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Survey shows Texas voters in favor of criminal justice reform policies

From Marketwired: The Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition is the largest statewide effort working to make Texas' criminal justice system smarter, safer, and more cost effective. The Coalition brings together businesses, …

Winning! Trump, GOP Congress are 0-4 on major campaign pledges

From Talking Points Memo: Trump’s other move on this front was an executive order requiring that two regulations be cut for every new one put forth. One regulatory expert cautioned that while that …

Two doctors on a mission to set the record straight about smokeless tobacco and its impact on public safety.

From The Huffington Post: Now Dr. Rodu and Dr. Nitzkin are trying to influence the public about Tobacco use by setting the record straight. Dr. Brad Rodu, who has …

The pitched battle over Airbnb regulation intensifies

From Economics21: According to an analysis from the R Street Institute, 32 of the 59 cities in their sample imposed some form of restriction on short-term rentals. Regulations in Atlanta, Denver …

CDC study confirms that most smokers turn to vaping to quit

From Vaping Post: Professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and renowned anti-smoking advocate, Brad Rodu said, “The CDC has finally acknowledged the popularity of vaping. This study …

Carbon taxes gain conservative followers

From Bloomberg: Conservative climate activists say the city’s government-imposed solution is wrong and that the market-based forces of a carbon tax are more efficient in reducing greenhouse emissions. “The …

The lobbyists who gave to the transition

From Politico: SPOTTED: At Glen Echo Group’s fundraiser for Techdirt on Tuesday evening, according to two PI tipsters: Mike Masnick, Techdirt’s founder; Josh Lamel of BGR Group; Laurent Crenshaw …

Trump administration should be wary of shifting carbon tax pitch

From Canada Free Press: An op-ed in The Hill from the R Street Institute showcases yet again the shifting goal posts in the carbon tax debate. Before Donald Trump …

Why ‘Moonshine’? Kevin Kosar explains

From The American Spectator: The American Spectator’s Great American Saloons & Spirits columnist Kevin Kosar just published a book about Moonshine for the Edible Series. For spirits aficionados, history …

Ron and Rand Paul: Now is the time to pass Audit the Fed

From Rare: In December, Alex J. Pollock, former CEO and president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, estimated the Fed would fail if subjected to “a simple …

TAC and R Street Talk Energy on the Hill Tomorrow

From The American Conservative: Tomorrow at noon, the R Street Institute will host an event titled “Energy and Environmental Reform: Conservative Perspectives for the Trump Administration” in the Rayburn House …

S-3 Public Affairs adds Barrasso aide

From Politico: The Glen Echo Group is hosting a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. today. for Techdirt to support the blog in its fight against a lawsuit. Among the hosts: …

CDC report shows more smokers try to quit with e-cigs than nicotine replacement products

From Winston-Salem Journal: “The CDC has finally acknowledged the popularity of vaping,” said Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and an anti-smoking advocate. “This study …

Amid vehicle GHG debate, groups float ‘clean tax cuts’ as alternative

From InsideEPA/Climate: One proponent of CTCs for light-duty vehicles is the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank that supports steps to reduce GHGs. In a March white paper, the …

Five reasons Trump is right to cut NPR, PBS

From Breitbart: It has superb shows, such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Frontline. But as Sesame Street’s defection demonstrated, most of these programs could easily find a place on …

Delaware bill raises questions about auto insurance costs

From Auto Credit Express: There were also those who were opposed to House Bill 80, including Ian Adams of the R Street Institute and Eric Goldberg, the Vice President …

Moonshine: A Global History review: Drink up before your head explodes

From The Irish Times: Kosar, an authority on booze and a director of alcohol policy at the R Street Institute in Washington, DC, discusses this aspect of his subject …

Stakeholders urge caution on metrics language in NIST cybersecurity framework update

From Communications Daily: The R Street Institute urged NIST to address cyber insurance in v1.1 and consider further work on the topic in future framework updates. Cyber insurance is "an important …

Can we say the F word yet? On fascism and humor

From Pop Matters: American attorney Mike Godwin contemplated our predilection for going for the rhetorical jugular when introducing us to Godwin’s Law in 1990. His assertion was that at …

American lethargy

From The American Conservative: The welfare state is another potential culprit to which Cowen devotes little attention. Might it be encouraging complacency? Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders of the …

Keller @ Large: Why Hitler comparisons don’t work

From CBS Boston: There’s even a dictionary term for when Hitler is invoked during online political debate, Godwin’s law, created by an attorney named Mike Godwin who observed “as …

Criticism of Reclaim New York is an attempt to silence it

From Syracuse.com: Some may not like their message and may think everything is fine in our communities. The high taxes, people leaving and trail of corrupt politicians we read about suggest otherwise. People are entitled to their …

Conservative groups say it’s time for farmers to compete in marketplace

From Farm Futures: The 15 groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill on April 12, 2017, outlining their priorities for the next farm bill and pledging to be active …

Social media discourse fails to produce substantive results

From The Wellesley News: People, wrapped up in their intellectual egos, use turns of phrase reserved for the most emotional situations because subtlety has virtually gone out the window. …

Let the public be heard at meetings

From The Orange County Register: “Let’s say I want to address a specific agenda item that affects my property — maybe a road development project. Under the rules, I …

Sean Spicer’s Hitler flub proves Godwin’s Law is true even offline

From Big Think: Mike Godwin, an attorney and an author who came up with this idea in 1990, is a pioneer of Internet law who worked with Wikimedia and …

Stop the presses!

From Personal Liberty: The mass media confirms “Godwin’s law.” Coined by U.S. attorney Mike Godwin in 1990, it states: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes …

Hiking the gas tax drives out growth

From The Patriot Post: There’s simply no excuse for this. California’s newest $5 billion taxpayer siphon could easily have been negated had the state tried to retain the one …

Accessory dwelling units: a flexible, free-market housing solution

From Strong Towns: The R Street Institute (a public policy research organization) recently released a policy study about accessory dwelling units which is worth a read, especially if you're …

Revenue stream is no excuse for citation abuse

From The Patriot Post: For many municipalities, tickets and fines make up an alarming percentage of revenue — up to 90% in some instances. That’s the startling finding by …

Energy credits under microscope as Congress mulls tax reform

From Generation Markets Week: Last, R Street Institute's electricity policy manager Devin Hartman advocated a "full expensing approach to capital cost recovery," which he said would lead to improved growth and …

What’s next in the internet privacy fight

From National Journal: But this state of af­fairs may not last for long. Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans say they’re work­ing to amend FTC’s charter to bridge the reg­u­lat­ory gap between it …

Texas House Insurance Committee advances hailstorm lawsuit bill

From SE Texas Record: Companies and organizations supporting SB 10 and HB 1774 include: AGC Texas Building Branch Associated Builders and Contractors of Houston Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Boggus …

GOP climate rebels emerge from the shadows

From Climate Home: That the Republicans signed the resolution so publicly showed the fledgling “eco-Right” – a cluster of new policy groups including the Niskanen Center, RepublicEn and R Street …

Why an increasing number of Americans want to build a granny flat

From The Federalist: In the postwar period, the relatively simple and compact single-family zoning pattern—originally designed to protect residential neighborhoods from noxious industrial activity—was expanded and complicated, with explicit …

Lori Sanders of R Street Institute: When it comes to masculinity, men just can’t seem to win

From WMAL: The Internet is abuzz this week after this Washington Post profile of the second lady, Karen Pence, revealed that Vice President Mike Pence maintains a policy of …

Bad science guides California city’s anti-smoking laws

From The Daily Signal: The law targets lower-income people given that single-family homes are exempt in a city where the median single-home value is around $745,000. It acknowledges no …

House Energy and Commerce hearing

From The National Law Review: Mr. Devin Hartman ---  Devin Hartman is electricity policy manager and senior fellow for the R Street Institute, where he researches and promotes competitive …

The effects of energy tax policy on markets and the environment

From Our Energy Policy Foundation: The Federal government supports energy investment and production through the tax code and spending programs administered by the Department of Energy (DOE). In 2016, …

We’ve got issues: should we privatize the Soo Locks?

From Interlochen Public Radio: But Jarrett Dieterle, a fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., says it should not be taxpayers footing the bill. He says either …

One auto insurance claim can cost you a lot

From TheStreet: "Medical inflation has been lower, but it may be that increasing numbers of people with insurance and in government programs are reducing hospital profits, which means insurers …

Sex toys and smart robots: Who’s liable?

From euobserver: In Ireland, it wouldn't be rape, but it could fall under the definition of sexual assault: “vaginal intercourse manipulated by any object by another person”. “When they wrote …

John Arnold: The most hated man in pension land

From Governing: Arnold became intrigued. “The fact that you could go in one year from having a system that was well-funded to having a major gap -- that affected …

Climate converts: The conservatives who are switching sides on warming

From YaleEnviroment360: Some conservatives believe an opportunity could arise if Trump and Congress try to reduce or eliminate corporate taxes, as they have promised to do. A policy paper …

Get ready to start paying sales tax on those Amazon purchases

From Hot Air: Bob Goodlatte introduced legislation to do this last year and it was approved by conservative think-tanks and advocacy organizations including the R Street Institute and the …

House Republicans revoke Obama internet privacy rules

From Breitbart News: Steven Titch, an R Street Institute associate fellow, also argued that former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler abused his authority by regulating consumer privacy. He said, “As …

For accessory dwelling units to succeed, zoning will need to change

From Greater Greater Washington: Relaxing zoning rules for accessory dwelling units could be solution to housing supply and affordability, according to a think tank. Other benefits include additional income, short-term …

Citigroup canary in the coal mine

From Proactive Investors: The trouble with Citi and many other US banks is that their business are dominated by consumer credit and real estate exposures, with little in the …

The push to build more ‘Granny Flats’

From CityLab: ADUs have the advantage of support from opposite ends of the political spectrum: Progressives love how green they are, and conservatives tout them as a free market …

Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies

From CaliforniaWatchdog.org: The regulations effectively outlaw smoking for people who aren’t extremely wealthy. As Steven Greenhut at The American Spectator reported: The law targets lower-income people given that single-family homes …

Conservative groups urge House and Senate to pass sentencing reform bills

From the Miami Herald: The letter was signed by presidents and officers of FreedomWorks, the American Conservative Union, the James Madison Institute, Florida TaxWatch, Prison Fellowship, Right on Crime, …

Senate Republicans eliminate Obama-era Internet privacy rules

From the Daily Caller: “There are these little fiefdoms across the federal government, and they are all concerned with asserting their own power and authority,” Zachary Graves, a policy expert …

Conservatives: Time to reform sentencing like neighboring states

From the Bradenton Herald: “In the last 15 years, more than 30 states around the country — Florida among them — have reconsidered the wisdom of disproportional mandatory minimum …

Spy powers at risk amid Trump controversy

From FCW: "This is the opportunity for a perfect storm to really get some reforms made," said Arthur Rizer, a former Department of Justice trial attorney and now justice …

House panel takes on government transparency

From FCW: Last May, 48 signatories -- including Amazon Web Services, Esri, R Street Institute, the Sunlight Foundation, the Project on Government Oversight and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Reasons for optimism in Ukraine

From Radio Free Europe: Ben Carnes of the Washington-based R Street Institute has a piece in Forbes on how "Ukraine Is silently leading a digital-currency revolution." …

Who owns your toaster? Connected devices divide makers and owners

From The Irish Times: Sasha Moss, a technology policy fellow with the R Street Institute – an American non-profit, public policy research organisation, that focuses on intellectual property, open …

Kentucky Criminal Justice Bill Could Help Spur Washington

From BloombergBNA: The bill is a huge win that will likely save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, said Arthur Rizer—justice policy director and senior fellow at the …

Groups urge greater oversight of US Attorney nominees

From the Washington Examiner: Civil rights groups are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to exercise greater oversight of United States Attorney nominees. Their letter, sent Tuesday and signed by the …

Patents are a big part of why we can’t own nice things: the Supreme Court should fix that

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The case will turn on how the Supreme Court applies patent law’s “exhaustion doctrine.” As the Court explained in its unanimous Quanta v. LG …

Coalition urges Congress to implement dig-once policies to aid broadband growth

From Watchdog.org: A coalition of tech and free-market groups on Tuesday urged the leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee to support “dig once” …

Flights from nowhere: John Murtha’s federally subsidized airport could die under Trump budget

From the Washington Examiner: But the rural poor aren't booking family vacations thanks to the Essential Air Service. "Instead it's really a subsidy used entirely by the well-off," argues …

Group strives to ‘Make Congress Great Again’

  From Congressional Quarterly Magazine: Its name is a mouthful, but the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group has gained a following for its mission to strengthen a polarized and unpopular …

Heat-not-Burn tobacco: The next wave of a harm-reduction revolution

From Forbes.com: According to research from PMI Science, the level of harmful chemicals released by HNB products is 90-95% lower than in cigarette smoke. A recent report from the R-Street …

California’s proposed autonomous vehicle rules could be improved

From the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Furthermore, even when the safety assessment letter template and review process are established, they are likely to remain voluntary for at least some period …

SXU Graham School to start alumni week with lecture

From The Beverly Review: St. Xavier University’s (SXU) Graham School of Management (GSM) will kick-off its alumni week on March 20 through March 24 with a special keynote lecture …

At labor’s crossroads

From The Nation: Yes, education and health care aren’t the same as mass manufacturing; you cannot impose national wage and benefit standards on them. But in a political …

Criminal justice reform coalition takes case to lawmakers

From The Apopka Voice: While Florida’s population has tripled since 1970, the state’s prison population has grown by 1,000 percent. A new coalition of groups is lobbying the legislature …

Point/Counterpoint: Is Trump’s proposed increase in military spending compatible with limited-government principles?

From The Gazette: The R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union, conservative organizations, issued a report in 2013 with 100 specific recommendations for the military that would save …

Self-driving coalition gains safety and mobility members

From TechCrunch: The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets — founded in April 2016 by Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo and Waymo — doubled its membership this week. But rather than adding more …

From the community: GSM kicks off Alumni Week with lecture by Alex Pollock on March 20

From the Chicago Tribune: Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Graham School of Management (GSM) will kick off its Alumni Week March 20 through March 24 with a special keynote lecture …

Meet the man behind the Heritage energy budget proposal

From E&E News: "This blueprint is particularly helpful because I think it does a great job of articulating a conservative vision for what the role of government should be, …

Trump pushes back against reports of chaotic White House, touts accomplishments

From The Washington Times: The difficulties stem from the president’s attempt at “grand gestures” rather than policy details in his first days in office, said Kevin Kosar, a senior …

Marni Soupcoff: Vaping could save lives — if government gets out of the way

From National Post: As the report points out, studies conducted by Public Health England show that in that country, “Among youth, e-cigarette use is almost exclusively confined to those …

The first branch steps up

From RealClearPolicy: But actionable solutions have been hard to come by. The American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison argues that it is now up to a more active judiciary to …

‘No such thing as absolute privacy in America,’ warns FBI Director Comey

From Reason.com: A reminder for anyone who will be in Austin this weekend that Shackford will be discussing the future of legislating on digital privacy with experts from the …

Reform the national flood insurance program, report recommends

From The Heartland Institute: Accurate Pricing, Coverage Required NFIP is supposed to be self-supporting, financed entirely by premiums. However, it has never charged premiums appropriate to the risk of flooding, …

Criminal justice reform coalition takes case to lawmakers

From FloridaWatchdog.org: The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform launched on Monday, one day ahead of the state’s annual legislative session. In a statement, the group said it’s focusing on rolling …

Filing an auto insurance claim? Expect a big spike in your premium

From The Huffington Post: "I don’t know for sure, but I have some theories,” says Eli Lehrer, president of the nonprofit R Street Institute. “Medical inflation has been lower, …

Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform formed as legislative session formally begins

From SaintPetersBlog: There are numerous criminal justice reform bills already moving in committees in the Florida House and Senate this year, and on Monday a nonpartisan coalition called The Florida Campaign …

Transitions

From Politico: Nathan Leamer, most recently outreach manager and senior fellow at the R Street Institute, starts on Monday as policy adviser to FCC chairman Ajit Pai. …

Democrats push ban on flavored e-cigs in name of protecting kids

From The Daily Caller: “There is no evidence that the availability of some flavors prompt children to try e-cigarettes,” Dr. Edward Anselm, a senior fellow of the R Street Institute, …

California’s resistance to Trump could cost it

From Milwaukee-NPR: Others disagree. Steven Greenhut works at the conservative-leaning R Street Institute in Sacramento. He said he was embarrassed Governor Brown called on the federal government to help …

California’s resistance to Trump could cost it

From KCBX-FM: Others disagree. Steven Greenhut works at the conservative-leaning R Street Institute in Sacramento. He said he was embarrassed Governor Brown called on the federal government to help …

California’s resistance to Trump could cost it

From Marketplace: Others disagree. Steven Greenhut works at the conservative-leaning R Street Institute in Sacramento. He said he was embarrassed Governor Brown called on the federal government to help …

Policy experts debate Trump energy plan

From Earth & Space Science News: Several panelists dismissed concern about climate change. Bradley, for instance, called it “global lukewarming.” “I don’t think we’re in mortal peril here” because of …

Libertarian author Steven Greenhut talks public employees at Maui County Club

From MauiTime: In case you were wondering, some of Maui’s richest and most powerful landowners and developers had lunch together on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 24. Peter Martin, …

Not-so-mobile America: What Honolulu and Detroit residents have in common

From Realtor.com: “If your house is upside down, you can’t move. You can abandon your house, but there’s no way to sell it,” says Eli Lehrer, president of R …

Media panel: Combat ‘fake news’ with real journalism

From the Times West Virginian: Panel participants included Snopes.com founder David Mikkelson, R Street Institute technology policy program director Zach Graves, The Associated Press urban affairs reporter Errin Haines …

Attorneys: Restrictions to legal fees in insurance claims cases would be challenged

From the Sun Sentinel: Writing for the Florida-based free market think tank James Madison Institute, Christian R. Camara, senior fellow and co-founder of the libertarian R Street Institute, called …

A cyber mandate isn’t the way to address cyber-insurance takeup

From the Insurance Journal: To improve cyber preparedness and help companies recover from cyberattacks, it’s essential that the takeup rate for cyber insurance continues to rise. The insurance capacity …

A double whammy for Florida: Tax reform and hurricanes

From the Orlando Sentinel: According to a study by the Brattle Group, the effect of imposing new taxes on reinsurance could lead to a $18.3 billion drop in the …

Illinois city lawmaker calls for federal enforcement of online taxes

From The Heartland Institute: Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow at the R Street Institute, says consumers and state governments often ignore online sales taxes. “Technically, under current law, …

Experts debate carbon pricing, leasing federal lands

From Power Magazine: “I do think that a revenue-neutral price on carbon with preemption for regulation across government, governing anything related to greenhouse gas emissions, is a great policy,” …

WVU hosts panel to discuss fake news

From WDTV: Fake news has been around for awhile now, but it's been spreading like wild fire on social sites. With this said, folks are finding it hard to decipher …

Portable benefits for an insecure workforce

From The American Prospect: We believe that we (and Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Etsy, and the libertarian R Street Institute) are on to something. Traditional full-time employment—and the middle-class …

Word on the Hill

From Roll Call: There’s a lunch panel discussion with experts from the R Street Institute and the Brookings Institution on “What Role Should Congress Play in Regulation?” It’s at noon in the …

Oroville dam threatens valley after warnings ignored long ago

From Reason.com: A Sacramento Bee story published Monday succinctly described the disaster unfolding at the nation's tallest dam, where flaws in the Oroville Dam's concrete spillway are forcing water …

Ex-union leader calls for state waivers from labor laws

From The Washington Examiner: Andrew Stern, former president of the Service Employees International Union, one of the largest and most powerful labor organizations in the nation, is calling for …

Libertarian author Steven Greenhut will talk public employee pensions at Maui County Club

From MauiTime: And now for something fun: Steven Greenhut, a very intelligent and conscientious writer–and one of my former editors from my time in California–will be on Maui this …

Bankers’ interest in MPF program grows again after long hiatus

From the American Banker: "In creating MPF, we put the member in the role of Fannie Mae. Instead of paying Fannie Mae a guarantee fee, the member bank provides …

Why cyber security policies need to adapt for the Internet of Things

From Insurance Business: Although the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) promises more convenience and productivity, a report warns that as devices become even more interconnected, they become …

Calling America

From Planet of the Vapes: “The federal government’s decision to regulate all nicotine products without regard for the amount of harm they cause will ultimately be detrimental to overall …

R Street policy study calls IoT a mixed bag of promise and risk

From IoT Evolution: The growth of the IoT holds promise for innumerable fields. However, it also raises a bevy of security concerns and the regulators have not adequately kept …

New chance in approach to smoking

From the Times and Democrat: Writing for InsideSources.com, David Bahr, a policy analyst with the R Street Institute, a conservative and libertarian think tank based in Washington, offers hope …

Trump’s public safety executive orders largely symbolic

From BloombergBNA: While a policy analyst at a libertarian think tank said the content of the orders suggests more “empty promises” and inaction, a senior adviser at a law …

New York offers $7.6 billion bailout to some nuclear plants, forces others to shut down

From The Daily Caller: “New York State is certainly not alone in grappling with how to keep nuclear facilities afloat while cheap natural gas is pushing down electricity prices …

R Street applauds Texas bill to rein in hail claims

From Insurance Journal: The R Street Institute applauded the introduction today of S.B. 10, legislation to rein in the growth in Texas hail-related litigation. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. …

Views clash to save nuclear power

From SNL Power Daily: In contrast, a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based R Street Institute, Disciplined Policy Responses to Nuclear Retirements, dismissed calls for subsidies, re-regulation and other government policies …

New tobacco technology offers huge potential for harm reduction

rom The Washington Examiner: A new generation of "heat-not-burn" tobacco products could offer of a breakthrough for harm reduction, appealing to smokers where e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies have …

It’s time to repeal Dick Durbin’s corporate giveaway

From The Hill: President Trump has made his disdain for the Dodd-Frank Act clear as day. In his first weeks in office, he even signed an executive order that …

The bureaucrats’ legitimacy crisis

From The Korea Herald: More realistically, there’s a nascent movement to give the US Congress more capacity (that is, staff and resources) to oversee the executive branch. Wallach and …

FDA rules will shutter many vape shops, including in Las Vegas

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: As Caroline Kitchens reported last week for RealClear Health, unless something changes soon, the doomsday clock will strike midnight on the e-cigarette industry. Ms. …

New cigarette alternative ‘significantly’ cuts health risks

From The Daily Caller: New research evaluating the impact of HNB devices on overall health are bolstering their image as a harm reduction product that can help move smokers …

Lack of competition is leading to a costly electricity glut in California

From Reason.com: A top California utility official once quipped that he was one of the few executives in the country who earned a profit merely by remodeling his office. …

Nuclear power industry revamps climate pitch for Trump era

From Science: The right-leaning R Street Institute released a report this week that found no economic justification for financially supporting reactors that have been disadvantaged by cheap natural gas, state clean …

Establishment Republicans peddle growth-killing carbon tax at White House

From Canada Free Press: Some right-of-center groups in Washington like the R Street Institute support carbon taxes, as Michael Bastasch and Steven J. Allen reported in the August 2013 …

What is the Dow Jones average?

From ShareAmerica: Alex J. Pollock, a fellow at the R Street Institute, a financial think tank, calculates that after inflation, the Dow index has risen 2.3 percent annually since …

Alabama attorney general favored to succeed Sessions

From the Washington Examiner: "Governor Bentley must decide whether to pick a placeholder, someone who would be able to hold the seat in a race against Strange, or Strange …

The bureaucrats’ legitimacy crisis

From BloombergQuint: More realistically, there’s a nascent movement to give Congress more capacity (that is, staff and resources) to oversee the executive branch. Wallach and Kevin Kosar of the …

OK, Betsy DeVos is now education secretary, but the fight over her agenda has just begun

From The Huffington Post: Still, there are tangible ways in which DeVos could have a major impact on K-12 education, even without Congress. She will have considerable influence over …

Post Office urges legislative reforms to reverse massive losses

From InsideSources: Brennan added that the postal service has defaulted on $33.9 billion in mandated retiree payments since 2012. The bill is bipartisan and has support from the postal …

REPORT: Bailing out nuclear plants doesn’t make sense

From the Daily Caller: A new report by a right-leaning think tank says there’s no economic justification to bail out U.S. nuclear power plants slated to shut down in …

The bureaucrats’ legitimacy crisis

From BloombergView: More realistically, there’s a nascent movement to give Congress more capacity (that is, staff and resources) to oversee the executive branch. Wallach and Kevin Kosar of the …

Sen. Lee’s trade bill gains little traction in Congress, wins praise of free-market groups

From the InsideTrade: The R Street Institute, another free-market advocacy group, also voiced support for Lee's trade bill -- claiming it would "set America on a path of economic growth." "Few policies …

Regulatory oversight and number politics

From the BloombergView: Kevin Kosar and Andrew Rudalevige discuss how Congress should handle regulatory oversight. Important! …

Trump’s push to dump regulations divides Silicon Valley

From the San Francisco Chronicle: While Trump’s executive order has come under intense scrutiny for being extremely arbitrary and unrealistic, there is some wisdom in it, said Ian Adams, …

What does a new DOT chief mean for autonomous cars?

From Crain’s: That’s a stance that bodes well for the autonomous car industry, according to Ian Adams, a senior fellow at R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. “If her …

How Trump can stop e-cigarette prohibition and reform public health

From The Washington Examiner: Federal tobacco policy is failing the American public and destroying businesses across the country. Only sweeping reforms can protect public health and save an entire …

Trump could, and should, save vaping industry from FDA’s costly regulations

From Reason.com: A new report released this week by the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based free market think tank, argues that the Trump administration should take immediate steps …

Driverless cars could decimate the organ donation program

From PC Magazine: But if autonomous vehicles do reduce automobile deaths by 90 percent, this could have a dramatic and serious impact on the organ donor program. As Slate …

Coal to the rescue

From The Washington Examiner: R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, wants Trump to support FERC's competitive markets to keep energy prices low, foster new technologies and drive out …

How state insurance regulators may help insurers innovate

From the Insurance Journal: As for technological disruption, Ian Adams, a senior fellow from the R Street Institute, a free market think tank, singled out autonomous vehicles as the …

New York’s expanded ‘Amazon tax’ to take center stage

From The Times Union: "It is obviously unconstitutional," said Andrew Moylan, executive director of R Street, a Washington, D.C.-based free market oriented think tank. "They are mounting this purposeful unconstitutional …

New report: CA high-speed rail faces 50 percent cost overruns

From PublicCEO: California’s ongoing “high-speed rail” project connecting Los Angeles with San Francisco continues to run up against the same, recurring problem since voters gave the plan initial bond …

Absence of LGBT page from White House site worrying sign, say gay rights advocates

From the Thomson Reuters Foundation: But the continued absence of any replacement content on LGBT issues could be intended to send a political message, said Kevin Kosar, a senior …

Sessions confirmation could pit him against Alabama prisons

From BloombergBNA: A game of political “chicken” may backfire on Alabama’s Department of Corrections should Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) ultimately become U.S. Attorney General, according to a former assistant …

Can Canada school Trump on regulatory reform?

From RedBlog: In a recent video message, President-elect Trump promised to develop a plan to eliminate two old regulations for each new one. However, it was reportedly Canada that …

NAIC leader says insurer systemic risk process is unnecessary

From Insurance Journal: Although the Financial Stability Oversight Council created by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform Act could serve an incredibly useful purpose, FSOC’s activities so far have been …

Internet tax plan would burden Wyoming’s businesses

From Watchdog.org: No state voted more lopsidedly for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate than Wyoming, where voters gave President Donald Trump the nod with more than 68 percent of …

Federal real property portfolio could be ripe for picking under Trump administration

From Federal News Radio: President Donald Trump has pledged to construct a wall and drain a swamp, but what can he do for the federal buildings? Some say Trump, a businessman …

Don’t cap credit union loans to small business

From Newsmax: Yet in the rush — fully justified — to undo all the bad rules from the Obama administration, this rule may be vulnerable. Especially since special interests …

California high speed rail faces 50 percent cost overruns

From Reason: California's ongoing "high-speed rail" project connecting Los Angeles with San Francisco continues to run up against the same, recurring problem since voters gave the plan initial bond …

In the fantasy land of labor theorists: Andy Stern’s latest contribution

From In These Times: The latest entry in this peculiar sweepstakes comes from an old acquaintance, the mercurial Andy Stern. Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International …

America is losing the energy innovation race. Trump can help win it

From Greentech Media: Devin Hartman, electricity policy manager at the R Street Institute, a nonprofit promoting limited government, said he was encouraged by the “pro-market” disposition of Trump’s appointees …

The Week In Review: IoT

From Semiconductor Engineering: Government and industry should work together for better IoT security, Anne Hobson of the R Street Institute writes in this blog post. “There will be no …

Career Path Profile: Kevin R. Kosar

From Political Science Now: Political scientists pursue wide-ranging and diverse career paths. This interview series, developed by the APSA Professional Development Program, highlights the many different ways political scientists …

Technology education tops regulators’ to-do list in 2017

From Insurance Networking News: Arguably the biggest questions asked of regulators and insurance companies will be how to underwrite policies on self-driving cars when they hit the street, according …

Report: Idaho ranks 5th in insurance regulation

From the IdahoBusinessReview: Idaho ranks fifth in the United States for insurance regulation, according to a new report by the R Street Institute. R Street Institute, a nonprofit, conservative think …

Point of View: Three ways to let Oklahoma entrepreneurs flourish

From The Oklahoman: One avenue would be to overhaul the transportation industry. Thanks to a state law passed in 2015, Oklahoma pre-empts cities from overregulating ride-hailing companies such as …

Why Congress lags in tech

From FCW: Congress is lagging behind the executive branch in terms of its ability to integrate advanced IT into its day-do-day operations. Technology policy experts probed the reasons for this …

Coalition defends reform of credit union lending rules

From the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Yet in the rush – fully justified – to undo all the bad rules from the Obama administration, this rule may be vulnerable. Especially …

Tech groups join call for congress to ease FDA’s e-cigarette rules

From Morning Consult: A coalition of 13 organizations, including think tanks like TechFreedom and High Tech Forum, called on Congress to pass legislation that would loosen regulations on electronic …

Una relación inesperada

From El Cronista: En los Estados Unidos, según la organización Donate Life, alrededor de 6.500 ciudadanos mueren al año esperando recibir un trasplante de órganos. Desde 1999 a la …

There’s nothing sexy about an e-cigarette exploding in your face

From Forbes: The increased use of e-cigarettes alarms U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. E-cigarette use “poses a significant and avoidable risk to young people,” he said in a report …

Scientists rebuke coastal commission over desalination

From PublicCEO: The Coastal Commission’s stated concern that a proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant’s intake pipes pose a threat to small and microscopic plankton has been rebutted in a …

How a financial council republicans loathe could work in their favor

From The Wall Street Journal: Alex Pollock, a fellow at the conservative think tank R Street Institute, has said FSOC lacks credibility, saying it has not sounded enough alarm …

E-Cig alarmists are ignoring how helpful the devices are to quit smoking

From Spinfuel: E-cig alarmists and anti-vaping advocates are continually spouting misinformation and scaremongering headlines and ignoring the smoking cessation properties of e-cigarettes. Health officials in Tennessee echoed the Centers For …

E-Cig Alarmists Are Ignoring How Helpful The Devices Are To Quit Smoking

From The Daily Caller: “There’s a national drumbeat against electronic cigarettes, and the CDC is the leading champion for this demonization of a useful product,” Dr. Edward Anselm, senior fellow …

Researchers, Health Experts Are Smothered Under FDA Restrictions On Marijuana

From The Daily Caller: “It’s ridiculous,” Steven Greenhut, Western Region director for the R Street Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Having it as a Schedule I drug makes …

Consumer Watchdog collects millions, but does it lower your insurance rates?

From The Sacramento Bee: But a 2015 study by the R Street Institute, a right-leaning think tank, singles out the intervenor process in a report critical of Proposition 103’s …

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

From Vision Monday: The FTC proposal, if it becomes final, would require contact lens prescribers to obtain a patient’s signed acknowledgment that states: “My eyecare professional provided me with …

Officials warn vapers of ‘variety of dangers,’ urge caution when using device to quit

From The Daily Caller: Many health experts took issue with the surgeon general and CDC report, criticizing government officials for ignoring the positive impact vaping has on current smokers and …

Food and Drug Administration roundup

From OVERLAWYERED: Which is more dangerous: the battery pack in a vaping set-up, or getting between Sen. Schumer and a camera? [Nick Gillespie; Steven Greenhut and David Bahr on …

California cities facing growing pension costs in new year

From Reason.com: After two years of minuscule investment returns, the nation's largest state pension fund—the California Public Employees' Retirement System—has once again lowered its expected rates of return. Even …

Police-reform spotlight shines on the local level

From PublicCEO: The presidential campaign focused some attention on the long-simmering debate over policing and the appropriate uses of force, but as is typical with national campaigns, the nuances …

CalPERS considers – then rejects – efforts to end tobacco divestment

From PublicCEO: As the nation’s largest state-based pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is known for using its massive investment muscle to promote various social-investment causes. So-called …

Our Views: Uncle Sam’s gift for spin

From The Advocate: When President-elect Donald Trump enters office this month, he’ll have a billion-dollar public information machine at his disposal — an eye-popping asset even for someone of …

Private cyber insurance provides adequate risk coverage: study

From Insurance Business: Private providers of cyber insurance policies have had no choice but to evolve to respond to the increasing vulnerabilities in the private and public sectors. A new …

The Republicans that want Trump to fight climate change

From The Atlantic: Eli Lehrer is another member of the eco-right looking to harness the power of the free market to save the planet. Back in 2012, Lehrer helped …

Driverless Cars Will Mean Fewer Deaths in Auto Accidents; Can 3D Printed Organs Fill the Resulting Organ Donor Shortage?

From 3DPrint.com: So what’s to be done? Should we just accept that the mortality rate of one group of people is going to go up while that of another …

Republicans take control: What Trump and the GOP are planning for 2017

From the Washington Examiner: Alex Pollock, a financial regulatory expert at the conservative R Street Institute, has speculated that it is often about 10 years between crises because that's …

The downside of self-driving cars: fewer organs for transplants?

From The Car Connection: Self-driving cars will change the world, and according to most analysts, those changes will be for the better: fewer traffic accidents, fewer fatalities and injuries, …

Self-driving cars ‘could reduce organ donations’

From Aol.: Autonomous cars are no longer science fiction – it's now a matter of when, not if, they'll take over our roads. Outside of car enthusiasts, this is mostly …

Another possible impact of self-driving cars: organ shortages

From Treehugger: I wasn’t going to do it, I wrote this and spiked it, but there is so much coverage of this story that I have to do it. There …

Self-driving cars will make organ shortages even worse

From Slashdot: One of the many ways self-driving cars will impact the world is with organ shortages. It's a morbid thought, but the most reliable sources for healthy organs …

Driverless cars may worsen the organ shortage, but science has answers

From Newsy: When the fleets of driverless cars start rolling out, they're expected to decrease road deaths.  Humans cause an estimated 94 percent of road fatalities, and autonomous vehicles will likely lower that …

A rise in autonomous cars may cause a drop in organs available for transplant

From TechnoBuffalo: Similarly, as autonomous cars inevitably make the roads safer, we’ll have fewer traffic accidents, and indeed, fewer organs available for transplant. That’s just a fact. If we want …

Think tank proposes eBay for organ shortage created by autonomous cars

From The Drive: An often touted benefit of self-driving vehicles is that they are safer than human drivers, and cause fewer accidents. Fewer road accidents will mean fewer deaths. …

Driverless cars may inadvertently cause an organ shortage

From SFGate: As driverless cars get closer to becoming a reality, they’re also about to have an unintended consequence: an organ shortage. A Slate piece Friday notes that as computers …

Finding a downside to reduced motor vehicle deaths

From the Washington Examiner: I didn't think it could be done, but Slate has managed to find a downside to the promise that self-driving cars will reduce the annual …

Self-driving cars could cause a major organ shortage

From Popular Mechanics: One of the most highly-lauded advantages of self-driving cars is that a world filled with interconnected autonomous vehicles will significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents …

Slate worries self-driving cars will save too many lives

From The Daily Caller: Self-driving cars could help save thousands of lives every year from traffic-related deaths, and Slate columnists Ian Adams and Anne Hobson think that’s a bad …

Miscellaneous

From Vox: Good thing about self-driving cars: way fewer traffic fatalities. Bad thing about self-driving cars: way fewer organs for people who need transplants. [Slate / Ian Adams and …

The unintended downside of self-driving cars you didn’t see coming

From attn: As Ian Adams and Anne Hobson point out in an article for Slate, the rise of driverless cars will result in the fall of organ donations and "we need to …

“Self-driving cars will make organ shortages even worse.”

From Althouse: Slate warns us about the downside of not enough car-crash death. …

This is an actual Slate headline: ‘self-driving cars will make organ shortages even worse’

From The Dailywire: Yes, really. Slate’s most-clicked headline today suggests that self-driving cars will be a problem because fewer people will die in car accidents, thereby preventing organ donation …

Self-driving cars will cause organ shortages

From Inverse: Self-driving cars will lead to a drop in the number of organs donated in the U.S., according to two fellows from the R Street Institute free market …

Washington Insider: carbon tax talk in an anti-tax era

From The Progressive Farmer: As anti-tax advocates look forward to policies of a new administration that controls both the executive and congressional branches, discussions are focusing on ways the …

CDC fears teen vaping is out of control despite plunge in 2016

From The Daily Caller: “The CDC is using a fear-based outreach effort on e-cigarettes,” Dr. Edward Anselm, senior fellow at the R Street Institute, told The Daily Caller News …

Fees, fines let agencies avoid congressional budgeting process

From The Northwoods River News: In the wake of the report, the subcommittee on government operations held a hearing to discuss how Congress can regain control - and the …

Insurance costs for teen drivers drop but vary widely by state

From The Huffington Post: U.S. families who add a young driver to their existing auto insurance policy will see an average annual premium increase of 79 percent, according to …

A resolution for local pols: Cut the red tape

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: One avenue would be to overhaul the transportation industry in Las Vegas. Thanks to a state law passed in 2015, ride-hailing companies such as …

Public pension defenders make naughty list a who’s who of conservative organizations

From The American Spectator: Just in time for the holidays, the National Conference of Public Employees Retirement Systems has released its “naughty” list of organizations who are highlighting the …

East regulation report card: Vermont ranks best for 3rd straight year

From Insurance Journal: The R Street Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has found that Vermont has the best insurance regulatory environment in the …

Southeast Regulation report card: North Carolina flunks; Florida, South Carolina dispute grades

From Insurance Journal: North Carolina ranks the worst of all 50 states when it comes to insurance regulation, according to a 2016 insurance regulation report card by an insurance …

South Central regulation report card: Texas’ grade rises, Arkansas’ drops

From Insurance Journal: No South Central state had the best score and none had the worst in a report recently released by a conservative-leaning research organization that annually assesses …

West regulation report card: California most politicized state

From Insurance Journal: A report gives California’s insurance regulatory environment low marks for auto body repair rules, the insurance commissioner’s call for insurers to divest from coal, its prior …

State regulation report card: R Street grades them from best to worst

From Insurance Journal: For the second year in a row, Vermont has been graded at the top of the class as having the best insurance regulatory system, while North …

Conservative think tank: Swap corporate tax for carbon fee

From The Hill: A conservative think tank says lawmakers should consider ending taxes on corporations and instead institute a fee on carbon dioxide emissions. A report from the R Street …

With no remaining governors, the U.S. Postal Service delivers itself into uncharted waters

From TheStreet: That is because the lack of governors could ultimately precipitate the kind of emergency that would necessitate Congressional intervention. Without governors, for example, it is unclear whether …

College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

From Alabama Watchdog: In Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye fans can rent like a champion — even though the team couldn’t even win half its conference — with the virtual blessing of …

Here’s what Trump really needs to do to actually ‘drain the swamp’

From Business Insider: Consequently, Philip Wallach of Brookings and Kevin Kosar of the R Street Institute have proposed a Congressional Regulation Office in order to restore some balance of …

Chicago business appeals judge’s rotten food truck ruling

From the The Heartland Institute: Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, says governments should stop protecting established businesses from competition. “We don’t prevent gas stations from popping …

Florida Republicans like what they see in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration

From the Tampa Bay Times: "I like rhetoric to match action, but if I have to choose one way or the other, I choose actions and . . . …

Kiss regulations goodbye

From The Detroit News: With a new year approaching, policymakers in Detroit and Lansing should make a New Year’s resolution to boost economic growth. But instead of giving handouts …

Annual Report Card Finds Vermont Has the Best Insurance Regulatory System

From The National Law Review: Examining a matrix of variables affecting a state’s insurance regulations, the R Street Institute determined that Vermont has the best regulatory system for insurance and …

U.S. private cyber insurance market capable of managing most risks: study

From Canadian Underwriter: The private cyber insurance market in the United States is capable of managing most risks, according to a new policy study from Washington, D.C.-based think tank …

Building a 21st Century Economy

From the Center for American Progress: Many conservatives agree with the need to combat climate change through market mechanisms, though they often pair support for a carbon tax with …

Louisiana gets low marks for insurance regulation

From the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Exhibiting “no special strengths” and weaknesses that include a “highly politicized” atmosphere, “concentrated auto insurance market” and “very low homeowners loss ratio,” …

CALIFORNIA WOMAN PROSECUTED FOR BAKING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT PERMISSION

From The Heartland Institute: Steven Greenhut, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, says governments have more important things to do than prosecute people for making food. “Prosecutors and …

Survey Roundup: ‘Naive’ CEOs Put Firms at Cyberattack Risk

From The Wall Street Journal: Best And Worst: A report from nonpartisan public policy research group R Street ranks Vermont as the country’s best regulatory system for insurance and …

Rex Tillerson is on board with a carbon tax, so why aren’t climate activists?

From VermontWatchdog.org: “In the public imagination, concern for the environment has become virtually synonymous with calls for increased government regulation,” writes Todd Myers, director of the Washington Policy Center’s …

Feds Ignore National Plunge In Smoking Rate, Sound Alarm On Vaping

From The Daily Caller: “The new report on electronic cigarettes focuses on youth experimentation and completely omits the opportunities for harm reduction these devices offer for adult smokers,” Dr. Edward …

A Reason writer returns to Appalachia to ask: Why don’t people who live in places with no opportunity just leave?

From Reason: In a Fall 2014 National Affairs article called "Moving to Work," R Street Institute analysts Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders asked, "What is keeping the poor from …

U.S. Private Cyber Insurance Market Growing, Capable of Handling Most Risks, R Street Says

From Consumers Electronics Daily: The U.S. private cyber insurance market is continuing to grow and is capable of managing most risks, the R Street Institute reported Thursday. The free-market think tank said …

Senate backs open gov bill

From FCW: The bill's passage has received backing from a variety of tech companies, trade associations and interest groups. In May, 48 signatories -- including Amazon Web Services, R …

Republicans like Paul Ryan want to stop regulatory agencies from writing rules or doing much of anything

From Quartz: At the same time, there’s evidence from both sides of the aisle that agencies are already struggling to put new regulations into place. An analysis last year …

Private cyber insurance provides adequate risk coverage: study

From Insurance Business: Private providers of cyber insurance policies have had no choice but to evolve to respond to the increasing vulnerabilities in the private and public sectors. A new …

Software-Enabled Consumer Products

From the Software-Enable Consumer Products Study: A number of commenters also noted the interrelationship between the issues studied here and those raised by the anti-circumvention provisions in section 1201. …

U.S. surgeon general e-cigarette report sparks controversy

From Reuters: "The long tradition of scientifically rigorous messages and reports from the U.S. surgeon general appears to have ended," the public policy group R Street said in a …

Annual Report Card Finds Vermont Has the Best Insurance Regulatory System

From Risk Management Monitor: Examining a matrix of variables affecting a state’s insurance regulations, the R Street Institute determined that Vermont has the best regulatory system for insurance and that …

IBA South: Southern states rated in 2016 Insurance Regulation Scorecard

From Insurance Business: A December report by research firm R Street evaluated the climate of insurance regulation across American states, with respect to politicization and fiscal efficiency among others. Southern …

Florida Republicans like what they see in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration

From the Tampa Bay Times: Trump's administration looks much more insider than many expected. It also appears more conservative in many respects than the candidate who sounded uninterested in …

Prepare for a Rocky Confirmation Process

From The Wall Street Journal: My Brookings colleague Philip Wallach recently wrote a National Affairs article with Kevin Kosar of the R Street Institute that called for a new …

Louisiana’s insurance regulation ranks low in report card Louisiana’s insurance regulation ranks low in report card

From New Orleans City Business: Louisiana ranks No. 45 in the U.S. for insurance regulation in the R Street Institute’s fifth annual Insurance Regulation Report Card.  The state shows “no …

Tillerson seen as the best of many evils for Paris deal

From ClimateWire: "Picking Rex Tillerson shows that President-elect Trump certainly isn't allergic to people who acknowledge the reality of climate change and call for resolute action to deal with …

E-cigarettes are risky to children, Surgeon General says Time Gazette

From Time Gazette: "The new report on electronic cigarettes focuses on youth experimentation and completely omits the opportunities for harm reduction these devices offer for adult smokers", Dr. Edward …

Why Trump’s Attack on a Union Rep Has People Worried About Free Speech

From Fortune: His behavior goes against what we’ve seen from any other president, says Kevin Kosar of conservative think tank R Street Institute. As Kosar points out, Richard Nixon …

Surgeon general’s e-cigarette report panned as ‘truly terrible’

From Watchdog.org: Dr. Edward Anselm, senior fellow a the R Street Institute, says use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is at an all-time low. He also highlighted a link between the two: “Young …

e-Cigs a ‘Public Health Crisis’ for Youth, Surgeon General Says

From the Medscape: Not everyone agreed with the report's findings. Edward Anselm, MD, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan think tank the R Street Institute, said in a statement …

Creighton’s Take: FSOC Could Chip Away at Dodd-Frank

From the Wall Street Journal Pro: The FSOC has 10 voting members, including the Treasury secretary, who serves as the chairman, and the heads of eight federal agencies: the …

Column: Reinsurance saved Florida from catastrophic losses

From Florida Trend: While this year’s storms Hermine and Matthew brought an end to the state’s decade-long hurricane drought, they easily could have been stronger or cut a more …

House Holds Hearing on the Power of the Purse

From The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies: The R Street Institute has details on a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing: The House Oversight and Government …

Supreme Court Curbs Excessive Design Patent Damages

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Together with Public Knowledge, R Street, the American Antitrust Institute, and IP Justice, EFF filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court. We argued …

Sports Betting Might Expand Under Trump Administration, Says DC Think Tank

From Casino.org: Legalized sports betting might expand over the next four years as President-elect assumes the White House and the Republican Party controls both chambers of Congress. That’s according to …

Nuclear Agency’s Budget Doesn’t Get Cut — Even Though Its Workload Was

From The Daily Caller: Cost isn’t the only factor that complicates nuclear power expansion. Heavy government regulations combined with policies intended to support wind and solar power make it difficult …

Three Political Parties Populate the New Legislature

From Fox&Hounds: The test will come when members of the Mod Squad must stick to their campaign promises. Plenty of candidates swear they will serve as centrists when elected …

Why Trump is bad news for America’s freelancers

From Yahoo Finance: For a company like Uber to provide health or retirement benefits to its drivers would increase the risk that it has to reclassify them as employees rather …

How Trump Can Make California Great Again

From Townhall: Former Congressional candidate-turned-radio host Carl DeMaio (who ran on nearly every Democratic plank in 2014) discussed with libertarian Steven Greenhut the need for a robust opposition. They …

A tale of two attorneys general

From The Sacramento Bee: Alabama attorney Cameron Smith, a former aide to Sessions and a friend who runs the conservative R Street Institute in Washington, said the fight, when …

Airbnb regulation deal with London and Amsterdam marks dramatic policy shift

From The Guardian: Not all of Airbnb’s supporters were overjoyed. Andrew Moylan, the executive director of the R Street Institute, a libertarian thinktank, was concerned by the precedent that …

Minimum Wage Ramifications

From Modern Restaurant Management: A new R Street Institute policy study—co-authored by R Street associate fellow and Marquette University economics professor Andrew Hanson and Texas Christian University economics professor …

Workers rally for $15 minimum-wage hike

From Fox 5 San Diego: “The rise in the cost of labor under a $15 minimum wage would result in substantial job loss, with significant variation across industries and …

Some Consumer Advocates Skeptical of Trump’s FTC Transition Team’s Alex Pollock

From Washington Internet Daily: Alex Pollock, an expert in financial systems who was picked by President-elect Donald Trump's team last week to help effect the transition for the FTC …

The R Street Vape Review

From Planet of the Vapes: Policy Study No.74 goes by the snappy title of ‘Vapescore 2016: Regulating vapour products in US cities’: “Tobacco and nicotine products exist on a …

Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here’s The Place To Start

From Forbes: In their September, 2015 Washington Post piece, “How the American government is trying to control what you think” John Maxwell Hamilton of the Woodrow Wilson Center and …

Tech groups petition lawmakers to delay Rule 41 changes

From SC Media: A coalition of tech and privacy groups are calling on legislators to delay changes to Rule 41 that would allow judges to issue warrants to remotely …

A clear sign that Trump will go after the crown jewel of Dodd-Frank

From The Washington Examiner: An announcement from the Trump transition team Tuesday contained a clear sign that the new administration will seek to crimp the powers of the super-group …

Trump Picks Industry Vets as ‘Landing Teams’ for CFPB, Regulators

From National Mortgage News: The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump announced a series of names this week for people who will help facilitate an orderly transfer of power …

Conservatives Host Juvenile Justice Convo on Hill

From Social Justice Solutions: A group of Republican and Libertarian groups spoke today in support of conservative-led juvenile justice reform, including an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency …

Living in a bubble: Lawmakers clash with technology

From District Dispatch: Today the R Street Institute’s Zach Graves moderated “When Lawmakers Clash with Technology,” a panel discussion exploring the consequences of a technology-illiterate Congress. I think most …

These Are The BEST And WORST Cities To Vape In

From the Daily Caller: Many health experts argue that promoting vaping over traditional tobacco aids the public health, while harsh regulations make smokers less likely to use the device …

Who is Myron Ebell?

From Climate Wire: Andrew Moylan was about to make waves. So he arranged a meeting with Myron Ebell, to lay out his plan to push Republicans toward supporting a …

Groups working with Republicans on climate are discouraged, but see a glimmer of hope

From The Guardian: The R Street Institute is a free market think tank that has likewise made the conservative case for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. The group’s president Eli …

Vapescore 2016: Are US regulators putting tax revenue before public health?

From Newsline: Vapescore 2016, a major new study into vaping in the USA, has concluded that the country’s regulatory framework is “rife with misinformation.” It also says that vaping products …

Who Might Replace Sessions?

From Roll Call: Sen. Jeff Sessions’ being floated as a potential member of Donald Trump’s administration is leading to names floating about as possible successors. Sessions, R-Alabama, is most mentioned as a …

Virginia Beach the best for vaping

From California Watchdog: Albuquerque. Phoenix. Tucson. Mesa. Virginia Beach. All terrific vacation spots. And also great for vaping. A new report by the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based free-market …

Trump’s attack dog on climate

From Politico: “He does not shy away from confrontation with friends or enemies or anyone in between,” said Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute who has …

Vape debate: Can e-cigarettes fight smoking? And how safe are they?

From USA Today: Those are the best choices right now and they are underused, says Edward Anselm, a New York City physician who advises insurance companies and is a …

Vape Vendors Brace For Profit Hits From New E-Cigarette Tax

From the Daily Caller: Supporters of the tax are fearful that vaping is re-normalizing smoking as socially acceptable and will eventually lead to higher smoking rates among America’s youth. Evidence …

Somethings Can Be Learned From the Military

From Improving Police: I was alerted to the following article by a colleague of mine from the early days, Larry Hesser. Larry is a teacher, consultant, and former chief …

UPS Reciprocal Switching Comments to the STB Surprise Shippers

From Material Handling & Logistics: In addition, the railroads have managed to persuade several right-wing organizations to write a letter to Congress supporting AAR’s view that permitting reciprocal switching …

William Weld’s vouching for “reliable” Hillary Clinton shows libertarianism is morphing into something else

From Salon: "But even laissez-faire economics, the core of the 'liberty' political program, are also coming under challenge as well as evidenced by the recent creation of two offshoots …

Group’s energy policy for new administration: More power, less EPA

From the Washington Examiner: A free-market think tank is gearing up for the post-election transition with a plan to gain bipartisan buy-in on energy policy by turning away from …

The Puerto Rico Drama Has a Long Way to Run

From William Issac: On October 14, the outgoing Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who is not running for re-election next month, addressed the Oversight Board which is …

Marijuana Legalization Stands To Gain Massive Ground On Election Day

From the Daily Caller: “Not every marijuana legalization supporter likes the initiative, which imposes a 15 percent tax on weed sales and regulates it from seed to sale,” Steve Greenhut, …

Can tech transform the social safety net?

From FCW: Derek Khanna, a fellow at the R Street Institute, said advances in technology offer the government the ability to completely reimagine welfare programs. "Our federal entitlement systems are …

Connecticut’s ‘New Urbanism’ faces crime, transit hurdles

From Crain’s: Eminent domain is not a good tool for creating New Urbanism communities, said Jonathan Coppage, a visiting senior fellow at the R Street Institute and a contributing …

America’s Next Nuclear Reactor Took 8 YEARS To Get Past Gov’t Red Tape

From the Daily Caller: Cost isn’t the only factor that complicates nuclear power expansion. Heavy government regulations combined with policies intended to support wind and solar power make it incredibly …

Anti-Vapers Say E-Cigarettes Drive ‘Tobacco Epidemic’

From the Daily Caller: Evidence that e-cigarette use is turning another generation of children into cigarette smokers is thin. The United Kingdom actually promotes the sale of e-cigarettes as …

Vaping Vendors Fear E-Cigarette Tax Will Crush Their Businesses

From the Daily Caller: The United Kingdom actually promotes the sale of e-cigarettes as a health conscious alternative to smoking. Evidence suggests e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than traditional …

Can tech transform the social safety net?

From FCW: Derek Khanna, a fellow at the R Street Institute, said advances in technology offer the government the ability to completely reimagine welfare programs. "Our federal entitlement systems are …

Vaping Vendors Fear E-Cigarette Tax Will Crush Their Businesses

From the Daily Caller: The United Kingdom actually promotes the sale of e-cigarettes as a health conscious alternative to smoking. Evidence suggests e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than traditional …

Still Alive: The Movement to Un-Shutter the Office of Technology Assessment

From the Government Executive: Twenty-one years after “Contract with America” House Republicans abolished the Office of Technology Assessment, a revival movement of sorts persists among lawmakers, their staffs and …

Fights Over Tobacco Tax Hikes Heat Up Across U.S.

From the Daily Caller: “They claim the tobacco tax is a way to stop people from smoking, but then they hit vaping with a huge tax,” Steve Greenhut, Western …

This Is Huge: New Project Releases All Current (Non-Confidential) Congressional Research Service Reports

From TechDirt: The whole thing was put together by Demand Progress* and the Congressional Data Coalition, which is a project created by Demand Progress and R Street (which our …

A FREE MARKETER’S TAKE ON CALIFORNIA HOUSING

From Builder: California's housing squeeze has gotten a lot of attention lately. But in an article for the Los Angeles Daily News, Steven Greenhut, western region director for free market …

FERC Chair, Panelists Make Forecasts at OMS Meeting

From RTO Insider: Devin Hartman of the public policy research organization R Street Institute said new, high-voltage lines can unlock constrained resources. “It’s important to know that sometimes so-called …

Supreme Court Juggles Design Patent Infringement Damages Tests in ‘Samsung v. Apple’

From Communications Daily: Public Knowledge Patent Reform Project Director Charles Duan believes justices are coalescing around a two-part damages test in which a court would initially determine which parts …

Study: Nukes at risk due to operating costs and congestion, not markets

From SNL Energy: The R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, on Oct. 6 published a "sober assessment" of the risk exposure of 29 merchant nuclear power plants in …

U.S. Rep Maxine Waters: Congress should forgive flood insurance program debt

From The Advocate: To build back its reserves, the NFIP has resorted to fee increases that are only exacerbating the unaffordability of flood insurance for policyholders. But even under …

Driverless Car Policy Needs Clarification: Toyota Executive

From Bloomberg BNA: The auto industry wants the next administration to pick up where the Obama administration left off and clarify recently released federal guidance on the deployment of …

It’s not about Tesla, it’s about Michigan’s future

Michigan has made great strides in its dramatic rebound from the economic doldrums of the Great Recession, helped by efforts to reduce unnecessary red tape and to create …

California Moves Against ‘Public Threat’ of E-Cigarettes With a Tax

From the Daily Caller: “Let people make their own choices,” Steven Greenhut, Western Region director for the R Street Institute, told NPR. “Vaping is not entirely safe. But it’s pretty clear …

CALIFORNIA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TELLS INSURERS TO DROP COAL INVESTMENTS

From The Heartland Institute: According to a recent study by Steven Greenhut, the Western region director for the R Street Institute, available data do not support Jones’s concerns. Coal …

Trump looks to the West for salvation

From Politico: “There has been almost an edge of panic in the voice of longtime Democratic operatives in the state recognizing that Hillary Clinton is not drawing the kid …

Promoters of U.S. carbon tax weigh impact of Canada’s plan

From Environment & Energy Publishing: Catrina Rorke, director of the energy program at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, said the provinces have the option to put a …

Much ado about nothing? The phantom U.S. crime wave

From the Huffington Post: The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its much anticipated annual crime report this week, which within hours became fodder for both candidates in the first …

QUICK HITS

From Politico: R Street Institute President Eli Lehrer notes that lawmakers are not very consistent in their approach to harm reduction strategies and public health. Case in point: some …

Trump Is Right — Corporate Taxes Should Be Slashed Or Eliminated

From Investor’s Business Daily: The corporate tax study by R Street Executive Director Andrew Moylan, "Corporate Income Tax: More Trouble Than It's Worth," concedes upfront that the corporate tax enjoys …

Would California’s Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

From NPR: Opponents ultimately reject the tax, no matter how the revenues would be spent. "I'm opposed to every manner of taxing," says Steven Greenhut, Western Region director for the …

Would California’s Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking? Just Ask New Yorkers

From KQED News: Opponents ultimately reject the tax, no matter how the revenues would be spent. “I’m opposed to every manner of taxing,” says Steven Greenhut, Western Region director for …

Yelp Refuses to Remove Reviews Ruled Defamatory—With Good Reason. Will California Supreme Court Agree?

From Reason.com: Libertarian-leaning think tank the R Street Institute has also been highly critical of the decision. It "creates an end-run around constitutional due process, eviscerates the First Amendment …

Reaction mixed to policy supporting driverless vehicles

From Fleet Owner: Ian Adams, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, noted while the new policy’s “guidelines” are imperfect, they should be “commended” for their openness to …

Flood Insurance and Disaster Updates

From Mortgage News Daily: The nonprofit R Street Institute responded to the recent introduction by House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters of legislation to forgive the National Flood Insurance Program's …

The Insidious (and Totally Legal?) Way That Industry Has Infiltrated Congress

From The Project on Government Oversight: “Approximately 50% of Fellows begin or return to careers in academia following the Fellowship, with strengthened credentials in policy-relevant research and an ability …

The Orange County Register

From The Orange County Register: California’s Department of Motor Vehicles attempted to do to one of the most promising automotive innovations what it does daily to people waiting to …

Another Email Scandal for the Chemical Safety Board

From Environment and Energy Publishing: Before Engler was appointed by President Obama to CSB in 2014, he founded and directed the New Jersey Work Environment Council, "a collaboration of …

No, Ted Cruz, the US isn’t Giving Away the Internet

From Yahoo Finance: And the .gov and .mil domains that government and military sites use will stay under American control. What we’re left with is mainly procedural concerns (as …

How Pirates Shaped The Internet As We Know It

From Techdirt: On this International Talk like a Pirate Day, let's take a moment to remember the pirates and how they have helped shape the internet era. While CD …

Twitter tornado offers insight into Hermine response

From the Tallahassee Democrat: Christian Camara, southeast regional director for the R Street Institute who goes by the handle @Reaganista, posted several tweets that this illustrated the failure of …

Civil Liberties Groups Call for Stronger Oversight by House Intelligence Committee

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Today, we join with Demand Progress, R Street Institute, and FreedomWorks in a white paper calling on the House of Representatives to reinvigorate its commitment to …

GAP Joins 33 Organizations in Demanding Stronger Congressional Oversight of Intelligence Community

From the Government Accountability Project: Check out the letter here, along with a white paper courtesy of our friends at Demand Progress, R Street Institute, EFF, and Freedom Works, which …

What They’re Saying: Why It’s Important to Complete the IANA Stewardship Transition

From the National Telecommunications & Information Administration: R Street Institute, Zach Graves and Anne Hobson: "Some conservatives claim Obama is 'giving away the internet.' In reality, the internet isn't ours …

Vote on Criminal Justice Overhaul Might Not Happen If GOP Split

From BloombergBNA: Advocates and Republican members who support proposed legislation that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences are trying to get support from as many Republican members as they can …

Why a New Songwriter Lawsuit Is Unfair to Pandora and Spotify

From Fortune.com But all this is complicated. If you want to get deeper into the weeds it’s extremely complicated. That’s why the music industry prefers to tell simple stories …

Lawmakers wrestle with cellphone tracking for missing persons

Media mention in The Hill: “If you’re going to have a bill that gives the law enforcement a federal mandate to do whatever they want with this information, there …

What if You Were Mistakenly Put on a Watchlist?

Media mention in Reason Magazine: In a free society, it's not OK for an innocent person to have guns confiscated or kept from flying because of some mistaken entry …

Highlights from Our Panel on Transparency and the Presidential Transition

From Citizen Vox: Kevin R. Kosar, senior fellow and governance project director at R Street Institute, indicated general agreement with the principle of transparency but noted a tension between …

U.S. Surgeon General Urged Not To Penalize Responsible Drinkers

From the Drinks Business In an article from the September issue of The Weekly Standard, Kevin Kosar observes that “neo-prohibitionist anxiety has begun to spread” from the UK to …

California Insurance Commissioner Tells Insurers to Drop Coal Investments

From The Heartland Institute: According to a recent study by Steven Greenhut, the Western region director for the R Street Institute, available data do not support Jones’s concerns. Coal …

Big headlines make bad laws

From the San Francisco Chronicle: “Few new public policies have become so widespread so quickly or attracted such unanimous support from across the political spectrum,” Eli Lehrer of the …

Ten People Who Shaped the Mortgage Industry–Where Are They Now?

From National Mortgage News: Alex Pollock — President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, 1991-2004 — Architect of the Mortgage Partnership Finance Program Where is he now: Upon his …

Court ruling opens avenue for pension reform

From Public CEO: An Aug. 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union’s claim that its members had a right to “pension spiking,” which the court described …

Confab: The big Trump immigration extravaganza

From the Weekly Standard: In this episode of THE WEEKLY STANDARD Confab, Fred Barnes talks about The Donald's attention-grabbing immigration-policy show, and Kevin Kosar comes by to tell us …

Is ruling too late to fix California’s pension mess?

From Reason: An August 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union's claim that its members had a right to "pension spiking," which the court described as …

Internet People

From Washington Internet Daily R Street Institute adds Anne Hobson, ex-Facebook, as technology policy fellow ... …

Despite faults, organized wholesale power markets are a success, report says

From SNL Energy: The rise of organized wholesale electricity markets in the 1990s generated "large economic efficiency gains" but improvements are still needed, free-market think tank R Street Institute …

From congressional bootleggers to Beltway booze bans

From American Spectator: Fans of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire will no doubt recall the series’ many Prohibition-era scenes featuring high-level politicians rubbing elbows with bootleggers and openly imbibing …

Buying a house as an Airbnb investment strategy is a risky move

From MarketWatch: “There’s just this incredible patchwork that’s developing across these cities,” said Andrew Moylan, executive director of R Street Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization. For example, New …

After years of debate, House committee chair seeks online sales tax compromise for states

From StateScoop: In a release, the free market think tank R Street Institute argued that Goodlatte’s proposals marks a welcome departure from “an unworkable ‘destination sourcing’ system” that would …

Banking and finance roundup

From Overlawyered: “White House climate disclosure plan is major executive overreach.” [Ray Lehmann, R Street Institute] …

What others are saying

From Chicago Tribune: For all its appeal across the political spectrum, the narrative of the gig economy has a major problem: There is very little broad statistical evidence that …

Bay Area politicians strangling the region’s key industry

From Reason: In most of the country, a region's "big" industry—think automotive companies in Michigan's heyday, the oil business in Houston and entertainment in Los Angeles—is treated with deference …

Goodlatte online sales tax bill introduction seen aimed at influencing debate this Congress

From Consumer Electronics Daily: It's "going to be so much better to have [OSSA] front and center" as a workable online sales tax compromise going into the fall, particularly …

The broad impact of closing nuke plants

From the Weymouth News: Mr. Dolan left an envelope for me with an article by Steven Mufson in The Washington Post:‘Exelon pulls New York nuclear plant from oblivion’ and …

Key House Republican to unveil sales tax plan for purchases across state lines

From the Wall Street Journal: Those efforts in the states have made the status quo shaky, said Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, a free-market think …

New DOJ views on private prisons, bail show reform trend

From BNA Criminal Law Reporter: “We're going to see a trend because there isn't a lot happening in Congress,” said Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice policy at R Street …

FEMA proposes fed-funded projects be built on higher ground

From Construction Equipment: Some groups are coming out in favor of the new regulations. R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at R Street Institute said, 'Disaster-related spending long has been a …

Down on the farm

From National Review: One particularly bad culprit is the harvest price option (HPO) crop-insurance policy. While traditional crop insurance protects farmers from catastrophic losses, those who can afford higher …

Why some congressional Republicans oppose rules meant to protect federal properties from flooding

From Inside Sources: Yet R.J. Lehmann, editor-in-chief of the libertarian R Street Institute, told InsideSources he doesn’t understand Mayer’s concern. “If you’re on a hill at a higher elevation, you …

A welcome victory in the fight against asset forfeiture

From Reason: The California Assembly on Monday approved one of the most significant civil-liberties reforms of the legislative session. Remarkably, the bill—to put limits on the controversial practice of …

Free-market think tank supports ‘fee’ for reducing pollution

From SNL Power Policy Weekly: Right-leaning policy research group the R Street Institute said a "simple and transparent fee" is the best way to reduce pollution that affects a …

Civil libertarians and police embrace asset-forfeiture compromise

From Public CEO: The California Assembly on Monday approved one of the most significant civil-liberties reforms of the legislative session. Remarkably, the bill – to put limits on the …

Backlash against sharing economy worthy of the Luddite label

From Daily Caller: "A widely publicized report commissioned by the Freelancers Union in 2014 found what appears to be strong evidence of a growing gig economy: About a third …

R Street: Conservatives must develop alternatives to left-wing environmental policies

From GHG Daily Monitor: It is well past time for conservatives to meet liberal environmentalism with alternative policies based on their fundamental beliefs, according to a new paper from …

Are vaping taxes about revenue rather than health?

From ChurnMag.com: The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 is slated for the initiative ballot this November, but it’s already raising questions about vaping taxation. …

Climate change and Gisele, the law of the land

From Insurance Journal: Insurance subsidies exacerbate climate change risks. That comes from Washington, D.C.-based R Street, a typically conservative nonprofit public policy research organization that supports free markets, and a …

Coalition Submits FOIA Request to IRS on Clean Coal Subsidies

From Morning Consult: A coalition of groups, including Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and the R Street Institute, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for …

Bay Area Making Life Difficult for Tech Firms

From Public CEO: In most of the country, a region’s “big” industry – think automotive companies in Michigan’s heyday, the oil business in Houston and entertainment in Los Angeles …

Protectionism Will Not Relieve The Plight Of The Working Class

From ValueWalk: He’s not wrong to be worried. “The problem of labor market non-participation is particularly severe among men,” writes Eli Lehrer, president and co-founder of the R Street …

10 States Where It Costs the Most to Insure Teen Drivers

From TheStreet: "Driving well takes practice, and since all teens are new drivers they make all sorts of mistakes that more seasoned drivers can avoid," says Eli Lehrer, president …

Revised Rules for Whiskey Labeling? Proceed With Caution

From American Spectator: Craft distillers often complain about the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 Code of Federal Regulations 5), a set of labeling rules enforced by the …

Law would require Uber to pay a nickel for every ride to help the taxi industry

From Boston Globe: But the idea that the companies should pay an assessment that will in part assist their competition caught the attention of the libertarian think tank R Street …

Maryland’s Soviet Liquor County

From The American Spectator: Maryland’s Montgomery County is a nice place. Its western border runs along the Potomac River, and its southern territory abuts Washington, D.C. Many folks who work …

QUICK DOWNLOADS

From POLITICO Morning Tech: R Street Institute has picked up Sasha Moss as a new technology policy fellow to specialize on copyright, patent and other intellectual property issues. Moss …

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

From POLITICO Morning Cybersecurity: Sasha Moss has joined the R Street Institute as a technology policy fellow. She had been serving as counsel to Rep. Blake Farenthold. …

Idaho Pension System Off-Target For Second Year In A Row

From Idaho Reporter:  Greenhut, the western region director for the R Street Institute and author of a book about public pension reform, said Idahoans should worry about PERSI’s poor performance. “Defenders …

Appreciating Police Officers, Challenging Police Unions

From FLASHREPORT: Civil libertarians and fiscal conservatives have disagreements with police unions which were summed up quite well recently by guest columnist Steve Greenhut, writing in the Orange County Register. …

Q&A: Conservatives debate clean energy approaches in Minnesota

From Midwest Energy News: Tonight in Minneapolis, the non-partisan Citizens League joins with the newly formed Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum to hold a panel discussion billed “Conservative Approaches to …

Clean Tax Cuts Takes Off at the GOP Convention

From American Spectator: The first of those smart people to reach out to me, simultaneous with the publication of my column, was Eli Lehrer, President of the R Street Institute. Eli …

Man vs machine the future of self driving cars

From ABC10 KXTV: Ian Adams is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank based out of Washington D.C. that's been studying the ins and …

Trump’s Likely VP Doubts Climate Change

From ClimateWire: “Gingrich would reflect more of an openness to big, sometimes bold, ideas, which might include climate change,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think …

Copyright Stakeholders Praise Senate Confirmation of Librarian of Congress

From Washington Internet Daily: The R Street Institute believes "it is a relief to see that an institution as important as [the LOC] will be run by an experienced administrator …

Here’s what a conservative climate-action agenda would look like

From Grist:  "Pro-market folks support cutting it, and if it happens to have climate co-benefits, that’s welcome,” says Devin Hartman, a senior fellow for the R Street Institute, a center-right …

Cyberwar: What is it?

From POLITICO Morning Cybersecurity: Also on the Hill today, Reps. Ted Poe and Zoe Lofgren will launch the Fourth Amendment Caucus, accompanied by a panel discussion of an independent Fourth Amendment …

Senate Confirms Librarian Of Congress Over Absurd Conservative Opposition

From Right Wing Watch: Last week, Zach Graves of the libertarian-leaning R Street Institute summarized the campaign that Heritage Foundation fellow Hans von Spakovsky launched against Hayden. Dismissing Hayden’s accomplishments, …

Praise for new librarian of Congress

From The Hill: NEW LIBRARIAN WINS PRAISE AFTER CONFIRMATION: Carla Hayden received applause from a number of groups Wednesday after the Senate confirmed her to be the next librarian of Congress. …

POLITICO Morning Cybersecurity: Cyberwar: What is it?

From POLITICO Morning Cybersecurity: NO WARRANTS SHALL ISSUE, BUT UPON PROBABLE CAUSE: Also on the Hill today, Reps. Ted Poe and Zoe Lofgren will launch the Fourth Amendment Caucus, …

Millennials paid into the system and get nothing: #tellusatoday

From USA Today: Let people voluntarily settle their claims on Social Security for 77 cents on the dollar. — @RSI …

Republican Dodd-Frank Replacement Plan Gets a Workout

From Morning Consult: Alex Pollock, a distinguished senior fellow at the center-right R Street Institute, bolstered that argument by noting that the International Monetary Fund has estimated that a 9.5 …

Austin, Texas Residents Rally in Support of Uber

From Heartland Institute:  Josiah Neeley, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, says TNCs improved Austin’s public safety. “When they were debating the [TNC] ordinance, Austin law enforcement actually came …

POLITICO New York Health Care: SMOKED

From Politico New York Health Care: SMOKED - Dr. Joel Nitzkin, writing in the Oxford Journal, examines the justifications the FDA is using to regulate the e-cigarette market. http://bit.ly/29tW7wC …

POLITICO PULSE: R Street blasts FDA tobacco control policy

From Politico Pulse: R Street blasts FDA tobacco control policy. According to the conservative think tank's Joel Nitzkin, the agency is inappropriately working to pull e-cigarettes and vaping devices from …

Why I voted ‘No’: Deception dodges transparency

From Fresno Bee: Steven Greenhunt wrote in a column in The Orange County Register that the Legislature’s proposal “pretends to deal with the 72-hour transparency issue, but critics say it’s …

IANA transition delay would increase ‘inherent distrust’ in multistakeholderism, NTIA official says

From Washington Internet Daily: NTIA Associate Administrator Fiona Alexander cautioned Friday against Congress using its legislative powers to delay the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority transition. Congressional intervention against the …

The Library of Congress needs a professional librarian, not a ‘scholar-in-chief’

From Bill of Rights Defense Committee: In the months following incumbent Librarian of Congress James Billington’s retirement, some conservatives have coalescedaround the idea that the next person to head the …

Officials ‘drone’ on about issues they don’t understand

From Reason: One of the most frustrating things about America circa 2016 is there is virtually nothing any of us can do—start a business, invent a technology, remodel our …

House websites knocked offline; provider suggests link to Dem protest

From SC Magazine: Data contained on the House network would be an attractive target to state actors or state-backed groups, Nathan Leamer, a policy analyst at Washington, D.C.-based think …

The U.S. Postal Service needs a ‘Brexit’ from government

From The Federalist: The postal service also lacks needed oversight due to a managerial crisis: what should be an 11-member board has been reduced to one postmaster general, one …

Hill salary increase proposal won’t amount to much

From Roll Call: Such expenses squeezed Nathan Leamer and his wife Amanda out of their congressional jobs when they found out they were expecting their second child in 2013, …

History Revised: Meet the slave responsible for Jack Daniel’s whiskey

From Men's Journal: Kevin Kosar, senior fellow at the R Street Institute think tank and author of Whiskey: A Global History, says it’s a difficult task to accurately tell …

Report: Texas utility-scale solar to double this year

From SmartGridNews: In April, a report from non-profit The R Street Institute indicated that although Texas' solar-power potential outpaced that of nearly every other state, the state's potential remains …

Forum highlights how you can be both conservative and sustainable

From American Sustainable Business Council: The forum will feature panels on sustainability as a competitive advantage, enhancing national and environmental security, and building an ecosystem of sustainability entrepreneurs and …

Republican Voters Evenly Split on Climate Change, Poll Finds

From Morning Consult: Most voters, including about half of Republicans, believe the climate is changing and the federal government should step in to cut greenhouse gases, according to new polling …

Amendments to Rule 41 and What Is Happening to Stop Them

From DeepDotWeb: Dozens of websites have started running the “Reject the Rule 41 Proposal” banner on their sites, as well as joined with the EFF in signing a letter to …

Study: New York has 2nd lowest rate hike for teen drivers

From Newsday:  Driving well takes practice, and since all teens are new drivers they make all sorts of mistakes that more seasoned drivers can avoid,” Eli Lehrer, president of the …

Lavish Pension Hikes True Cause of Growing Liabilities

From Reason: The Orange County grand jury's report on the state of the California county's pension plans painted a bleak but not unexpected snapshot of a challenging long-term fiscal …

Minority media should ‘get in the game’

From the Washington Informer: Government advertising can be controversial if it conflicts with citizens' views about the proper role of government, said Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow and governance …

Kelsey Smith’s parents watched with hope, but bill named for slain daughter was doomed in Congress

From Kansas City Star: Nathan Leamer, a senior policy analyst for the R Street Institute, a conservative research center in Washington, was driving home on Sunday, May 22, the …

June 22 roundup

From Overlawyered: Zach Graves, “Optometrists Push For State Laws Blocking Online Eye Exams” [TechDirt] …

Congress didn’t pass bill named for their slain daughter. Why not?

From San Luis Obispo Tribune: Nathan Leamer, a senior policy analyst for the R Street Institute, a conservative research center in Washington, was driving home on Sunday, May 22, …

Adding a teen driver to your auto policy? Colorado not as costly as other states

From the Denver Post: “Driving well takes practice, and since all teens are new drivers, they make all sorts of mistakes that more seasoned drivers can avoid,” said Eli …

Chicago’s spacesharing and ridesharing rules: Not as bad as they almost were!

Maybe it was the Summer Solstice, although more likely it was Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's playing a bit of hardball with dissenting aldermen. Whatever it was, the Chicago City Council …

Congress didn’t pass bill named for their slain daughter. Why not?

From McClatchyDC: Nathan Leamer, a senior policy analyst for the R Street Institute, a conservative research center in Washington, was driving home on Sunday, May 22, the night before …

We made the message loud and clear: Stop the Rule 41 updates

From Electronic Frontier Foundation: Today, the Internet has come out in full force. Dozens of websites are running the “Reject the Rule 41 Proposal” banner. Over 50 organizations and …

House staff numbers decline outside D.C.

From Roll Call: Data compiled by the R Street Institute show that Senate and House staffers in D.C. have hovered around 6,000 from 1987 to 2014. Over the same period, staff …

MAIL CALL! Green Scissors to Senate Finance leaders: No carbon capture, pls.

From Politico Morning Energy: Green Scissors, an advocacy coalition that brings together Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and The R Street Institute, wants the Senate Finance Committee …

SLAPPing Back: Addressing the legal threats to online free speech

From Medium: “We have traditions of strong protections of anonymous speech, and the First Amendment provides enough freedom to allow for anonymity,” added Mike Godwin, the director of innovation …

As Congress weighs anti-SLAPP legislation, stories abound on chilled free speech

From Washington Internet Daily: Historically, free speech, libel and First Amendment laws have been about the institutional press, but now such laws apply to all people, said Mike Godwin, …

House kills zombie earmark (again)

From National Taxpayers Union: NTU was pleased this year’s vote of 268-153 garnered broad bipartisan support, growing by 16 new backers. In addition to NTU, this amendment was supported …

California lawmakers mobilize to weaken transparency initiative

From Reason: Almost everyone has some idea for fixing whatever is wrong in Sacramento, ranging from new campaign spending limits to a requirement that legislators wear NASCAR-style sponsor logos. …

Pennsylvania’s drinks reform changes too little

From American Spectator: The Keystone State’s Legislature could have gone big. Instead, it settled for a bill that is about as potent as near beer. Only the politicians are …

Want to add a teen driver to your auto policy? It’s going to cost you

From the Pasadena Star-News: Eli Lehrer, president of the nonprofit R Street Institute, agreed. “Driving well takes practice, and since all teens are new drivers they make all sorts of mistakes …

Worry about bad marijuana—not Big Marijuana

From Brookings Institution: The three-tier system aimed to deter the vertical integration of the tied-house days, but now is controversial with critics who argue that the distribution tier is …

Here’s why the Boy Scouts of America received federal recognition 100 years ago

From Time: But few know that a century ago, then-President Woodrow Wilson signed a unanimously-approved Congressional charter that gave federal recognition to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), stating …

Here’s how Secretary King is living up to a 50-year-old promise

From Education Post: Kevin Kosar, a fellow at a conservative think tank, wrote a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute aimed at Education Secretary John King’s proposed …

Levity at the lake

From the Advocate: Adding their party presence were Dr. Margie Kahn and David Graham, the above Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer, Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik, Sue and Jack Jernigan, …

Puerto Rico: The process works, so far

From the Library of Law & Liberty: Miraculously, the bill recites the constitutional authority on which it rests: not the Bankruptcy Clause of Article I, but the Territories Clause …

The Grand Oil Party: House Republicans denounce a carbon tax

From the Guardian: It’s odd that not a single House Republican voted against the Resolution, because as long as the revenue is returned to taxpayers (also known as “revenue …

Recommendation to: Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

From the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice: Sources: “Raised on the Registry, The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US,” Human Rights Watch, 2013; …

Amodei skewers Allard over land bill — McBee, Madison group join Gulen case — Rebecca Coffman to R Street

From Politico Influence: — Last night at R Street Institute's Alice-in-Wonderland themed party at Wonderbread Factory, as the libertarian think tank celebrated its 4th birthday — Rebecca Coffman and …

Conservative carbon tax backers see silver lining in house opposition

From InsideEPA.com: "We are having some traction, so that is why the politics are rearing their ugly head this week on the House floor condemning the carbon tax as a …

GOP to rule out carbon tax

From The Hill: Catrina Rorke, director of the energy program at R Street Institute — which supports a tax that would return revenues to taxpayers — said if Republicans …

House message: No carbon tax under Clinton

From Politico: Eli Lehrer, the president of the free-market think tank the R Street Institute, agreed. “In the long run, a carbon tax or something like it is probably …

WHY ELIZABETH WARREN won’t be HRC’s V.P. – BLEAK HOUSE: GOP bigwigs more bearish on Trump chances — HOW PEOPLE CHEAT in Fitbit challenges — B’DAYS: Joe Trippi, Jeff Zeleny

From Politico Playbook: --REBECCA COFFMAN is joining R Street Institute as media director. The RNC alum comes from Freedom Partners, where she was communications manager and was previously national press …

School funding is a civil right

From U.S. News: In two essays (available on Flypaper and his own blog), Kevin Kosar argues that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is an anti-poverty measure …

Liberty extinguished

From Daily Journal: And that’s too bad, since as Steven Greenhut of the R Street Institute points out, a study from the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Physicians notes …

Debate Flares Up: Was the first federal education law a civil rights statute?

From Education Week: Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a Washington think tank that promotes free markets and limited government, says: No, it wasn't. On Monday, …

Civil rights data deluge

From Politico's Morning Education: Speaking of ESSA and civil rights: Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, made quite a splash Monday when he wrote [http://bit.ly/1UCZOCt ] in …

DC takes aim at Airbnb, hits existing rental industry

From The Freeman: The DC-based R Street Institute, which has graded cities by their friendliness to short-term rentals in its Roomscore index, notes that as short-term rentals have spread across …

Status seen virtually unchanged in Congress’ online sales tax debate

From Washington Internet Daily: Parties in the online sales tax debate have largely been engaged in a "waiting game" in recent months, and particularly in the Senate, said R …

Coalition blasts DOE’s funding of Texas Clean Energy Project

From SNL Energy: Green Scissors, which includes Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense and The R Street Institute and which describes itself as a coalition of free-market, taxpayer …

More harassment of gun owners in California

From Reason: The latest round of gun-control bills speeding through the California legislature should offer a reality check to those of us who own firearms: Democratic leaders will never …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Can E-Cigarettes Survive The War Against Vaping?

Joel Nitzkin, former cochair of the Tobacco Control Task Force of the American Association of Public Health Physicians, who is now a fellow at a free-market think tank …

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 …

The government crackdown is here: What the FDA regulations mean for e-cigarettes

“If the FDA’s current approach is implemented, producers would be required to remove every single product from the market and submit expensive and burdensome applications for the chance …

Experts Savage FDA’s Most Recent Claim That Killing 99% Of An Industry Spurs ‘Innovation’

“In order to preserve this growing market and allow continued innovation in the vapor-product industry, it’s essential that Congress act to amend the grandfather date set out in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

¿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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Labor and Employment Issues: The sharing economy

From Opportunity America: Eli Lehrer president, R Street Institute 'What’s in it for the employer? We need to provide an incentive for employers to participate in a portable benefits system. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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...   …

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 …

Marco Rubio’s ambition, and sharp elbows, fueled his rise in Tallahassee

From the New York Times: Don Brown, a Republican legislator who had been helping the man who was Mr. Rubio's biggest rival for speaker in Florida, Dennis A. Ross …

How Johnnie Walker became India’s whisky of choice

From Eater: Frank Coleman, the senior vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a trade group, told Time, "Indians are preordained whisky drinkers. They’ve developed a …

Benghazi and shopping for health care

From Bloomberg: Kevin Kosar and Anthony Madonna look at a Senate that is increasingly difficult to govern without sharp restrictions imposed by the majority leader -- measures that Republicans blamed …

Imbalanced ‘incentives’ hurt creativity more than they help

From TechDirt: Are lawyers the driving force behind artistic freedom? Astonishingly, that's the impression you get when you read the Copyright Alliance's account of a recent panel on music …

Democratic policies hurt working women, experts say

From the Washington Free Beacon: Lori Sanders, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute and herself a young mother, recalled working part-time at a children’s clothing store in …

Bringing Republicans to the climate change table

From the New York Times: Eli Lehrer, who runs the R Street Institute, a fairly conventional conservative research firm except that it supports a carbon tax to combat climate …

CFP 2015: Internet content blocking by the ITC

From Rebecca Tushnet's 43(B)log: Mike Godwin, General Counsel, R Street Institute: We are pushed to treat IP right violations as if they were subject to theft laws, or in …

Chaffetz as speaker could revive Internet tax

From the Washington Examiner: Andrew Moylan, executive director of the nonprofit R Street Institute, elaborated on that perspective to the Washington Examiner. "Chaffetz as speaker would likely mean an …

Legislation to #LiftTheBan passes House with bipartisan support

From Speaker John Boehner: WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement applauding House passage of H.R. 702, legislation to lift the 1975 ban on …

New report on Senate procedures show increased use, need for strategy

From Brookings: In a new paper, “Could the Modern Senate Manage an Open-Amendment Process?,” Kevin Kosar and Tony Madonna address this debate. Using an extensive new dataset from amendments …

Insurance working group explores multistate solution

From Lagniappe Weekly: But Lars Powell, the Whitbeck-Beyer Chair of Insurance and Financial Services at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and CIWG member, warned the coastal band would create …

The Washington Daybook

From Federal News Service: October 13, 2015 The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) holds a briefing on "The Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience and …

Opportunity Denied: How overregulation harms minorities

From U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: These numerous examples are anything but isolated incidents and are the rule with respect to the paralysis in our regulatory system, not the exception. Studies …

New e-cigarette study likely to prompt calls for more regs, despite lack of evidence

From Watchdog.org: No, says Joel Nitzkin, a policy analyst for R Street Solutions, a free market think tank based in Washington, D.C., who has followed the ongoing national e-cigarette …

SCOOP: Copyright Office shouldn’t be independent, Re:Create says

From Politico: On a related note, members of the newly formed Re:Create coalition are firing off a letter to the House Judiciary Committee outlining their desires for Copyright Office …

Tech groups question plans for independent copyright agency

From The Hill: The Re:Create coalition on Wednesday said no one has put forward a convincing explanation that the office’s current technological deficiencies would be corrected if it left …

Politico’s ‘The Agenda’ magazine offers wonky package on education

From Education Week: And in "Kill the Department of Ed.? It's been done.," Kevin Kosar, an education policy historian, recounts how Congress created a federal Education Department in 1867 …

The phantom numbers of Uber’s union critics

From American Spectator: And an exception he must be. As Ian Adams, Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute, told this writer, “While Mr. Gobena's situation is unfortunate, it …

Congress, not agencies, to blame for regulation delays

From The Hill: Just how bad is the current regulatory delay crisis? A new website from Public Citizen shows that proposed rules held up at the U.S. Office of …

The growing conservative case for strengthening Congress

From Vox: Now comes along another strong conservative case for congressional re-assertion from Kevin R. Kosar, a senior fellow at the free-market R Street Institute, whose new essay, "How …

4 reasons why it matters that a few House Republicans are calling for climate action

From The Grist: The GOP leadership has yet to show any signs of moderation on climate change, and they control the agenda. The threat to House Speaker John Boehner’s …

Park Service takes heat for e-cig ban

From The Hill: The National Park Service is under pressure to reverse its decision to ban electronic cigarettes in all places where tobacco smoking is prohibited on federally supervised …

The infuriating reason that car repairs are so expensive

From the New Republic: “There’s a clear free market rationale for patent reform, and a consumer protection rationale,” said Ian Adams of the R Street Institute. “It’s a place …

The conservative case for patent reform

From National Review: There’s a myth going around Washington that “real” conservatives should oppose patent reform. But as R Street’s Zach Graves has noted, patent reform actually has a …

New York City, a climate change leader, challenges enlarged flood maps

From ClimateWire: In most places, that would be considered folly, said Eli Lehrer, an insurance expert and president of the conservative R Street Institute. Building expensive infrastructure to protect …

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 …

Should we make it easier for people with criminal records to find work?

From the Deseret News: While ban the box laws are designed to encourage employers to keep an open mind when evaluating people with criminal records, there is no evidence …

August: Season of rules

From Politico: Though 15 major rules in a month might seem like a lot, in fact the bigger problem with rulemaking right now is just how far behind regulators …

Former CRS researcher calls for public access

From the Project on Government Oversight: We reached out to Kevin Kosar, former CRS researcher of 11 years, to talk about the concerns we heard from Hill staffers regarding …

Should young drivers stay on their parents’ auto policy or get their own?

From Huffington Post: Intriguingly, gender doesn't appear to play a significant role in the study's findings. For instance, an 18-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man will both pay 18 …

Regulation deadlines created by Congress are meaningless, report says

From the Washington Post: A new study by R Street, a D.C.-based libertarian think tank, analyzed every regulatory deadline mandated in law by Congress in the last 20 years. …

Reducing prison time for violent offenders may significantly reduce mass incarceration

From UPI: Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank, cautions that policy changes directed at reducing prison time for violent offenders must be handled …

R Street Institute meets with NH GOP activists

From the AP Planner: President of R Street Institute Eli Lehrer meets with Republican activists to discuss an alternative solution to climate change: carbon pricing as part of broader …

Copy of Postal Service audit shows extent of mail surveillance

From the New York Times: Kevin R. Kosar, a former analyst at the Congressional Research Service who worked on postal issues, said he found it surprising that the Office …

Int’l Trade Commission decision threatens borderless Internet ecosystem

From Watchdog.org: A recent letter penned by the R Street Institute and Niskanen Center, and joined by FreedomWorks, criticized the ITC’s decision, arguing that “treating cross-border digital transmission as …

Ending the Uber wars: How to solve a special interest nightmare

From The Fiscal Times: Unfortunately, the United States is far from immune from this political favoritism, though thankfully the experience is not quite so extreme. The R Street Institute, …

Today: Court hears ‘zombie SOPA’ case

From Politico: But plenty in the tech world are challenging that notion. Public Knowledge has called the case “Zombie SOPA,” saying if the ITC is able to regulate data …

Appeals court to hear US agency’s decision to block digital imports

From IDG News: There is “absolutely no need to manufacture new agency powers over digital data,” free-market groups the Niskanen Center, the R Street Institute and FreedomWorks wrote in …

Letter to the Editor: Carbon pricing’s time has come

From the New Haven Register: Just consider all the conservatives who have already called for carbon pricing: George Shultz, Greg Mankiw, Bob Inglis, Eli Lehrer and others at R …

Tech industry recommends FTC take laissez-faire approach to regulating sharing economy

From Communications Daily: R Street Institute Senior Fellow Ian Adams suggested in comments that "consumer-protection mechanisms must be narrowly tailored, both as to their depth and breadth." …

Study: Agencies miss rulemaking deadlines half the time

From The Hill: Federal Agencies have missed half of their Congressional deadlines in the last two decades, according to a new study released by the R Street Institute on …

The three dumbest “conservative” objections to patent reform

From Townhall: Zach Graves of the R Street Institute already eviscerated this argument at some length, and some of his choicer passages deserve to be repeated here: Patent reform enjoys …

EFF tells federal appeals court: Google subpoena threatens online speech and innovation

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Shortly thereafter, Google sought protection from a Mississippi federal court, asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Attorney General from enforcing …

Another case for lowering the drinking age

From Overlawyered.com: Very few countries have a national age as high as 21, argues Jeffrey Tucker at Newsweek (originally FEE), and women of college age may be more vulnerable …

Google fights France on extending ‘right to be forgotten’

From USA Today: Mike Godwin, director of innovation policy and general council at the R Street Institute, a think-tank whose motto is "Free markets. Real Solutions," said the "right to be forgotten" …

City of Chicago hits taxpayers with new ‘Netflix Tax’

From the Heartland Institute: Steven Titch, a telecommunications policy analyst with the R Street Institute, says Chicago’s expansion of the tax is arbitrary and “an incredible overreach.” Undefined Terms “Chicago made …

Patent reform is not a left wing thing

From the The Beacon: Over at R Street, Zach Graves has a good piece up looking at the American Conservative Union’s opposition to patent reform pending in the Congress. …

Congress’ plan to pass energy bills: Make them boring. But will it work?

From the Washington Examiner: "We've been waiting for this legislative action to turn into something for a while. On the House side, it's not the sexiest bill they could …

Senate still debating transportation bill with last-minute record-secrecy provisions

From Marketwatch: In a rare Sunday session, the U.S. Senate considered amendments to a transportation bill, a must-do by Friday before funds run out, without deciding on others related …

A liberal nightmare: What if GMOs were the solution to climate change?

From the Daily Caller: It shouldn’t come as a surprise that GMOs are more environmentally friendly. Josiah Neeley, a senior fellow at R Street Institute, writes that “existing GMO crops …

6 charts to debunk fear-mongering about contractors and the Uber economy

From the Foundation for Economic Education The headlines are, by now, depressingly familiar: “more Americans are stuck in part-time work” or “part-time jobs put millions in poverty... …

Labor roundup

From Overlawyered.com: “6 charts that debunk the ‘gig’ economy” [R.J. Lehmann, R Street Institute] …

In the tanks

From National Journal: As the new director of energy policy at the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank, Catrina Rorke hopes to persuade fellow conservatives that a tax …

30 under 30

From Red Alert Politics: Lori Sanders is the outreach director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. In this role, she is responsible for R Street’s coalition …

Members of Congress warn against throwing patent system out of balance

From Watchdog.org: Citing the conservative Heritage Foundation, for example, the DC-based R Street Institute recently blogged that patent reform was “not just about the patent system.” “Patent-reform offers a case study for broader …

Support for the Innovation Act grows

From House Judiciary Committee: Below are excerpts from the letter sent by R Street Institute, Niskanen Center, Center for Individual Freedom, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Institute for Liberty, Small Business …

Should Congressional Research Service reports be public?

From Roll Call: “Making them public would make them publicly available more equally, more equitably,” said former CRS analyst Kevin R. Kosar, who penned an essay on his decision …

Clinton raps ‘gig’ economy as GOP rivals hail Uber

From Investor's Business Daily: "There is a little more of a backlash among liberals," said Andrew Moylan, executive director of R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank. "It's not …

The latest First Amendment fun

From Ann C. Logue: The power of California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which my lawyers used in my free speech defense against convicted felon Keith Gilabert’s suit. Full disclosure: I occasionally …

(Some) Republicans get religion on climate

From Bloomberg Politics: His timing may be good. Two-thirds of Americans say they think the world would benefit from reducing carbon emissions, according to a March poll by Yale …

C.A. blasts lawyer over ‘Nazi’ references, overturns verdict

From the Metropolitan News-Enterprise: Bilotti not only violated the in limine orders, she also broke “Godwin’s Law,” the Internet adage invented by attorney and author Mike Godwin, Bedsworth went …

Vox Sentences: South Carolina waves the white flag

From Vox: Or you can have it explained to you with sheep GIFs. [R Street Institute / R. J. Lehmann] …

Feds spent $2 million to have wives nag men about chewing tobacco

From the Washington Times: “This is big government intervention for a small-risk lifestyle choice,” said Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville. Mr. Rodu, who has …

Can this businessman’s green turn GOP green?

From the Washington Examiner: Andrew Moylan, executive director of the free-market think tank R Street, also believes that money isn't the difference-maker many assume. "The impact of political donations tends …

For conservatives, it’s the ‘right time’ to discuss climate change

From ClimateWire: "Environmentalism is actually very fertile territory" for Republicans, Levin said at event co-hosted by his magazine and the R Street Institute. He said the way that conservatives …

How Jeb Bush handled risky business in a disaster-prone state

From ClimateWire: Eli Lehrer, president of the conservative R Street Institute and an insurance expert, described Bush's pursuit of a national backstop as the kind of populist promise made …

The Daily Dig for Saturday, July 4

From Bankless Times: Judge strikes down patent lawsuit against Kickstarter A small crowdfunding site claimed its idea of soliciting altruistic donations was covered by patent. Kickstarter disagreed and filed suit. …

The ‘cyberporn’ scare of 1995, and the early Web’s corrective power

From The 1995 Blog: One implacable critic of Rimm’s work was Mike Godwin, then staff counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who likened the study to surveying adult bookstores …

401(k) investments a potential alternative to small-business loans, study finds

From NerdWallet: A Washington, D.C.-based research group wants to make it possible for individuals to invest up to 10% of their 401(k) money in small businesses through intrastate crowdfunding websites. In …

SCOTUS sides against EPA and environmentalists

From Red Millennial: In 2012, there was a significant backlash from a group of Latino Democrats in the California Assembly, who were worried that California’s Cap-and-Trade law would hurt …

The inside of John Roberts’s head

From The Economist: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at R Street, a free-market think tank, sees a big smaller-government upside to Mr Roberts' Obamacare ruling. "Roberts has just opened …

Power plant bill clears House, Capito says uphill Senate fight ‘worth happening’

From Energy and Environment Daily: In a Washington Post op-ed yesterday, R Street Institute President Eli Lehrer wrote that while conservative criticism of the Clean Power Plan is warranted, …

How to fix the federal prison system

From the Washington Times: And grass-roots conservatives are enthusiastic about this movement, too. At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference the session on state criminal justice reforms was packed. …

Internet consumers beware!

From FreedomWorks: Language in the bill also includes a provision that entangles all users of platforms such as Amazon or eBay. It specifies any use of an “electronic marketplace,” …

Internet tax battle revived in Congress

From Watchdog.org: A coalition of conservative groups including R Street Institute and Americans for Tax Reform, however, denounced the Chaffetz’s bill as “a massive expansion in state tax-collection authority and dismantling a …

Is the encyclical a measured document?

From National Review: Josiah Neeley has a very nice piece at First Things making the case that the Pope’s environmental encyclical is really “a more measured affair” than the …

GOP candidates bound to feel ‘climate shock’ on the campaign trail

From the Huffington Post: Though the connection between extreme weather and climate change is easy to hyperbolize (God's or Mother Nature's wake-up call?), the Weather Channel - owned by …

Copyright lobby seeks new hammer to pound free speech in Florida

From Clay Today: Anonymity and pseudonymity have been key threads in the fabric of American life since the Colonial era. From arts to politics, from the Revolutionary era-tracts known …

Obama’s $4bn clean-energy initiative: a big number hiding a bigger idea

From The Guardian: Granted, the Obama administration’s approach won’t make everyone happy. Eli Lehrer, founder of libertarian thinktank R Street, would prefer to see the government eliminate all energy …

California regulators say Uber drivers are employees. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

From Vox: Ian Adams, an analyst at the free-market R Street Institute, argues that the best solution would be to create a new legal category for people who work …

Rep. Chaffetz, how could you?

From the American Spectator: But critics think the measure may go the way of the failed Marketplace Fairness Act, considered a predecessor of this bill, as it would dismantle …

Congress introduces remote sales tax bill

From Accounting Today: However, a policy research group known as the R Street Institute expressed its opposition to the bill, claiming the RTPA would dismantle proper limits on state …

‘If we don’t act now, we’re all going to pay’: 5 arguments for climate action that even conservatives can’t ignore

From Salon: Name: Eli Lehrer Why conservatives might listen: The former vice president of the climate denying Heartland Institute, Lehrer left to co-found the R Street Institute, and is currently …

Jeb Bush, climate-change equivocator

From the New Republic: Long before he even launched his campaign, Bush managed to raise hopes that he will be one of the few reasonable Republican presidential aspirants on climate change. …

Insurers could underwrite more terrorism risk, CBO says

From SmartBrief: Surplus capital in the reinsurance market means insurers could take on more terrorism risk than they are, Ray Lehmann writes, arguing that reforms passed by Congress this …

Wendler: A ribbon for everyone

From The Southern Illinoisan: Now, you say, this language is too strong and clearly an overstatement. Not really. It is nearly impossible to fire a federal employee, according to …

Indoor ban on e-cigs imminent

From Delaware Public Media: Other detractors, like Joel Nitzkin, a doctor and lobbyist for the libertarian R Street Institute found those short-term studies questionable. Nitzkin also says the ban could have unintended …

Democrats seek GOP support for carbon tax bill, face questions about jailing skeptics

From ClimateWire: Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank that supports revenue-neutral tax policies for carbon, asked how the senators could gain the …

Senate extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act ‘virtually certain’

From Washington Internet Daily: It's "virtually certain" that the Senate will pass some sort of ITFA extension, but "whether that's [S-431] ... is another story," said R Street Institute …

Time to raise the oil spill liability cap

From the Muscatine Journal: Santa Barbara County is the latest seaside community to watch its coastline dirtied by an all-too-recognizable black sludge. Early estimates project that more than 100,000 …

Republican pledges $175 million to push party on climate

From Politico: "What's important to remember is that [climate change] doesn't really register as an issue with many Republican primary voters," said Eli Lehrer, who helped form the free-market …

Raise oil-spill liability cap

From the Courier-Post: Santa Barbara County is the latest seaside community to watch its coastline dirtied by an all-too-recognizable black sludge. Early estimates project that more than 100,000 gallons …

Why you should care about the ‘third dimension’ of government information

From The Conversation: As one example, advertising contracts, estimated a Congressional Research Service report, totaled US$892.5 million in fiscal year 2013. These expenditures, said the author of the report, Kevin …

Raleigh restauranteur pushes local government to regulate sidewalk seating

From Reason: Lawmakers (or in this case, a particularly well-situated business owner) frequently cite “safety” or “public good” when advocating restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol (or …

The debate over NSA spying is finished. Or is it?

From Advocates for Self Government: With the support of hawks in the Senate Republican Conference, McConnell proposed amendments that would have increased the transition period from three to six months, removed …

Daniel E. Innis and Eli Lehrer join Log Cabin Republicans national board of directors

From Log Cabin Republicans: Washington, D.C. — The Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors has announced two new prominent and historic additions to its growing roster: Daniel E. Innis …

Will McConnell’s amendments gut surveillance reform?

From the Michigan Standard: There are two other amendments that alter and weaken a couple of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court transparency issues that are vital to surveillance reform, …

Ten years since its last hurricane, Florida more vulnerable to catastrophe than ever, experts say

From the Tampa Bay Times: Christian Cámara, director of the free market R Street Institute in Florida, said subsidized flood insurance has exacerbated the coastal population crunch, too. "When you …

Lessons from the Rock

From The Economist: Previous seismic models had drastically underestimated the risks of earthquake damage. The R Street Institute, a think-tank, notes that the insured losses from the Northridge earthquake …

Assurance contracts for indie films

From Marginal Revolution:  Most indie films and documentaries don’t get to most markets. It’s hard for a theatre to know which of the many indie films audiences really want …

Oracle v. Google: Dropping the ball

From RealClearPolicy: You probably already know it's baseball season, but you may have missed some particularly interesting inside baseball going on in the world of copyright law and policy. The …

Biloxi’s crude deal: Oil spill reparations are funding a baseball stadium in Mississippi

From Vice: "For something that is a 'combination event' where there are environmental and economic impacts, you should be looking at projects that have environmental and economic benefits," says …

Oracle v. Google: We’re not screwed yet

From InfoWorld:  I think the Solicitor General's critique reflects the incorrect understanding of a non-programmer. An API is certainly written in code, but it's being used in a different …

There is no ‘conservative’ and no ‘liberal’ in wine politics

From Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog: I was reminded of this upon reading, “Free America’s Beverage Markets” by Kevin Kosar, a senior fellow at the right-leaning R Street Institute. …

Tech groups seek targeted changes, if any, to PTO’s review process

From Politico: Four tech advocacy groups urged lawmakers Friday to avoid fundamental changes to the process for challenging patents at the USPTO — but they suggested a few ways …

Green power lines hogtie poorest Texans

From Watchdog.org: Josiah Neeley, Texas director of the market-oriented R Street Institute, acknowledges that even if SB 931 reins in the government-designated Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, Texans will be …

Congress continues to withhold Congressional Research Service documents from the public

From Techdirt: Like this request, which resulted in the CRS losing an analyst: Why is the US Postal Service "stockpiling ammunition"? That sort of question helped lead CRS analyst Kevin …

It really is hard to fire a fed

From GovManagement Daily: A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board challenges the perception that it's impossible to fire a federal employee. But in 1978 a Democratic Congress and …

House committee bars publication of reports by Congressional Research Service

From AllGov: “Even when we did find time and space to do serious research, lawmakers ignored our work or trashed us if our findings ran contrary to their beliefs,” …

Will self-driving cars need hacker insurance?

From Hopes & Fears: R.J. Lehmann, Policy Expert in Insurance, Co-Founder of R Street Institute It’s obviously a very complicated issue. Before you even get to what do you …

Odd couple asks EPA for carbon tax

From the Washington Examiner: That's what environmental group Friends of the Earth and the free-market R Street Institute advocated for in a Wednesday meeting with EPA officials. Neither organization would …

House renews ban on CRS publication of its reports

From Federation of American Scientists: Why is the US Postal Service “stockpiling ammunition”? That sort of question helped lead CRS analyst Kevin Kosar to leave his job, he explained …

Uber, but for GOP hypocrisy

From the Daily Beast: Andrew Moylan, the executive director of the R Street Institute—a conservative think tank that works extensively on issues involving transportation network companies like Uber and …

California: dry, earthquake zone, fire hazard

From the Washington Examiner: Ian Adams for the R Street Institute: California is a land of calamity. The ground shakes, it runs dry and, with underappreciated frequency, it catches …

Senate drops attempt to override Obama’s ‘double veto’

From USA Today: Kevin R. Kosar, a fellow at the conservative-leaning R Street Institute, said the Senate should make time to protect Congress against encroaching presidential power. The pocket-and-return …

Good news (sort of) out of Texas

From Somewhat Reasonable: As Josiah Neely, senior fellow and Texas director for the R Street Institute, points out in an article on the MasterResource Blog... ...Neely argues, “With Texas wind …

DMCA is turning ownership into ‘loanership’

From RealClearPolicy: During the Great Depression, farm-equipment giant John Deere Co. famously refused to repossess tractors it had sold to American farmers who were having difficulties keeping up with …

Diverse coalition to promote balanced copyright law

From Health & Beauty Close-Up: "The Internet has lowered the barriers for everyone. As technological innovation continues to advance at a rapid pace, copyright law must catch up. Overregulation …

Growing doubts about surveillance shown in House GOP votes

Froom CQ: "There is a significant strain of Republicans in the House that have concerns about bulk collection of data," says Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street …

10 groups launch copyright coalition

From Politico: CDT and R Street are among the 10 consumer and business tech groups standing up a new alliance on copyright policy today, pushing lawmakers to rethink their …

Libertarian groups press McConnell on surveillance reform

From The Hill: “Today’s domestic surveillance programs are just the tip of the iceberg compared to how the NSA could use its current authority to spy on Americans’ communications …

Libertarian groups urge McConnell to change course on surveillance

From Politico: TechFreedom, the R Street Institute and a coalition of other limited-government groups are today asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to drop his clean reauthorization of the …

A ‘believer’ takes over conservative carbon tax effort

From ClimateWire: The first time Catrina Rorke worked on a carbon tax, it got her boss fired. Now, she has another shot. The millennial 30-year-old, with bold-rimmed glasses and a …

Tobacco control is getting it wrong

From CSPNet.com: Anti-tobacco campaigns are getting it wrong, Dr. Brad Rodu, professor of medicine and holder of the endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of …

Copyright could be stumbling block in trade bill

From The Hill: Woodworth's sentiment was echoed by advocacy groups including the Center for Democracy and Technology, R Street and the American Library Association. “Ensuring our Internet platforms are successful …

What’s really in the new Trade Promotion Authority bill?

From Cato at Liberty: On fair use, this statement from R Street on TPA’s IP objectives is informative: 'Although R Street supports TPA legislation in principle, we’re strongly concerned about …

The online sales tax cash grab

From Reason: "Finally, someone in Congress has drafted an approach to the Internet sales tax issue that doesn't empower bureaucrats to tax across state lines and saddle Web-based retailers …

The crackdown on naming post offices

From National Journal: "These bills are, on the one hand, pretty innocuous, but you've also got staff spending time on this. There's a lot of little scut work," says …

Groups push to end NSA spying before June

From Watchdog Wire: The coalition includes a range of organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press Action Fund, DownsizeDC, TechFreedom, Fight for the …

The ‘green’ tea party fights for a more environmentally friendly GOP

From Public Radio International: Summit panelists (from left): Former Texas Republican Senator and head of the Texas Clean Energy Coalition Kip Averitt, former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis, Eli …

This costs less for married couples than it does for single people

From Deseret News: "Marriage really does make people more careful and responsible it isn't at all surprising that this translates into better driving behavior,” Eli Lehrer, president of nonprofit …

Congress revives plan to collect sales tax on Internet purchases

From the Heartland Institute: R Street Executive Director and Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan says MFA would make doing business more complex and expensive for small business owners and workers …

NTU urges Washington legislators to oppose House Bill 2211

From National Taxpayers Union: Before implementing this 60 percent tax, lawmakers should consider the make-up of an e-cigarette. The main ingredients that produce the water vapor—propylene glycol and glycerin—are …

What do conservative policy intellectuals think about climate change?

From the Grist: Eli Lehrer, president and cofounder of the R Street Institute Lehrer previously worked at the Heritage Foundation and the Heartland Institute, then cofounded R Street as a …

PPA cautiously optimistic after RAWA hearing

From Cards Chat News: That viewpoint was represented at the hearings by Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute. Moylan provided a conservative voice on the panel …

Five thoughts: RAWA hearing, Global Poker Masters, Urbanovich and more

From Poker News: Parry Aftab, Executive Director of WiredSafety, and Andrew Moylan, Executive Director of the R Street Institute served as the voices of reason. Aftab actually acknowledged that …

Recap of RAWA House subcommittee hearing and what it means for igaming

From JD Supra: Some balance was introduced by Andrew Moylan, Executive Director of R Street, who strongly argued that RAWA would be dangerous precedent which substitutes the judgment of …

Biased witnesses give testimony at RAWA hearing

From Online Casino Reports: The other two witnesses were more subjective on the issue of RAWA. These were WiredSafety executive director Parry Aftab and R Street Institute executive director …

How age, gender and marital status affect your car insurance

From the Huffington Post: Eli Lehrer, president of the nonprofit research group The R Street Institute, says, "Marriage really does make people more careful and responsible... it isn't at …

RAWA gets a hearing but supporters’ testimonies failed to impress committee members

From OnlineCasino.org: Another testifier, Andrew Moylan, the Executive Director of R Street Institute, a free-market research, and consultancy firm, voiced his opinion that allowing the introduction of RAWA is …

Five best ideas of the day: March 30

From Time: 3. With an eye on the White House, politicians won’t admit it, but the ethanol mandate is terrible policy. By Josiah Neeley in the American Conservative …

Rise in government insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt

From the Washington Post: “In general it’s a move in the right direction,” said Eli Lehrer, president the R Street Institute, a conservative Washington think tank, but doesn’t go …

RAWA hearing falls short on facts – leaves questions on state rights

From NJ Poker Online: The two witnesses that helped to actually put a negative spin on RAWA were Parry Aftab and Andrew Moylan. Aftab is an attorney that specializes …

Proponents of online gambling ban serve ‘demon rum’ at House hearing

From Casino City Times: Andrew Moylan, who runs the pro states' rights R Street Institute, and Aftab came to the hearing prepared with facts and arguments about why regulated …

Online gambling: Rolling the dice on Congress

From Barron's: The bill’s critics talk about the Constitution and benefits of state regulation. Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, cautioned that …

Adelson-backed online gambling bill splits GOP At hearing

From the Huffington Post: As with many congressional hearings, the experts who testified at the RAWA session did little to sway the members who attended. They included three witnesses …

RAWA hearing sound and fury signifying nothing

From PokerFuse: A late addition to the witness list, Andrew Moylan, Executive Director and Senior Fellow at R Street Institute, opposed the bill on the basis that it infringed …

Editorial: RAWA hearing short on facts, long on fear

From PokerNewsDaily: There were two witnesses that stood against RAWA. Andrew Moylan, the Executive Director at R Street (a libertarian and conservative think tank), evoked memories of the government’s …

RAWA subcommittee hearing full of dire warnings of evils of online gambling

From Cards Chat News: Perhaps the most interesting witness was the one that was added to the hearing between the originally scheduled date earlier this month and the actual …

RAWA hearing criticised by PPA, anti-igaming claims get airing

From iGaming Business: However Parry Aftab, executive director cyber safety advice group WiredSafety, recognised that regulation of online gambling would better protect American consumers, families and problem gamblers; while …

Fear-mongering testimony overshadows facts at Internet gambling ban hearing

From PokerNews: There were two reasonable witnesses in WiredSafety executive director Parry Aftab, who recognizes that regulation of online gambling in the U.S. will better protect American consumers, families …

RAWA rhetoric sweeps House subcommittee meeting in federal online gambling debate

From Casino.org: Next up was Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow at R Street Institute, a conservative-libertarian think tank. Moylan was a late addition to the list of witnesses, …

Is Sheldon Adelson’s online gambling ban unconstitutional, or is it constitutionally required?

From Reason: Today a House subcommittee held a hearing on the Restoration of America's Wire Act, which would ban online gambling throughout the country, even in states that choose …

D-Day for RAWA as Poker Players Alliance fights back

From Cards Chat News: Andrew Moylan, executive director of libertarian think tank R Street, will now be joining the hearing and will be arguing for states’ rights. …

Kirk offers bill to lessen impacts on small business

From E&E News: "Congress' mostly hands-off approach to regulation has ceded a huge amount of its lawmaking authority to the executive branch, often with deleterious consequences," R Street senior …

Bill sets expiration date for federal rules

From The Hill: Market research and advocacy groups including the R Street Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Citizens Against Government Waste released an open letter Tuesday that called …

Fifth witness added to RAWA hearing

From Poker News Daily: The new panelist is Andrew Moylan, the Executive Director of the R Street Institute, which is, according to its website, a non-partisan think-tank whose mission …

Why Uber’s deal with big insurance companies matters

From Vox: The deal is supported by State Farm, Farmers, and USAA, as well as the American Insurance Association, according to Ray Lehmann of the R Street Institute. Lehmann …

Poker community strengthens defense during RAWA delay; hearing set for Wednesday

From PokerNews: However, the three week-delay for inclement weather did prove useful for the online poker community. Backlash to the original witness list helped get a fifth witness added …

PPA plans briefings to demonstrate safety of online poker for legislators

From Casino.org: In the newest list, an additional witness was added: Andrew Moylan, the Executive Director of R Street. It is expected that he will voice the states’ rights …

PPA to show RAWA flaws with Capitol Hill demonstrations

From PokerSites.com: Fortunately, the hearing will feature at least one poker-friendly witness. Thanks to pressure from the PPA, Andrew Moylan, the executive director and senior fellow at the R …

Surprise inclusion on the RAWA witness list

From RecentPoker.com: Political observers were this week speculating on the surprise inclusion of R-Street executive director Andrew Moylan on the official witness list for Wednesday’s hearing on the Restoration …

Witness list released for anti-online poker hearing

From Card Player: A list of witnesses was recently released. Scheduled to testify are John Kindt, professor at the University of Illinois’ School of Law, Les Bernal, National Director …

A new witness will highlight inherent hypocrisy of RAWA at upcoming House hearing

From USPoker.com: A new name now appears along with the four we originally learned of: Andrew Moylan, the Executive Director of R Street, who will ostensibly be playing the role …

Who owns the U.S. Post Office?

From Angry Bear: Initially the Act provided for some public support of the Postal Service through appropriations to support the universal service obligation and preferential rates for periodicals and …

Hydrazine speculation can end: It’s not in snus, snuff or chewing tobacco

From Science 2.0: Because anything could be connected to tobacco without question, it has been unchallenged since 1974 but a new study actually decided to find out. Professor Brad …

Sens Lee, Durbin and Booker participate in colloquy on the Smarter Sentencing Act

From Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah: It is supported by advocacy groups across the political spectrum and has been endorsed by conservative leaders such as Grover Norquist and Americans for …

Hydrazine speculation can end: It’s not in snus, snuff or chewing tobacco

From Science 2.0: Because anything could be connected to tobacco without question, it has been unchallenged since 1974 but a new study actually decided to find out. Professor Brad …

Other policy interests today at SXSW

From Politico: House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz will talk about music licensing reform with lobbyists from Pandora, the Digital Music Association and TwinLogic Strategies. DHS Undersecretary for Science and …

Cancer-causing compound not prevalent in smokeless tobacco

From Z News: Scientists at British American Tobacco in collaboration with professor Brad Rodu of the University of Louisville, undertook a comprehensive survey of toxicants in STPs. …

Virginia legalizes ridesharing services

From the Heartlander: R Street Executive Director Andrew Moylan says government regulators are struggling to adapt to new sharing-economy businesses like Lyft and Uber. “Uber and Lyft have been facing aggressive regulators …

RISK: N.C. lawmakers seek public money for megastorms as coastal population surges

From ClimateWire: "It definitely would increase the risk to North Carolina, to taxpayers who are ultimately the guarantors of all of this," said Ray Lehmann, a senior fellow with …

Marketplace Fairness Act foes hopeful House Judiciary develops ‘origin sourcing’ alternative

From Consumer Electronics Daily: Opponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act are hopeful that the House Judiciary Committee will introduce an alternative online sales tax bill would tax online retailers …

Justin Trudeau, Steven Blaney and Godwin’s law of Nazi analogies

From CBC Radio: Mike Godwin, creator of Godwin's Law, joined Day 6 to discuss when it's okay to make a Nazi comparison. Brent Bambury: We just heard two prominent Canadian politicians make …

The Marketplace Fairness Act is back

From Somewhat Reasonable: Each version of the bill has also attracted a wide array of critics, who argued in a letter to Congress that the Act would override important …

Groups urge Judiciary to support Innovation Act

From Politico: Twelve free-market groups will send a letter today to the House Judiciary Committee in support of Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s Innovation Act. The groups, including R Street Institute, …

Property insurance: Lot of hot air, not much in solutions

From the Beaufort Observer: But we took note when we got a press release from the R Street Institute. Here's what they had to say about these new bills... ...Click …

How can federal workers protect secrets, while still staying transparent?

From Fox-UP TV-6: Technology Consultant Derek Khanna says that's just the beginning. "There are similar technologies that can be used for both lawyers and politicians that allow them to send …

Coastal protection plan supported by both parties is going nowhere

From ClimateWire: "My judgment is that this is one of the few pieces of major environmental legislation that would have a very good chance in a Republican Congress," said …

Capitol Hill

From Washington Internet Daily: The bill is "identical" to its 2013 counterpart, with the exception of an amendment that would require states to delay the enactment of MFA for …

Ray Lehmann on “Blurred Lines” case

From Overlawyered.com: While musical copying, and copying lawsuits, are nothing new, Ray Lehmann finds “different” and “potentially problematic” a jury’s $7.4 million verdict “against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, …

Capitol Hill

From Washington Internet Daily : "Attempts to expand copyright law and increase regulatory control stifle the new creative revolution fueled by the Internet and constant advances in consumer electronics," …

IP groups urge copyright, public domain protections

From Politico: Thirty-three advocacy groups with a wide range of perspectives on intellectual property are banding together to lay out a vision of copyright reform for lawmakers. In a …

The libertarian plan for saving the coastline

From National Journal: The program should now be expanded, argues a 2013 paper by Lori Sanders of the R Street Institute, a libertarian-conservative think tank. R Street proposes several …

Public policy groups urge U.S. SC to limit ‘needless’ patent infringement-inducement cases

From Legal Newsline: The R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit public policy research organization that supports free markets and limited government, said in an amicus brief filed last …

Lawmakers try to weed out federal crop insurance

From the New American: Such subsidies, not surprisingly, overwhelmingly benefit Big Agriculture. Lori Sanders, an analyst at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, wrote in the American …

Fighting crop insurance cronyism

From the American Conservative: "I don’t have super high hopes it’ll go anywhere,” says Lori Sanders, outreach director and senior fellow for The R Street Institute. She’s talking about the Harvest Price Subsidy …

Nuclear power is a ‘national asset’, says US think tank

From World Nuclear News: U.S. federal research policy should recognize the nuclear sector as a national asset and treat it equally with other non-greenhouse gas emitting energy sources, R …

Is it unfair to compare ISIS to the Nazis?

From Newsweek: Is it time to repeal Godwin’s Law? The rise of ISIS–a fast-growing, fascistic, expansionist force that’s willing to murder any person who dares defying its strict tenets–gets …

State insurance rule tweaks no threat to CUs

From Credit Union Times: An annual report card on state insurance regulation produced by the Washington-based public policy think tank R Street Institute and published in December ranked the …

New group brings together right and left, gays and straights, to fight marriage gap

From CNBC.com: Notable signatories from these groups include Blankenhorn and Rauch, as well as Joseph Bottum, June Carbone, Christopher DeMuth, Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Rep. Richard L. Hanna …

Don’t ban e-cigarettes on airplanes

From CNN.com: There is simply no evidence that secondhand aerosols exhaled by e-cigarette users endanger non-users. As Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a former co-chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force …

R Street Institute welcomes repeal of Florida’s alcohol/grocery separation law

From Saint Petersblog: It’s not often you see the word “liberalize” coming from a conservative/libertarian advocacy group, but in the debate over Florida’s “Growler bill,” almost anything is possible. “R …

Bill to repeal state alcohol/grocery separation law passes Florida House committee

From St. Petersblog: Christian Camara, Florida Director of the libertarian think tank R Street Institute, said that although it is government’s responsibility to provide public safety, businesses that already …

Texas homeowners might get break on insurance premiums

From the San Antonio Express-News: But homeowners insurance companies are suffering further losses from high numbers of lawsuits for hail claims, according to R Street, a public policy research …

National disaster preparation and response plan gets bipartisan traction

From Business Insurance: Ray Lehmann, a senior fellow at the Washington-based R Street Institute, a free market-oriented public policy group, said “we're hopeful” that the private and public sector …

Florida insurance needs more than a one-hit wonder

From Daytona Beach News-Journal: A new research study from The James Madison Institute and R Street Institute provides a detailed roadmap for practical policy solutions in this arena. The …

Viguerie and 67 policy leaders urge comprehensive tax reform now

From ConservativeHQ: “America's tax code is an expensive, growth-sapping disaster,” said R Street Institute’s Executive Director Andrew Moylan, “As the National Taxpayers Union's research has shown, simply complying with …

Senators introduce bill to cut crop insurance

From AgWeek: The Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act is also supported by a coalition of left- and right-wing groups, including Heritage Action, the R Street Institute, the American Enterprise …

Congressman reboots proposed ban on Internet access taxes

From Heartlander: R Street Executive Director and Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan agrees with Radia’s conclusions, calling the bill’s introduction “an important development.” “Getting rid of the grandfathering for the seven …

Black introduces legislation to promote energy security, expand states’ rights

From Rep. Diane Black: The Federal Land Freedom Act would not extend to federal Indian land, the National Park System, the National Wildlife Refuge System, or a congressionally designated …

Flake, Duncan, Shaheen move to eliminate subsidies to farm bill’s taxpayer-funded profit-guarantee program

From Sen. Jeff Flake: The Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act is also supported by Heritage Action, the R Street Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union, …

Tallying up the high costs of extreme weather

From On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Epic snows in my backyard lately, in Boston.  Six feet-plus in a month, and it’s still coming.  The most ever recorded coming down …

Capitol Hill

From Washington Internet Daily: The bill is the same as HR-5586, which Farenthold introduced last year, a spokesman said. Farenthold "understands we expect the devices we buy to belong …

Bill addressing insurance company dust-up advancing

From Utah Political Capitol: Ian Adams, western region director at the R Street Institute, believes that the state is putting itself at an economic disadvantage by changing its interpretation …

Inhofe introduces the Federal Lands Freedom Act (FLFA) of 2015

From Sen. James Inhofe: The legislation has the support of Heritage Action, Western Energy Alliance, the R Street Institute, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). …

Conservative groups seek to kill harvest-price insurance subsidies

From Agri-Pulse: Representatives of Heritage Action and the American Enterprise Institute will appear at a news conference Thursday with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., to …

IWF joins coalition urging Congress to draft and pass comprehensive tax reform bill now

From Independent Women's Forum: Additional groups that signed the coalition letter include R Street Institute, 60 Plus Association, Americans for Tax Reform, Hoover Institute, American Commitment, and many other …

Think Tanks: Justice Dept. works to ‘see through walls’

From the Washington Examiner: Kevin Boyd for the R Street Institute: In a growing trend begun a few years ago without much public disclosure or debate, at least 50 …

San Antonio regulations driving Uber out of town

From Breitbart: Josiah Neeley, the Texas State Director for the R Street Institute, concurred with Uber’s assessment of the heavy impact of the ordinance. “When you look at the …

Heading a national ridesharing outline a political gain for Jones?

From Insurance Journal: Ian Adams, Western Region Director at R Street Institute, believes Jones is using his role on the commission as a podium to campaign for his next …

War on hail declared in Texas as insurers take cover from storms

From Bloomberg News: In the Austin statehouse, the insurance industry wants to make it harder for trial lawyers to profit from catastrophic weather. In January, R Street Institute, a …

Protecting Communications Act Section 230 key for Google supporters against Mississippi AG

From Consumer Electronics Daily: Supporters of Google's case against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood want to ensure the viability of Communications Act Section 230, they said in interviews and …

Industry groups join Google’s attack against Hood’s inquiry

From the Associated Press: "Simply put, requiring online service providers either to respond to subpoenas directed primarily at third-party conduct — or to engage in protracted and expensive litigation …

Battle over Google subpoena threatens critical online free speech protections

From Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Center for Democracy and Technology, the Open Technology Institute, Public Knowledge, and R Street Institute joined EFF in the brief. …

Florida report outlines lasting property insurance market reform recommendations

From the James Madison Institute: TALLAHASSEE – A hurricane has not made landfall in Florida for nine years; however, a new report from The James Madison Institute (JMI) warns …

Gov. Jay Inslee’s new tax hikes are the wrong direction for Washington state

From the NW Daily Marker: A second problematic component of Inslee’s tax plan is his proposal to jack up taxes on e-cigarettes. This, too, is ironic. Part of the logic …

Green groups eyeing Republicans for climate support

From the Washington Examiner: "It puts a number of people on record and really gives the party a pretty safe way to take a position," Eli Lehrer, president of …

Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing industry, saving water, guiding better policy

From Breaking Energy: This week, Environmental Defense Fund and R Street Institute, with support from Google, hosted a breakfast roundtable at the Texas Capitol to highlight one of those …

Ex-Wikimedia counsel takes libertarian think tank GC job

From Corporate Counsel: Mike Godwin, a former top lawyer for Wikipedia operator Wikimedia Foundation Inc., will serve as the first general counsel and innovation policy director for the libertarian …

Keystone XL Pipeline may force Republicans to embrace climate change

From Scientific American: Others say that Democrats could be making inroads with moderate Republicans who might be willing to support climate action, rather than offering "point-scoring" amendments. Andrew Moylan, executive …

Scooplet: Mike Godwin to R Street

From Politico: SCOOPLET: MIKE GODWIN TO R STREET — Mike Godwin, the tech policy expert behind the Internet meme Godwin's Law, will be director of innovation policy and general …

Otter again calls for trimming income tax over time

From Idaho Business Review: A survey by the R Street Institute last year found that 52 percent of Idahoans opposed the Marketplace Fairness Act. National polls from the International …

The 11 worst states for insurance regulation: Report

From Insurance Business America: California and North Carolina are the worst states in the nation for free market-promoting insurance regulation. That’s the finding from the 2014 Insurance Regulation Report …

Senate renews terrorism insurance program

From USA Today: However, critics of the federal program say it does not go far enough in shifting the risk from taxpayers to the private sector. Losses should have to …

How states rate on insurance regulation, ‘A’ to ‘F’

From Insurance Journal: Vermont gets a grade of “A+” and California and North Carolina get grades of “F” in the annual report card on state insurance regulation issued by …

Coalition aims to depopulate state funded insurer

From First Coast News: "We feel that more needs to be done because the day that the wind does blow and a hurricane does hit Florida, Florida could potentially …

No panic over loss of terrorism insurance

From the Washington Examiner: R.J. Lehmann for the R Street Institute: The news that Congress would adjourn without extending the $100 billion federal backstop offered by the Terrorism Risk …

House passes 6-year TRIA reauthorization

From SNL Financial: Insurers so far have responded by rolling out new or modified products aimed at covering terror risks, prompting arguments from TRIA skeptics that the market can …

As Amazon grows, so does the number of states collecting taxes on online sales

From Business Finance: Conversely, a survey by the R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union (again, not unbiased groups), also conducted in July, found 57 percent of likely …

‘Ridescore’ study gives city C+ in friendliness to firms like Uber

From DNAinfo Chicago: Public policy institute R Street gave the city a C+ in a recent report, dubbed Ridescore, that graded cities on how friendly they are to transportation …

Why a second Progressive Era is emerging- and how not to blow it

From Washington Monthly: The first is that progressivism between 1890 and 1921 was bipartisan. Each party had its progressive wing, and each competed with the other in articulating a …

Cleaner air, but who gets credit?

From the Texas Tribune: Even the unsuccessful lawsuits weren’t a total loss, because they asserted Texas’ independence and at times forced the EPA to revise its rules, said Josiah …

U.S.-China nuclear accord to be sent to Congress in early 2015

From Platts Nuclear Fuel: George Banks, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, a self-described free-market think tank, called China’s ENR activities "a non-starter issue" in the US …

Groups demand Congress really oversee intelligence agencies

From the Daily Caller: Nathan Leamer from the R Street Institute, a group that signed the letter, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that intelligence information gets bottled up …

RISK: U.S. could raise up to $25B by eliminating flood insurance subsidies — GAO

From ClimateWire: Another way to look at foregone premiums might be to consider it as spending in annual federal budgets, said R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow and co-founder of …

San Antonio votes to crush ride-sharing companies like Uber

From Breitbart: San Antonio already had the most restrictive regulations for TNCs, according to a study by the free market think tank R Street Institute, as Breitbart Texas reported …

Senator to EPA: Help states tax carbon

From National Journal: Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wants EPA, as it crafts a major rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants, to explore how it could help states …

Underwater

From Earth Island Journal: To this day, there is debate within the SmarterSafer coalition regarding whether the backlash against Biggert-Waters was a grassroots uprising or the result of a …

Can a state fill a budget gap with a price on carbon? Wash. may soon know

From E&E News: "As much as I wish the EPA rule would be done away with ... this is really the best way for states to deal with it," …

The complicated politics of Uber

From MSNBC “I don’t think there are any clear partisan lines yet,” said Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank …

Hill funding compromise leaves FCC short on desired cash

From Washington Internet Daily: The funding bill's Internet Tax Freedom Act extension through Oct. 1 is clear indication that a "battle" is coming over the Marketplace Fairness Act (HR-684) …

Why regulating Uber and Lyft is such a big deal

From the Rivard Report: Members of Council have heard a lot about a “level playing field” with legacy cab regulations. But rather than regulate up to the monopoly cab …

San Antonio regulations could run Uber out of town

From Breitbart: The R Street Institute, a free market think tank, recently published a study on how America's fifty largest cities are approaching the challenge of regulating TNCs. As Breitbart Texas …

San Antonio passes anti-Uber regulations

From the Daily Caller: Josiah Neeley, senior fellow and Texas director for the R Street Institute, said that these regulations are supported by established taxi companies to prevent competition. …

Uber sued by San Francisco, Los Angeles for misleading riders

From the San Jose Mercury-News: The DA's actions are the latest in a long line of controversies and kerfuffles swirling around the ride-sharing world, particularly in the intense rivalry …

EPA’s uncertain FIP power drives competing lobbying on state ESPS plans

From InsideEPA: Also, the free-market R Street Institute says in a Nov. 24 paper that the ESPS will fail due to state resistance. Concerns about EPA's overreach "have resulted in …

House bill would let states choose tax to comply with power plant rule

From Energy & Environment News: The idea of allowing states to use a levy has gained some traction among a small group of economists and policy experts, including Washington, …

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 …

Correction, please!

From the New American: In attempting to back up that assertion, he had to go to the wrong side of the facts. Though it doesn't fit with the White …

How to talk about climate change at Thanksgiving: Recipes for good conversations

From The Equation: If someone’s objections are rooted in conservative politics, it’s worth learning about Bob Inglis and the R Street Institute. They have sensible ideas for addressing climate change based …

Ride-sharing revolution receives lukewarm welcome in Ohio

From Watchdog Wire: Though no Ohio cities have issued “cease and desists” to newcomers Uber and Lyft, they recently scored unimpressively on R Street Institute’s Ridescore Report Card. R Street …

Texas cities get mediocre grades for ride-sharing regulations

From Breitbart: In recent years, ride-sharing companies have exploded in popularity, rapidly spreading across the country. Pairing smartphone applications powered by GPS technology and independent drivers driving their own …

Where is U.S. energy policy heading over the next two years?

From the Wall Street Journal: To get a sense of where energy and environmental policy might be headed in the next Congress, The Wall Street Journal reached out to …

The Great American Smokeout: Easier said than done for long-time smokers

From KNAU: E-Cigarettes are battery powered devices that look a lot like the real thing. But instead of delivering nicotine to the body through tobacco combustion - the most …

Rep. Gosar speaks out against online sales tax legislation

From Rep. Paul Gosar: Other speakers at the press conference included representatives from the Free Congress Foundation, WE R HERE Coalition, National Taxpayers Union, Heritage Action for America, Americans …

Greater foreign ownership of US nukes possible as NRC reconsiders its rules

From SNL Financial: But in the long run, foreign dollars could play a greater role in supplying much-needed capital to prevent the U.S. reactor fleet from waning as plants …

Why one Democrat is so over Obama’s climate regulations

From National Journal : In the conservative Weekly Standard last week, R Street Institute President Eli Lehrer reiterated his support for the carbon fee as "better than regulation," and said …

Republican Senate a boon to carbon bill — Whitehouse

From E&E News: Meanwhile, Lori Sanders of the conservative R Street Institute said the liberal Whitehouse "is just probably the wrong messenger" to engage Republicans on a revenue-neutral carbon …

Online sales tax measure may snag in House

From Roll Call: Tax policy analyst Andrew Moylan, who spoke with the members of House Judiciary about the online sales tax issue in March, said one of the alternatives …

Las Vegas rated worst city in U.S. for transportation friendliness

From Watchdog Wire: The free-market R Street Institute performed the study (Ridescore 2014; Hired Driver Rules in U.S. Cities) as new innovations in ride-sharing services around the world are …

10 things Washington, DC is better at than the rest of the U.S.

From In the Capital: Apparently D.C. isn't just a great city for ridesharing when it comes to boats. The R Street Institute recently ranked the District's regulatory environment above …

Ending the Uber wars

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia isn't alone in grappling with this issue, which has confronted cities across and beyond the country. But it is among the most hostile to …

Regulating the new economy

From Moody's: The R-Street Institute recently completed a study of how the nation’s 50 biggest cities are regulating ride-sharing services. Policies vary significantly, but the study found that most …

Coming up this week: Airbags, California’s electric vehicle future, freight wish list

From Roll Call: The R Street Institute, a Washington think tank whose mission is to “promote free markets and limited, effective government,” hosts a panel on how cities, including …

Another data point on Uber and Republicans

From Off the Kuff: See here and here for previous musings on the subject of Uber and partisanship, and see here for the report. Note how California cities scored …

Study praises District’s taxi, Uber regulations

From CQ Roll Call: Washington, D.C., has the country's best regulatory environment for taxis and rideshare services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, according to a report by the …

Which city has the freest transportation market? This map ranks the best and worst

From the Daily Signal: A new interactive scorecard, created by the R Street Institute, grades 50 cities on their regulatory openness toward car services. The report seeks to identify whether cities …

How Uber-friendly is your city?

From United Liberty: The R Street Institute, a think tank that seeke to “engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government” launched Ridescore, an …

​Sacramento gets B grade in for-hire transportation ranking

From Sacramento Business Journal: Sacramento prevailed over San Francisco and San Diego in a ranking of transportation friendliness for smartphone-app ridesharing plus taxis and limousines. Remarkably, the city of …

Taxi!

From Curbed DC: Regardless of which side you take on the taxicabs versus Uber brawl, you can rest assured that you're in the best city in the nation for …

Obama faces obstacles to emissions deal with China

From the Wall Street Journal: “The GOP Senate can’t do it by themselves, but if they throw the gauntlet down and make enough noise about it and help educate …

Free market advocates say D.C. is the Uber-friendliest city in the nation

From the Washington Post: So here is a scorecard, courtesy of the free-market think tank R Street, which has graded the 50 largest cities in the country on how …

D.C. most Uber friendly city in America

From DCist: D.C. is the most Uber friendly big city in America, according to a think tank that "promotes free markets and limited, effective government." R Street ranked the 50 …

D.C. ranked as best U.S. city for taxicabs and Uber

From WAMU: That's the conclusion of a new report from the R Street Institute, in which the Libertarian group graded 50 U.S. cities on their regulations governing taxicabs, limos, …

With ‘net neutrality,’ Obama stumbles by trusting bureaucrats and regulators over markets

From AEIdeas: Keep in mind that the Obama plan would give the FCC, according to R Street’s Steven Titich, “the widest range of alternatives for economic and technological regulation of …

Uber and taxi regulations are often pro-business, and that’s the problem

From the Washington Examiner This is the scorecard of major U.S. cities, and their regulatory frameworks regarding taxi cabs and ridesharing programs. R Street, the free-market-favoring nonprofit in D.C., …

Of course the Republicans are not unthinkingly pro-competition, as Uber shows

From Forbes: Josh Barro then goes on to point out that while the national Republican party might be saying such fine words when we get down to the people …

Uber and Lyft battle it out on roads, in court

From the San Jose Mercury-News: "What we're seeing are the whirlwind forces of creative destruction," says Andrew Moylan, executive director of the The R Street Institute, a free-market think …

Republicans are only sometimes the party of Uber

From the New York Times; Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute think tank, has examined ride-sharing regulations around the country and doesn’t see a clear …

Heartland Institute experts react to the 2014 midterm elections

From the Heartland Institute: “The shift in Senate leadership could lead to significant progress in technology policy. For one, we could at last see movement on patent reform, an …

The new tobacco war

From The Bulletin: “We now have established a pretty good body of literature showing that e-cigarettes do not attract non-smokers. They simply don’t. Virtually every e-cigarette user is a …

Tea partiers: Don’t compare us to Gamergate

From Slate: And Mytheos Holt, an associate policy analyst at the R Street Institute and video game reviewer for Gamesided who described himself as “a sympathetic bystander” to Gamergate, …

Three things conservatives wrote this week that everyone should read

From ThinkProgress: Eli Lehrer argued in The Weekly Standard this week that a carbon tax could ostensibly break this gridlock. Because it reduces carbon emissions in a particularly efficient …

It’s time for Georgia lawmakers to end the auto dealership monopoly

From Peach Pundit: Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute and Peter Van Doren of the Cato Institute spoke at length about the regulatory issues Tesla and other …

This tax proposal could be the largest obstacle to growing small businesses online

From American Legislator: Because of these numerous problems with the Marketplace Fairness Act it is no surprise that most Americans do not like the idea. A multi-state poll conducted …

Free-market think tank ramps up Texas efforts

From Breitbart: The R Street Institute, a non-profit, free market think tank with offices in Washington, D.C., Florida, California, Ohio, and Texas, is ramping up its efforts in the …

State lawmakers, doctors debate e-cigarette merits and vices

From KOB-4: "We have a substantial understanding of how and why e-cigarettes can help smokers switch to a far lower-risk product," said Dr. Joel Nitzkin, who testifies around the …

Washington-area appointments and promotions for Oct. 13

From the Washington Post: The R Street Institute of the District appointed Kevin Kosar senior fellow and governance project director. …

Conservatives ask: What would Milton Friedman do about warming?

From E&E News: A handful of center-right think tanks have also joined the fray, including the R Street Institute. In an op-ed in The Oregonian over the weekend, the group's …

One Republican’s carbon-tax campaign faces an uphill battle

From the Seattle Times: "The people on the political left have worked very hard to associate this with an agenda of the things they want to do, and that …

Insurers worry about House GOP delaying extension of terrorism program

From the Washington Examiner: It "is entirely possible ... that the House will demand a six-month extension so that a Republican Senate next year is a better negotiation partner …

Here’s how NYC’s new on-demand shipping app could actually survive

From CityLab: Special thanks to Kevin Kosar, senior fellow at the R Street Institute, for his insight into the Postal Service. …

Survey: Louisiana voters opposed to change in Internet sales tax

From The Advocate: The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted June 4-5 on behalf of the National Taxpayers Union, which lobbies for lower taxes, and the R Street …

How Google Fiber is spurring more internet competition

From AEI Ideas: As R.J. Lehmann of the R Street Institute points out, “it’s useful to remember that Eugenio Barsanti and Felixce Matteucci invented the free-piston, four-cycle internal combustion …

Creating a national dialogue about sustainable greenhouse gas reduction

From Policy Interns: As Doug Holtz-Eakin, the President of American Action Forum, stated earlier this month during a panel discussion co-hosted by R Street and the American Action …

Conservatives cultivate taste for a green tea party

From Texas Observer: Among the panelists: former Texas Republican state Sen. Kip Averitt, now head of the Texas Clean Energy Coalition; Debbie Dooley, founder of the Green Tea Coalition …

Tax-free internet purchases could be coming to an end in Florida

From ABC Action News: "A majority of those surveyed here in Florida are against an internet sales tax," said Christian Camara of the Washington D.C. based think tank R …

D.C. cabs companies blame ride-sharing for loss of revenue

From HotAir: Eli Lehrer and Andrew Moylan have more in a policy paper for National Affairs. It’s called “Embracing the Peer Production Economy” and calls such shifts a “godsend …

Study shows Florida voters rejecting federal internet sales tax push

From SaintPetersblog: A study released Monday by the National Taxpayers Union and the R-Street Institute shows that Florida voters polled oppose a federal bill that would force online retailers …

Benton woman dropped from insurance because of old, vacant home

From ArkansasMatters: According to  Lars Powell, UALR Professor of Insurance, this isn't common, but it can happen depending on the insurance company's policy. Powell said living next to an abandoned …

Alabama slightly above national average for annual car insurance premiums

From the Birmingham Business Journal: “There is definitely correlation between population density -- and thus traffic density -- and insurance rates," said Eli Lehrer, president of the nonprofit research …

Auto insurance is cheaper in St. Louis

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "There is definitely correlation between population density -- and thus traffic density -- and insurance rates," said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, …

What’s new with TRIA? Nothing at all

From PropertyCasualty360: R.J. Lehmann, editor-in-chief and a senior fellow of the R Street Institute, a conservative Washington think-tank, said House Republicans appear to have been unable to secure enough …

Lehmann: It’s time to both renew and reform terrorism risk insurance

From PropertyCasualty360: R.J. Lehmann, the editor-in-chief and a senior fellow with th R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, DC, writes in Thursday's edition of The Hill, …

Metro Denver has sixth-least expensive car insurance in the nation

From the Denver Post: Eli Lehrer, president of the nonprofit research group The R Street Institute, said there is a correlation between insurance rates and population density — and …

Survey: Ky. against Internet tax

From the Bowling Green Daily News: States rely on taxpayers to report their online purchases and remit the taxes that are due, but few do. Online retailers that have …

Congress could delay passage of TRIA renewal bill past November elections

From Business Insurance: R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at the free market-oriented R Street Institute in Washington, which wants more terrorism risk shifted to the private market, said that a …

Three things conservatives wrote this week that everyone should read

From ThinkProgress.org: One theme that has been rising to the surface more and more in conservative arguments is the potential threat state occupational licensing and regulations pose to innovation …

Virginia lawmaker takes on patent trolls

From the Daily Caller: Zach Graves, policy analyst at the R Street Institute, is more concerned about the need for promising developments on the state level to be followed …

Odds of municipal pension reform grow slimmer

From Sun-Sentinel: The eight-member coalition includes business interest groups – the Florida Chamber Foundation, Associated Industries of Florida and the National Foundation of Independent Business – as well as …

Florida opens, closes surplus lines opportunities

From Insurance Journal: Don Brown, a senior fellow at the free-market think tank R Street Institute, said that the new legislation has provisions that could lead to more involvement …

Why global efforts to combat cybercrime are so difficult

From Tech Page One: “A district attorney would rather spend time prosecuting local crime and criminals so he has something to show for it than spending a lot of …

Is American entrepreneurship declining or simply changing?

From Reason: Whatever you call it, an under-appreciated aspect of this economy is how it puts self-employment, of sorts, in many more people's reach. Sure, companies like Uber, Lyft, …

Republicans’ lukewarm climate warrior

From Bloomberg View: Across the street from the Washington Convention Center, through a narrow door tucked between a bar and what used to be a furniture rental store, up …

Wikipedia, cybersecurity and Aspen Forum this week

From Roll Call: On Thursday, the R Street Institute hosts a panel event Thursday on startups and regulation.   …

Climate change and the intellectual decline of the right

From Inside Story: The billboard fiasco led to the departure from Heartland of Eli Lehrer’s insurance policy group, one of the few areas in which Heartland research had any …

Poll finds bipartisan opposition in Tennessee to online sales taxes

From Nashville Business Journal: Those are the findings from the survey conducted by National Taxpayers Union, a conservative tax advocacy organization, and R Street Institute, a nonprofit, free-market think …

Poll finds Georgians against online sales tax bill

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle: The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, worked with the National Taxpayers Union on the poll. Christian Camara, the institute’s state affairs director, said …

Nathan Deal: Talk of gas tax hike is ‘premature’

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A statewide poll by the National Taxpayers Union and the conservative R Street Institute found that 57 percent of likely Georgia voters are opposed to …

Groups form coalition, want local pension reform revisited in 2015

From WFSU: According to the coalition—which includes the Florida League of Cities and Associated Industries of Florida—the Florida Legislature in the late 1990s imposed mandates on local governments that …

Virginia reaches deal with Uber and Lyft

From Matthew Feeney at the Cato Institute's blog: It is welcome news that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring have worked out an agreement with Uber and …

Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s impact on the economy, Internet freedom & cybersecurity

From the Open Technology Institute: R Street Institute's January 2014 policy study concluded that in the next few years, new products and services that rely on cloud computing will …

Today in Liberty: Treasury Department halts Ex-Im deals with Russia, federal court grants D.C. a stay on gun rights ruling

From UnitedLiberty: “Peer production” could be huge for the economy if left alone by bureaucrats: A new study from the R Street Institute explains that the emerging “peer production” …

Detroit: A city in transition

From Watchdog Wire: Starting a business in Detroit is still difficult – Real estate costs may be low but apparently the red tape is still very thick. I attended a …

Anti-tax groups take online sales tax campaign to Idaho

From the Times-News: The National Taxpayers Union and R Street say their poll of 400 Idahoans showed from 52 to 68 percent opposed to the “Marketplace Fairness Act,” depending …

Poll: Idahoans don’t want taxes collected from online shopping

From Idaho Business Review: Most Idaho voters, whatever their political stripes, don't want a sales tax on online purchases. That's the finding of a new poll commissioned by free …

Taxpayers Union releases poll on online taxes, Idaho retailers, lawmaker dispute results

From the Spokesman-Review: That’s the legislation the National Taxpayers Union opposes. In announcing its poll today, which the group said was conducted June 3-4, included 400 likely Idaho voters …

Survey: Coloradans oppose efforts to tax sales by out-of-state Internet retailers

From Denver Business Journal: The survey, conducted by the National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute, asks specifically about the Marketplace Fairness Act that passed the U.S. Senate …

Building again in Natomas is too risky

From the Sacramento Bee: This is misguided enthusiasm, said Ian Adams, a policy analyst specializing in insurance markets for R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank. "Overhauling the levees …

Think tank survey shows significant opposition to federal Internet tax

From 90.5 WCBE: The D.C.-based think tank R Street says more than 56% of Ohioans polled are against out-of-state taxation on e-commerce.     Executive Director Andrew Moylan says the federal …

Survey says most Ohioans oppose a federal Internet sales tax

From 89.7 WKSU: The D.C.-based think tank R Street says more than 56 percent of Ohioans polled are against out-of-state taxation on e-commerce. Executive Director Andrew Moylan says the federal …

Jerry Brown provides a powerful argument for California separation

From RealClearPolicy: Gov. Jerry Brown's spokesman has raised questions about the feasibility of the Six States proposal, arguing that "the proposal has serious practical challenges." But does this position …

Slenderman and the ‘mythos’ of modernism

From the American Conservative: Vice chalks the violence up to poorly-managed hormones and small-town boredom. And Mytheos Holt at R Street asks whether their violence could have been prevented by addressing mental …

Three things conservatives wrote this week that everyone should read

From ThinkProgress: So the conservative think tank R Street and author Ian Adams came to the plan’s defense this week, pointing to California’s socioeconomic diversity and some conceptual arguments …

Anti-tax groups say Iowans oppose online tax collectors

From the Des Moines Register: The National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute this week released a poll of 400 likely Iowa voters who were surveyed in May. …

Conservative group releases poll on online sales tax collections in Ohio

From the Aurora Advocate: The R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union say the results should prompt Ohio’s congressional delegation to think twice before backing federal legislation on …

New poll says Internet sales tax unpopular idea in Ohio

From 1370 WSPD: "Ohioans of all political stripes, majorities, count themselves in opposition to this," said Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, a Washington D.C. think …

2/3 of Iowans oppose Internet sales tax, poll shows

From the Iowa Republican: National Taxpayers Union visited Iowa Wednesday to reveal the results of a poll that shows Iowans overwhelmingly oppose a sales tax on internet purchases. …

Survey finds 67 percent of Iowans oppose paying sales tax on internet purchases

From RadioIowa: The National Taxpayers Union and a D.C.-based think-tank are touting a new survey which finds a majority of Iowans are opposed to paying sales taxes on internet …

Internet sales tax opposed by voters in 6 states, poll finds

From Law360: Polling released Friday by free-market think tank R Street Institute and conservative lobbying group National Taxpayers Union indicates that a majority of residents in six states including …

Virginia residents, businesses split over Internet sales tax

From WVTF Public Radio: Both sides of the issue want to sway Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, to their side. The R Street Institute’s …

Democrat finds GOP help in addressing extreme weather

From ClimateWire: Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank that specializes in insurance issues, applauded Cartwright for finding common ground between Democrats and Republicans …

R Street/NTU poll: Majority oppose Internet sales tax

From PoliticsPA: A new poll conducted by the conservative R Street Institute and the anti-tax National Taxpayers Union has found that Pennsylvanians oppose the regulations proposed in the Marketplace …

The gap in conservative climate policy

From Bloomberg View: There's a lot to like about Eli Lehrer's argument for National Review that conservatives should stop downplaying global warming and instead try to take advantage of …

The European right to be forgotten might be a Pandora’s box

From Intellectual Property Watch: "While the Canadian case [deals] with the sale of counterfeit products, rather than privacy, it embraces on the same logic to make its sweeping censorship …

Public voices opposition to Internet sales taxes

From Somewhat Reasonable: This week, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the R Street Institute launched a 20-state tour to announce new poll results that demonstrate the publics near …

News from the front desk: Issue No 198

From The Fifth Estate: The thinking echoed what the conservative think tank the R Street Institute said last year after it broke away from the Heartland Institute that has …

Got Obamacare tax questions? You might be out of luck — FATCA’s here — Koskinen gets the Times treatment

From Politico: NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS NOT FANS OF MFA. WRAL reports, “Most North Carolina voters oppose a federal bill that would allow online retailers to collect out-of-state sales tax, …

Poll: Few like sales tax on online purchases

From WRAL-5: Most North Carolina voters oppose a federal bill that would allow online retailers to collect out-of-state sales tax, according to a poll released Tuesday by the National …

Poll: South Carolinians reject Internet taxes

From FitsNews: The data – released this week by the National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute – underscores the extent to which the state wants the federal government …

New poll shows N.C. residents oppose federal bill targeting sales tax for online purchases

From the Locker Room: Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, joined R Street executive director Andrew Moylan and NTU executive vice president Pete Sepp today in presenting the poll results …

About that creepy biometric database, FBI, we’d like to know a bit more

From Reason: Yesterday, 32 organizations from across the political spectrum, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and R Street Institute, asked Attorney General …

The risks of allowing Internet censorship

From NCPA: The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ordered Google to remove information from the internet, reports Zach Graves for R Street. The Canadian case involves the sale of …

Big Ideas: On superheroes, inequality and Hollywood

From the Washington Examiner: Mytheos Holt for the R Street Institute: In what is likely the most bizarre story you will read all week, Seattle resident, trained fighter and …

Should taxpayers insure office buildings and sports stadiums against terrorist attacks?

From the Washington Examiner: As both Lawler and insurance expert Ray Lehmann of the R Street Institute point out, this is yet another fight pitting big business (the insurers …

Terrorism insurance pits NFL and NHL against tea party

From the Washington Examiner: R.J. Lehmann, an insurance analyst and co-founder of the free-market R Street Institute, favors a slimmed-down TRIA program, rather than complete termination, acknowledging that “terrorism …

Why liberals should stop predicting the death of conservatism

From the Huffington Post: This became evident at a recent panel held at Columbia University by The Current, a journal of culture, politics and Jewish affairs. The event featured …

Embracing safer tobacco products

From Convenience Store Decisions: "I’m a scientist, and I’ve tried to take a very scientific approach to this," Dr. Brad Rodu, professor of medicine and the endowed chairman of …

Delays on climate action could hurt the economy

From ClimateWire: Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, another panelist at the Brookings announcement, said Republicans will probably spend a year attacking President Obama and the new …

Will carbon rule prod gridlocked Congress to act on climate change?

From ClimateWire: "Congress could have legislated this problem away many times ... but obviously that hasn't happened," said Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, a conservative …

Taxes on Internet access likely unless Congress acts

From NewsMax: Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute, an independent think tank, said that contrary to supporters' assertions, the MFA does not "level the playing field." Moylan said …

History in the making: Seattle is raising its minimum wage to $15

From Slate: But, as Reihan Salam has written, the effects may also be more subtly damaging. As wages rise, businesses could simply seek to hire better educated and skilled …

Big Ideas: Erasing the past, foreign policy and tax cuts

From the Washington Examiner: Steven Titch for R Street: The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Internet search engines must give serious consideration to users who request they …

Here’s why an Obama plan to regulate carbon could work

From Wired: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a corporate advocacy group, has charged that regulations would cost $51 billion and 224,000 jobs. The National Mining Association ran advertisements predicting …

Meet the men fighting to keep minor drug criminals in jail

From BuzzFeed: "The American system is built to be deliberative," said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a libertarian-skewing think tank that supports a reexamination of the …

Patent trolls rejoice! Reform bill likely dead as sponsoring Sen. Patrick Leahy takes it off agenda

From Reason: "Very disappointing that patent reform efforts came to a halt with @SenatorLeahy's decision today," the R Street Institute, a D.C.-based think tank that has been following patent …

How Google money is helping turn the political right against strong copyrights

From Vox: But two new publications suggest that that dynamic is changing, with conservative and libertarian thinkers increasingly skeptical about strong copyrights. The R Street Institute has published a new …

Should artists be different from inventors when it comes to intellectual property?

From PetaPixel: Back in 2012, the Republican Study Committee caused widespread debate over intellectual property law after publishing and then pulling a paper on copyright reform. Derek Khanna, the …

The business/markets case for limits to copyright

From Boing Boing: You'll remember Derek Khanna as the Republican House staffer who got fired for writing a paper that used careful objective research to argue for scaling back …

5 years later, Aflac’s Midlands presence has ballooned

From The State: "Moving the product into the workplace … gives them a new niche," said Ernie Csiszar, an insurance professor at the University of South Carolina's Moore School …

How red (state) Is Marx?

From the American Conservative: It’s highly doubtful that an 80 percent global tax on the richest people, as proposed by Picketty, would much help these people. But efforts to …

4 ways to stop the U.S. from becoming a Piketty-style oligarchy

From the Washington Post: The other way to add people, of course, is to try to make life easier for parents, so they can work more and have more …

New paper says it’s time to reasonably decrease copyright term and rethink putting copyright in treaties

From TechDirt: Since then, Khanna has been working on a number of policy and advocacy campaigns and, working as an R Street Associate Fellow, he's put together a fantastic …

How the US Post Office killed innovative digital mail because it disrupted junk mailers

From TechDirt: Derek Khanna has yet another story of how politicians and incumbents have killed off an innovative service. Though, amazingly, unlike in other cases where the killing is …

The conservative case against today’s copyright law

From the Washington Post: Despite these features, only a handful of conservatives seem ready to rethink intellectual property law.  One young conservative in that camp is Derek Khanna, whose …

D.C. wants to lock up street vendors for code violations

From Reason: With the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the nation, Washington, D.C., seems like a place that needs more reasons to lock people up, right? Well, District Council members here seem to …

On the historically racist motivations behind minimum wage

From Forbes: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently reported that artificially inflating wages to this extent would cut about half a million jobs in the short run (though CBO …

Competition for cheaper flood insurance heating up in Florida

From the Bradenton Herald: Also, Lloyd's is more like a stock exchange than an actual private insurer, said R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, …

Where neoconservatism went wrong

From The Week: Lost in all the recriminations surrounding Reihan Salam's recent blockbuster column about why he still considers himself a neocon is any sense of the distinctive strengths …

Poor little rich man

From the Wall Street Journal: Krugman himself, in an email to Chase Robinson, interim president of the Graduate Center, acknowledges that the offer is "remarkably generous." But not everybody …

Kochs’ flood insurance opposition becomes campaign issue

From Bloomberg: The R Street Institute, a Washington-based group that supports limited government, also opposed the bill. Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow, said the new law “re-breaks the flood …

Improve business tax climate

From the Asbury Park Press: Not only that, but recent research from the R Street Institute’s Joel Nitzkin found that e-cigarettes can actually reduce the risk of tobacco-related death …

The sharing economy’s undead capital, and its discontents

From the American Conservative: Last week, R Street’s Daniel Rothschild described these services as bringing to life massive stores of previously “dead capital,” allowing a tremendous democratization of commercial …

Legislators to consider state-wide public smoking ban, includes e-cig

From NBC News: Dr. Joel Nitzkin is inclined to agree. As the past co-chair for the Tobacco Control Task Force, Dr. Nitzkin brought his own findings before the California …

Expert FAQ: How will depopulating Citizens Insurance affect Florida?

From NerdWallet: According to the R Street Institute’s Florida director, Christian Cámara, “If the claims arising from a storm (or series of storms) taps all of Citizens resources, the …

How to fairly tax families

From The American: In his 2015 budget proposal, President Obama called for expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for workers without children. Currently, that program heavily favors parents …

Happy Tax Day!

From the Washington Post: SALAM: How poor are America's poor? "(a) It is useful to think about absolute household incomes as well as household incomes in relative terms; (b) …

A primer on patents: who’s getting them, where and how long it’s taking

From Entrepreneur: Legislation to limit the ability of "patent trolls" – individuals or companies who own patents they don't use and sue inventors for infringing upon them – is …

A way out of Detroit’s desperate times: Sell the family heirloom?

From The Canal: It hasn’t always been this way. Andrew Moylan and Alan Smith of the R Street Institute describe Detroit as something of a “predecessor to today’s Silicon …

The politics around welfare show why the poor need a real break, not just a tax break

From The Nation: Some conservatives do wish to expand low-income tax credits, but with certain revealing political caveats. For instance, one idea circulating on the right is to boost …

Should people without kids pay higher taxes?

From CNN Money: The chat-o-sphere has been abuzz lately about a proposal by Slate columnist Reihan Salam: The childless should pay higher taxes so that lower- and middle-income parents …

Democrats shift from climate ‘change’ to ‘adaptation’ to woo Republicans

From the Washington Examiner: "The best adaptation strategies are very good policy in any case," said Eli Lehrer, president of the conservative R Street Institute. "And whether intentionally or …

Housing tax benefits do not increase homeownership

From National Center for Policy Analysis: The tax code contains numerous benefits for homeowners. The largest is the mortgage-interest deduction (allowing homeowners to deduct interest paid on their mortgages …

Why right-wing isolationists are losing

From Washington Post: There is a growing recognition that one can be a critic of the Iraq War and yet not throw caution to the wind and join the …

Why I’m not a neocon

From The Federalist: Over at Slate, the always smart Reihan Salam has written piece with the self-explanatory headline “Why I Am Still a Neocon.”  It has, not surprisingly, attracted …

Mortgage breaks fail to boost home ownership

From prweb: The study, conducted by economists at R Street Institute and published on March 24, 2014, analyzed IRS data on a zip code basis to assess the distribution …

FSU center to benefit as effort to downsize Cat Fund ends

From the Tallahassee Democrat: Hays had also been pushing to reduce the size of the Cat Fund. As in past years, the effort faced bipartisan opposition because of concerns …

The Jeb Bush and tea party divide

From Wall Street Journal: At the other end of the generational spectrum, elderly Americans are trending Republican but do not favor the cuts in Social Security and Medicare that …

Business calls for US to renew terrorism backstop

From the Royal Gazette: Ray Lehmann, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the R Street Institute, a think tank which promotes free markets and limited government, said the fact the letter …

Tax policy can create level playing field

From REVE: In its Green Scissors report, the free market think tank R Street Institute found even with the comparably small amount of federal support that renewable energy receives, …

Bias Report: Andrew Tyndall calls MSNBC ‘Wonkish,’ dismisses Fox as ‘ideological’

From Mediaite: But it is not a fair critique of conservative media to suggest that they lack "political wonkishness," as Tyndall put it. Policy mavens like The Washington Examiner’s …

HOT & bothered

From the Weekly Standard: And it’s not as if we don’t need more highways. As Reihan Salam noted in a 2013 paper for the libertarian think tank R Street, …

Columnist: Childless Americans should pay higher taxes

From Fox News: A Slate.com columnist says that childless Americans should pay higher taxes. “Who should pay more? Nonparents who earn more than the median household income, just a shade …

Coalition urges Congress to pass meaningful NSA reform

From United Liberty: A coalition compromised of nearly 40 groups expressed support for ending the federal government’s bulk data collection program in a letter to President Barack Obama, Attorney …

CDC report highlights poisoning risk from liquid nicotine in e-cigs

From the Winston-Salem Journal: Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and a smokeless-tobacco advocate, said he views the CDC report as “another example of …

Multiplication nation

From Reuters: Reihan Salam and Matthew Klein don’t want to legislate for demographics, but they do want to tax incentivize for them. Here’s Salam’s solution …

Tax the childless to help parents?

From the New York Times: "The willingness of parents to bear and nurture children saves us from becoming an economically moribund nation of hateful curmudgeons," Reihan Salam wrote recently …

Give larger tax breaks for raising kids, childless columnist argues

From Deseret News: Although he is in his 30s without any kids, Slate columnist Reihan Salam argues that parents deserve better tax treatment, even if that means hiking taxes …

Should childless people be taxed to help families?

From news.com.au: It is a controversial proposal, floated today in the US by one childless columnist who was raised by two extremely hardworking middle class parents who battled—as many …

Childless should pay more tax

From the Times Union: Parents help the economy grow by producing tomorrow's workers, Reihan Salam says in Slate. To better compensate them for the cost and labor of raising …

Should childless Americans pay more taxes?

From Hot Air: I’m surprised by some of the upset in Headlines to Reihan Salam's proposal. Granted, the phrase "more taxes" rarely induces happy thoughts among conservatives, but I …

Upside-down on mortgage interest deduction policies

From the Denver Post: In metro Denver, for example, the average tax saving from the mortgage deduction for households earning more than $100,o00 (in adjusted gross income) is $5,183, …

Give parents free money

From Demos: Reihan Salam has a piece at Slate in which he advocates creating a tax system in which people with children pay lower rates than people without children. This would …

Housing tax breaks create inequality, benefit Democrats

From National Center for Policy Analysis: Are the tax breaks actually increasing home ownership? According to a study from the R Street Institute, no. Rather, the provisions are helping …

Who cares about the value of work?

From the Washington Post: Two other conservative thinkers, Reihan Salam and Rich Lowry, say the antidote is for Republicans to become "the party of work." As they see it, …

Tax breaks impact home size

From Green Blizzard: Studies by economist at Marquette University have shown that because of this residential real estate t:ax incentive, people are buying a BIGGER residences – probably more …

Time to scrap the mortgage interest deduction

From the Washington Examiner: But even if one were to accept that boosting home ownership is a worthy goal for government, the interest deduction and accompanying tax benefits for …

Divorce is actually on the rise, and it’s the baby boomers’ fault

From the Washington Post: As an assessment of the health of American marriages, these findings cut two ways. On one hand, a divorce is a far more disruptive and …

Why it’s OK that startups prefer to hire younger workers

From Quartz: And as National Review columnist Reihan Salam points out, if low barriers to entry mean that lots of young people get a chance they otherwise might not, that’s probably …

Three things conservatives wrote this week that made us think

From ThinkProgress: By my lights, Reihan Salam is the conservative at National Review most worthy of liberals’ attention. He combines an almost super-human capacity for consuming oddball studies and …

Targeted taxes will spur economic growth

From MoneyNews.com: A recent study by the R Street Institute suggests this tax preference doesn't benefit the broad society. The data indicate this policy doesn't generally incent home ownership, …

Tonight on the Independents: Rise of the machines!

From Reason: Kicking things off on a fearful note is James Barrat, author of new book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, …

Why are rich people’s houses so big? Because Uncle Sam pays for extra rooms

From the Washington Post These data are from the National Association of Home Builders and research by economists Andrew Hanson, Ike Brannon and Zackary Hawley. Helping the wealthy live in …

Fixing one driver of inequality may hit close to home for some progressives

From the Washington Post: Instead, the tax code’s main effect is to help people who already could afford a home buy a bigger one, as a team of economists …

Home mortgage interest deduction helps the rich, study says

From the Deseret News: It's the tax deduction that economists love to hate but has huge support among Americans. The mortgage interest tax deduction has long been defended on …

Mortgage interest mansions?

From the Patriot Post: Every tax deduction or credit has its lobbying constituency, and the mortgage interest deduction is no different. The deduction ostensibly supports the American dream of …

Million-dollar homes, but at what price?

From NBC News: "We estimate that houses today, depending on the metropolitan area in question, are from 250 to 1,000 square feet larger than they otherwise would be," a …

America’s $100 billion tax break helps the rich buy bigger homes

From ThinkProgress: But instead of helping poorer people become homeowners, the tax break helps rich people buy bigger houses, economists at R Street Institute say. "The study estimates that …

Popular tax break just helps wealthy people buy bigger houses

From Gawker: Today in Ways the United States Tax Code Benefits the Rich: a new study indicates that the politically popular mortgage-interest deduction is useful mostly for helping affluent …

Report: Key mortgage tax break just helps the wealthy

From Newser: The tax code is rife with home ownership incentives that are both popular with voters and staunchly defended by lawmakers. But it turns out the breaks mostly …

Mortgage tax breaks trickle up, new study shows

From the Wall Street Journal: Federal tax benefits for homeowners primarily help wealthier people borrow more money to buy larger houses rather than boost homeownership, according to a new …

Study: Upper class entitlement helps upper class most

From Reason: The Wall Street Journal has a write-up of a new study by the R Street Institute that looks at how the mortgage-interest deduction is taken zip …

Ticket-selling giants push for Florida legislation to help squash industry competition

From BizPac Review: Raulerson argues that proponents don't want to disrupt the free market. But that’s exactly what the bill does, according to Christian Camara, Florida director for R …

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: 30-year fixed rate mortgages a sticky wicket

From Value Walk: "Stripping away the façade of private banks and mortgage brokers who originate the loans, the U.S. mortgage market works almost entirely because the government transfers risk …

Sea level rise predictions have little effect on Florida real estate

From National Public Radio: RUNDLET: Whether or not your property will be here 30 years from now, Johnson says it may be the insurance issue that determines real estate …

Congress just undid the one good thing it’s done on climate change

From the Huffington Post: R Street, a right-leaning think tank, criticized the Democratic senators who took part in the climate talkathon and then voted for the repeal as "hypocritical." "Any …

7 reasons we’ll never solve the software patent wars

From NetworkWorld: As I've noted in other posts, the SXSW conference is generally an optimistic event, so it was no surprise to see a panel called How to Fix …

Good News: The government will no longer make you put your house on stilts

From Businessweek: Praise didn’t come from all quarters. Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow at R Street Institute, a Washington think tank that was involved in drafting the 2012 overhaul, …

Phila. lawmakers move toward ban of e-cigarettes in public places

From CBS Philly: But many speakers spoke in opposition. Among them was Dr. Joel Nitzkin, speaking for what he described as a libertarian think tank called the  R Street …

Judiciary Committee hears Internet sales tax testimony

From Heartlander: Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute. His testimony favored origin-sourcing, the concept of taxing sales based on where the seller is located rather than where the customer is …

House looks for best way to ‘level the playing field’ with online sales taxes

From National Journal: "Simply treating remote sales in the same way that we already treat brick-and-mortar sales would level the playing field in an honest way," said the R …

US House considers alternatives to Internet sales tax bill

From PC World: An online sales tax based on the seller's location would work much like brick-and-mortar sales taxes do today, added Andrew Moylan, outreach director at the R …

Origin sourcing takes a beating at congressional hearing

From Digital Marketing News: Another proponent of origin sourcing, Andrew Moylan, senior fellow of R Street, argued that MFA would hinder economic growth by penalizing the rampant growth of …

Free-marketeers, tree huggers join in opposition to dredging at Port of Palm Beach

From Palm Beach Post: The group, calling itself the Green Scissors Coalition, wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing the project. The Green Scissors Coalition …

Sea level rise predictions have little effect on Florida real estate

From WBUR Radio: RUNDLET: Whether or not your property will be here 30 years from now, Johnson says it may be the insurance issue that determines real estate prices. …

Bipartisan agreement to keep subsidizing seaside homes

From the Washington Examiner: R Street, a free-market insurance think tank, blasted the House vote. Taxpayers for Common Sense also inveighed against it. …

Venice Beach to get millions for renourishment

From the Herald-Tribune: The R Street Institute, a nonpartisan organization in Washington, D.C., is an especially vocal critic of federally funded beach renourishment. “Beach renourishment is an enormous waste of …

House votes to reinstate flood insurance subsidies, limit premiums

From SNL Financial The next phase of the flood battle will be to see if the Senate goes along with the offset to cover "their foolish choice to dismantle …

SXSW: How to reform the nation’s patent laws for entrepreneurs and small businesses

From the Washington Post: Companies that purchase patents are increasingly targeting independent inventors and small businesses, drawing calls for Congress to act more quickly in reforming the nation’s patent …

This Week in Tech: House panel eyes online sales tax

From The Hill: Witnesses for Wednesday’s hearing include Chris Cox, counsel at NetChoice, which represents companies such as eBay; Joe Crosby, principal at MultiState Associates; and Andrew Moylan, senior …

A carbon tax to rule them all

From Triple Pundit Finally, not many people would expect the Heartland Institute—long derided by climate advocates as the quintessential “climate denier”—to put its name anywhere near a carbon tax …

Flood insurance a key issue in Louisiana Senate race

From The Advertiser: “Amusingly to me, both Bill Cassidy in the House and Mary Landrieu in the Senate expressed annoyance when we pointed out the inconvenient truth that Louisiana …

House passes flood insurance bill

From the Greenville News: "Everybody we talked to, virtually without fail, recognize that these delay and repeal efforts are damaging and counterproductive,'' said Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow at …

House votes to curtail flood insurance rate hikes

From the Miami Herald: Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a libertarian group, said his group’s goal was to move from a government-run flood insurance …

Sen. Mary Landrieu endorses House flood insurance bill after ‘affordability’ provisions added

From the Times-Picayune: Landrieu lashed out at a statement last week by a leader of the conservative R Street Institute, that congressional leaders are moving away from the Biggert-Waters …

‘Innocence of Muslims’ ruling raises host of questions

From Politix: Remember the video that President Barack Obama cited as the reason behind the attacks in Benghazi? The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has voted 2-1 to order …

Republican congressman to oil and gas industry: ‘No more subsidies’

From Greentech Media: Some recent history: in 2011, the environmental advocacy groups Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen partnered with climate deniers at the Heartland Institute (which …

Condo complexes reap huge savings by challenging federal flood maps

From the Tampa Bay Times: "We're taking away the people's hard-earned money,'' said Christian Camara, Florida director of the R Street Institute, an ardent supporter of Biggert-Waters. …

House GOP in a fix over fixing flood insurance

From National Journal: "This bill represents a fundamental betrayal of the free-market principles and fiscal responsibility the House leadership claims to embrace," said R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at …

Don’t wipe out flood insurance reform

From Roll Call: And those who benefit most from the continued subsidy are likely those who need help the least. Two-thirds of subsidized policies are for properties in counties …

With ‘no direct financial incentive,’ can Burlington get telecom back on track?

From Watchdog.org: "A lot of them aren’t business people by and large," said Andrew Moylan. Moylan is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based free-market think tank who spoke with Vermont …

Daines, Fox brief Congress on dangers of Internet sales tax bill

From National Journal: At this morning's briefing, Congressman Daines and Attorney General Fox were joined by Phil Bond, executive director of We R Here, a nationwide coalition of small …

Opponent of flood insurance bill says Congress motivated by raw politics, not sound policy

From the Times-Picayune: Andrew Moylan, senior fellow at the R-Street Institute, a conservative advocacy group, said both Republicans and Democrats feel pressured to act to protect their candidates running …

Back to work

From the Weekly Standard: Of course, raising the minimum wage is not the only, and certainly not the most efficient way to increase the value of work. There is …

A federal clean energy program with GOP fans

From the Washington Examiner: That will be a constant threat, especially in an era of fiscal tightening, for the relatively young program, said Eli Lehrer, president of the conservative …

House postpones vote on flood insurance bill

From the St. Petersburg Tribune: Influential conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity and the R Street Institute have written editorials and lobbied members of Congress …

Private insurers start to offer flood coverage

From the Wall Street Journal: An unlikely coalition of conservatives, environmental groups and the insurance industry has opposed the latest legislative proposals to blunt the premium increases. The House bill …

Governor Scott pushes President on flood insurance hikes

From Bay News 9: Opponents like R Street Institute said, "less than two years after passing landmark reforms to fix the National Flood Insurance Program, which remains $25 billion …

Gov. Scott pushes flood fix in D.C. as new House plan emerges

From the Palm Beach Post: "This bill represents a fundamental betrayal of the free-market principles and fiscal responsibility the House leadership claims to embrace," said R.J. Lehmann, a senior …

In D.C. meeting with Obama, Gov. Rick Scott calls for flood insurance solution

From Miami Herald: "Less than two years after passing landmark reforms to fix the NFIP, which remains $25 billion in debt to American taxpayers, lawmakers appear poised to gut …

House introduces NFIP rate-hike delay that is gaining bipartisan support

From PropertyCasualty360: It would also repeal would repeal entirely the section of the flood insurance reform law that calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update its maps, …

Budget reform in reverse: Congress prepares to hike flood insurance subsidies

From Forbes: Over time, observed Eli Lehrer...there was "continued erosion of premiums intended to get more people into the program coupled with the program’s long term financial deterioration."  Congress …

Government should butt out on e-cigarettes

From the Chronicle Herald: Dr. Joel Nitzkin, Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP), also argues that their vapours pose …

Flood insurance bill heads to House

Fromm the St. Petersburg Tribune: Analysts with the R Street Institute think tank, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, said the House bill would undermine the government …

Flood insurance fight intensifies

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger: “We would oppose such a scheme strongly,” said Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, which describes itself as a libertarian …

House to consider flood insurance rates

From the News & Observer: Andrew Moylan with R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank, said his organization would support a plan that slowed down rate increases for remapped …

R Street’s Sanders on the Thom Hartmann Show

R Street's Lori Sanders took part in an hour-long panel with progressive commentator Nate Sweet and Project 21/MoveOnUp.org's Hughey Newsome on RT's Thom Hartmann Show. Topics covered include …

Burlington boondoggle: How the telecom scandal is still costing taxpayers millions

From VermontWatchdog.org: "I think the evidence speaks for itself," Andrew Moylan, senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, told Vermont Watchdog. "Funneling millions …

How e-cigarettes could save lives

From the Washington Post: Yes, we still need research on the long-term health and behavioral impacts of e-cigarettes. Brad Rodu, a pathologist at the University of Louisville, offers an …

Crony Agriculture: Failing to reform the farm bill left taxpayers out in the cold

From the American Conservative: Shortly after Congress passed the farm bill late last month, the Atlantic published a piece touting this example of Washington “getting better.” According to Molly …

U.S. House leaders stiff 231 sponsors for flood fix, propose modified plan later

From the Palm Beach Post: Conservative groups say premium increases are needed to help the National Flood Insurance Program get out of $24 billion in debt and discourage building …

Congress to vote on phone unlocking

From Forbes: Alternative legislation has been introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), (H.R. 1892), which would legalize technologies like …

U.S. House majority co-sponsors stalled flood insurance bill, supporters say

From the Palm Beach Post: Boehner has said he does not foresee taking up a four-year delay but might consider more modest measures. Conservative groups have argued premium increases …

The role of intellectual property in fashion

From Innovation Asset Group: Fashion designers are urging Congress to extend intellectual property protection to fashion design, a move R Street calls unprecedented. In the current fashion market, discount …

This is the GOP’s big chance to stop American exceptionalism from destroying itself

From Forbes: Reihan Salam makes a typically suave and commonsensical argument in favor of a much larger American diaspora, insisting that emigration deserves our attention as much as immigration. …

The Washington Report: Industry support for FIO; farm bill a plus for insurers; flood update

From PropertyCasualty360: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, said the SCO covers up to 90% of a farmer’s crop revenue when elected in combination with …

Our Opinion: The true cost

From the Tallahassee Democrat: Don Brown, a former legislator, an expert on insurance and now a senior fellow with R Street’s Florida project, tells of a trick he sometimes …

$1 trillion ag bill full of subsidies, special favors

From the Mackinac Center While the Congressional Budget Office says the bill will reduce federal spending by $16.6 billion, the R Street Institute notes that only $8.6 billion of …

CVS to end sale of tobacco products by Oct. 1

From the Winston-Salem Journal: Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and a smokeless-tobacco advocate, said CVS' decision "is not simply about health or profits, …

E-cigarettes: a $1.5 billion industry braces for FDA regulation

From Bloomberg BusinessWeek: As nothing but a replacement product for existing smokers, e-cigarettes seem like a public-health win. Widespread adoption by current smokers “could potentially reduce smoking deaths by …

Lawmakers study e-cigarettes

From the Register-Guard: "E-cigarette vapor as exhaled by the user does not contain any toxic chemicals that are detectable above background levels in indoor environments," said Dr. Joel Nitzkin, …

Has NSA spying poisoned the growing cloud computing industry?

From United Liberty: Such is life when our economy is as corporatist as it is. Things will only change if the big corporations that stand to make a ton …

AGA calls on Congress to stop patent trolls

From the American Gaming Association: Washington – American Gaming Association (AGA) and Credit Union National Association on behalf of the Main Street Patent Coalition, called on Congress today to pass comprehensive patent reform. Speaking at a forum hosted …

The D.C.’s Roeberg lands at R Street

From Media Bistro: Last week, we reported that The Daily Caller had shaken up their editorial and business teams with some internal hires. McKenzie Vaughn  is the new Director of Operations …

Doctor to OR lawmakers: Ban e-cigs for minors, but don’t restrict adult use

From Watchdog.org: Joel Nitzkin, a physician who owns a private consulting firm, will testify before the Oregon House Committee on Human Services and Housing at 3 p.m. Wednesday in favor …

The farm bill: Left and right on one side; special interests and the mainstream media on the other

From the Washington Examiner: The free-market-favoring R Street Group is "deeply disappointed by $1 trillion farm bill." At US News, you see experts from the National Taxpayers Union and …

The farm bill is up for a final vote soon. Here’s why so many people hate it.

From the Washington Post: In theory, the extra subsidies for crop insurance are supposed to cost less than the old direct payments did. But, again, it depends. More droughts …

New $1 trillion farm bill 50% bigger than last farm bill

From Heartland.org: “Given the Congressional Budget Office’s history of underestimating the cost of prior farm bills, we take it as given that much, if not all, of the $23 …

Congress tried to cut subsidies for homes in flood zones. It was harder than they thought.

From the Washington Post: Some context here: Critics of the flood-insurance subsidies have pointed out that they disproportionately benefit wealthier homeowners. The libertarian R Street Institute, drawing on data …

Watching gas prices? Insurance rates are even wilder

From CNBC: Combating the wide range of rates to ensure the best pricing can be tough, and it requires consumers to be extremely savvy about insurance trends, said Eli …

Tomorrow: Event on Patent Reform

From Technology Liberation Front: I am speaking on a panel tomorrow at the Dirksen Senate Office Building at an R Street Institute event on patent reform. Here’s R Street’s …

Senate votes to delay flood-rate hikes for four years

From PropertyCasualty360: Ray Lehmann, a fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington doubted that the Senate bill will even get a vote in the House, even though it …

Senate votes to delay flood insurance hikes

From the Boston Globe: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, said the Toomey amendment aligns more with the position of the …

Today in Liberty: Audit the Fed, NSA spying hurts tech firms, earmarks make a comeback

From UnitedLiberty: NSA endangers multi-billion dollar tech industry: A new policy study from the R Street Institute takes a look at how the NSA’s domestic surveillance apparatus could hit …

Intellectual property roundup

From Overlawyered: "The patent had an interesting enforcement clause: that anyone who copied [ship designer] Brunelleschi’s work would have their own designs set on fire" [Jeremy Kolassa, R Street] …

The Republican Party has taken a big step forward

From Business Insider: "One theory is that President Obama's been in office a long time," said Reihan Salam, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute and a contributing …

Obama ready to sidestep Congress in today’s State of the Union

From Newsweek: "There are real things he needs to work on that can't be done by executive order," said Lori Sanders, a policy analyst at the libertarian R Street …

RFS opponents seek legislative reform

From Agri-Pulse The organizations, including Action Aid USA, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the National Turkey Federation and R Street Institute, called on Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Henry Waxman, …

Conservatives rethinking mass imprisonment and the War on Drugs

From the Washington Post: Conservative policy analyst Reihan Salam has an interesting column on on conservatives who are reconsidering their movement’s traditional support for mass incarceration and the War …

Senate adds NARAB registry to bill halting flood insurance premium hikes

From SNL Financial: A NFIP-as-reinsurer plan seems unnecessary, as reinsurers are already one side of the industry most interested in taking on flood risks, R Street Institute Senior Fellow …

A call for fair rates of flood insurance

From the Miami Herald: Critics grumbled that the program amounted to a hand-out to the well-heeled, who prefer living near the water while forcing folks in the hinterlands to …

E-cigarettes prompt debate at Oklahoma Capitol

From the Daily Oklahoman: Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a public health physician and senior fellow in tobacco policy for the R Street Institute, argued that getting people to switch from …

One anti-poverty initiative both sides can agree on

From the Huffington Post: "Don't forget the poor," Lori Sanders and Eli Lehrer of the R Street Institute (a conservative think tank), urged Weekly Standard readers, explaining that "Properly …

‘Isn’t the president above that?’ CNN’s Don Lemon confused by Obama’s Fox News attack

From the Daily Caller: Lemon spoke with liberal commentator Hilary Rosen and conservative columnist Reihan Salam about the president’s comments in an interview with The New Yorker published this …

Game over for video game violence alarmism

From The Blaze: In 1999′s comedic classic, “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut,” a mob of angry parents, searching for an explanation for their children’s increasingly profane language, point …

Are Hollywood starlets glamorizing smoking by using e-cigarettes?

From Forbes: Based on these data, Brad Rodu, Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville, concludes that worries about e-cigarette use as a stepping stone to smoking is …

Joint hearing on electronic cigarettes

From the Shawnee News-Star: Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a physician and a former Louisiana State Health Director, is scheduled to make a presentation as part of the hearing. "Tobacco control policy …

At Last, Conservative Reform

From the New York Times The conservative policy larder was genuinely bare by the end of the Bush presidency. But that changed, reasonably swiftly, across President Obama’s first term. …

The National Review diaspora

From FirstThings.com: Over the last eight or so years, a group of conservative writers (Ross Douthat, Yuval Levin, Reihan Salam, Ramesh Ponnuru and many—though not enough—others) have tried to …

After Sandy: Use of disaster funds questioned

From Newsday: "Ultimately, states and municipalities don't know what FEMA is going to reimburse them for and what FEMA is not going to reimburse them for," said Daniel Rothschild, …

Congress scrambles as coastal residents rail at insurance rates

From the Boston Globe: Fiscally conservative groups cite a Congressional Budget Office analysis that projects delaying the rate hikes would cost $900 million over five years and cause the …

U.S. privacy law requires operating system upgrade

From Politix: This may not be obvious but, as a short trip through some of Buzzfeed's less serious listicles will quickly reveal, the world has changed since 1986... …

Deregulation may not eliminate poverty, but it can help

From Forbes: The always thoughtful Reihan Salam has a post about whether regulations entrepreneurship stifling can really do much to help poor people. Here is how he puts it... ...To …

Open SUNY fraught with uncertainty

From the Daily Gazette: In a piece titled, “Online Education Can Be Good or Cheap, But Not Both,” writer Reihan Salam cautioned against expecting miracles from online education. “Somehow we …

When low unemployment is bad news

From Bloomberg: But don’t let Congress’s dysfunction convince you that extending benefits is at all controversial. It would be one thing if Jason Furman and Gene Sperling, two of …

Our Views: Not mansions, our homes

From The Advocate: One of the major advocates for Biggert-Waters is R Street, a conservative Washington think tank. “While it is reasonable for Congress to address hardships that could …

David Brooks’s nostalgia

From National Review: David Brooks’s column yesterday highlights the excellent content of the latest issue of National Affairs: Michael Strain of AEI’s jobs agenda for the Right, Eli Lehrer …

Fla bill would encourage private alternatives to NFIP

From PropertyCasualty360: The Florida bill, introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, authorizes insurers to write policies, contracts and endorsements for flood insurance coverage with …

Manchin OK with premium delay

From Weirton Daily Times: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, which describes itself as a "free market think tank," believes the impact of higher premiums …

Movement on the right

From the New York Times: This conservatism knows that central decision-makers, even conservative ones, are no match for complex reality. Therefore, they favor market mechanisms, which take advantage of …

Towards a conservative jobs agenda

From the Washington Post: Conservatives could even stick a lot of work requirements or other beloved supply-side reforms in there. Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders have a sample agenda outlined …

Groups urge Congress to target flood insurance fix to help needy, not wealthy

From Insurance Journal: Ray Lehmann, of the free market think tank R Street Institute, another SmarterSafer.org member, agreed. “No one should be thrown out of their homes because they …

Flood insurance rate delays opposed

From the Bradenton Herald: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at free markets think tank R Street Institute, said the proposed legislation to delay insurance increases would subsidize wealthy homeowners …

The left’s half-baked critique of gamer culture

From Politix: With the advent of video gaming as an art form, it is both natural and appropriate that criticism of its "canon" should arise. Just as scholars puzzle …

CBO: Bill to delay flood-rate hikes would add $2.2B to NFIP debt over 10 years

From PropertyCasualty360: The CBO “scored” the legislation as costing $900 million over five years, according to R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann. Lehmann says he did not know about …

State leaders push for flood insurance overhaul

From The Advocate: The libertarian R Street Institute in Washington also opposes the bill. “While it is reasonable for Congress to address hardships that could make flood insurance unaffordable …

Let flood insurance rates increase, group says

From USA Today: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, said only 9% of homes with subsidized flood insurance rates are owned by people in the …

Bankers and realtors split from insurers as Senate prepares vote on flood bill

From SNL Financial: With the NFIP currently looking at a 2017 sunset, delay would wreck that hard-won progress, R Street Institute Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann said in a statement. …

Senators renew push to delay flood insurance increases

From the Palm Beach Post: R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann said urged senators not to “gut” the Biggert-Waters Act, which was designed to get the program out of …

The contradictions of liberal populism

From the New York Times: But I suspect that Reihan Salam is right about De Blasio when he describes the new mayor’s likely agenda as basically “Bloombergism with a …

New farm bill would bring more insurable risks, premiums to crop insurers

From PropertyCasualty360: The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) would be available for as an additional policy to cover part of the deductible under the crop producer’s underlying policy. R.J. Lehmann, a …

Proposed program can help property insurance

From the Sun-Sentinel: The James Madison Institute and R Street Institute of Washington, D.C. recently released a backgrounder titled "Ten Reforms to Fix Florida's Property Insurance Marketplace – Without …

Five conservative reforms millennials should be fighting for

From the Washington Post: So an even better idea would be to make the government a large institutional investor — basically, to create a government hedge fund, or "sovereign …

10-step plan could end property insurance blues

From the News-Press: Coming right on cue, there is a new study from The James Madison Institute that says it all in its title: "Ten Reforms to Fix Florida’s …

BP spill windfall will test Texas conservatives

From WOAI Radio: But Daniel Rothschild, a senior fellow at the free market R Street Institute, says huge sums of money in the hands of greedy and irresponsible politicians …

The new year will get off to an awful start

From Slate: One way we know they won't is from the experience of North Carolina, which for reasons of state politics did a UI cutoff for the long-term unemployed …

Flood insurance hikes loom for La. homeowners

From The Advocate The free market-supporting, nonprofit R Street Institute in Washington also has helped lead the effort to prevent undoing the NFIP “reforms” of 2012. “(The) bill proposes an …

More than environmentalism; protecting a valuable driver of our recreation economy

From the Durango Herald: I recently participated in a review of a new report’s release, “The Economic Benefits of Protected Public Lands,” by R Street Institute, a self-described, free-market …

Missing the point on ‘Pajama Boy’

From Politix: Like every conservative, when I saw the recent Obamacare ads featuring the by-this-point infamous "Pajama Boy," my first reaction was near-instant derision, and not just because of …

Why Christians (and Americans) should support A&E’s Duck Dynasty decision

From Politix: The past 48 hours have seen lots of hand-wringing over cable channel A&E's decision to suspend Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the hit show "Duck Dynasty," for …

Shining a light on federal advertising

From Politix.com: News broke this week that insurers plan to spend more than $500 million in coming months to market the health care plans available on the Obamacare exchanges. …

Why A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson is something Christians (and all Americans) should support

From the Huffington Post: Lots of handwringing has gone on in the last 24 hours since A&E made the decision to suspend Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the hit …

E-cigarette etiquette creates new questions for would-be smokers

From Huffington Post: But still, the jury is still out on whether the gadgets are safe or not. "Without question, e-cigarettes are safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes," Joel Nitzkin, …

Bill filed Tuesday designed to reform flood insurance

From the Gainesville Sun: The legislation drew praise from the R Street Institute Florida, a group that advocates for free-market principles. "This bill responds to clear market demand to create …

House, Senate reject efforts to delay NFIP rate increases

From PropertyCasualty360: R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at conservative think tank R Street Institute, said the “unstated, but quite clear, goal of this convoluted process is simply to gut any …

Big insurers are brought into discussions on how to protect NYC against future storms

From ClimateWire: Still, some insurance experts question one of the group's main assertions -- that a barrier system would dramatically reduce disaster claims. In an industry filled with number-crunchers, …

Wisconsin workers’ comp insurers propose to rein in costs

States once again show the way to management and reform of public systems by having affected interests sit down together to work out a plan. In Wisconsin, the …

Week In Politics: A budget, Republican infighting, Obama’s agenda

From National Public Radio: CORNISH: And sitting in this week, Reihan Salam a columnist for The National Review and Reuters and a fellow at the R Street Institute. Hi …

The Montreal Protocol, a little treaty that could

From the New York Times: Why? One idea is that Mr. Reagan himself had had skin cancer, and allowed a concern for public health to triumph over ideology. Eli …

E-cigarettes reduce harm from tobacco

From NCPA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should highlight e-cigarettes as a way to reduce tobacco harms, says Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a senior fellow in tobacco policy for …

Flawed govt study minimizes Internet tax effects

From NewsMax: The trouble is it paid $80,000 to two longtime advocates for letting states levy sales taxes on remote online sellers to do so. ("Hat tip," or credit, …

Patent trolls receive first blow

From Rare.com “The Innovation Act isn’t a panacea for the problem of so-called ‘patent trolls,’ and in some ways doesn’t go as far as we’d like,” R Street Institute …

Companies and conservatives prepare for oncoming carbon taxes

From the American Conservative: In the September/October issue of The American Conservative, R Street’s Andrew Moylan laid out the conservative case for a carbon tax. He looked at the manner …

Lehrer: Flood reform debate a test of Congress’ ability to fix larger fiscal ills

From PropertyCasualty360: The president of a conservative think tank is highly critical of the current effort to roll back flood insurance rate increases imposed through a 2012 law, saying …

House passes anti-patent troll bill, sends to Senate

From Reuters: One Washington D.C.-based business group gave the House vote a half a thumbs up, encouraging the movement of lawmakers to address the problem even as it acknowledged …

House passes anti-patent troll bill, sends to Senate

From Entrepreneur: One Washington D.C.-based business group gave the House vote a half a thumbs up, encouraging the movement of lawmakers to address the problem even as it acknowledged …

Small Business Saturday supports local employers and national parks

From The Hill: Or, as the free-market R Street Institute says: "It would be preposterous to ignore the recreation economy’s potential…. As the United States adjusts to an economy …

No deniers in the foxholes: Insurance industry copes with climate reality

From Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Worth considering in this discussion: Eli Lehrer, founder of the conservative R Street Institute, and formerly of the climate denialist Heartland Institute, …

Surplus flood insurers need path to market, regulators told

From Law360: Free-market groups on Monday urged banking regulators to create a path for surplus lines insurers to provide flood coverage on mortgaged property and to set up protections …

Floridians frustrated by flood-insurance hike

From the Sun-Sentinel: They are backed by some insurance and environmental interests that want to press ahead with the new law to gradually phase out subsidized premiums and set …

Few ports in a storm without Cat Fund reform

From Miami Herald: The James Madison Institute and the R Street Institute, members of the Stronger Safer Florida coalition, to which the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) belongs, recently …

Calm hurricane season over, but rocky waters ahead for Florida insurance scene

From the Florida Current: "Now that the Cat Fund is at its healthiest, the time is right to shift some of that risk to the private market, so the …

Where the buffalo, jackalopes and presidents roam

From the Huffington Post: A recent report, "Protected Lands: A Government-lite Approach," is trying to reframe the issue and its economics. The policy's premise is that keeping American's public …

New study counters health arguments against e-cigarettes

From Watchdog.org: A new paper from the R Street Institute, a national research group, aggressively defends e-cigarettes. Dr. Joel Nitzkin’s analysis broadly counters attacks on e-cigarettes, which have mounted in …

Turning the tables: report finds prohibitionists prone to exaggeration

From Steve K's Vaping World: The same independent Oklahoma news site that found Oklahoma cities might be banning e-cigarettes for the benjamins, reports that some anti-smoking advocates are full …

Taxpayers foot the bill for study supporting new Internet sales taxes

From Somewhat Reasonable: Critics of the Marketplace Fairness Act immediately called foul on the study. Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute quickly pointed out in an article responding …

Congress blames lack of affordability study for high flood insurance rate increases

From the Houston Chronicle: Andrew Moylan, outreach director and senior fellow at R Street Institute, a think tank in Washington, said, “We should be having a completely different conversation, …

Government “study” on Internet tax hides harmful small business effects

From OpenMarket.org: The trouble is it paid $80,000 to two longtime advocates for letting states levy sales taxes on remote online sellers to do so. (Hat tip to Andrew …

Senate discussion draft contains reinsurance tax provision

From Business Insurance: The insurance industry itself is divided on the issue.The discussion draft, which includes the reinsurance proposal among other tax changes, drew immediate fire from free-market groups …

Report: Public land a ‘financial asset’ on US balance sheet

From Public News Service: CORTEZ, Colo. - In states like Colorado, it doesn't always have to be "the economy versus the environment," according to a new report that suggests …

Obama’s secret attempt to ban cellphone unlocking, while claiming to support it

From Slate: The FCC came out in favor of our petition, as did numerous outside groups such as Freedomworks, Public Knowledge, R Street and the editorial boards of the …

Bill Maher slams ’60 Minutes’ story

From Politico: However, the National Review's Reihan Salam acknowledged that "There are Republicans who really regret how the Benghazi story has unfolded," adding it was a foreign policy failure. "The …

Hot new national security priority: taxing Internet sales

From Politix: Wait, what? Yes, according to rumblings on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), will once again attempt to attach the Reid-Durbin-Obama Internet sales tax bill known as …

All testifying members at congressional hearing support TRIA renewal

From Insurance Network News Ernest Csiszar, former director of insurance in South Carolina and former president of the NAIC, was most open to such changes being made in the …

Reinsurer exec says industry can take on terrorism risks

From Law360: Ernest Csiszar, an associate fellow at free-market think tank R Street Institute, testified that the program's trigger should be raised significantly, to as much as $20 billion …

TRIA issue could wait until spring; backstop could look different

From PropertyCasualty360: In testimony that also likely represents the views of committee Republicans, former NAIC president Ernest Csiszar testified that the program's $100 million loss trigger should be raised …

Actions, not Obama rhetoric, will lure FDI back to the United States

From RealClearMarkets: At least when it suits him, President Barack Obama proves himself more than willing to welcome international business to the United States. In late October, for example, …

Could the EPA endorse a carbon tax?

From the Daily Caller: The idea of implementing a carbon tax in lieu of EPA regulations is also being pushed on the federal level by the R Street Institute …

10 reforms to fix Florida’s property insurance market without raising rates

From PropertyCasualty360: On the heels of certain reforms in Florida's 2013 Legislative Session, the James Madison Institute and the R Street Institute released a policy study that outlines pragmatic reforms …

102 conservative groups target wind power subsidies

From the Daily Caller "The wind industry has very little to show after 20 years of preferential tax treatment; it remains woefully dependent on this federal support," wrote conservative …

Conservatives demand free market after Librarian of Congress bans phone unlocking

From Breitbart.com: This action cascaded into support across the right from Freedomworks, R Street, Tea Party Nation, Young Americans for Liberty, National College Republicans, Consumers Advocacy, the Competitive Carriers …

Climate change inaction costs taxpayers billions

From Triple Pundit: "The report shows that dealing with climate change doesn’t require large-scale schemes or a total restructuring of our global economy," said Eli Lehrer, president of the …

Mike Lee wants conservatives to stop calling poor people moochers

From Slate: That's not all he said, but the Utah senator's speech at the Heritage Foundation has been heralded by many on the right and hardly noticed on the …

Insurance, tax, climate groups hit possible delay in flood insurance changes

From Insurance Journal: Today only about 50 percent of the damages in the U.S. caused by extreme weather events are privately insured, according to Ceres. "The report shows that dealing …

GOP primary fights cloud online sales tax bill

From the Wall Street Journal: On the other hand, a recently released poll by two conservative advocacy groups, National Taxpayers Union and R Street, shows that voters nationally oppose …

Strange bedfellows? Climate change denial and support for geoengineering

From Yale Climate Forum Of course, not everyone sees a problem with favoring a certain solution because it aligns with their cultural values. "I think it's laudably honest," says …

Strange bedfellows? Climate change denial and support for geoengineering

From Yale Climate Connections: Of course, not everyone sees a problem with favoring a certain solution because it aligns with their cultural values. “I think it’s laudably honest,” says …

The 1 percent’s flood insurance scam

From Salon: The law represented an alliance between fiscal conservatives interested in bringing the NFIP back into balance, and some environmental groups, who believed that subsidizing homeowners with low …

Congress tried to cut subsidies for homes in flood zones. It was harder than they thought.

From the Washington Post: Critics of the flood-insurance subsidies tend to point out that they disproportionately benefit wealthier homeowners. The libertarian R Street Institute, drawing on data from the …

To industry’s chagrin, Congress intros bills to delay flood rate increases

From PropertyCasualty360: The R Street Institute, a conservative think tank, said the Government Accountability Office has determined that 78.8 percent of subsidized policies are in counties that rank in the …

Sandy struck a year ago, but some federal moves could make climate risks worse

From ClimateWire For Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, that begins with overhauling flood insurance. "For more than 40 years, we've subsidized huge numbers of people to live …

Congressional accord reached on flood insurance rate delay

From the Miami Herald: But the conservative R Street Institute, a free-market research group, condemned the proposed rate hike delay on Monday, calling it a give away. "Delaying the scheduled …

Ceres report highlights rising taxes due to climate change

From Claims Journal: "The report shows that dealing with climate change doesn't require large-scale schemes or a total restructuring of our global economy," said Eli Lehrer, president of the …

Bipartisan deal in Congress to delay flood insurance hike: sources

From Reuters: Critics of subsidized federal flood insurance say the benefits disproportionately favor high-risk and wealthy properties. "Delaying the scheduled phase-out of flood insurance premium subsidies amounts to a gift …

Making the conservative case for sustainability

From U.S. News: In Washington D.C. this week, business leaders in the sustainability movement opened up a new dialog with conservatives. Four conservative thinkers from R Street, the Future …

The future of conservatism—a few remarks

From the American Conservative: Also worth watching is the subsequent panel, which illustrates some of the gender and generation gaps on the right, with panelists including Norm Singleton from …

Flood insurance jumping sevenfold depresses U.S. home values

From Bloomberg Research groups that advocate market-based policies, such as Heritage Action for America and the R Street Institute, have urged members of Congress to leave the measure in …

U.S. seeks ways to privatize insurance for flood risks

From Business Insurance: R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a Washington-based free-market oriented think tank, said that expanding private reinsurance's role in public risk pools is …

Don’t subsidize Citizens’ out-of-state policyholders

While politicians repeatedly have tinkered around the edges of true Citizens Property Insurance Corp. reform, this session, state legislators are looking to place substantial focus on the property …

Crop insurance cuts test farm power as lobbies push back

From Bloomberg: Curbing the rise in premium subsidies is a small step toward correcting the "abomination" of the farm bill, said Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow for R Street …

Carbon fee takes climate change to market

From the Columbia Daily Tribune: Many conservatives such as Gregory Mankiw, economic adviser to George W. Bush; Andrew Moylan, R Street Institute; Art Laffer, economic adviser for Ronald Reagan; …

Fla. hurricane fund still strong at end of season

From the Associated Press: Some critics contend that legislators should scale back the size of the fund to avoid the chance of a surcharge. "Now that the Cat Fund is …

The coming Republican rebellion against the tea party, and how it could backfire

From ThinkProgress: Revolt is the all the rage among conservative intellectuals. Fed-up folks like David Frum and Reihan Salam want someone inside the party to take on the Tea …

Debt ceiling breach could leave markets not enough debt to go around

From Politix: In recent weeks, public discourse here inside the Beltway (and on Wall Street, and within various other corridors of power near and far) has focused on the …

Sanford talk critiques current health care industry

From the Duke Chronicle: Health care reform as it is currently imagined does little to address the most pressing concerns of the industry, said political commentator Reihan Salam. In a …

Safety isn’t an issue in going paperless

From EvolvIT: According to R Street, workers and leaders alike need to be aware of the various rules and regulations that apply to files that are stored online, in terms of …

Florida’s think tanks – newcomers

From Florida Trend: R Street Institute - Tallahassee 2012 Revenue: $792,000 Key Personnel: President and co-founder Eli Lehrer, Florida director Christian Cámara and senior fellow Don Brown, an insurance agent from …

Voters aren’t buying the Internet sales tax scheme

From U.S. News: Hard questions like these are tough for the bill's proponents to answer, but for their part the American people have made up their minds – they're not …

A reminder: credit unions didn’t cause the financial crisis

From Politix: The past several weeks have seen the fifth anniversaries of several of the epic failures of the 2008 financial crisis. There was the conservatorship of Fannie Mae …

Regulatory cloud hangs over e-cig revolution

From Channel NewsAsia: "There is no doubt in my mind that e-cigarettes are saving the lives of smokers who have switched to them, and persons around them who would …

Conservatives can fight climate change without growing government

From the American Conservative: Rather than acknowledge climate change as a major public-policy issue and draft a serious proposal to deal with it—to counter the left's plan to expand …

Some in Congress want to undo important flood insurance reforms

From Health Care News: In response, a group of nine free market, conservationist and taxpayer protection groups – including R Street Institute, Americans for Prosperity, American Consumer Institute, ConservAmerica, …

The credit union tax exemption issue

From Nerd Wallet: Tax exemption is widened. R Street has proposed a plan to allow mutual savings banks, cooperatives and other institutions to reclaim the tax-exempt status they lost …

The Regulatory Improvement Act: a ‘least-best’ solution for regulatory inefficiency

From The American: Sam Batkins, director of regulatory studies at the American Action Forum, and Ike Brannon, director of research at the R Street Institute, insightfully argue in their …

The history of Illinois stadium subsidies

From Quad-Cities Online: These types of deals are never good for the taxpayers, said Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow for the R Street Institute, a free market think tank …

Lawmakers target flood insurance hikes

From the Cape Cod Times: "A number of legislators are trying to delay implementation or to cancel it. The impression is that this is a new issue. Both the …

Could a Republican health care reform ever happen?

From the New York Times: On the second point, I think he’s mistaken, or at least oversimplifying (not least because Obamacare itself doesn’t achieve universal health coverage), but I’ll just …

La. weighs a state plan to insure against floods that ‘cannot work’

From ClimateWire: "Mr. Kennedy needs to take Insurance 101," said Eli Lehrer, who works on flood insurance issues as president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank. …

GOP leaders still fight with right

From Politico: If one of the lessons of 2012 for the GOP leadership was to make peace with its rightward flank, so far, it’s not getting a passing grade …

Flood insurance set to rise

From the Herald-Tribune: Free-market advocacy groups have urged lawmakers not to delay the rate hikes. R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow with the Washington D.C.-based R Street Institute, said the reforms …

A realistic timetable for greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act

From Brookings: The politics remain “a heavy lift,” as Bailey and Bookbinder put it.  Many people think that the idea of getting Republican support for a proposal, the second …

Bracing for a letdown, advocates ask Congress to help needy with rising flood insurance costs

From ClimateWire: Ray Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank that advised some lawmakers on Biggert-Waters, indicated that many people receiving subsidies might …

A revitalized conservatism: still more than one more panel discussion away

From the Morning Jolt: Lori Sanders, a policy analyst over at the R Street Institute, noted that a big reason why Republicans have lost the women vote in just …

Living in a flood zone? Check your insurance. It may be about to go up.

From the Christian Science Monitor: Subsidized insurance will still be available for about 715,000 properties, mostly single-family homes, notes Ray Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, …

Coalition opposes delaying flood insurance revamp

From The Advocate: The Union of Concerned Scientists teamed up with the free market-supporting, nonprofit R Street Institute to argue that the National Flood Insurance Program rate hikes are …

The conservative case against flood insurance

From Townhall.com: In the recent Hammer Horror film The Woman in Black, lawyer Arthur Kipps (played by erstwhile Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe) undertakes the project of sorting through …

Coastal homeowners stagger under insurance costs

From Kennebec Journal: Industry advocates say the increases were inevitable. "Insurance rates in hurricane areas were too low for too long," said libertarian-leaning Eli Lehrer of the Washington, D.C.-based …

Movement on the Internet sales tax

From Patriot Post: Any attempt to craft a bill in the House faces an uphill climb. Many Republicans are, thankfully, resolutely opposed, and a majority of the public is …

Why expanding the Coastal Barrier Resources System makes sense

From the National Center for Policy Analysis: If the fight is between taxpayer protection and proactive government spending on conservation, today's budget realities clearly favor those fighting for taxpayer …

Should the government be still insuring against terrorism?

From the Daily Caller: The facts show that the insurance market is now well capitalized and reinsurers are offering terrorism insurance across the globe, thanks to improved and sophisticated …

Bob Goodlatte to deliver online sales tax plan

From Politico: A recent poll by the National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute found that 57 percent of likely voters oppose changing how states collect sales taxes …

House Republicans warming up to Internet sales tax

From United Liberty: House Republicans have to tread carefully here. The R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union released a poll on Friday showing that 57% of likely voters …

Marketplace Fairness Act isn’t winning any popularity contests

From the Alabama Free Market Alliance: New polling data released by the R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union show that voters are strongly against Internet sales taxes. The Marketplace …

Scott: Block flood insurance rate hikes

From Herald-Tribune: Meanwhile, conservative and libertarian groups, including the R Street Institute, sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers not to delay the higher rates. "Persistent subsidies for flood-prone areas …

Groups urge Congress to vote down extension of flood insurance subsidies

From the Mississippi Press: In a open letter to Congress, the R Street Institute and a coalition of conservative, libertarian, free-market and taxpayers groups urge members to resist proposals …

House GOP takes steps towards Internet sales tax

From GamePolitics: The National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute circulated a the results of two polls last week that found that 57 percent of likely voters oppose …

Poll shows bipartisan opposition to Internet sales tax

From United Liberty: The poll, commissioned by the R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), found that 57% of likely voters oppose the Internet sales tax, known …

Majority of Americans oppose Internet sales taxes, according to new NTU, R Street Institute study

From Red Alert Politics: Public support is waning for the Marketplace Fairness Act, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute... ...“People very strongly dislike this …

Commentary: Drought shines light on NM climate change

From Las Cruces Sun-News: Is this practical and hard-nosed? A number of economists and energy analysts think so. We believe that they deserve the chance to speak. We in …

Analyst projection: e-cigs will overtake traditional tobacco revenue at Reynolds in 2021

From Winston-Salem Journal: Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and a smokeless-tobacco advocate, said the e-cig “revolution” may expand beyond the FDA’s ability to …

Citizens Insurance policy holders may have brighter future

From Florida Watchdog: Christian R. Cámara, Florida director and a co-founder of  R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, said homeowners might be able to get a better deal …

Australian election won’t deter U.S. carbon tax supporters

From the Daily Caller: American carbon tax supporters are undeterred by Australian election results that were widely interpreted as a repudiation of the tax. “We would say the Australian experiment …

Public warns Congress: force an Internet sales tax at your own risk

From The Foundry: A new poll released by the National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute showed that 57 percent of likely voters oppose letting state tax authorities require …

MFA supporters dismiss poll findings; say work is ongoing with online sales tax

From Politico: Don't miss the National Taxpayers Union’s Pete Sepp and R Street Institute’s Andrew Moylan discussing their poll at 11 a.m. today if you want more information on the survey that …

Poll: ‘Likely voters’ do not like the Marketplace Fairness Act

From GamePolitics: The poll comes from July surveys for conservative groups the National Taxpayers Union and R Street. The results show approximately 57 percent of likely voters oppose changing …

Voters don’t want the ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’

From Somewhat Reasonable: A survey conducted by the R-Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union shows that voters across the ideological spectrum oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). If …

R Street Institute promotes quirky ‘conservative conservationism’

From the Washington Examiner: Washington’s R Street Institute was formed last year in a split from Chicago’s Heartland Institute when the well-known midwestern conservative think tank ran a provocative …

Carbon costings

From Bleeding Edge Blog: The billboard had a picture of Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who asked: “I still believe in global warming. Do you?” Concerned about global warming and angry to …

Internet tax not a popular proposition, according to R Street/NTU poll

From OpenMarket.org: Andrew Moylan of R Street says Members of Congress — right, left and center — who value their electoral health should steer clear of the Marketplace Fairness …

Marketplace Fairness Act isn’t winning any popularity contests

From Americans for Tax Reform: New polling data released by the R Street Institute and the National Taxpayers Union show that voters are strongly against Internet sales taxes. The …

Cutting through the arguments to extend or dissolve TRIA

From PropertyCasualty360: Just in time for the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, our friends at the Cato Institute have published an interesting new report that calls …

House lawmakers push against crop insurance subsidies

From Agri-Pulse Groups speaking at this event included the National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, the Environmental Working Group, and the R Street Institute. …

Conservative poll: Internet tax bill unpopular

From Politico: The results of July surveys for the National Taxpayers Union and R Street, shared first with POLITICO, show that 57 percent of “likely” voters oppose changing the …

Online sales tax legislation faces uncertain future in House

From Governing Meanwhile, on Thursday, a pair of conservative organizations released polls indicating opposition to the plan, though Womack questioned their methodology and said it's not surprising voters would …

Conservative pollsters find widespread disapproval of Marketplace Fairness Act

From Sunshine State News: Most voters are opposed to a proposed federal Internet sales tax, according to polling conducted by two conservative groups. As reported in POLITICO by James Hohmann, the July …

Conservative poll: Internet sales tax support could hurt candidates in 2014

From The Hill: Two groups opposed to an Internet sales tax are touting a poll that shows members who support it could be punished by voters.  The poll conducted for …

Lights out: Duluth pulling plug on e-cigarettes

From Watchdog.org: A national free-market think tank that monitors the issue called limits on e-cigs counterproductive. "Unfortunately, and in a move that sounds sensible, but flies in the face of …

Report: Thousands of Citizens policies held by out-of-staters homeowners

From the Miami Herald: “We should not be subsidizing insurance — period — because it distorts risk and it distorts the market,’’ said Christian Camara, Florida state director of …

Banning water vapor in Duluth, Minnesota

From Government Bytes: In a logic-defying move, the Duluth City Council yesterday voted 6 to 3 to ban e-cigarette use in places where tobacco smoking is also banned. Not …

Regulations hazy for electronic cigarettes

From the Cape Cod Times: But a physician associated with the public policy research firm R Street says e-cigarettes do not recruit new nicotine addicts as much as they …

Waterfront worries with flood insurance rates poised to rise

From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Supporters of the rate increases say they are long overdue. "The subsidies are a problem," said R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow with the Washington D.C.-based R …

Climate change is cleaving the GOP in two

From Salon: Which is why Andrew Moylan, from a national think tank called the R Street Institute, wasn’t certain how the right-leaning Globe Theatre crowd would react to his debate position: …

Why climate change is splitting Republicans

From The Tyee: Which is why Andrew Moylan, from a national think tank called the R Street Institute, wasn't certain how the right-leaning Globe Theatre crowd would react to …

Rep. McKeon is right (kind of) on the sequester

From the American Conservative: I would encourage him to be a leader. Quit being partisan and seeking political gain and start promoting what’s best for the United States. He …

On Labor Day 2013, welfare pays more than minimum-wage work in 35 states

From Forbes: As Reihan Salam has noted, Sweden has a generous welfare state. But Sweden treats welfare benefits as taxable income. This gives even welfare beneficiaries an incentive to …

The decline of GOP environmentalism or decline of environmentalism itself

From Conserve Fewell: I go back to my new year’s resolution for less politics and more credible voices. That’s why I’m excited about new leaders and credible voices, like Nordhaus …

Profiles in Liberty: Eli Lehrer

From America's Future Foundation: Since its formation in June of last year, R Street Institute has seen tremendous growth and certainly much of that growth can be credited to …

Insurance industry turns to resilience

From The Fifth Estate: Homeowners are furious, but there are supporters of the updated maps, which have revised predictions of storm surges and flood levels. “By subsidising risk, we are …

North Carolina policyholders confronted with ‘Consent to Rate’

From Heartlander: WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C. reports on a common problem facing North Carolina consumers: the arrival of letters from one’s home insurer or auto insurer requesting to raise …

Flood risks are rising globally, but climate change isn’t the culprit

From Politix: Draft versions of a forthcoming working group report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - set to be formally released Sept. 27 - have …

Population, climate and flood risks

From RealClearPolicy: Draft versions of a forthcoming working group report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- set to be formally released September 27 -- have …

When it comes to flood risks, population shifts trump climate change

From Insurance Journal: Draft versions of a forthcoming working group report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — set to be formally released Sept. 27 — …

Family values in the age of household diversity

From National Review: My R Street colleagues Eli Lehrer and Lori Sanders call for a more ambitious conservative anti-poverty agenda in the Weekly Standard. They identify various measures designed …

What will it take to get conservative Republicans to address climate change?

From Treehugger.com: Chris Hayes recently spoke with Bob Inglis, a former Republican Congressman working to encourage Republicans to care about addressing climate change. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, …

Greenwich stilt houses foreshadow impact of new FEMA maps

From Bloomberg: “By subsidizing risk, we are encouraging people to build in areas they shouldn’t build and putting that on the taxpayers,” said R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at …

This software won’t let you look away

From The Atlantic: Second, I worry because of how a technology like FocusAssist could expand. Last month, conservative thinker Reihan Salam proposed that education -- whether online or in-person …

Nimble Imby: R Street Institute Acquires In My Backyard Blog

From Urban Turf: Michael Hamilton’s IMBYdc blog has found a supporter in a like-minded DC-based think tank. On Thursday, The R Street Institute announced it had “assumed responsibility” for In …

Private insurers forced out of flood insurance market

From HousingWire: Roughly a fifth of all proprietors were paying subsidized rates that were in the grandfathered clause of the NFIP. As a result, they’ll see their rates go …

2014: Libertarian populism, or same old GOP politics?

From Thoughts on Liberty: The Internet, as it is wont to do, set to work immediately dissecting and reblogging this concept along every dimension imaginable. The responses and critiques …

Libertarian populism and a woman’s appeal

From the American Conservative: There has been significant pushback both from an uncharitable left and a more charitable right, but it wasn’t until this week that Lori Sanders of …

Libertarian populism’s female problem

From The Huffington Post: In the search for a fresh GOP narrative after 2012′s losses, "libertarian populism" has emerged as perhaps the most viable alternative, partially because it already …

E-cigs a booming business in Tulsa and across the nation

From KRMG: Dr. Joel Nitzkin, M.D., a nationally known health expert, is quoted one on of the walls of the E-Smoke Boutique. He wrote "If we get all the tobacco …

Reform the prison-industrial complex

From Newsmax: In an essay in the journal National Affairs, Eli Lehrer sets out an agenda for reform geared toward rehabilitation, and the conservative group Right on Crime advocates …

Area hospitals are being sued for not submitting bills to health insurers

From the Kansas City Star: Alan Smith, director of the Midwest office of R Street Institute, a think tank based in Washington, called the Indiana move praiseworthy. The state …

House passes amendment banning carbon tax

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is sponsoring a partly refundable carbon tax with Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, is exploring options …

Florida House speaker tied to Citizens contractor

From the Miami Herald: “If they have a contract with Citizens, then a smaller Citizens would reduce that contract,” said Eli Lehrer, president of R Street, a Washington, D.C.-based …

What online education shares with IKEA

From Ordinary Times: Reihan Salam explores two growing trends in higher education. The first is the increasing the number of people who attend college, including many students who may have …

FDA says menthol in cigarettes attracts kids

From HealthDay: "Studies have failed to provide unequivocal evidence that menthol plays a significant role in smoking initiation, addiction to nicotine or cessation," said Dr. Brad Rodu, a professor …

Another example of Obamacare’s bureaucratic madness

From United Liberty: Back in 2010, a previously unknown, yet onerous reporting requirement was discovered in the avalanche of rules and regulations buried in ObamaCare. The provision required any …

States should freeze new fees on wireless services

July 29, 2013 Dear Member of Congress: We the undersigned groups, representing millions of Americans, urge you to co-sponsor the bi-partisan Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2013, H.R. 2309, which was introduced by Reps. …

Online colleges won’t solve higher ed’s problems

From Washington Monthly: But as Reihan Salam writes at Reuters, MOOCs, at their most basic level, represent a long-term trend in American education, one that isn’t altogether positive... …

Stem the wealthy’s sweet flood-insurance deal

From the Charleston Post and Courier: Tucked into the Department of Homeland Security spending bill the Senate Appropriations Committee approved recently is a nefarious provision that will raise flood …

Right Side Round Table: How should government respond to climate change?

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Andrew Moylan Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute Climate change absolutely poses a threat to which government should respond, but that action shouldn't entail …

Obamacare Fee: $3; Cost of Paying: $100

From Townhall.com: Like a lot of conservatives, I have plenty of doubts about the president’s massive health care overhaul that’s going to change the way Americans get health coverage …

Scott fighting federal reinsurance bill

From the Chicago Tribune: The proposal is similar to a White House proposal backed by a group of U.S. insurance companies. R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the conservative …

Huh? Spending $100 to pay $3 Obamacare fee

From FreeEnterprise.com: Eli Lehrer runs the R Street Institute. It’s a Washington, DC think tank and also a small employer. He writes about a little-known requirement in the Patient …

Scott fighting federal reinsurance bill

From the Baltimore Sun: The proposal is similar to a White House proposal backed by a group of U.S. insurance companies. R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the conservative …

Are the suburbs where the American dream goes to die?

From The Atlantic: As Reihan Salam argues, loosening zoning restrictions and building out public transit would let cities become denser and more livable. Both, of course, die a thousand …

It isn’t the McDonald’s budget that’s out of touch; it’s the media

From Townhall.com: Last week, the Northeast-corridor media ran wild with pithy derision over an effort led by McDonald’s and Visa to provide McDonald’s employees with financial planning tools and advice. The budget assumes a two-income …

Conservative groups’ lobbying unable to dim congressional support for farm programs

From E&E Daily: "It's hard to argue that the farm and commodity groups didn't come out the winner in this," said Andrew Moylan, outreach director and senior fellow at …

What’s really going on with flood rates?

From Townhall.com: In recent months, a group of lawmakers from the Gulf Coast — led by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. — in concert with some of their colleagues from …

Conservative groups push Republican leaders to open up Defense bill

From The Hill: The groups on the letter to Boehner are Taxpayers for Common Sense, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Americans for Tax Reform, Cost of Government Center, …

The Farm Bill: Small government abandoned yet again by House Republicans

From Against Crony Capitalism: This piece comes from Andrew Moylan at The R Street Institute and he makes it pretty clear – the big agriculture cronies won in the farm …

Swiss Re’s Smith: NFIP is ‘unsustainable’

From Reactions: The R Street Institute for free markets welcomed Chairman Hensarling’s commitment. R Street senior fellow RJ Lehmann noted that while there will be challenges in moving to …

Conservatives attack each other over carbon tax plans

From ClimateWire: The Institute for Energy Research organized a panel of policy experts yesterday in an effort to sap momentum from a small but well-publicized campaign to increase Republican …

Landrieu slips controversial flood insurance provision into spending bill

From The Hill: Ray Lehmann of R Street Institute said his group and other members of the SmarterSafer Coalition have been lobbying hard against the provision. “To accommodate the delay, the …

Inglis puts stringent conditions on proposed carbon tax

From the Heartlander: With Inglis and his debate partner, R Street Institute Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan, voicing their agreement that all of the above preconditions must be met before …

Just cutting back on smoking may not boost lifespan

From HealthDay: "It is not possible to know the detailed smoking history of every subject, and there’s a myriad of subtle differences in consumption. There is little doubt that …

House Republicans make Obama look fiscally responsible

From Errors of Enchantment: Virtually every pro-free market organization opposed this legislation which is both a policy and a political debacle including the R Street Project and Competitive Enterprise …

House reverses course, passes big-spending Farm Bill

From the Coalition to Reduce Spending: However, the Coalition, while recognizing some gains made today, simply cannot celebrate today’s bill. As R Street‘s Andrew Moylan says, “First, this bill …

House GOP attempts to give America a worse Farm Bill

From Townhall.com: In a press conference today, Speaker Boehner said that "the bill that's on the floor is the same bill that was on the floor one or two …

5 items in the PRISM report you need to read

From United Liberty: Last week, the Congressional Research Service released a report on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying programs. Essentially, it is a “What You Need To Know, Mr. …

Top 7 farm amendments House won’t be allowed to vote on

From United Liberty: News broke earlier today that the House will proceed with consideration of a “farm only” Farm Bill this week after deciding to split the agriculture and …

Do House Republicans really want reform?

From The Blaze: As much as I never like to question anyone’s intentions, I finally find myself asking this week, do House Republicans really want to reform Washington? …

Do House Republicans really want reform?

From Townhall.com: As much as I never like to question anyone’s intentions, I finally find myself asking this week, do House Republicans really want to reform Washington?... …

Seven amendments to improve the Farm Bill

From RealClearPolicy: News broke yesterday that the House will proceed with consideration of a "farm only" Farm Bill this week after deciding to split the agriculture and nutrition portions. …

Will more conservatives experience an ‘R Street’ or Bob Inglis ‘metamorphosis’?

From the Yale Climate Media Forum: The R Street Institute, in Washington, D.C., for instance, a Heartland Institute insurance spin-off started by a proudly conservative Republican, wants fellow conservatives …

Do House Republicans really want Farm Bill reform?

From United Liberty: As much as I never like to question anyone’s intentions, I finally find myself asking this week, do House Republicans really want to reform Washington?... …

HOT BLAST: Changing climate for America’s conservatives

From the Anniston Star: This week, Mother Jones magazine wrote of this scenario after conservative Eli Lehrer penned an op-ed in the Weekly Standard. Lehrer wrote, "Rather than pretend …

Conservative climate hawks to GOP: Wake the hell up

From Mother Jones: Eli Lehrer wants conservatives to take global warming seriously. He's the president of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank whose board includes former South …

Seven top farm amendments the U.S. House might not vote on

From the Heartlander: News broke yesterday that the House will proceed with consideration of a “farm only” Farm Bill after deciding to split the agriculture and nutrition portions. The …

Enviros, lefty groups, free-marketeers team up against nuclear corporate welfare

From the Washington Examiner: Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Tex., has filed an amendment to kill this bailout. A handful of groups from the libertarian-leaning R Street and Competitive Enterprise Institute …

Bobby Jindal is right about the Gang of Eight, wrong about pretty much everything else

From First Things: Bobby Jindal has written an article on immigration reform. Reihan Salam comes down pretty hard on it. …

No carbon copy

From the Boston Herald: If conservatives and Republicans disagree with President Obama’s proposals to address climate change, they can always propose some of their own (“A climate demagogue,” June …

A veteran in Congress takes aim at Pentagon waste

From the American Conservative: MDO: National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute recently released a report entitled “Defending America, Defending Taxpayers.” They found 100 specific recommendations totaling nearly $1.9 trillion …

Can’t Hold Back the Ocean

From the Sag Harbor Express There have been some sensible post-Sandy government efforts to buy out people whose beach houses were flattened by Sandy rather than having them rebuild …

Economic intelligence defense cuts conservatives should get behind

From U.S. News: To many Americans – especially those with right-of-center political leanings – national defense is the single most important priority for the federal government. But is that …

The Obamacare Employer Mandate Should be Delayed…Forever

From Townhall.com: The big news this morning is the Treasury Department’s announcement that it will delay for one year provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require employers with …

DeSantis glad to oppose online tax

From the St. Augustine Record: Wednesday, DeSantis met with Christian R. Camara of Tallahassee, the Florida director of R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based center-right think tank that is …

Ron DeSantis to Florida Retail Federation: thanks for hammering my internet sales tax opposition

From the Florida Times Union: Opponents of the plan also argue it can create sweeping legal precedent for states to go after other revenue generated by companies in other …

Assorted links

From Marginal Revolution: Reihan Salam joins the R Street Institute. …

Top five policies that keep DC’s metro dysfunctional

From The Blaze: It’s very difficult to find any agreement in Washington, D.C. From budgets to health care to social issues to even Redskins or the Ravens, disagreement is …

Indiana enacts law to limit balance billing

From The Heartlander: One of the longstanding tensions in health care finance—whether you’re talking about health insurance or managed care, for-profit or nonprofit, workers’ compensation, Medicare, Tricare, automobile medical payments, …

Conservatives seek alternatives to climate denialism, come up short

From Grist: Eli Lehrer, former VP at the Heartland Institute and now head of free-market think tank R Street, recently wrote a splashy piece in The Weekly Standard arguing …

Will the IRS scandal make Washington names even more obscure?

From the Washington Post: But then there are the political groups, and they tend to skew fuzzy when it comes to names. What is the New America Foundation? Or …

Victims or visionaries?: Right needs to seize upon big issues

From United Liberty: Over at R Street, Andrew Moylan makes a fascinating comment regarding President Obama’s recent speech on climate change and his plan to reduce carbon emissions. To …

Eli Lehrer in Weekly Standard. Time for GOP to wake up

From ClimateCrocks.com: If Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard is publishing acknowledgements of climate science – how much longer can mainstream Republicans pretend to go along with the Tea Party denialist …

5 policies keeping WMATA dysfunctional

From United Liberty: It’s very difficult to find any agreement in Washington DC. From budgets to healthcare to social issues to even Redskins or the Ravens, disagreement is the …

3 reasons Obama’s carbon plan is the best solution right now

From Josh Barro at Business Insider: Costly new regulations could breathe life into a carbon tax. "The economic consequences of Obama's pure regulatory approach, overall, are almost certain to be …

Climate Change Is the Next Issue Republicans Will Screw Up Royally

From Josh Barro at Business Insider: Obama has only taken a heavy-handed regulatory approach because that's what he can do without congressional action; if Republicans would agree to a …

Goodbye, Miami

From Rolling Stone: Miami is the most connected city in America, a place where the entire economy is geared toward the next big banking deal, real-estate deal, drug deal. …

Hope Grim for New Farm Bill

From PropertyCasualty360: The R Street Institute, as well as 16 other conservative groups, supported the amendment. R Street Policy Analyst Lori Sanders calls the bill "a terrible piece of …

As prisons squeeze budgets, GOP rethinks crime focus

From the Wall Street Journal: "Criminal justice is the area where conservative thinking has most changed with the times," said Eli Lehrer, a former GOP Senate staffer and conservative …

Four Ways the Government Subsidizes Risky Coastal Rebuilding

From ProPublica: "The result of that is that there is more development near water than there would be under a totally private market," said Eli Lehrer, the president of …

Amendments would take food-stamp funding out of farm bill

From the Daily Caller: Food-stamp funding is tied to farm subsidies for no reason other than classic "log-rolling" policy passage, said Andrew Moylan, senior fellow from the non-profit think-tank …

Wondering why your phone bill keeps going up? Thank the government.

From the Christian Post: Are you wondering why the cost of your smartphone plan keeps going up? Remember last year when AT&T hiked rates and Verizon switched from offering …

Can a carbon tax ever work as a conservative solution?

From the Washington Examiner: Representatives from the Heartland Institute, Heritage Foundation, R Street Institute and Energy and Enterprise Initiative gathered last week at the FHI 360 Conference Center in …

Citizens Climate Lobby pushes for a carbon tax and dividend

From The Guardian: Recently two conservative think tanks, the Heartland Institute (which once again is in the news for all the wrong reasons) and R Street Institute debated the …

Conservatives Reach Common Ground On A Carbon Tax, And That’s The Problem

From Forbes: A much-anticipated carbon tax debate in Washington D.C. last Thursday brought some much needed clarity to assertions that conservatives should or indeed do support a carbon tax. …

Is a Carbon Tax a Conservative Idea Whose Time Has Come? Thoughts on the R Street – Heartland Debate

From GlobalWarming.org: On Thursday, the R Street Institute and the Heartland Institute held a debate in a Washington, D.C. auditorium on the proposition: "Resolved: Under no circumstances should conservatives support …

Carbon tax earns audience support at conservative forum

From SNL Financial: Helping Inglis win over the crowd was Andrew Moylan, outreach director and senior fellow at R Street, a free-market think tank that co-sponsored the event. Moylan …

Conservatives clash over taxing carbon emissions

From ClimateWire: The R Street Institute, which formed after its president, Eli Lehrer, departed the Heartland Institute during a controversy in which the institute lumped climate advocates together with …

Biden slams NSA spying…in 2006

From Townhall.com: The President of R Street, a conservative think tank in DC, joined the program to talk about Ronald Reagan’s environmentalism. (It is possible a few liberal heads …

About 60 percent of conservatives favor a carbon tax

From Reason.com: Yesterday, I moderated a debate on the question: Resolved: Under no circumstances should conservatives support a tax on carbon emissions. The debate was organized by the R …

With hurricane season underway, lawmakers want to overhaul disaster spending

From ClimateWire But the program is fiercely opposed by many environmentalists and conservatives, who believe it could magnify federal spending rather than reduce it. Claims that a national catastrophe …

Carbon tax debate on Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 pm – moderated by Ronald Bailey

From Reason: I will be moderating a debate organized by the free-market R Street Institute on the topic: "Should Conservatives Accept a Carbon Tax?," later this week in Washington, …

Expect the Farm Bill to cost a lot more than advertised

From United Liberty: Lori Sanders is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. Posted with permission from the R Street Institute. …

Bill in Congress would block important flood insurance reforms

From The Heartlander: "Passage of Biggert-Waters was a landmark statement by Congress that it was serious about addressing the inherent flaws of a program that puts people in harm’s …

Free-market Groups Want to Slash $1.9 Trillion from Pentagon

From AntiWar.com As lawmakers begin discussing the National Defense Authorization Act in earnest this week, many in Washington are wondering, is it possible to defend America’s national interests and …

Credit Unions Fight Back Against Big Bank Lobbyists

From The Blaze: R.J. Lehmann is senior fellow, public affairs director and co-founder of R Street. …

Credit Unions Can’t Be Taxed If They Don’t Exist

From Policy Mic: Ray Lehmann is Senior Fellow and Public Affairs Director at the R Street Institute …

Credit Unions Fight Back against Big Banks

From United Liberty: Written by R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. Posted with permission from the R Street Institute. …

Will the Next Bubble Be Made Out of Carbon?

From Green & Clean Journal: Then there is the insurance industry, which paid out $35 billion in private losses last year, $11 billion more than the previous decade’s average. …

Coastal homeowners stagger under insurance costs

From the Associated Press Industry advocates say the increases were inevitable. "Insurance rates in hurricane areas were too low for too long," said libertarian-leaning Eli Lehrer of the Washington, …

Florida Gov. Scott signs bill to reform state’s last-resort insurer

From PropertyCasualty360: Christian R. Cámara, Florida director of independent think-tank R Street: SB 1770 "combines fiscal responsibility and market-based environmental stewardship. Although more needs to be done to restore …

How hurricane insurance became another taxpayer ripoff in Texas

From Watchdog.org: The state’s history of strict price controls has made it the fourth most hostile environment in the nation for the insurance industry, according to a 2012 study …

New insurance commissioner named in Texas

From Business Insurance Julie Drenner, Texas director for insurance industry advocacy group R Street Institute, praised the selection of Ms. Rathgeber. "Julia is an experienced public servant with a strong …

Rathgeber takes over Texas Insurance Dept.

From LifeHealthPro: "Julia is an experienced public servant with a strong grasp of regulatory issues," R Street Texas Director Julie Drenner said. "We look forward to working with her …

Legislation to tax Bermuda reinsurers resurrected in US Congress

From the Royal Gazette: RJ Lehmann, a fellow with the R Street Institute, a non-profit policy research organisation, says in the end, the legislation would only benefit a small …

Proposed farm bills would cut billions from current spending levels

From the Washington Post: The R Street Institute, a nonprofit government-watchdog group and free-market think-tank, criticized the Senate bill for directing much of the savings from ending direct payments …

Effort to delay some NFIP rate hikes dies in Congress, for now

From PropertyCasualty360: Ray Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a Washington conservative think tank, says, “We are pleased to see that a decade of hard work to …

Petri, Kind Introduce Legislation to Reform U.S. Crop Insurance Policies

From Rep. Tom Petri: "As the largest subsidy to farmers, crop insurance is in dire need of reforms to make the program more targeted and accountable to taxpayers,” said …

We’re Already Paying a Carbon Tax in Disaster Relief

From Climate Crocks: Below, a piece titled ‘You Might Just Like a Carbon Tax”, by Ike Brannon. Ike Brannon is senior fellow and director of research at the R Street …

Obamacare 2.0: Why You Should Care About the Farm Bill

From the Christian Post: With the House bill at $940 billion and the Senate version costing $955 billion, "there is certainly not another single bill that Congress will pass …

House, Senate Propose Generous Farm Bills

From PropertyCasualty360: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank, says the House Farm Bill is even more generous than the Senate version. …

State expects online tax losses of $212 million this year

From The State Journal-Register: The R Street Institute, a conservative policy group based in Washington, D.C., said the bill also wipes out geographic limits on state taxing authority. Opponents …

Not So Fast on the Internet Sales Tax

From U.S. News: To be certain, origin sourcing is no "silver bullet," as my former colleague Andrew Moylan, now with R Street Institute, explained in a 2012 essay: It would …

Louisiana Senators Push for Delay in NFIP Rate Hikes

From PropertyCasualty360: Jimi Grande, senior vice president of federal and political affairs for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies voiced deep concern over the amendment, as did R.J. …

6 answers to the big questions on the new sales tax

From Wall St. Cheat Sheet: The conservative R Street Institute has brought up the possibility of enforcing sales tax collection for these e-retailers, but applying it based on the …

Senate Passes Internet Sales Tax

From Townhall.com: Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute ran down some of the major problems with the bill and detailed some of the straw men arguments used by …

Senate Signs Off On Marketplace Fairness Act; Online Sales Tax Inches Closer To Reality

From Consumerist: Opponents of the Act claim that it puts an undue burden on smaller online businesses who sell to people in multiple states but who are not currently …

Senate approves online sales tax. Is it fair, or a tax increase?

From Christian Science Monitor: Immediately after the Senate passed the legislation, the conservative R Street Institute issued a statement lamenting the Senate's vote. The organization suggested that the House …

Dumb Question: Do We Need Washington If the S&P 500 Say They’re ‘Sustainable’?

From Bloomberg: It's not every day you meet Republicans (or really, anyone) who advocate for a U.S. carbon tax. Then again, not everyone is a determined advocate of so-called …

Senate Passes Bill for Taxing Internet Sales

From the New American: "By wiping away geographic limits to state tax authority, the bill would impose serious burdens on Internet retail and undermine basic tax policy principles,"said Andrew …

Top 10 Bogus Arguments for the Marketplace Fairness Act

From The Blaze: Whenever there are tens of millions of dollars worth of lobbying muscle behind a piece of legislation, folks seem willing to say just about anything to …

Citizens Property Insurance heads to governor’s desk, could impact real estate market

From the South Florida Business Journal: "This is a win for Florida taxpayers, consumers, businesses and charities, by moving toward restoring Citizens as a true insurer-of-last-resort, promoting competition in …

Florida Legislators Move Bill to Shrink Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

From PropertyCasualty360: Among the bill’s highlights is also a provision banning Citizens from insuring new or “substantially improved” homes in areas seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line after …

R Street Institute hires new media heavyweight

From CRC Blog: The R Street Institute, a pro-free market think tank based here in Washington, D.C., has hired the brilliant Zach Graves to serve in the newly created position …

House passes Citizens insurance bill that is easier on the pocketbook

From Miami Herald: Christian Cámara, Florida director of free-market think tank R Street Institute, said the bill “will not stop the bleeding, but is a good start in slowing …

Florida Lawmakers Advancing Bills to Reform Last-Resort Insurer

From PropertyCasualty360: The R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank, says the Citizens reform bill “will not stop the bleeding, but it is a good start in slowing it …

Restoring sand to Venice and Anna Maria beaches

From the Herald-Tribune: “There's simply no public purpose for the state of Florida, much less the federal government, to be doing this,” said Eli Lehrer of R Street Institute …

The Waste and Inefficiency of the Corporate Tax Code

From Townhall.com The free-market R Street Institute wrote a policy brief last week that "Cutting the Corporate Tax Rate Means Cutting Corporate Taxes" in which they lay out that …

The Marketplace Fairness Act: Taxation Without Representation?

From the Oregon Catalyst: Andrew Moylan, senior fellow with the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., writes, “This means quizzing purchasers about their location, looking up the appropriate rules …

The Marketplace Fairness Act is nothing more than a ‘convenience tax’

From The Hill: The Act would create an unfair burden on online sellers, which would be forced to wade through tax legislation for all states, cities and towns where …

Taking on Crime

From the Washington Free Beacon: But crime has dropped since the 1990s and the federal government and states now need a new set of policies, said Eli Lehrer, president …

Internet Sales Tax Hits Consumers Online

From The Foundry: The burden on businesses would be immense and would skew the playing field against online businesses and online consumers. “This means quizzing purchasers about their location, …

Legislators in North Carolina back auto insurance options after running nationally watched option off track

From SNL Financial: While not bad steps to take, the Apodaca bills do not go far enough to open up the marketplace, R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow with the …

As flood threats rise, federal reform to diversify the insurance risk sinks

From ClimateWire Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a Washington-based research group, believes it's crucial to shift some of the government's climbing flood exposure to private insurers. But …

House panel hears pros, cons of smokeless tobacco

From the State Journal-Register: But Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a senior fellow at the conservative research group R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., said the mortality rate associated with smokeless …

Parts of Obama Budget Spark Debate Over Cost, Availability of Insurance

From PropertyCasualty360: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Group, a libertarian think tank, said in a statement that it “represents a protectionist and economically destructive tax …

Obama Budget Proposes Big Change For Foreign Reinsurance

From Law360: R Street argues the proposal would drive up reinsurance costs and make it harder for disaster-prone areas like Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California to access the global …

Tough conflict of interest standard for TWIA

From Austin Business Journal: “By ensuring conflicts of interests are banned from the financial process we will protect taxpayers and instill confidence in our public institutions,” said Julie Drenner, …

New month brings unlikely energy news

From Fuel Fix: In another shocker, the R Street Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank, has come up with a proposal to encourage wind electricity without unplugging its flat …

Storm of Money: Sparks of reform in South Carolina Legislature while homeowners fume about high rates and ‘replacement costs’

From The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier: Last month, the R Street Institute, a Washington D.C., think tank, took a look at the state’s coastal insurance market. The group’s …

Congressional legislation would halt, delay NFIP market reforms

From SNL Financial Delaying what is already a slow process is a bad idea, Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, told SNL. R Street was part of …

As NFIP faces deepening debt, some call for more subsidies and lower rates

From PropertyCasualty360: In commenting on the New Jersey Senate resolution, R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, calls the resolution a “self parody.” “The NFIP has been …

Time to ask Cyprus for a real concession and end the partition of the island

From the Hurriyet Daily News: ...This may be the one chance to resolve this seemingly intractable problem that’s been a thorn in the side of Europe for four decades. …

‘Beachhouse Bailout’ Bill Reintroduced in Congress

From The Heartlander: R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann says shifting liabilities from state-run insurance programs to the federal government would violate basic principles of insurance. Furthermore, he says, …

Familiar National Catastrophe Fund Bill Meets Familiar Opposition

From PropertyCasualty360: However, R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the Washington think tank R Street, the federal government would ultimately be forced to guarantee liabilities from government-run property insurance …

Arkansan proposes private funds to pay for relief after disaster hits

From Arkansas Democrat-Observer: Critics, who have called the plan a “beach house bailout,” contend that the legislation would promote home construction in disaster-prone areas and lower insurance premiums, which …

Cat backstop backers look to shed ‘beach house bailout’ moniker with new bill

From SNL Financial: With the NFIP running a debt of close to $30 billion and Florida's fund facing restructuring, it is difficult to find virtue in a new government …

Bills seek rollback in crop insurance subsidies

From PropertyCasualty360: Supporters and the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, say current crop-insurance subsidies account for $62 of every $100 paid in crop-insurance premiums. R …

Bills target crop insurance funding

From Agriculture.com: “What makes the crop insurance program particularly troublesome is that, unlike other agricultural supports, the subsidies are neither means-tested nor subject to conservation compliance requirements,” says Andrew …

Online Sales Tax Bill Gets Boost in US Senate

From Health Care News: Andrew Moylan, outreach director and senior fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, DC, disputes the notion that the bill establishes the same set …

A consumer’s guide to the Florida Legislature

From the Tampa Bay Times: "This is the one issue that could seriously cause long-term, catastrophic damage to the state's economy," said Christian Cámara, Florida director of the free-market …

Fed Stress Doesn’t Faze Sequestration Supporters

From Government Executive: Mulvaney, who was elected in 2010, spoke on a conference call with allies from an array of anti-tax groups -- the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxpayers for …

Texas lawmaker introduces legislation targeting Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

From the San Antonio Business Journal: “TWIA must be beyond reproach and the taxpayers deserve to know that the kinds of questionable practices that led to its current administrative …

Bill in Texas Legislature proposes tax-free hurricane prep week

From Austin Business Journal: “We are excited to see hard-working people along the coast and across the state receive some tax relief for items necessary to protect their property …

Insurer to Take 31,000 Commercial Wind Policies from Florida’s Citizens

From Insurance Journal: R Street Institute Florida Director Christine Camara praised the deal for helping Citizens shed some of its exposure while lessening the possibility of future assessments on …

R Street: Plan to Shed Citizens Policies a Win for Taxpayers

From Sunshine State News: The free-market supportive think tank R Street Institute has backed the move Monday by the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of governors to have Florida-based …

Chamber poll: Floridians want the state out of the insurance business

From Florida Trend: Floridians believe their state should stay out of the insurance business, rather than supporting a state-run insurance company, according to a recent poll sponsored by the …

New York Considers Buying Up Flood-Prone Properties Damaged by Sandy

From National Underwriter: Ray Lehmann, public-affairs director with R-Street, a national think-tank, says the governor’s proposal is based on the National Flood Insurance Program’s own plan to repurchase frequently …

As industry pushes for TRIA renewal, others say ‘not so fast’

From National Underwriter: Among those urging a thorough debate is the R Street Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank. R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann says a comprehensive debate should …

Strange bedfellow seek major changes in disaster funding

From ClimateWire: The framework also calls for voluntary national standards for infrastructure resilience and guidelines for land use. Those aspects of the plan stand to face political hurdles, amid …

Coalition calls for new framework for natural disaster response

From Business Insurance: Washington-based SmarterSafer.org outlined its proposal during a teleconference. In its framework, the group says the federal government “continues to address natural disasters after they occur in …

Debate Over Rebuilding Beaches Post-Sandy Creates Waves

From National Public Radio: "This is a particularly silly form of disaster relief," says Eli Lehrer of the libertarian R Street Institute. He's also co-founder of SmarterSafer, a Washington, …

Eli Lehrer, “Dead in the Water: The Federal Flood Insurance Fiasco,” the Weekly Standard, January 28, 2013

From Kevin R. Kosar: Eli Lehrer has written an interesting article on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As he frames it, this insurance program illustrative of the challenge of taking …

Congress to consider privatizing the NFIP

From Business Insurance: Rep. Hensarling's pledge drew praise from the free market-oriented R Street Project, which holds that flood is an insurable risk and should thus be left to …

COMMENTARY: State-controlled insurers may pose systemic risk

From Business Insurance: As regulators consider exactly which institutions present a systemic risk under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, they ought to consider the comments …

Business, environmental advocates push for leaner Citizens Insurance

From Sunshine State News: Christian R. Cámara, state director - Florida, The R Street Institute “The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Property Insurance Corp. pose enormous threats to Florida’s economy. …

As its power grows, NAIC to face push for greater transparency

From SNL Financial: "They are not a regulator, but they have regulatory duties," R Street Senior Fellow and Public Affairs Director R.J. Lehmann told SNL. "Their pronouncements do have …

Government-owned Broadband Networks a Headache for Their Owners

From Sunshine State News: The R Street Institute’s long-held position is that consideration for a GON should be limited only to truly unserved or underserved areas, and that if …

Florida Looks to Restructure Its Hurricane Fund; Federal Option Proposed

From Insurance Journal: R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann said the legislation would serve as a disincentive for states like Florida to address their own insurance markets and instead …

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit to Block Florida PIP Reform

From Sunshine State News: The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., has issued a press release praising the recent order by Judge Richard Lazzara of the …

Judge Hears Arguments, but Again Dismisses Suit Seeking Block of Fla. PIP Law

From National Underwriter: Responding to the decision, R Street Florida Director Christian R. Cámara says, “[Florida Governor Rick] Scott and the Florida Legislature heard the calls from Florida consumers …

Free-Market Think Tank: End Home Insurance Subsidies in Florida’s Coastal Wetlands

From Sunshine State News: R Street, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., has released a new report that urges Florida's legislators to cut off all home insurance …

The Beach House Bailout

From The Daily Beast: Eli Lehrer slams Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson's proposed Homeowners' Defense Act as a "zombie-like bill" that should be opposed by fiscal conservatives and environmentalists alike. …

The Politics Of Disaster Aid Are Starting To Shift

From NPR.org: "The ad hoc, blank check approach that we've had for the last few decades is not one that we think is working very well," says Ray Lehmann, …

Florida Congressmen Introduce Two Bills Seeking ‘Beach House Bailout’

From Sunshine State News: The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., today expressed strong opposition to the recent introduction of HR 240, the Homeowners …

For Senate Committee Active in Insurance Issues, a New Ranking Minority Member

From National Underwriter: Ray Lehmann, a fellow at the R Street Institute, a think tank, cautioned that it “will be difficult to replace the depth of knowledge on insurance …

Privatizing NFIP Could Be on Agenda After Sandy-Aid Battles

From National Underwriter: R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann responded by saying that while there will be challenges in moving to a fully private market for flood insurance, including …

Insurers Divided Over North Carolina Auto Insurance Rate System

From Insurance Journal: When Marlett teaches North Carolina’s system as one that tends to cap costs for higher-risk drivers and charges good drivers more, his students are outraged they …

Do state insurers present systemic risk?

From Business Insurance: The discussion of the degree to which property/casualty insurers present a systemic risk to the economy as a whole has focused on private insurance companies. This …

Ideas to reduce future storm damage include carbon tax, cutting disaster aid

From ClimateWire: "The mitigation piece of it is problematic," said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a conservative organization that works with environmentalists and insurers to reduce …

Critics urge much bigger cost savings in U.S. farm bill

From Reuters: Andrew Moylan, of R Street, a fiscally conservative think tank, said all sides now agree on ending the direct payment, at least. "Put the savings in the …

Senate bill would extend government-backed insurance program for bank deposits

From the Associated Press: But 14 conservative and free-market groups, in a letter to Senate leaders Friday, said the TAG program “both places unlimited liability on taxpayers for bank …

Conservative Groups Join CU Trades in Opposing Bankers’ TAG Bill

From Credit Union Times: In addition to the R Street Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute, free-market think tanks that support credit union member business lending legislation, the letter was …

Dos and Don’ts of the Fiscal Cliff

From the American Spectator: My friend Andrew Moylan of the R Street Institute has an excellent short paper out that summarizes five dos and five don'ts of the fiscal …

Change in conversation on climate and energy likely

From the Kansas City Star: Although a carbon tax is unlikely to be approved, it has been mentioned as a partial solution to the country's coming fiscal cliff by …

New Hires: Brannon to R Street Institute

From National Journal: Ike Brannon will be joining the R Street Institute as a senior fellow and research director on Dec. 1. Brannon was most recently at American Action Forum, …

Powering America with Canadian Hydropower

From The Daily Beast: Eli Lehrer writes that although American hydropower has reached its logical limits on new dams -- although existing ones can be enlarged to add capacity …

Congress prepares for bailout of flood insurance program amid Sandy claims

From The Hill: Ray Lehmann of the conservative group R Street said his organization is pushing for FEMA to agree to take out reinsurance on NFIP to mitigate risk. …

How About a Little Flood Insurance Reform?

From the Daily Beast: Our friend and sometime contributor Eli Lehrer (of the R Street think tank) has been warning for years against the recklessness of friendly subsidies to …

As coasts rebuild and U.S. pays, repeatedly, the critics ask why

From the New York Times: A coalition in Washington called SmarterSafer.org, made up of environmentalists, libertarians and budget watchdogs, contends that the subsidies have essentially become a destructive, unaffordable …

Oppose corporate welfare, get called corporate shill in ‘The Nation’

From the Washington Examiner: Liberal magazine Mother Jones has a very good article on the federal flood insurance program, which subsidizes people’s beachfront homes at taxpayer expense. The program …

Storm Lessons

From the Sag Harbor Express And, yes, land-use policies on the coast need to change — especially the use of tax dollars “encouraging people to live in harm’s way,” …

Swept in by a Hurricane, Climate Change Returns to Washington

From Wired: Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow at R Street, a free market think tank, said that “we’re starting to hear more of these discussions happening in Washington.” A …

The Election’s Impact on Insurance Issues

From PropertyCasualty360: “This was a status quo election,” says Eli Lehrer, president of the Washington-based R Street Institute. “The Senate will stay Democratic and the House Republican. President Obama will …

Hurricane Sandy: National Flood Insurance Program Will Need More Borrowing Authority

From the Credit Union Times: Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute in Washington, says calculations by his group and others indicate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, …

Sandy exposes a coast at risk

From The (Wilmington, Del.) News-Journal: Late last week, a coalition of citizen, environmental and business groups called for a congressional overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program to reduce …

After Sandy, flood insurance reformers spring into action

From The Hill: “We’ve had a very effective right-left coalition on flood insurance, and it will strengthen that existing coalition,” Eli Lehrer, president and co-founder of the R Street …

Sandy highlights need for private flood risk transfer via catastrophe bonds again

From Artemis.bm: R Street Institute, a strong voice on these issues, provided some comments to InsuranceNewsNet here. Senior R Street fellow R.J. Lehmann said; “It appears likely that Sandy …

The Cost of Natural Disasters, By the Numbers

From National Journal: "It seems like a pretty good idea to me," said Eli Lehrer, president and co-founder of the conservative think tank the R Street Institute, who was …

REEDER: Hidden deals, hefty subsidies keep sports teams in your city

From Watchdog.org: But that pride comes at a price, said Andrew Moylan, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, who has written extensively on sports subsidies. The R …

Eli Lehrer on How to Talk About Climate Change: Go for Two-fers

From National Review: In a new column at the Huffington Post, Eli Lehrer of R Street explains that because “climate change and closely related issues like energy use simply …

How to avoid getting into a legal battle with your own auto insurer

From Insur