was …

Calling Texan conservatives: cut taxes, cut carbon

From Pearland Journal Libertarian groups like R-Street and economists like Resources for the Future have studied the benefits of doing a tax swap, i.e. lower corporate and income taxes …

Cameron Smith on the Dale Jackson show

From Dale Jackson show AL.com's Cameron Smith comes on the show to give his thoughts on the State of the Union address and Mike Hubbard. Follow link for audio …

Cruz, Rubio trade barbs over tax-reform plans; GOP divided

From Wall Street Journal The tax fight between the two senators reflects a “fascinating decadeslong struggle among conservatives and libertarians. Do we prize efficiency and growth potential or do …

Republicans might actually be willing to do something about climate change

From Washington Post Earlier in the year, both the R Street Institute and the Niskanen Center, two think tanks with unimpeachable conservative libertarian credentials, touted free-market plans for pricing carbon.  These coalitions …

R Street statement on resignation of Florida insurance commissioner

TALLAHASSEE (Jan. 5, 2016) – The following is a statement from R Street Institute Florida Director Christian R. Cámara on today's announcement by Kevin McCarty that he will …

Kevin McCarty to resign from insurance post

From Tallahassee Democrat "Indeed, while we may have been critical of some of his regulatory decisions over the years, he has effectively overseen the state's complex and politically charged …

2016: A look ahead at the year in government

From San Diego Union-Tribune “The safety gains of self-driving cars — as well as the associated savings in health care, litigation and insurance costs — are tied closely to …

Postal union chief calls for post office banking

From Heartland Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, says postal banking is an outdated idea, better left in the history books. “The postal banking system was …

China, US signal a cyber policy ‘arms race’

From SC Magazine “It's race to the bottom,” said Nathan Leamer, a policy analyst and the outreach manager for the R Street Institute, in speaking with SCMagazine.com. “We've opened …

DMV won’t unleash robocars on CA roads

From CalWatchdog Beltway observers hoped to land objections to the California regulations that might reverberate at the federal level in the future. “As currently constructed, these proposed rules work at cross-purposes with …

Price controls will slow drug innovation

From San Diego Union-Tribune Navigating the regulatory regimen is “hugely expensive,” said Ian Adams, Sacramento director of the R Street Institute, a right-of-center think tank. This is “some of …

ExxonMobil and Sierra Club agreed on climate policy—and kept it secret

From Bloomberg Business Over the last seven years, the Obama administration has written rules that govern climate pollution, from tailpipes to smokestacks. Libertarian conservative groups such as the Niskanen …

DC Gets Top Marks For Uber-Friendly Policies

From District Source DC, the top-rated city in 2014, again came out on top with a seven-way tie for “friendliness to vehicle-for-hire transportation” among 50 of the largest U.S. cities, …

E-cigarette flavors needed to keep vapers from returning to smoking

WASHINGTON (Dec. 22, 2015) – The variety of flavors available for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) like e-cigarettes are a component that keeps many users from returning to …

Embracing the 21st century employee

From The Manhattan Institute Ian Adams of the R Street Institute agrees, as forcing courts to classify the growing category of independent workers as either employees or independent contractors …

Missouri behind the curve on ridesharing laws, report says

From St. Louis Business Journal Missouri is one of about 20 states in the United States that don’t have a some form of statewide legislation creating a regulatory structure …

ABQ hails passing grade on ride-for-hire market — with room to improve

From Albuquerque Business Journal Ridescore, a study by Washington, D.C.-based public policy research organization R Street Institute, looked at 50 cities across the U.S. and gave them a transportation …

Rep. Riggs pleased to see Ky. named a top state for effective insurance regulation

From Berea Online The 2015 Insurance Regulation Report Card is issued annually by the R Street Institute, a think tank that, according to its study, advocates for an “open …

Commonwealth gets A on insurance regulation report card

From Richmond Register Kentucky is among the top five states when it comes to the home, auto and workers compensation insurance market, according to a new study. The Commonwealth was …

Louisville scores high on taxi friendliness

From Courier-Journal In a survey of 50 large American cities, Louisville received the top score for friendliness -- according to the study released this week by the R Street Institute …

R Street alarmed by Austin City Council’s hostility toward TNCs

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 18, 2015) – The R Street Institute was dismayed by the Austin City Council’s adoption of an ordinance last night that would require all transportation …

Apple Car, Google Car must have a driver, rules California

From Seating Chair YouTube, Android, advertising, maps, and search are part of the Google unit. The new rules aim to push them into the roll-out phase. That guidance — …

California DMV stops short of fully embracing driverless cars

From the Press Chronicle Libertarian think tank R Street calls out California for requiring vehicles be tested and certified by third-party testing bodies that don't now exist, and that …

California DMV’s proposal hits the brakes on driverless cars

From The Next Web Plus, manufacturers will be barred from installing features to allow cars to drive themselves to parking lots after dropping passengers off at their destination. That’s not …

California wants to keep autonomous cars from being autonomous

From The Verge Libertarian think tank R Street calls out California for requiring vehicles be tested and certified by third-party testing bodies that don't currently exist, and that autonomous vehicle …

Congress ties controversial cybersecurity bill to key spending package

From Huff Post Tech Free market advocates, including Freedom Works, TechFreedom, The R Street Institute and Niskanen Center, expressed deep concerns with these developments and with CISA itself. "There is …

Is Congress about to expand govt surveillance? Critics claim ‘sneaking’ this rider into massive, must-pass spending bill will do just that

From The Blaze The provisions in the omnibus spending bill likely to be approved this week “are unlikely to increase the government’s ability to detect, intercept, and thwart cybersecurity …

Ryan urged to leave cyber threat sharing bill out of omnibus

From Inside Sources Conservative groups including FreedomWorks, TechFreedom, the R Street Institute and the Niskanen Center joined critics in opposing the legislation as a rider late Tuesday. “The provisions contained …

Seven cities top R Street annual ‘Ridescore’ for transportation friendliness

WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2015) - In the second year of analyzing data from 50 of the largest U.S. cities, seven cities received the top score for friendliness to …

Midland, Texas lawmakers consider putting the brakes on Uber

From Heartland Josiah Neeley, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, says lawmakers should make it easier, not harder, to earn a living. “What we see is that when …

State insurance given a D grade

From American Press A recent report from R Street Institute, a Washington D.C.-based conservative think tank, gave Louisiana’s insurance department a D grade on its 2015 insurance regulation report …

Surveillance bill masked as ‘cybersecurity’ close to completion

From Truth in Media “Let me be clear that we do not support any of the three bills and believe that cybersecurity legislation could actually make us more vulnerable to …

Beware state legislators seeking limitless tax authority

From Huffington Post Understandable they would want to keep online sales tax under the radar. The bills are widely unpopular with voters across the spectrum. According to polling conducted …

Librarians join privacy groups, as industry sources react to cybersecurity draft

From SC Magazine The letter (PDF link) called the closed discussions an “undemocratic process,” and said the in-conference legislation “loses any advantages and improvements in the Homeland Security Committee's own …

Louisiana gets ‘D’ grade for insurance regulation, cites ‘politicization’

From Times-Picayune Louisiana has received a "D" grade and is ranked 49th nationwide in the 2015 insurance regulation report card released annually by R Street Institute. It's the second year in …

Farenthold’s R Street Doubleheader

From Politico Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold’s name continues to pop up more in the tech policy space, and he’s pulling double duty today. Farenthold is the opening speaker at …

Which States rate best on insurance regulation? Not North Carolina.

From WRIN According to R Street Institute’s Regulation Report Card, eight states received an A or A minus rating based on scores in areas such as monitoring solvency, policing …

House GOP’s Cramer floats interest in a carbon tax

From ClimateWire Eli Lehrer, president of the free market-focused R Street Institute, said Cramer could be proposing a constructive alternative that could be the basis to repeal and replace …

Crazed conspiracy theories contribute to gridlock

From Washington Monthly That is basically the same story Kevin Kosar told in his article in the Washington Monthly titled: Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service. …

15 reasons Congressional Research Service reports should be made public

From Taxpayers Protection Alliance I worked at the Congressional Research Service for 11 years as an analyst and manager. I greatly enjoyed supplying congressional staff, committees, and members of Congress …

This is what the social safety net could look like for on-demand workers

From Washington Post And then there are those, like the conservative R Street Institute, that want to to create a “safe harbor” for on-demand companies to experiment with offering employment-like benefits …

Congress to protect worst bureaucratic outrage you’ve never heard about

From Daily Caller “The Email Privacy Act isn’t by any means a complete solution to the problem of overreaching government powers to seize our email,” R Street Institute General …

More transparency is necessary in the music royalties system, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2015) – Musicians and songwriters are hampered in their ability to profit from emerging digital music models by an opaque system in which online streaming …

Saloon series: Should we be worried about “Big Beer?”

From American Spectator Last month, AB InBev and SABMiller announced they had agreed to join forces. The proposed $106 billion deal would unite the makers of two of the …

On tether to fossil fuels, nations speak with money

From New York Times Eli Lehrer, the co-founder of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank in Washington, said the oil industry did not need many of the …

White House rezones poorer areas to generate economic mobility

From Deseret News But as the White House economists focus on residential mobility, Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders of National Affairs magazine propose another solution: perhaps policymakers should not encourage home …

The last budget deal had some small reforms–that politicians are now trying to kill

From Rare The R Street Institute’s Lori Sanders concurred, pointing to Congress’s recent reversals here and on the Ex-Im bank. “They say that no good thing ever lasts,” she …

Best, worst states for insurance regulation

From Insurance Journal: Vermont, Utah, Iowa, Virginia and Kentucky get an “A” and North Carolina an “F” in one think tank’s annual grading of states on how they regulate …

The 9 worst states for insurance regulation: report

From Insurance Business America North Carolina is the worst state in the nation for free market-promoting insurance regulation. That’s the finding from the 2015 Insurance Regulation Report Card, issued by …

Vermont leads nation in effective insurance regulation, North Carolina least effective, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2015) – The R Street Institute has released its annual report card on insurance regulation, awarding Vermont and four other states with a grade of …

State’s insurance regulation earns a B

From Hartford Business Journal Hartford may have one time been known as the "Insurance Capital of the World," but when it comes to regulating the industry, the state earns …

Vermont ranks high in study

From New England Business Journals This article also appeared in the Rutland Herald and the Times Argus MONTPELIER — For the fourth straight year, Vermont has led the nation in …

NRDC: Congress Wrong to Try to Block Federal Flood Standards, New Interactive Mapping Tool Shows

From eNews Park Forest: “The standards aren’t just good environmental sense, they make good fiscal sense too,” said Eli Lehrer, president and co-founder of the R Street Institute, a …

Here’s how to make the Congressional Research Service more transparent

From Washington Examiner "The policy is irrational, inefficient, and costly," writes Kevin Kosar, a former CRS analyst and manager. Kosar notes that there is no reason why CRS reports …

Post office continues sinking as the band plays on

From Newsweek The U.S. Postal Service lost nearly $5 billion this past year, according to itsyear-end financial results. As in recent years, the agency did not make the legally required …

Noteworthy at the NAIC, Nov. 20

From SNL Financial Morning technology chatter Early risers can get breakfast with a side of tech talk at an early morning panel discussion on online insurance distribution. The Nov. 20 …

Americans still move, just not enough

From Bloomberg View In a 2014 article in National Affairs, Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders of the conservative/libertarian think tank R Street agreed that housing prices -- and the zoning …

Whistleblowers for innovation

From Marginal Revolution Derek Khanna at the R Street Institute suggests a similar system to reward innovators (pdf). Imagine a research team developed a cancer drug that could save the federal …

Texas shouldn’t wait to address EPA carbon rule

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2015) – The option to use carbon fees to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan could produce enough revenue for Texas to …

Dr. Ben Carson vs. Dr. Jill Biden

From Washington Examiner R.J. Lehmann for the R Street Institute: Ben Carson has surged ahead to become the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Carson now has the …

Replace Patents With Prizes To Spur Innovation, Create Savings: R Street

From ValueWalk As R Street’s Derek Kanna points out in a recent policy study: “Even when they work properly, patents limit competition by granting a 20-year legal monopoly.7 De …

Dispatch: Sunshine State looks to a new conservative future

From The Telegraph They were firm friends," said Christian Camara, a Florida lobbyist and a personal friend of Mr Rubio. "They worked together very closely." …

Tech companies, labor advocates and think tankers of all stripes call for sweeping reforms of the social safety net

From the Washington Post The idea was fleshed out in a follow-up brief by the conservative R Street Institute, which described a private benefits exchange through which companies with …

On-demand app companies propose new model for worker benefits

From PC World The signatories to the statement, including representatives of groups such as the Freelancers Union, National Guestworker Alliance and R Street Institute, have proposed as an alternative …

Surprising allies join together in support of tech gig workers

From Silicon Valley Business Journal Although well short of a formal policy proposal, the statement is notable for some of its unlikely collaborators. In additional to tech and investment …

Federal prize incentives to innovation could save money and lives

WASHINGTON (Nov. 12, 2015) – The federal government should establish an “innovation savings program” (ISP) – rooted in familiar prize structures in the public and private sectors – …

The next big thing: ‘gig economy’ workers’ rights

From The Weekly Standard: Two statements released this week—an open letter organized by a Silicon Valley nonprofit and a policy brief from the R Street Institute—launch a new and …

Kind, Sensenbrenner Introduce Bipartisan Crop Insurance Reform Legislation

From Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the AFFIRM Act will save approximately $24.4 billion over the next decade, and the legislation enjoys bipartisan support from …

R Street brief refines principles for the future of work in the sharing economy

WASHINGTON (Nov. 10, 2015) – Stable and flexible benefits are good for workers, business and society and public policy should encourage firms to compete across all dimensions to …

R Street frustrated by White House rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Nov. 6, 2015) - The R Street Institute was disappointed by today's decision from President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would …

Northeast states offer only modest discounts in insurance bundling, according to new study

From Insurance Business America: Nevertheless, Eli Lehrer, president of the nonprofit research organization The R Street, said that bundling is an effective tool in selling policies. “Bundling insurance saves money …

Group disappointed that Keystone XL will be delayed again

From Ohio.com: Having already waited seven years for a decision from the U.S. State Department, the R Street Institute was disappointed at yesterday's news that TransCanada was forced into …

CEA, Zenefits, Yelp and R Street Institute brief congressional staff on negative impacts of SLAPPs

From Virtual-Strategy Magazine: On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® along with CEA members Yelp, Zenefits, and R Street Institute briefed Congressional staff, businesses and advocacy organizations on the chilling …

Sales tax online? Debate in Cincinnati lingers

From Cincinnati.com A 2013 poll by the firm Mercury for the national Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute showed that voters opposed Internet sales-tax proposals such as the Marketplace Fairness Act 57 …

Study: NY Times calls Jill Biden ‘Dr.’ much more often than Ben Carson

From NewsBusters R.J. Lehmann at the R Street Institute tried a little searching on the Nexis news database and discovered that Jill Biden is more than three times more …

R Street disappointed that government regulation delays Keystone XL pipeline once again

WASHINGTON (Nov. 3, 2015) – Having already waited seven years for a decision from the U.S. State Department, the R Street Institute was disappointed at yesterday's news that …

Breaking the link between conservative worldview and climate skepticism

From Blue Nation Review: Conservative think tank R Street, started by former Heartland Institute staffer Eli Lehrer, is actively searching for conservative methods for addressing the issue. …

The publicly funded reports you can’t read

From Politico: Kevin Kosar, a former CRS researcher, said it was unfair to the public that the CRS keeps its front door closed while the reports can legally move …

Congress temporarily extends Internet access tax ban

From The Heartland Institute: “This bill would reduce disruptions to interstate commerce, consistent with Congress’ constitutional authority,” Moylan said. “In doing so, it would protect consumers from having to …

Study: Laws banning e-cigarettes increase teen smoking

From The Daily Caller: "If banning e-cigarette sales to minors [is] causing more of them to take up smoking, then the current policy trend is almost certainly a net …

GOP struggles to attract tech and cyber talent

From SC Magazine: In early 2013, Nathan Leamer, a congressional staffer working on the Hill, had an “Aha” moment. He was reading an article about the self-imposed challenges that …

NYT calls Jill Biden a doctor 3 times more often than Ben Carson

From The Free Beacon: The New York Times referred to Jill Biden as a ‘doctor’ three times more than Ben Carson, according to the Weekly Standard...   …

Reforms needed for troublesome Prop 103

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2015) – Reforming California's Proposition 103 regime to promote a competitive auto-insurance system would lead to a healthier and more consumer-friendly insurance environment, finds a new …

Jill Biden 3x more likely than Ben Carson to be called ‘Doctor’ by NYTimes

From The Weekly Standard: Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is a doctor of education. Ben Carson, a Republican presidential candidate, is a medical doctor. But in …

Study: Shoring up Florida’s property insurance market

From SaintPetersBlog.com: STUDY: SHORING UP FLORIDA’S PROPERTY INSURANCE MARKET via R.J. Lehmann of The James Madison Institute – Florida has subsequently enjoyed a hurricane-free decade, representing the longest period on record without …

Dr. Who? The New York Times has a ridiculous Ben Carson double standard

From The Federalist: According to a national poll released Tuesday morning from CBS News and The New York Times, Ben Carson has become the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Carson now …

Storm insurance reforms still needed, expert says

From FloridaPolitics.com: The James Madison Institute and R Street Institute released a policy brief last week,”Shoring Up Florida’s Property Insurance Market,” in which the organizations argue for the Legislature to …

U.S. Senate’s rules place any majority leader in untenable position

WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Senate's unique parliamentary rules have, in the hyper-partisan era of the 30-second attack ad, placed anyone who would take on the …

R Street urges fiscal responsibility in use of BP spill money

WASHINGTON (Oct. 6, 2015) – In light of today's announced $20.8 billion settlement between the federal government, Gulf Coast state governments and BP, the R Street Institute is …

R Street encourages using RESTORE funds for coastal planning and coordination

WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2015) – The R Street Institute filed comments this week in Texas, Alabama and Florida on the Funded Priorities List (FPL) released by the Gulf Coast …

The social costs of juveniles on sex-offender registries far outweigh benefits

WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2015) – The net social cost of applying sex-offender registration and notification laws to those who commit offenses as juveniles could be as high as …

R Street joins Wifi Forward coalition to expand Wi-Fi availability

WASHINGTON (Sept. 23, 2015) – The R Street Institute announced today it has joined a host of technology companies and public-policy groups in the Wifi Forward coalition. The …

Benefits of fracking outweigh the risks

WASHINGTON (Sept. 16. 2015) – A review of the literature on commonly cited environmental hazards of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," demonstrates that the process' economic benefits far outweigh …

R Street urges Austin City Council not to hinder the tourism economy

AUSTIN, Tex. (Sept. 15, 2015) – The R Street Institute today expressed deep concern about proposed regulations currently before the Austin City Council that would restrict short-term rentals …

Do welfare programs penalize marriage?

From The Wall Street Journal: When it comes to marriage, the U.S. tax code is roughly neutral: The number of people penalized for being married is roughly the same …

Poor families face marriage penalties as high as 32 percent

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2015) – At a time when marriage rates are down in the United States and across the West, a new R Street Institute study shows …

States should consider using carbon-fee option to offset other taxes

WASHINGTON (Aug. 18, 2015) – The option to use carbon fees to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan could allow some states to offset a …

Public pension funds should not be used to further political agendas

WASHINGTON (Aug. 13, 2015) – It’s crucial that public pension funds focus on shareholder-wealth maximization and not furthering a political agenda, concludes a policy brief released today by …

Federal agencies missed half their congressional deadlines

WASHINGTON (Aug. 4, 2015) – Federal agencies over the past two decades have a less than 50 percent success rate in complying with congressional rulemaking deadlines, according to …

R Street Institute disappointed by President Obama’s energy plan

WASHINGTON (Aug. 3, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment at the energy plan released today by President Barack Obama, noting both the increased costs and unworkable …

R Street applauds challenge to French ‘right to be forgotten’ rules

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) – The R Street Institute applauded today's request by Google Inc. to the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) of France to …

Proxy access proposals do not maximize shareholder wealth, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2015) – Shareholder-sponsored proxy access proposals, which have passed at 39 of the 65 companies that have voted on them in 2015, do not maximize …

R Street welcomes expiration of Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomed last night’s expiration of statutory authority for the Export-Import Bank, halting the bank's ability to make new loans. Created …

As video on-demand expands, TV regulation should shrink

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) – On-demand services that stream video instantly over the Internet already are radically changing the way we watch television. But rather than expand regulatory …

Supreme Court missed opportunity to clarify copyright law in API case

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier today not to hear arguments in Google Inc. v. Oracle America Inc. represents a missed opportunity to …

R Street praises Supreme Court for affirming cost-benefit analysis in rulemaking

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the requirement that federal agencies consider costs before determining whether a rule is …

Members and staff may use official resources to participate in open source projects, procure and publish open source software

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) — The OpenGov Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation and the Congressional Data Coalition (CDC) today announced that members, committees and staff within the U.S. House …

R Street welcomes bipartisan bills to encourage private flood insurance

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) — The R Street Institute welcomed today's introduction of bipartisan legislation streamlining the process for private companies to begin offering, and states to begin regulating, …

R Street study examines potential sources of capital for small businesses

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2015) – Loosening qualified retirement plan rules to allow some investment in state-regulated securities could pave the way for many more small businesses to gain …

R Street spearheading coalition to fight the Remote Transactions Parity Act

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2015) – The R Street Institute today announced the formation of a coalition of nearly 20 groups representing millions of citizens opposed to a new …

R Street opposes new Internet sales tax bill

WASHINGTON (June 15, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment at today's introduction of new Internet sales tax legislation, the so-called "Remote Transactions Parity Act" sponsored …

R Street praises Senate for passing USA FREEDOM Act

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised the U.S. Senate today for passing the USA FREEDOM Act by a strong vote of 67-32 and for …

R Street encouraged by sunset of Section 215, which will advance lawmakers’ ongoing privacy debate

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed encouragement over the sunset of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, fueling and expanding the ongoing debate over …

R Street praises Texas budget bill

AUSTIN, Texas (May 28, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised the Texas Legislature today for both providing tax relief and restraining spending growth in the new state …

Nevada should take steps to foster a competitive electric market, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) – Nevada lawmakers have a unique opportunity to set a national example for how best to regulate distributed generation, according to a new policy …

R Street praises House for passing USA FREEDOM Act

 WASHINGTON (May 13, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised today's bipartisan vote by the U.S House to pass H.R. 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act. The measure represents an important …

R Street praises Texas Legislature for strengthening rights of property owners

AUSTIN, Tex. (May 13, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised the Texas Legislature for passing S.B, 1626, a bill to strengthen homeowners’ rights to choose how to …

R Street applauds introduction of bipartisan patent reform bill in the Senate

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2015) - The R Street Institute welcomed today’s introduction of the the PATENT Act, which seeks to address the problem of rampant patent litigation abuse, …

R Street welcomes introduction of USA FREEDOM Act legislation

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's introduction of bipartisan legislation intended to curb the National Security Agency's bulk collection of communications records. The USA …

More oversight needed of conservation compliance, R Street study claims

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – Conservatives in Congress should take great interest in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's conservation compliance rules, particularly as new regulations are implemented to …

R Street joins coalition to promote balanced copyright law, creativity and free speech

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – Organizations from across the political spectrum, companies and associations joined forces today to launch Re:Create, a new coalition dedicated to promoting balanced copyright laws …

Catrina Rorke joins R Street as director of energy policy

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2015) – The R Street Institute is proud to announce Catrina Rorke has joined the organization as director of energy policy. Rorke brings with her significant …

R Street praises Florida Legislature for limiting exposure faced by Citizens

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 23, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised the Florida Legislature today for its unanimous passage of H.B. 715, sponsored by Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo. The …

R Street praises Gov. Brownback for vetoing damaging ridesharing bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 20, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for heeding consumer concerns and vetoing S.B.117, a bill that would have placed …

R Street expresses concerns about TPA bills

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed reservations today about H.R. 1890, better known as the "Trade Promotion Authority" bill, introduced April 17 by House …

R Street urges Texas to restore local control of pension plans  

AUSTIN, Tex. (April 20, 2015) - The R Street Institute expressed strong support for H.B. 2608, under consideration today by the Texas state House Pension Committee. Sponsored by Rep. …

R Street praises Michigan Senate for tackling reforms to the auto insurance system

LANSING, Mich. (April 17, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomes last night's 21 to 17 vote by the Michigan state Senate to adopt significant reforms that would …

R Street congratulates Florida Cabinet for approving transfer of Cat Fund risk

TALLAHASSEE (April 14, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised today’s Florida Cabinet decision to allow the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund to purchase $1 billion of retrocessional coverage. The …

R Street alarmed by FDA panel ruling on tobacco

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment and alarm at the decision by a key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel to bar Swedish …

R Street congratulates Gov. Herbert on signing insurance modernization bill  

SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2015) – The R Street Institute congratulated Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for today's signing of H.B. 141, which will modernize arcane insurance terms …

R Street joins broad coalition to reform government surveillance

WASHINGTON (April 8, 2015) – The R Street Institute has joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and more than 30 other organizations to launch Fight215.org. This new site …

Net neutrality rules full of faults, R Street warns

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2015) – The R Street Institute expresses deep concern about this morning's announcement by the Federal Communications Commission that it would expand its recently proposed …

R Street urges caution against expanding the scope of federal government in Judiciary testimony

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2015) – The Restoring America’s Wire Act (RAWA) would overextend federal reach and usurp states’ rights, the R Street Institute’s Executive Director Andrew Moylan said …

R Street applauds introduction of Preserving American Privacy Act

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised Reps. Ted Poe, R‐Tex., and Zoe Lofgren, D-CA,  for reintroducing the Preserving American Privacy Act today. This important legislation …

R Street alarmed by North Carolina property insurance bill

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed deep concern today over the introduction of S. 208 in the North Carolina State Senate. The measure, aimed at …

R Street warns so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’ is anything but

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment at yesterday’s reintroduction of the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” in the U.S. Senate. This poorly designed bill …

Congress needs to reassert regulatory oversight, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2015) – After years of ceding authority to the executive branch, Congress should take steps to regain its rule-making power, according to a paper released …

R Street joins Public Knowledge, others, in urging Supreme Court to apply appropriate liability standards in key patent-infringement case

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Supreme Court should interpret patent law to limit needless infringement-inducement cases against technology companies, products, and services, the R Street Institute said …

R Street paper touts importance of federal research and development in nuclear power

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2015) – Federal research policy should be reoriented to recognize the U.S. nuclear sector as a national asset that contributes to domestic economic, energy security …

R Street welcomes Texas bills to modernize liquor laws

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb.18, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomed bills introduced in both houses of the Texas Legislature that would modernize alcohol regulation by removing anticompetitive provisions …

R Street welcomes bill to liberalize Florida liquor laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's vote by the Florida House Business and Professions Subcommittee passing H.B. 107, also known as the …

Lehmann talks extreme weather on NPR’s On Point

With record snowstorms crippling New England, R Street Institute Senior Fellow and Editor-in-Chief R.J. Lehmann was a guest this week on the nationally syndicated public radio program On …

R Street urges lawmakers to support Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act

WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2015) – The R Street Institute applauds today’s introduction of the Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act, sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Jeff Flake, …

R Street applauds introduction of YODA

WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2015) - The R Street Institute is encouraged by today's introduction of the You Own Devices Act, or  "YODA," sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. The bill …

Utah should modernize anti-rebating regulations, R Street policy brief finds

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 6, 2015) – Utah should bring its anti-rebating regulations in line with the rest of the country, according to a policy brief published today …

R Street welcomes bill to crack down on patent trolls

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2015) – The R Street Institute welcomed today’s re-introduction by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., of the Innovation Act, which will address the problem …

Free-market reforms could save Louisiana from catastrophe, Pelican Institute paper finds

BATON ROUGE, La. (Feb. 5, 2015) – Louisiana's unique coastal vulnerabilities will require the state to pursue sensible free-market reforms to its insurance markets and built environment to …

R Street praises introduction of digital-privacy legislation in both chambers

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2015) – The R Street Institute praised members in both houses of Congress today for introducing reform legislation aimed at improving the privacy of Americans’ …

R Street concerned about protectionist reinsurance tax

WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2015) – The R Street Institute today expressed concern about a plank in the White House’s proposed 2016 budget that would impose protectionist taxes on legitimate reinsurance …

R Street welcomes new southern region director

WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2015) – The R Street Institute is proud to welcome Cameron Smith as the institute's southern region director. He will also continue to be a …

R Street outlines solutions for reforming Florida’s property insurance market

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2015) – The Florida Legislature should consider steps to make the state’s insurance market more solvent and competitive, according to a new paper released …

R Street study outlines ways to expand number of Californians who purchase earthquake insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015) – Lawmakers need to find ways to expand the number of Californians who purchase earthquake insurance, given the extremely low take-up rate in …

R Street welcomes Mike Godwin as director of innovation policy

WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2015) – The R Street Institute is proud to welcome Mike Godwin as director of innovation policy and general counsel. Starting Monday, Godwin will lead …

R Street disappointed by Hunter bill to reform TWIA

AUSTIN, Texas (January 15, 2015) – New legislation introduced by state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, would take the wrong approach to reforming the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, …

Texas Legislature should address hail litigation, R Street study finds

AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 15, 2015) – With insurance claim litigation over hail damage at an all-time high in Texas, the Legislature should make tort reform a priority in …

TRIA renewal could displace emerging private solutions to terrorism insurance

WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2015) – The R Street Institute warned today that a pending renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which the U.S. House could take up …

50+ organizations and experts call for improved intelligence oversight

WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2014) -- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the R Street Institute, the Sunlight Foundation and 50 additional organizations and individuals today called on …

Vermont leads nation in effective insurance regulation, California least effective, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2014) – The R Street Institute has released its annual report card on insurance regulation, awarding Vermont with a grade of “A+” and California and …

R Street congratulates Citizens on lowering reliance on taxpayers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2014) – The R Street Institute welcomed this week’s news that Florida's state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is prepared to enter the 2015 hurricane …

R Street strongly urges San Antonio to reject new ridesharing regulations

AUSTIN, Tex. (Dec. 10, 2014) – New ridesharing regulations currently before the San Antonio City Council could force transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to leave the San …

R Street says House terror insurance bill is short on reform

WASHINGTON (Dec. 9, 2014) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment at newly introduced U.S. House legislation that would extend the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for six …

Save the date: multidisciplinary hackathons on congressional data

Boston Kickoff Weekend Co-Hosted by Harvard University’s Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation; Finals on Capitol Hill Spring 2015 The weekend of January 30, 2015, The OpenGov Foundation and Harvard’s Kennedy School …

What happens in Vegas… can’t happen in an Uber — for now.

From United Liberty: The R Street Institute recently published a study on the regulatory framework of the taxi, liousine, and ride-sharing industry in 50 of America’s top cities. At the time, …

Portland’s “F” Doesn’t Stand for “Transportation Friendly”

From Oregon Catalyst: R Street Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, released its Ridescore website last week. The site grades 50 large U.S. cities based on taxi, limo, and transportation network friendliness. …

Think Tanks: Your mail isn’t safe from Big Brother

From the Washington Examiner: Kevin Kosar for the R Street Institute: By law, first-class mail is sealed against inspection, meaning that government officials may not open it without first getting a …

A New Climate? How A Utility, Germany, Elon Musk And Falling Oil Prices Are Conspiring To Fight CO2

From Forbes: Simpler rules equals less government. Ian Adams of the R Street Institute expressed similar sentiments in The Oregonian: “This could be done while simultaneously complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s …

R Street commends Gov. Scott for pursuing sensible Gulf restoration projects

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2014) – The set of projects proposed by Gov. Rick Scott under the federal RESTORE Act should be commended as a sensible approach to …

State of Illinois should not strip regulatory control of transportation network companies from Chicago, other cities

CHICAGO (Nov. 18, 2014) – Chicago performs reasonably well among big cities in friendliness to transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, and state lawmakers should not usurp …

R Street disappointed in Senate’s failure to advance NSA reform

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2014) -- The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment at a failed procedural vote to advance balanced legislation that would rein in NSA surveillance while …

R Street encourages Senate to advance NSA reform

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2014) -- The R Street Institute encourages the Senate to quickly pass S.2685, the USA FREEDOM Act. This legislation offers a balanced approach to rein in …

Green Scissors 2.0: Broad coalition launches tool to cut wasteful spending and protect enviornment

WASHINGTON (Nov. 17, 2014) – Amid congressional conflict over year-end appropriations, the Green Scissors Coalition released a new interactive database that identifies nearly 80 cuts Congress could make …

R Street encouraged by upcoming vote on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2014) – The R Street Institute today welcomed news that both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are set to move legislation to approve the …

R Street responds to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2014) – Congress should heed today's warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to pursue effective mitigation and adaptation strategies to counter the risks …

R Street disappointed in onerous regulations on ridesharing in the City of Houston

HOUSTON, TEXAS (Oct. 31, 2014) – The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment in the onerous regulations for transportation network companies set to go in effect in the …

Emerging markets create need for innovative insurance products, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (October 7, 2014) - Emerging markets in the ride-sharing industry have created an opportunity for new insurance products that encompass both personal and commercial lines, according to …

R Street welcomes Kevin Kosar as senior fellow and governance project director

WASHINGTON (October 6, 2014) - The R Street Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Kosar as senior fellow and governance project director. Kosar comes to …

R Street is hiring a new outreach manager

The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C., is looking for a dynamic, versatile, bright and well-connected person to serve as our outreach manager.  …

Conservatives should champion the free-market system of the peer-production economy, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2014) – Regulation of the “peer production” or “sharing” economy can be a good political issue for both the left and the right, argue R …

R Street hosting two energy events on Capitol Hill this Wednesday

The R Street Institute will be hosting two energy events on Capitol Hill this Wednesday, September 17. We hope you can join us for one or both of …

Local governments should reform to encourage broadband investment

WASHINGTON (Sept. 9, 2014) – Local governments should explore ways to cut taxes, fees and regulations to spur renewed investment in broadband infrastructure, according to a new paper …

R Street taps Ian Adams for California state director

WASHINGTON (September 2, 2014) – The R Street Institute is pleased to welcome Ian Adams as senior fellow and California director. In this role, Adams will be responsible …

Lehmann talks Uber and Lyft in Virginia

R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann, co-author of our recent white paper on principles for regulating the peer production economy, discusses a recent deal struck by the Commonwealth …

R Street Institute applauds Houston city council vote on Uber, Lyft

Houston, Texas (August 6, 2014) - By a 10-5 vote, the Houston City Council today paved the way for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to operate legally in …

R Street applauds Virginia agreement on ridesharing services

WASHINGTON (August 6, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed today's news of an agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and transportation networking companies Uber and Lyft. This arrangement …

R Street applauds bipartisan bill increasing government preparedness for extreme weather

WASHINGTON (August 1, 2014) - The R Street Institute is encouraged by today's introduction of H.R. 5314, the bipartisan Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience …

R Street joins groups in support of USA FREEDOM Act

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2014) - The R Street Institute today joined a coalition of groups expressing support for the USA FREEDOM Act, which was reintroduced in the Senate this week by …

The peer production economy should be allowed to succeed without heavy regulation, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) – Emerging "peer production" markets could unlock trillions in previously dormant capital, making it essential that lawmakers and regulators do not strangle these new business …

Senate terrorism insurance bill fails to make appropriate reforms

WASHINGTON (July 17, 2014) – The R Street Institute today urged members of Congress to commit to sensible reforms to the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, as called …

Tuesday: Cárdenas, Mulvaney host briefing on worker relocation legislation

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2014) - Tomorrow, U.S. Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) will host a bipartisan discussion regarding continuing long-term unemployment …

Overwhelming opposition to Internet sales tax scheme continues in week 2 of multi-state poll tour

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) - The second week of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and R Street Institute’s 20-state tour to announce poll results relating to the Marketplace Fairness …

R Street applauds Rep. Gardner’s Earned Income Tax Credit bill

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) –The R Street Institute today welcomed the introduction by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., of the Earnings Advancement and Recovery Now Act, or EARN Act. By …

R Street’s Moylan to participate in Manhattan Institute panel on lessons of Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. (July 14, 2014) - On Friday, July 18, the Manhattan Institute and State Budget Solutions are partnering to host a panel discussion about how other cities …

Rep. Cartwright to host extreme weather event with R Street, American Sustainable Business Council

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2014) – On Wednesday, July 9, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, in conjunction with the R Street Institute and the American Sustainable Business Council will host “Saving Taxpayer …

Tour featuring new polling on unpopular Internet sales tax scheme hits the road

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) – Today, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the R Street Institute begin a 20-state tour to announce new poll results showing just how toxic the …

R Street urges state and local governments to take steps on e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2014) – State and local governments should take steps to curb cigarette use and promote e-cigarettes as a real driver of tobacco harm reduction, said the …

Current design patent laws stifle innovation and competition, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2014) – Current design patent law provides incentive for frivolous lawsuits and abuse, said the R Street Institute in a policy paper released today. Authored by Ned …

R Street commends committee for passing TRIA reform

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2014) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's passage of H.R. 4871, the TRIA Reform Act of 2014, by the House Financial Services Committee. The measure, …

R Street welcomes Supreme Court decision on patents

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, which ruled that patents filed by …

R Street encouraged by House bill on terrorism insurance

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomes today's introduction of the TRIA Reform Act of 2014, legislation that would make significant, positive changes to the federal …

R Street urges alternative approaches to proposed FDA regulations of e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2014) – Alternative approaches to the proposed Food and Drug Administration regulations on e-cigarettes should be explored before final regulations are approved, said the R Street …

R Street praises Gov. Rick Scott for signing private insurance marketplace bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 16, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed Friday's signing of SB 542 by Gov. Rick Scott, approving rules guiding the state's emerging private flood insurance market that …

R Street testifies in support of free-market pricing in secondary ticket markets

LANSING, Mich. (June 10, 2014) - Offering tickets for resale on the secondary market should not be tantamount to a crime against the state, said Alan Smith, R Street …

R Street disappointed by Virginia’s treatment of Uber and Lyft

WASHINGTON (June 6, 2014)  - The R Street Institute is deeply disappointed by Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle's cease and desist order to Uber and Lyft this week, ordering …

Endow R Street’s office supplies of freedom

  After two years of serious work and a lot of fun, we at the R Street Institute feel like we've finally joined the big leagues. We've produced widely-circulated …

R Street encouraged by draft bill offering alternatives to EPA regulation

WASHINGTON (May 21, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed today's release of a discussion draft of legislation empowering states to adopt market-based solutions as a substitute for …

R Street paper urges more opportunities for nuclear power

WASHINGTON (May 15, 2014) - Opportunities to export U.S. nuclear technology should be expanded and subsidies granted to other forms of power should be eliminated to make the …

R Street praises Florida Gov. Scott for signing hurricane legislation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 13, 2014) - The R Street Institute praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing H.B. 5061 yesterday, which creates a sales tax holiday for hurricane …

R Street study finds no new fracking regulations are needed

WASHINGTON (May 8, 2014) - Current research on the environmental and public health effects of fugitive emissions do not support more extensive regulation on hydraulic fracturing operations than …

R Street paper calls for shortened copyright terms and examination of international treaties

WASHINGTON (April 30, 2014) -- U.S. copyright term lengths must be shortened and lawmakers should heed warnings handed down by the founders about the dangers of copyright as …

R Street joins coalition urging President Obama to protect online privacy rights of Americans

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2014) -- The R Street Institute, along with a wide-ranging group of non-profit and industry groups, called on President Obama yesterday to support reforming the …

R Street recommends crowdsourcing in patent applications

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2014) - Crowdsourcing holds promise as a technique to expand the relevant prior art available to patent examiners, wrote the R Street institute in a …

R Street applauds reinsurance package from Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 24, 2014) - The R Street institute applauded today’s announcement from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. of a $3.1 billion risk transfer program for the 2014 …

R Street comments on FDA proposed regulations on e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2014) - The proposed regulations on e-cigarettes by the Food and Drug Administration released today will not require that existing products be removed from the …

R Street paper encourages re-examination of housing tax breaks

Panel discussion to take place on Thursday on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON (April 22, 2014) - Housing tax breaks in the current tax code disproportionately benefit the wealthy and should …

R Street’s Lehmann on terrorism insurance

R Street Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann participated in a panel organized by National Journal magazine and hosted at Chicago's Soldier Field by Zurich North America …

R Street argues for keeping Coastal Barrier Resources System intact

WASHINGTON (April 8, 2014) - Removing units from the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CRBS) will have the adverse effect of raising taxes and forcing more customers into Florida’s …

Congressional Data Coalition launches with panel discussion

WHAT: Official launch of the Congressional Data Coalition and discussion on public access to congressional information WHO: Daniel Schuman, policy director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW); Director, …

R Street advocates investment in new coastal mitigation program

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2014) – The R Street Institute today called on Congress to make a major public commitment to fund research into alternative technologies to aid citizens …

R Street paper encourages using Detroit’s art collection to help combat debts

DETROIT, Mich. (March 24, 2014) - In order to relieve the crippling debt to creditors in the bankrupt City of Detroit, the city should turn to its priceless …

R Street promotes two as organization continues to grow

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2014) -- The R Street Institute today announced that Andrew Moylan has been promoted to executive director and Lori Sanders to outreach director, effective immediately. …

R Street testifies on alternatives to Internet sales tax

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2014) - Allowing states to apply sales taxes where a retailer is located, rather than where a consumer lives, offers a fairer and more efficient …

R Street mocks Senate climate “talkathon” as hypocritical

WASHINGTON (Mar. 10, 2014) - The R Street Institute today mocked the Senate Democrat “talkathon” on climate change as a publicity stunt. Though R Street is unique on …

R Street announces launch of Unfair By Design project

WASHINGTON (Mar. 6, 2014) – The R Street Institute today announced the launch of Unfair By Design, a project seeking to make the design patent system more transparent …

R Street deeply disappointed by House flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON (Mar. 4, 2014) - The R Street Institute is deeply disappointed by today's passage of HR 3370 in the House of Representatives. The bill represents a significant …

R Street concerned about protectionist reinsurance tax

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2014) - The R Street Institute today expressed concern about a plank in the White House's proposed 2015 budget that would impose protectionist taxes on …

R Street applauds progress toward ticket freedom in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 27, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed today's passage by the Michigan House of Representatives of HB 5108, which would repeal Michigan's archaic law …

R Street encouraged by preservation of credit union tax exemption in tax reform bill

WASHINGTON (Feb. 26, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed news that the credit union tax exemption is protected in the latest draft of the House Ways & …

R Street warns time is short to consider TRIA reforms

WASHINGTON (Feb. 25, 2014) – With the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program set to expire at year's end, the R Street Institute urged members of Congress to act …

R Street applauds introduction of the American Worker Mobility Act

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed news of the introduction of H.R. 4033, the American Worker Mobility Act, sponsored by Reps. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., …

R Street deeply disappointed by House bill gutting flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) -- The R Street Institute is deeply disappointed by U.S. House leadership's introduction of legislation that would completely repeal significant portions of the Biggert-Waters …

R Street Institute applauds efforts to depopulate Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

AUSTIN, Tex. (Feb. 17, 2014) -- The R Street Institute welcomed news of a study to examine the benefits of enabling private insurers to voluntarily take homeowners policies …

R Street applauds shrinking Fla Citizens policies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 12, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed today's news that Florida's state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has seen its policy count fall to under 1 …

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