Media Hits

The party of ‘no’

From the High Plains Journal: So, who are these groups that so prematurely and publicly are badmouthing the farm bill? It’s the usual suspects, as well as a few …

E-smoke’em if you got’em

From the Washington Examiner: Nicholas John for the R Street Institute: Historically, American tobacco control policy has been based on the premise that all tobacco products are hazardous and that none …

The Trump administration is using Hurricane Maria as an excuse to subsidize the coal industry

From Mother Jones: With three of the five FERC seats currently filled, two of the commissioners have already gone public with their skepticism. Robert Powelson, a Trump appointee confirmed in …

Sen. Harris quiet as civil rights group throws support behind anti-sex-trafficking bill

From the Washington Free Beacon: The R Street Institute, a free market think-tank that has received funds from Google, late last week released a statement praising Harris for seeking a …

A CA sanctuary state: But what is California doing for its own citizens?

From the Forbes: As Steven Greenhut recently wrote, according to the study, “Pension Math: Public Pension Spending and Service Crowd Out in California, 2003-2030” by former Democratic Assemblyman Joe …

Rick Perry, coal, and crony capitalism

From the Reason Magazine: "There is no free market in the energy industry," Perry declared in a recent speech. Over at the R Street Institute, a free-market think thank, energy analyst …

Right and left react to Bannon’s harsh words for McConnell

From the New York Times: James Wallner in The Washington Examiner: “McConnell can help unstick the G.O.P.’s agenda if he changes how he does his job.” Mr. Wallner writes that the majority leader …

House oversight hearing on the 2020 census

From the CQ Roll Call: CUMMINGS: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. There is one key point we can get across to those watching today's hearing. I believe it is …

US survey : Most adults consider smokeless tobacco as harmful as cigarettes

From the Vaping Post: “The article failed to specify that the correct answer [to the question] is: ‘Yes, smokeless tobacco products are less harmful than cigarettes.’ The article instead …

Birthday of the day: R Street president Eli Lehrer

From PoliticoPlaybook: How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “My wife is in the hospital right now actually, so we are going to celebrate once she is feeling …

New traffic fatality data underscore need for autonomous vehicle legislation

From Economics21:  In the long-run, it is possible that fully autonomous vehicles could displace some share of these occupations. However, as R Street’s Caleb Watney has written, , it is more …

Pennsylvania wants to get drunk on debt

From Reason.com: And a new paper published Thursday by Jarrett Dieterle, a fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., questions whether state-run liquor operations charging what amounts to secret …

Pension liabilities bite in the present, too

From CEI: Yet, the pain isn’t all in the future. As a new study from Stanford University’s Institute for Economic Policy Research shows, increasing pension payments are straining California cities’ finances …

House passes storm aid with Puerto Rico, flood coverage lifeline

From Bloomberg Politics: The conservative-leaning think tank R Street has urged the Senate to raise the flood insurance program’s borrowing cap instead of forgiving its debt. It also wants …

White House: Hurricanes push Trump to replace stricken flood order

From ClimateWire: Just when the Trump administration began work on a replacement effort -- or whether one will actually come to fruition -- is unclear. Several groups that support …

Rick Perry wants to bail out the coal industry

From The Atlantic: Economic experts from both the right and the left have also opposed the plan. Josiah Neeley, the director of energy policy at the conservative R Street …

Trump names former Texas regulator as White House environmental adviser

From the New York Times: “I don’t think that she’s right on climate science,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank that has argued …

Alcohol laws: Why do liquor rules vary drastically from state-to-state?

From WTTG (FOX-5, Washington, DC): On “The Final 5,” FOX 5's Jim Lokay was joined by Jarrett Dieterle from DrinksReform.org to talk about ways his group is working to reform alcoholic …

Here’s how California plans to regulate driverless cars

From Ars Technica: The specificity of these rules drives free-market advocates like the R Street Institute's Ian Adams nuts. He prefers the approach of Arizona, which has attracted a lot of …

More pleas to stop menthol cigarette ban

From the Wanderer: Nicolas John, Northeast regional manager of the R Street Institute, asked the board to reconsider banning flavored electronic nicotine products and cautioned against banning mint, menthol, …

AT&T/Time Warner facing wave of conservative opposition

From Consumer Electronics Daily: "These headline-grabbing, political objections" likely won't have a big role in the DOJ analysis, said Joe Kane, R Street Institute technology policy associate. With wide diversity of …

Pruitt’s move to repeal CPP sets up prolonged battle over carbon regulations

From UtilityDIVE: “Oftentimes in litigation, delays can achieve your goal regardless of the technical outcome of the case,” said Josiah Neeley, director of energy policy at free-market think tank …

Senate takes up federal sentencing reforms

From the Newsmax: Three bills have been introduced setting the stage for possible new federal sentencing reforms, The Washington Free Beacon is reporting. The bills have been introduced by a host …

Senate Republicans lay out new federal sentencing agendas

From the Washington City Paper: Arthur Rizer, justice policy director for the R Street Institute, lauded the SRCA’s de-emphasis of mandatory minimums, arguing that its emphasis on reentry was …

If the Department of Agriculture were honest, that’s what it would call itself.

From the American Spectator: “One reasonable reform would be to institute a ‘no-double-dipping’ provision that would require farmers to choose between either subsidized crop insurance coverage or (ARC and …

Perry acts to prevent predatory pricing from pushing nuclear And coal competition out of market. FERC to value resiliency and pipeline independence.

From the energy collective: R Street, an organization that describes its mission as “to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government” expressed dismay …

Mapped: How the US generates electricity

From Carbon Brief: (The US Department of Energy is attempting to force the parts of the US that operate competitive electricity markets to subsidise coal and nuclear generation. This would “blow up” wholesale …

The risk in selling reduced-nicotine cigarettes

From Vaping Post: On Friday the 28th of July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, which included lowering the amount of …

US Study : the correlation between nicotine levels and tobacco addiction

From Vaping Post: On Friday the 28th of July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, which included lowering the amount of nicotine …

Trump is about to stifle U.S. solar power. Why?

From Fortune: Even the Heritage Foundation, the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council, and other right-wing organizations have joined environmental groups in opposing the tariffs on the basis of free …

Wheat group defends crop insurance

From Capital Press: Wheat industry leaders are emphasizing the importance of crop insurance for farmers in the wake of a summit sponsored by organizations that want to eliminate it. The …

Trump’s rhetoric hampers his aides’ surveillance push

From Politico: “Now you have this third party,” said Arthur Rizer, the national security and justice policy director for the libertarian-leaning R Street Institute. “You have the Twitter account …

The Farm Bureau is the swamp

From the American Institute for Economic Research: This story came to mind as I read a new piece of research from the R Street Institute, posted on October 3: "Farm-support reform …

States, cities feud over wireless network small cells

From Bloomberg BNA: “When you’re talking about barriers to cell deployment, there’s market barriers, and there’s legal, policy barriers,” Tom Struble, technology policy manager at the think tank R …

What the Senate Republican budget actually means for health care

From the Vox: "The same members who were problems for leadership on Obamacare are likely to be problems on tax reform," James Wallner at the right-leaning R Street Institute …

State of the Ag economy and weather conditions show ceed for safety net

From the National Association of Wheat Growers: The R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Heritage Foundation, and other like-minded groups held a Farm Bill policy reform Summit …

Ranking member Veasey’s opening statement for grid resiliency hearing

From the House, Science, Space, and Technology Committee: "The Department has leaned on its recently released report on the electric grid for its justification. But, the lead author of …

Whirlpool’s washer war is balancing act for Trump

From the New York Times: Clark Packard, a policy analyst at the R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank, says the safeguards should be reserved for rare instances of …

Whirlpool’s washer war is balancing act for Trump

From Reuters: Clark Packard, a policy analyst at the R Street Institute, a libertarian think tank, says the safeguards should be reserved for rare instances of unforeseen surges in …

How appealing

From Above the Law: "Justice Willett: The Judicial Unicorn; Don Willett is the Twitter conservative judge America has been waiting for." Shoshana Weissmann and C. Jarrett Dieterle have this post online at …

NFIP to double Treasury borrowing

From Reactions: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated that it will likely need to increase the borrowing authority of the NFIP from the Treasury, with its current …

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 …

PowerPost

  From the Washington Post Daybook: The American Enterprise Institute holds an event on how "decade of extreme monetary policy changed the banking system" on Oct. …

It’s Trump vs. the Bill of Rights: Letters

From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Bravo to columnist Steven Greenhut (Sept. 22) for clarifying what’s at stake with Donald Trump’s flouting of our country’s founding document about how …

Banter #284: James Wallner and Peter Hanson on the Senate filibuster

From AEI Banter Podcast: This week on Banter, James Wallner and Peter Hanson joined the show to discuss the possibility and repercussions of reforming or abolishing the Senate filibuster. …

This is not how the Senate is supposed to work

From Vox: What the Senate, under both parties, has actually done is find a third way: relentlessly expand the budget reconciliation process to absorb bills it wasn’t designed to …

Farm bill reformers to meet up in DC

From Politico Morning Agriculture: A few dozen critics of the farm bill from across the ideological spectrum — from the far right to the far left — are planning …

Harvey plays into partisan divide on national program

From Greenwire: R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at the R Street Institute and a member of the SmarterSafer coalition, said he's not surprised that Harvey's wrath is further entrenching the political …

Betsy DeVos shows courage in the face of the law

From the Daily Caller: Reputable scholars who investigate claims of a “rape epidemic” readily conclude that it is not simply exaggerated but a hoax.  “The rape ‘epidemic’ doesn’t actually …

Belated congrats

From Politico Morning Tax: The Tax Foundation’s Joe Henchman, one of D.C.’s best online sales tax quotes, married Ethan Bishop of the R Street Institute over the weekend. (As …

Rise in violent crime should concern us all

From the Daily Gazette: Others were more cautious in responding to the FBI's just-released crime statistics, noting that violent crime is at historic lows and that the increase can …

Clean energy groups push to avoid tariffs in solar panel case

From Morning Consult: Suniva filed the petition under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, a “really extreme remedy” according to Clark Packard, a trade lawyer and policy …

Jonathan Bernstein – early returns

From BloombergView: Jordan Ragusa on the importance of the Alabama Senate primary and how the U.S. Senate changes over time. …

BuzzFeed wants you to fear Facebook’s algorithms

From the Daily Caller: “The trouble comes in with humans, who can frequently be unpredictable in their awfulness,” Caleb Watney, technology policy associate at the think tank R Street, …

Autumnal essays

From National Review: It’s the first day of fall, and that means the Fall 2017 issue of National Affairs is here.   Among the offerings this time are Mike …

Thomas Jefferson and three keys to persuasion

From Forbes: Thomas Jefferson would have been comfortable on Twitter. He would have been really good at writing short, provocative tweets that make people think differently. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence …

Warren Buffett Watch: Dow at 1 million in 100 years? Just 4 percent a year would get there

From the Omaha World-Herald: If the index grows by a steady 4 percent a year, compounded, it would reach 1,003,466 in 97 years. Adjusted for inflation, the Dow has …

Gov’t agency paves way for trump to slap tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports

From the Daily Caller: “It’s a classic example of valuing the producer over the consumer,” Clark Packard, a policy analyst at free market group R-Street, told TheDCNF about how tariffs …

Carbon tax war among conservatives heats up

From Washington Examiner: The two organizations that have sparked the most ire from the conservative groups include the libertarian Niskanen Center and the conservative and free-market R Street Institute. "First, …

Trade issues

From Axios: One is how the outside parties opposed to tariffs suggest that the White House may be able to thread the needle of imposing new trade penalties without …

Only in Calif.: Gatorade putting water out of business?

From OneNewsNow: R Street Institute Western Region Director Steven Greenhut maintains that the lawsuit was ridiculous in nature. "This should never have been filed, it's total silliness," Greenhut insisted. "Water is …

Business groups to Trump: let’s stop building in dangerous flood zones

From Buzzfeed: “We ask the administration to lead the nation in rebuilding after Harvey and Irma by ensuring our communities and infrastructure are strong enough to withstand the next …

SESTA coverage

From the Technology and Marketing Law Blog: Mike Godwin and Zach Graves, Yes, You Can Believe In Internet Freedom Without Being A Shill …

The coming carbon debate

From the Washington Examiner: Right to Left: Conservative groups supporting a carbon tax, such as the Niskanen Center and the R Street Institute, say they are “no liberals.” "There is a …

Cheap, foreign-made solar panels flooding the market are hurting US companies, trade officials rule

From Buzzfeed: Adding to the disagreement about what impact future tariffs could have on the industry, some groups have argued that the World Trade Organization could legally challenge the efforts, or …

Dow 1,000,000

From Barron’s: That doesn’t take into account the effect of inflation, however. With inflation averaging 3.1%, the Dow’s real compounded annual growth rate was 2.3%, according to the R …

Trade panel puts solar tariff decision in Trump’s hands

From Politico: “[Trump] could easily reward his buddies in the coal industry who would really like to see high-priced solar panels competing with coal for space on the grid,” …

EPA asked Heartland for experts who question climate science

From E&E News: Eli Lehrer, who headed the insurance group for Heartland, said he left because the billboard was a step too far. He founded the R Street Institute …

No, Donald Trump, America’s trade deal with South Korea isn’t costing U.S. jobs

From Reason.com: "Withdrawing from KORUS, for instance, would likely mean our products would face, on average, a 13/14 percent tariff to enter South Korea (up from zero), Clark Packard, …

The latest twist in solar trade case

From Politico Morning Energy: Days before a crucial vote in the case, Solar Energy Industries Association sent a letter to the International Trade Commission saying the petitioners in the case — …

Claims for hurricane Harvey, Irma will outstrip NFIP borrowing authority, lawmaker says

From BestWire: This year, FEMA entered into agreements with 25 reinsurers to provide up to $1.04 billion of reinsurance to pay claims for a qualifying event in which damages …

Transitions

From PoliticoPlaybook: ... Dr. Megan Reiss is starting today at R Street as a senior national security fellow. She was previously the senior national security fellow for Sen. Ben Sasse …

Think tank sues US Treasury over 2014 letter involving Berkshire Hathaway

From SNL Financial: Then, on April 26, 2017, Alex Pollock referenced the letter in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. Pollock is a distinguished senior fellow at the …

OKCupid complicates online dating even more, adds Planned Parenthood virtue-signaling

From the Observer: Taking into account the increasing tendency for people on both sides of the political aisle to live in worlds of confirmation bias, some find the notion …

Don’t punch tickets for re-regulation, President Trump

From the Washington Examiner: Ian Adams for the R Street Institute: Congress was able to achieve ... substantial railroad deregulation with the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which eliminated costly rate …

Hurricanes present new challenge to Trump’s fast-track permit plan

From the Washington Examiner: "The executive order will facilitate construction of things in places we know almost for sure are going to flood, and that's terrible public policy," Eli …

Hooch, Firewater and Moonshine

From RealClearBooks: It’s a beverage that deepens the friendships and strengthens the spines of mountain people from the Appalachians to the Urals. Its producers have been discussed and celebrated …

How an Amazon HQ might change how Philly operates

From Philadelphia Inquirer: Jon Coppage, a “conservative urbanism” fan and UChicago alumnus who is a visiting senior fellow at R Street, a conservative think tank in Washington, made his …

R Street Institute warns of higher premiums in light of cross-border reinsurance tax

From Reinsurance News: A study on the impact on the New Madrid zone in light of a potential cross-border reinsurance taxation, by R Street Institute, claims that such a …

Research could improve storm shelters

From the Tuscaloosa News: The center’s mission is to solve insurance problems with research and education. Destructive tornadoes and hurricanes have resulted in higher insurance rates in the state, …

UA studies impact on insurance following recent hurricanes

From the WBRC (Fox): Watching what's happening to homeowners in the path of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey may have you taking a second look at what kind of coverage …

Congress shouldn’t deputize airlines as tax collectors

From the Washington Times: Just like with other GSEs, we’ve been told that the new entity will be self-funded, in this case by a user fee. As always, I’m …

Is this why Congress can’t get anything done?

From the Fiscal Times: But there may be more to it than partisan politics, as a blog post from the Brookings Institution suggests. The post highlights a recent survey asking 184 …

Brian Howey column: Cold beer here in the age of Amazon

From the Herald Bulletin: Here’s how the American Conservative observes our straddling the centuries, with C. Jarrett Dieterle citing the “missed opportunity to reform the state’s infamous ‘cold beer …

NFIP likely needs increase in borrowing authority to cover Harvey claims

From Business Insurance: “That turned out to be a very good investment,” R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow for the conservative R Street Institute think tank in Washington, said of the …

R Street Institute national security director weighs in on jail reform

From KJZZ-FM (NPR): Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced an approach that is reminiscent of a more traditional “law and order” effort on criminal justice. Skeptics have said that method …

With hurricane gas hikes, are electric, hybrids way to go?

From One News Now: Regardless, Ian Adams of the R Street Institute stressed that there are always going to be oil shocks, and there are always going to be fluctuations in the price …

Hurricane Harvey to take major toll on Texas insurer of last resort

From the Texas Monitor: “There is no way TWIA can keep going after a storm like this, charging what it does,” said Josiah Neely, an analyst from the R …

Hurricanes highlight failure to enforce flood insurance rules

From Bloomberg: That’s because uninsured homeowners with severe damage may decide their only option is to abandon the property and stop making mortgage payments. “If you’ve lost your home …

Trump’s self-driving car strategy: Don’t regulate self-driving cars

From Ars Technica: Caleb Watney, a self-driving vehicle researcher at the free-market R Street Institute, says that this is a pared-down version of a 15-point list found in the …

Solar developers hoard panels as U.S. tariff threat looms

From BloombergMarkets: Solar developers have vociferously opposed Suniva’s trade complaint, saying tariffs on cheap imports will hobble demand for new installations and eliminate thousands of jobs. The case has …

Center-right groups urge ITC against recommending tariffs in solar case

From Politico: The International Trade Commission should avoid recommending the use of tariffs to protect the U.S. solar industry in an ongoing trade remedy case, a coalition of right-leaning …

More voices weigh in on solar tariff case

From Politico Morning Energy: Six right-leaning policy groups will urge the International Trade Commission not to back a bid from solar manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld USA to impose tariffs …

Center-right groups urge ITC against recommending tariffs in solar case

From Politico Pro: The International Trade Commission should avoid recommending the use of tariffs to protect the U.S. solar industry in an ongoing trade remedy case, a coalition of …

Senator Orrin Hatch honors and mourns the Snapchat Hot Dog

From Fortune: On Friday afternoon, a young conservative writer noticed that Snapchat’s mega-popular “dancing hotdog” filter seemed to have disappeared from the app. Her tweet was noticed by a much more …

Here’s why Florida is so much more vulnerable to a Hurricane like Irma right now

From Mother Jones: Trump’s recent executive order reversing Obama’s elevated flood standards will only make bad federal planning worse, because it will mean federal disaster relief won’t necessarily take into account …

Just 10 days before ‘Harvey’ struck Texas!

From the Island: In a major storm, added R Street Institute’s Ray Lehmann, an insurance and disaster preparedness expert, "the security and responsiveness of hospitals, fire departments, and police …

The country club at 20,000 ft: How the federal government subsidizes flights to Bar Harbor

From the Washington Examiner: Alternatively, the rich people who fly into Bar Harbor could pay for the airport themselves. The rural poor aren't the ones booking family vacations thanks …

The US government needs an IT reboot – and it wants the blockchain’s help

From Coindesk: Participants in today's workshop include blockchain and non-blockchain companies, as well as groups and associations with an interest in the technology, such as the Chamber of Digital …

Editorial: Restore U.S. rules for rebuilding after floods

From the Reading Eagle: Yes, the NRDC is an environmental group, but before dismissing Moore's remarks as a predictable liberal reaction, consider that R.J. Lehmann, a fellow at the …

Law enforcement leaders back bail reform

From The Hill: Harris and Paul are working to build support for the bill, according to Harris's office. The legislation has been backed by dozens of criminal justice reform, …

San Francisco tobacco flavour ban upheld

From the Vaping Post: “The state—especially the Bay Area—is leaving smokers vulnerable to tobacco-related diseases that will kill nearly 4,000 Californians this month. Lawmakers who understand the value of harm …

Federal judge blocks Wisconsin county’s ‘Pokemon Go’ park ordinance

From the Heartland Institute: Pokémon Hunting Permits Anne Hobson, an associate fellow in technology policy with the R Street Institute, says the ordinance is too restrictive and costly. “Milwaukee County’s ordinance …

Energy amendments ready for House debate

From Politico Energy: CONTOURING THE EVER-ELUSIVE CARBON TAX: The R St. Institute is out with a new paper this morning looking at how to structure a border-adjusted carbon tax “to deal with …

House passes law to accelerate adoption of self-driving technology

From Ars Technica: In an e-mailed statement, Caleb Watney, an analyst at the R Street Institute, praised the bill, arguing that it will "help clear regulatory roadblocks to developing …

Spooks on the Hill: Senate, House intelligence panels rely heavily on ex-spies

From the Sacramento Bee: “There are big areas in the intelligence community that very few people in Congress have any idea of,” said Arthur Rizer, a national security expert at …

Spooks on the Hill: Senate, House intelligence panels rely heavily on ex-spies

From the Miami Herald: “There are big areas in the intelligence community that very few people in Congress have any idea of,” said Arthur Rizer, a national security expert at …

Días antes de la llegada del huracán Harvey, Trump revocó orden que protegía de inundaciones

From La Raza: “Vamos a reconstruir cosas que no deberían ser reconstruidas y (…) de una manera menos segura de lo que deberían ser”, dijo a Business Insider Eli …

Internet companies can legally shut out alt-right

From the Washington Examiner: Congress isn't actually more partisan Casey Burgat for the R Street Institute: Most laws, including landmark legislation, are passed with strong bipartisan support. Contrary to expectations, there is …

What Congress can do about Harvey

From the Vice: "A six-month extension would be ideal," says R.J. Lehmann of the bipartisan policy research group R Street. "We can get through the initial piece of this …

No, flooding in Houston was not caused by a lack of zoning laws

From the Reason: And even if one were to accept that sprawling development makes flooding considerably worse, there is no reason to assume zoning would improve it, says Ray …

Hurricane Harvey isn’t about climate change, it’s about bad federal policy (Podcast)

From the Reason: As the media and politicians rush to blame the intensity of and damage from Hurricane Harvey on climate change and zoning, Ray Lehmann of R Street wants to talk about a …

Flood insurance is a mess, and Harvey won’t make Congress any more likely to fix it

From the Sacramento Bee: Hurricane Harvey is sure to add more crushing debt to the National Flood Insurance Program, which is already $25 billion in the red. So when …

Trump executive order repealing regulations could impact Harvey rebuild

From SNL Financial: ...Ian Adams, associate vice president of state affairs at think tank R Street Institute, said in an interview that Trump's order will allow the federal government …

Development and disasters — A deadly combination well beyond Houston

From CNBC: R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at R Street Institute, noted that when Harvey came ashore northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Aug. 25, as a Category 4 …

House budget’s NTIA-FCC merger proposal seen as nonfactor in work on reauth bill

From Washington Internet Daily: Redl "could provide leadership" for the NTIA reauthorization process by providing guidance to the subcommittee on his priorities for the agency, a tech lobbyist noted. …

How Trump made it harder to rebuild a safe Houston

From Grist: In a major storm, the security and responsiveness of hospitals, fire departments, and police stations become even more important. We’ve repeatedly seen that in real-time when disasters …

Hurricane Harvey flood claims will hit insurance program as Congress struggles to fix it

From USA Today: "That should be restored, and Congress should state explicitly that that’s the law and not count on it being in an executive order,” said R.J. Lehmann, a …

Trump can say whatever he likes: he’s made rebuilding a safe Houston much, much harder

From MotherJones: In a major storm, the security and responsiveness of hospitals, fire departments, and police stations become even more important. We’ve repeatedly seen that in real-time when disasters strike. But unless these structures are …

NPR targets Trump, Cruz over hurricane Harvey recovery funding

From NewsBusters: The correspondent did feature four soundbites from R.J. Lehmann of the R Street Institute (which he identified as a "free-market research group"). Lehmann criticized the President for …

The most vape-friendly city, ranked

From DailyVaper: Wouldn’t it be nice to know as a vaper whether the city you live in is favorable to vaping? You might even decide where to move if …

Trump reversal of flood risk standards will hurt communities like Houston

From TriplePundit: Other organizations, like R Street Institute, a free-market think tank that focuses on complex public policy issues, points out that it’s often human expansion that is at …

Development and disasters — A deadly combination well beyond Houston

From ProPublica: The move was widely criticized as threatening the very infrastructure the president claimed to be trying to revive, including by the R Street Institute, an organization pursuing Reagan-era approaches to …

Why Houston isn’t the only U.S. community ripe for disaster

From Science Magazine: The move was widely criticized as threatening the very infrastructure the president claimed to be trying to revive, including by the R Street Institute, an organization pursuing Reagan-era approaches …

Now comes the uncomfortable question: who gets to rebuild after Harvey?

From The Intercept: Other Smarter Safer members are more gung-ho. Groups, like the Heartland Institute spinoff R Street, a free market think tank, see the current structure of the …

Trump policies could undermine post-Harvey rebuilding

From NPR: R J LEHMANN: It's clearly the wrong direction. JOYCE: J.R. Lehmann (ph) is a fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market research group that wants to see …

Harvey shutters a fifth of U.S. refining capacity, releases hazardous pollutants

From Midwest Energy News: The federal ethanol mandate no longer makes sense, but farm-state governors and other proponents continue to ignore the facts, says a federal energy policy manager for …

Taxpayers face lion’s share of $50bn storm Harvey bill

From Financial Times: The storm may add momentum to those pushing for an overhaul of the government-backed policy, which is already heavily indebted and requires reauthorisation by Congress by …

Harvey damage adds urgency to flood insurance debate

From The Hill: R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at the right-leaning R Street Institute think tank, said the insurance cost of Hurricane Harvey could exceed Hurricane Katrina, which took a …

Congress puts fixing federal flood insurance program on “backburner” as Harvey drenches Texas

From Buzzfeed: “I would like to think that raises concern about the long term stability of the program and increases interest it,” R.J. Lehmann, co-founder of the libertarian free …

Pai huddles mostly with allies ahead of net neutrality rewrite

From BloombergBNA: Participants in other meetings with Pai or his staff have largely focused on specific stakeholder goals for revising the net neutrality rules. Representatives of free-market think tank …

Ice and fire: what Game of Thrones can teach us about power politics

From the guardian: But the panel wasn’t there for TV criticism, and moderator Caleb Watney of the free-market R Street Institute quickly steered them on to the thorny question of …

Trump killed flood safety plan before Hurricane Harvey struck

From truthdig: “The Trump administration’s decision to overturn this is a disaster for taxpayers and the environment,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank …

Key House Chairman wants flood insurance reforms, not just renewal

From Insurance Journal: In the near term, Brown’s prediction is the most likely outcome because disagreements on how to proceed on a broader bill are probably too severe to …

Why did Trump kill flood safety plans for infrastructure? Hurricane Harvey should make him reconsider

From Bustle: “There’s obviously legitimate things to be done to speed up infrastructure, but saying that we’re not going to pay attention to flood risks is not the way …

Trump reversed regulations to protect infrastructure against flooding just days before Hurricane Harvey

From Yahoo Finance: "We will rebuild things that should not be rebuilt and ... in ways that are less safe and secure than they should be," Eli Lehrer, president …

Trump reversed regulations to protect infrastructure against flooding just days before Hurricane Harvey

From Business Insider: Lehrer called Trump's decision to revoke the standards "the biggest step backwards that has ever been taken in flood management policy" and said the move will …

Officials hope Congress does not repeat disaster aid battle that followed Superstorm Sandy

From USA Today: “It may be a matter of semantics, but I don’t consider that disaster aid. The government is running an insurance company, and the insurance company owes …

Key Republican says Harvey will spur deal on flood insurance

From BloombergMarkets: In the near term, Brown’s prediction is the most likely outcome because disagreements on how to proceed on a broader bill are probably too severe to be …

12 of our favorite events in D.C. this week

From the DCist: NOT JUST A SHOW ON HBO: Talking politics can get heated in today’s current world, so why not focus on another one? The Cato Institute and the …

Energy groups push FERC to make changes recommended in Perry’s grid study

From the Washington Examiner: The free-market R Street Institute think tank also will be pressing the pro-market aspects of the Perry study with FERC. R Street has been advocating that …

Ice and fire: Experts explain the sweeping power politics and intrigue in ‘Game of Thrones’

From the Washington Times: “Game of Thrones” is not quite over yet. Just 24 hours after the grand finale of Season 7, a group of analysts will offer an in-depth …

Meet the most powerful man in the House

From Vox: James Wallner, a fellow at the conservative R Street Institute think tank and former executive director of the Senate Steering Committee, explains it as having both the …

What to watch in the wake of the DOE grid study

From UtilityDive: Devin Hartman, electricity policy manager and senior fellow with the R Street Institute, said overall he was impressed with the study. "In the big picture the study …

Trump’s FEMA director doesn’t seem incompetent

From New York Magazine: Long is also the rare (only?) Trump appointee who has been championed by environmentalists. As Bloomberg reports, he has pushed for city and state governments to …

Why Trump’s move to expedite infrastructure projects may backfire

From The Bond Buyer: "But the Trump people view it as a climate-change rule which they are trying to peel back," according to R.J. Lehmann, editor-in-chief and senior fellow at …

How your daily commute can drive up your auto insurance rates

From the Huffington Post: According to Eli Lehrer, insurance regulations expert and president of the R Street Institute, North Carolina has a unique way of setting insurance rates. There, …

Why Hurricane Harvey could be a huge problem for Donald Trump

From Fortune: "He is a rare Trump appointee who is a well-known professional in the field in which he was appointed," said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street …

Politico Morning Energy: How to get hydropower deployed faster

From Politico Morning Energy: REPORT: HOW TO GET HYDROPOWER DEPLOYED FASTER: The R Street Institute released a report Thursday detailing a series of changes to the hydropower licensing process that it said …

Congress should follow the Texas model when it comes to government spending

From The Hill: For example, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and R Street Institute published a study highlighting how the BAT could substantially raise property-casualty insurance premiums from the effects on …

Brock Long’s drive to change U.S. disaster response crosses paths with Hurricane Harvey

From BloombergPolitics: "He is a rare Trump appointee who is a well-known professional in the field in which he was appointed," said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street …

Bail reform restores basic American values of freedom and justice

From Fox&Hounds: Supported by organizations including the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and R Street, the bill would essentially do away with the state’s …

Insurers’ role in the Internet of Things

From Insurance Business Canada: The concept of the Internet of Things [IoT] sounds like something straight out of science fiction: connecting everyday objects to each other and the internet …

India considering a ban on electronic cigarettes

From Vaping News: Interestingly, a policy study just published on R.Street was conducted with the aim of looking into whether such bans are even legal, and found that not only do …

E-cigarette bans may be violating international trade rules

From Vaping News: India is amongst the countries looking to ban electronic cigarettes, despite the mounting evidence that these products are effective harm reduction and smoking cessation tools. In a policy …

Don’t confuse air traffic privatization for modernization

From The Hill: In his Aug. 7 opinion piece, Ian Adams certainly expressed some strongly held opinions about business aviation — an essential American industry supporting over a million jobs …

Axios Generate

From Axios: "I doubt that Bannon's ouster is going to make an enormous difference one way or another," said R Street Institute president Eli Lehrer. "President Trump has few core …

With Trump as dealmaker, could coal be subsidized?

From E&E News: The political element is what makes direct appeals to this White House, with its focus on American-made everything, so different when it comes to the energy …

A Reputation in tatters

From BloombergQuint: Casey Burgat on new research that shows the surprising persistence of bipartisanship in (successful) legislating. …

Tech’s role as online gatekeeper raises questions following racially charged rally

From Politico: “They were already not going to be held liable for it, but they weren't so much concerned about the law here as they were about public backlash,” …

Amy’s notebook: On climate, Trump crosses line in the sand

From Axios: Driving the news: Trump's order repeals a previous one his predecessor issued that required federal agencies to consider future flood risk when spending money on infrastructure projects, including …

Some Democrats see tax reform as a path to taxing carbon

From New York Times: “I won’t say it’s likely, but it’s more likely than it has been in some time,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a …

Trump kills plan to protect projects from rising seas

From E&E News: "It results in stuff being built in the wrong places and being built in the wrong ways," Eli Lehrer, president of the right-leaning R Street Institute, …

Do Republicans want to fight the good fight?

From Bloomberg View: Kevin Kosar on Trump and Jimmy Carter. …

Trump pulls the plug on flood risk management standard

From Business Insider: The conservative R Street Institute think tank also warned that revocation of the Obama executive order would put taxpayers at risk by undermining efforts to ensure …

Trump to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change

From the Washington Post: “Taxpayers have been made to shell out hundreds of billions of dollars in disaster-related spending over the past decade, including more than $136 billion for …

Trump to scrap Obama-era rule to protect infrastructure from climate-change flooding

From the Huffington Post: Eli Lehrer, president of the libertarian think tank R Street Institute, told HuffPost that weakening the flood standard will prove “extremely problematic for taxpayers,” resulting in more …

Will a trade fight with China sabotage the U.S. solar industry? That may be up to Trump.

From the Los Angeles Times: “It is hard to think of a free trade issue that is more fundamental or more clearly shows the benefits of free trade and …

Trump’s new infrastructure order could cost taxpayers billions

From ThinkProgress: The Obama administration’s flood guidance enjoyed broad support across political ideologies, earning praise from groups environmental groups like the Nature Conservancy and right-leaning groups like Taxpayers for Common Sense …

Trump to repeal Obama executive order on sea level rise

From the Daily Caller: Environmentalists were critical of Trump’s plan to rollback the 2015 order, as was the right-leaning R Street Institute. “Taxpayers have been made to shell out hundreds …

The White House doesn’t think sea-level rise is important to US infrastructure

From Quartz: The National Association of Home Builders were among the groups that balked at the order, saying it would raise construction costs. But revoking it would be “a fiscally irresponsible …

Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards

From U.S. News and World Report: "Eliminating this requirement is self-defeating; we can either build smarter now, or put taxpayers on the hook to pay exponentially more when it …

Trump is reportedly planning to repeal Obama-era flood standards, possibly resulting in billions in damages

From The Week: Speaking about President Trump's plans to repeal Obama's executive order, Eli Lehrer of the libertarian R Street Institute told Climatewire: "This will inevitably expand the need for …

Trump promised beautiful bridges and roads. Now he’s putting them in harm’s way.

From MotherJones: “The fundamentals of the Obama policy were pretty simple: The taxpayer isn’t going to spend a vast amount of money to subsidize stupid things,” such as building vulnerable, …

Trump to roll back Obama’s flood standards for infrastructure

From the New York Times: “The Trump administration’s decision to overturn this is a disaster for taxpayers and the environment,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a …

Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards

From CNBC: Flood policy expert Eli Lehrer, president of the libertarian R Street Institute, has been critical of many Obama initiatives. But he said revoking this order was a …

Solar: Unlikely allies try to sway White House before trade decision

From E&E News: That's where right-of-center groups backing SEIA — like Heritage, ALEC, the Cato Institute, the Niskanen Center and the R Street Institute — come into play. They're …

Trump to revoke Obama-era flood risk building standards

From Reuters: Flood policy expert Eli Lehrer, president of the libertarian R Street Institute, has been critical of many Obama initiatives. But he said revoking this order was a …

Flood-risk provision

From Bloomberg: Tuesday’s order will revoke a previous one that Obama signed in January 2015, requiring federal agencies to account for future flood risk when spending money on infrastructure …

Self-driving autos coming soon

From OneNewsNow: Every day is one day closer to seeing autonomous or "self-driving vehicles" on the road, but they may not be what you think. Several different technologies are …

Unconstitutional state food, agriculture crackdowns spur Congress to act

From Reason.com: Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist says the bill would "reign[] in government overreach by forbidding any state from 1) imposing a sales tax on businesses physically outside …

Godwin’s law author endorses comparing neo-Nazis to Nazis

From the Times of Israel: The man who coined “Godwin’s law,” an adage from the early days of the internet that derides the prevalent use of Nazi comparisons in …

Moonshine: Not just what’s for breakfast in the South anymore!

  Kevin Kosar, vice president of policy at the R Street Institute, recently released a gem of a book covering an oft-joked about but little understood topic — illicit …

Politico Playbook

From Politico Playbook: -- Andrew Moylan, EVP of the National Taxpayers Union, and Lori Sanders, associate VP of federal affairs at R Street, got married on Saturday night in a born …

Jonathan Bernstein’s morning links

From BloombergView: James Wallner looks into what has happened to budget resolutions. …

U.S. Postal Service’s push to gain more freedom to raise the price of stamps

From Marketplace: A discussion with Kevin Kosar on the U.S. Postal Service's push to gain more freedom to raise the price of stamps. …

A woman made a blouse with Mitch McConnell’s face all over it, but why?

From the Courier-Journal: Ever wish you could have your favorite politician on your body? Wait, what? One woman took to Twitter to show off her DIY creation of a blouse printed …

Suniva and SolarWorld claim their trade case will create more than 114,800 jobs

From Greentech Media: Conservative political groups The Heritage Foundation, the R Street Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council have also criticized the trade petition as a "a step backward" and …

Pruitt climate science challenge splits conservative allies

From Politico: Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank that has argued for a congressionally mandated carbon price, said a debate “could be very …

A Reputation in tatters

From BloombergView: 5. Lee Drutman on a new survey of senior congressional staff that demonstrates just how big a problem congressional capacity has become. Hey, members of Congress: Spend more …

Food and drink roundup

From Overlawyered: C. Jarrett Dieterle reports from craft brewers conference [Inside Sources] More profiles of Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso [Reason, The American Conservative; earlier here and here] The great German (regulated) beer …

Internet industry pushes back against Rob Portman’s effort to change ‘decency’ act

From the Plain Dealer: “The balance under current law encourages online platforms to monitor and moderate their own services and user-generated content, but it does not hold them liable …

Early returns

From Bloomberg Early Returns: There are a lot -- an awful lot -- of things to criticize Donald Trump for. That he plays golf a lot isn't one of …

Border tax threatens US global reinsurance purchases

From Reactions: Purchasing global reinsurance would be nearly impossible for US insurers if a proposed border adjustment tax is passed by Congress according to the RStreet Institute and the Pacific …

Politico Morning Tech

From Politico Morning Tech: A number of tech groups including the Internet Association and Consumer Technology Association have voiced their opposition to the bill. In another coalition letter, R Street Institute, …

The bogus war on internet sex work

From The Daily Beast: "The problem today is not a lack of legal remedies but under-enforcement (or slow enforcement) by the U.S. Justice Department," suggested a group of tech …

Conservatives don’t want you to know the cost of healthcare repeal

From Who.What.Why: Nonprofit advocates also weighed in. The Project on Government Oversight, which trains congressional staff to do more effective oversight, predicted that gutting CBO “would send a chilling message …

Bipartisan over-the-counter hearing aid legislation to become law

From the Press Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 received endorsements from leading organizations representing seniors, consumers and hearing health professionals, including the …

Social media liberty roundup

From Overlawyered: “Congress is on the cusp of gutting Section 230. This is the threat we’ve always knew was coming” [Eric Goldman, R Street Institute/TechFreedom letter, Emma Llansó/CDT on SESTA, Stop Enabling …

Petition against flavor ban submitted to authorities in SF

From Vaping Post: Public experts have also been speaking up against this flavor ban since it extends to flavored safer alternatives such as e-liquids for electronic cigarettes. “Lawmakers who …

9 things you need to know about the coming Obamacare ‘vote-a-rama’

From The Federalist: Between votes on amendments, senators usually allow for brief one-minute speeches by the amendment’s proponent and an opponent (generally the majority or minority floor manager of …

Was there ever a bubble in housing prices?

From the Niskanen Center: Housing prices have been on a tear over the last five years. The Case-Shiller national composite has risen 35 percent since its post-crash bottom in …

LA’s ‘virtual bankruptcy’ equals ‘service insolvency’

From CityWatch: It appears as if I am not the only one to coin a term for this form of neglect. (See Steven Greenhut’s piece for the California Policy Center.) I …

Community in the city: conservatives talk urban planning

From Inside Sources: Conservatives and government planning mix about as well as oil and water. Although most on the right would admit that governments, particularly at the local level, …

New bill calling for transparency in music is surprisingly opaque

From NPR: "I don't believe it is burdensome on creators and rights holders," Sasha Moss, technology policy manager with R Street, a Washington think tank that promotes "free markets …

Leading voices praise “bold plan” for tax cuts

From Speaker Paul Ryan Press Office: R Street Institute:“R Street is committed to the cause of tax reform and looks forward to working with members of Congress and the …

TAC urbanism event to be broadcast live on C-SPAN

From The American Conservative: This afternoon, The American Conservative and the R Street Institute will host a series of discussions to explore the conservative case for traditional urbanism, and outline the way forward …

Why should conservatives care about urbanism and city development?

From The Federalist: Jonathan Coppage, visiting senior fellow with the R Street Institute where he researches urbanism and the built environment, joins host Gracy Olmstead on this episode of …

Industry insiders welcome FDA’s new tobacco plan

From Convenience Store News: Also welcoming the announcement made by Gottlieb was The R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit public policy research organization. R Street Harm Reduction Policy Director Carrie Wade …

It doesn’t matter how many hours Congress is in session. Its problems are deeper.

From Vox: But would more hours in session yield a more productive Congress? One big problem with that theory is that, going back to 1973, there has been no …

Anne Hobson thinks we’re taking the wrong approach with cybersecurity

From Imagining the Internet: Anne Hobson, Associate Fellow of the R Street Institute, comments on alternatives to taking a government approach we take when securing the Internet. …

Mixed reaction to proposed driverless vehicle legislation

From American Trucker: The approval by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce of a broad bill that would give the green light to autonomous vehicle usage on U.S. …

Finally, Congress is starting to wonder about the “Federal Reserve”

From Thought Crime Radio: On June 28th 2017, the United States Congress held a hearing titled: “The Federal Reserve’s Impact on Main Street, Retirees and Savings.” If you haven’t watched …

How quality data equips federal leaders for OMB’s reorganization plans

From Nextgov: The recent Office of Management and Budget memorandum (M-17-22), requiring a comprehensive federal government reform plan, is a clear signal to every federal leader for the need …

Is the legislative branch broken?

From the Hoover Institution’s Area 45 Podcast: Six months into the Trump presidency the GOP Congress struggles with the promise of swift and dramatic reforms. Kevin Kosar, the R …

Moneyball

From Politico: R Street Institute @RSI: “.@treyradel explains how party leaders pressure members to spend more time fundraising”: http://brook.gs/2uhL5YB …

Energy trade action coalition formed to combat anti-trade in solar industry

From CleanTechinca: “Voluntary free trade is always a good thing. And it’s a good thing for every consumer; not just a few individuals or companies,” said Eli Lehrer, president …

Groups push DOJ to scrutinize Trump’s US attorneys

From The Hill: Criminal justice reform advocates are pushing the Senate Judiciary Committee to more closely scrutinize President Trump’s nominees to be U.S. attorneys. Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Right on …

July 26 roundup

From Overlawyered: “It’s time for our justice system to embrace artificial intelligence” [Caleb Watney, Brookings] …

US firms, organisations unite to fight Suniva’s case in US

From Renewables Now: The Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC) has been formed in the US to fight against protectionist measures such as the solar import tariff and floor price …

Coalition coalesces around fighting Suniva’s Section 201 trade case

From PV Media: Other coalition members include the National Tooling and Machining Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Precision Metalforming Association, Johnson Controls, Seminole Financial Services and McCalmont Engineering.  Maisano added that large retailers like Wal-Mart have …

Conservative groups come out against the Suniva, SolarWorld trade case

From Greentech Media: The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, also joined ETAC. Eli Lehrer, the group's president, said the solar case is "an example of the worst …

Myths and facts to know ahead of Rick Perry’s study on the electrical grid and renewable energy

From the Salon: A recent report by the free-market think tank R Street refutes the idea that coal and nuclear are needed to maintain a reliable grid. “Concern over baseload retirements …

Editorial: Don’t overcorrect on EPA’s Clean Power Plan rules

From the Morning Telegraph: According to William Murray at R Street, a public policy think tank, this is a terrible idea. Such a plan would reward coal-fired power plant if …

SolarWorld foe: Free-market coalition says it will fight solar trade petition

From the Portland Business Journal: The Energy Trade Action Coalition launched Friday with a news release that includes supporting statements from the think tanks Heritage Foundation and R Street Institute, and …

ETAC details

From Axios: ETAC details: The member list isn't public, but some known names include the National Tooling and Machining Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, SEIA, and the Precision …

CalPERS gains great, but far from sufficient

From the Monterey Herald: “But one good year doesn’t fix a problem that has been two decades in the making,” Steven Greenhut, senior fellow and Western region director for …

The many reasons to be skeptical over Rick Perry’s grid study

From EcoWatch: A recent report by the free-market think tank R Street refutes the idea that coal and nuclear are needed to maintain a reliable grid. "Concern over baseload retirements often …

CalPERS gains great, but far from sufficient

From the Los Angeles Daily News: “But one good year doesn’t fix a problem that has been two decades in the making,” Steven Greenhut, senior fellow and Western region …

AM alert

From the Sacramento Bee: Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra and Libertarian Counterpoint Host Richard Fields will sit on a panel today to discuss whether California lawmakers are going rogue or …

Links and quotes for July 18, 2017

From AEIdeas: Robots don’t get drunk of drowsy, so why hold up driverless cars?— The Hill Not only have many major studies forecast significant life-savings from autonomous vehicles, but autonomous features …

Border-adjustment tax would drive higher insurance premiums across the U.S.

From Reinsurance News: The implementation of a border-adjustment tax (BAT) in the states would eliminate the ability of U.S. insurers to utilise vital foreign reinsurance to manage exposures and …

Tobacco giant sees tipping point ahead for phasing out cigarettes

From Business Insider: "Heating tobacco at lower temperatures than combustible cigarettes allows nicotine to be delivered in ways that retain much of the ritual and experience of smoking," Dr. …

Big Tobacco’s attempts to overturn San Francisco’s flavor ban

From the VapingPost: This is a tricky topic for several public experts, since the flavor ban extends also to flavored safer alternatives such as e-liquids. Naturally these experts are …

Border tax could add $2 billion to California’s P&C bills

From Insurance Business Magazine: Last week we told you about the $24.6 billion potential sales loss for the insurance industry if the US tax code is reformed to include …

Myths and facts to know ahead of Rick Perry’s study on the electrical grid and renewable energy

From Media Matters: A recent report by the free-market think tank R Street refutes the idea that coal and nuclear are needed to maintain a reliable grid. “Concern over baseload retirements …

Internet People

From Washington Internet Daily: R Street Institute adds Joe Kane, ex-Mercatus Center, as policy associate, working on telecom, antitrust and intellectual property issues. …

Transition

From Politico Playbook: William Murray is joining R Street Institute as federal energy policy manager. He was editor of RealClearPolitics’ energy page for the last two years. …

Adult kids back home: A good thing?

From CNN: The number of young adults bunking with mom and dad is at a 75-year high. Grandparents are often there too. But is that actually a good thing? …

US insurance costs would soar if border adjustment tax is passed

From the Intelligent Insurer: "As Congress prepares to consider structural changes to the US tax code, proposals that target international reinsurance would have adverse consequences on the ability of …

Millennials living with parents longer is a ‘time-honored’ tradition

From CNBC: Jonathan Coppage, R Street Institute, talks about the upside of millennials living with parents longer. …

Politico Playbook – Transitions

From Politico Playbook: The R Street Institute has hired James Wallner as a senior fellow and member of R Street’s Governance Project team and legislative branch capacity working group. He was …

Study: Californians would pay $1.9B more for insurance if Congress passes border-adjustment tax

From the Insurance Journal: Californians would face $1.9 billion in higher insurance costs if Congress passes a border adjustment tax as part of federal tax reform, according to a …

Border-adjustment tax would add nearly $2B to cost of California property insurance

WASHINGTON (July 13, 2017) – As the nation’s most populous state, among the wealthiest states and a state that is vulnerable to the catastrophic effect of earthquakes, floods, …

Adult kids living at home is perfectly natural — and a troubling sign

From the Toronto Star: This month, Washington Post writer Jonathan Coppage made a statement that surprised no one: “Kids are living with their parents longer.” But Coppage took this …

Alabama bans margarita pitchers, declaring them adulterated

From Reason.com: According to ABC General Counsel Bob Hill, mixing a single cocktail does not qualify as adulteration, but putting several in a pitcher does. The problem, as ABC …

How a border tax could cut $24.6 billion in insurance sales

From InsuranceBusiness: With a system that would tax imports and with reinsurance being an international business, US insurers – whose reinsurance is mostly bought overseas – could be looking …

TOP DOC 1 — Fiscal conservatives back amendment

From Politico Morning Defense: TOP DOC 1 — FISCAL CONSERVATIVES BACK AMENDMENT, Greg adds: A coalition of fiscal conservative organizations is urging the House Rules Committee to back Conyers’ amendment, as well …

EXCLUSIVE: Gov’t red tape costs every nuclear plant $63 million annually

From the Daily Caller: Heavy government regulations combined with polices intended to support wind and solar power make it incredibly difficult to profitably operate a nuclear power plant, according to …

Study: Cutting farm subsidies will increase exports

From the Grand Island Independent: A new study from the R Street Institute found that if the U.S. want to open international markets, the government must curb agricultural subsidies. “As …

Transparency advocates cheer bill to publish congressional research

From GovernmentExecutive: Kevin Kosar, vice president for policy at the libertarian think tank called The R Street Institute, said, “I spent 11 years at CRS as an analyst and …

Jerry Brown’s ‘trailer trash’ supports forced unionism

From CityWatch: RIGGING THE RULES-The public employee unions, especially the teacher union variety, are very jittery over the prospect that the Janus case, if successful in the U.S. Supreme Court next …

Banking could be at historic turning point with successful stress tests

From the Washington Examiner: Alex Pollock, a scholar at the right-of-center R Street Institute who has studied financial cycles, cautioned that the U.S. will soon be overdue for a …

Congressional research now more open to public

From Laboratory Equipment: This year’s legislative push included a bipartisan groups of 40 non-profit groups and 25 former employees of the CRS, according to the R Street Institute, a Washington …

U.S. border-adjustment tax on life cover reinsurance could hurt the economy

From Reinsurance News: Think tank R Street has warned a U.S. border-adjustment tax (BAT) on internationally sourced reinsurance for life insurance and annuities could have a far-reaching negative impact …

Knight: Unions offer balance to conservatives, progressives

From the Journal Star: In The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch recalls a 2016 brunch with conservative Eli Lehrer, who runs Washington’s Republican-leaning R Street Institute, and Andy Stern, former president …

Trump plans to make America dominant energy player

From the Epoch Times: Catrina Rorke, a senior fellow with the free market think tank R Street, said cheap, reliable, and abundant energy may bring more manufacturing to the United …

Health departments lobbying against e-cigs are robbing taxpayers, harming public health

From InsideSources: Legislation has recently been introduced to amend FDA’s deeming regulations to exclude e-cigarettes, and it has bipartisan support in Congress and support from many public policy groups, including The …

Today’s Top News

From Washington Internet Daily: "Eighty-three individuals and international organizations, including Access Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, R Street Institute and TechFreedom, are urging the "Five Eyes" -- an intelligence alliance comprised …

GOP discussed changing the Fed’s dual mandate with Trump administration

From SNL Bank&Thrift: In the hearing, Alex Pollock, senior fellow at the R Street Institute, suggested that Congress revert the Fed to its original functions and "let the market work." "I would …

We read 79 FERC comments so you don’t have to

From RTO Insider: The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, said FERC should have “an extremely high sense of urgency.” ...The R Street Institute called for FERC to issue …

Reduce glut of occupational licensing laws

From The Los Angeles Daily News: There’s also the new bipartisan coalition Justice for Work, made up of groups like the R Street Institute and Americans for Tax Reform, …

Get the facts straight on e-cigarettes

From The Progress-Index: Legislation has recently been introduced to amend FDA’s deeming regulations to exclude e-cigarettes, and it has bipartisan support in Congress and support from many public policy …

Are terrible state alcohol laws on the way out?

From Reason.com: Alcohol regulations in this country could improve dramatically if more state courts would reject bald economic protectionism as a valid basis for lawmaking. That's the conclusion of …

From Northern California Record:

From Northern California Record: Ian Adams, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based R Street Institute, told the Northern California Record that the judge drove the cost of the settlement higher. “This …

Senate Confirms New FEMA Chief Long

From Insurance Journal: He is a rare Trump appointee who is a well-known professional in the field in which he was appointed,” said Eli Lehrer, president of The R …

Congress finally gets going on that regulating robocars thing

From Wired: “That’s actually one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen about [autonomous vehicle legislation]—the principles for the [Senate] bipartisan regulation is a pretty similar framework to what …

Labor and employment roundup

From Overlawyered: In which Jonathan Rauch and I for once disagree, but still a good survey of ideas for reinventing unionism (works councils, Andy Stern/Eli Lehrer, Ghent, etc.) [The …

When MSCI and S&P rule the world

From BloombergView: At the time, I wrote a column defending Snap's right to behave so tyrannically. Legal scholar Bernard Sharfman of the R Street Institute, a conservative/libertarian think tank in Washington, mounted …

Transitions

From PoliticoPlaybook: Shoshana Weissmann is starting on Monday at the R Street Institute where she will be managing digital media for the libertarian organization. She was most recently digital director …

The Leadership Institute’s think tank opportunity workshop

From The Leadership Institute: On July 13 and 14, the Leadership Institute held the very first Think Tank Opportunity Workshop.  Eighty-six conservatives attended to learn how they can successfully …

Spotted: At the Consumer Technology Association’s “World Wi-Fi Day”

From PoliticoInfluence: At the Consumer Technology Association’s “World Wi-Fi Day” celebration on Monday at the CTA Innovation House on Capitol Hill, according to a PI tipster: Rep. Darrell Issa …

Restrictions on free trade will cost Texans dearly

From the Dallas Morning News: Our research, conducted in partnership with R Street, shows the economic harm to Texas that would come from a BAT imposed on reinsurance. Texas is …

Trump’s emergency manager earns support of climate advocates

From BloombergPolitics: "He is a rare Trump appointee who is a well-known professional in the field in which he was appointed," said Eli Lehrer, president of The R Street …

Trump admin preserved Obama order on rising seas

From E&E News: President Trump might have warned the mayor of a disappearing island not to worry about sea-level rise, but the federal government considers it a risk to …

The conservative case for unions

From The Atlantic: On a spring morning last year, two men from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum met at a Manhattan diner for brunch and, somewhat to their …

When ‘baseload’ energy becomes a GOP talking point

From EnergyWire: A statement about "baseload power" by Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April frames a debate about the future of the U.S. electricity grid under President Trump. Perry asked …

Smithsonian launches new website SmithsonianSecondOpinion.com

From artdaily: The panelists for the first roundtable are Denise Fairchild, president of Emerald Cities Collaborative; Anson “Tuck” Hines, director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; Steve Monfort, the …

Closure of baseload power plants does not equal less reliable grid, study says

From SNL Electric Utility Report: The reliability of the electric grid will not necessarily suffer with the increasing retirements of traditional baseload power plants, according to a new policy …

Reading tea leaves: Justice Gorsuch and criminal tax cases

From New York Law Journal: See, e.g., United States v. Rentz, 777 F.3d 1105 (10th Cir. 2015) (Gorsuch, J.) (applying the rule of lenity to affirm dismissal of one …

Is vaping a safe replacement for smoking?

From The Advocate: Proponents of e-cigarettes agree with the findings of Public Health England. Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a New Orleans physician and a fellow at the R Street think …

A border adjustment tax could wreck the reinsurance market

From the Sun Herald: “Of the 40 insurance companies to report losses from 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, 16 are based in Bermuda, 13 are European, nine are American, one …

Is vaping a safe replacement for smoking?

From the Williston Herald: Proponents of e-cigarettes agree with the findings of Public Health England. Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a New Orleans physician and a fellow at the R Street …

America’s knocking back its liquor laws, slowly

From RealClear Investigations: Elsewhere, other liberalization efforts have chipped away, in some form, at the strict division of functions under the three-tier system. Those lines between producer, distributor and retailer …

A border adjustment tax could wreck the reinsurance market

From the Sun Herald: “Of the 40 insurance companies to report losses from 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, 16 are based in Bermuda, 13 are European, nine are American, one …

National Flood Insurance Program contributes to ‘development in flood prone areas,’ NWF executive testifies

From the Canadian Underwriter: Private insurers “will take on high risk properties where those properties present an appropriate return for them,” said R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow, editor-in-chief and co-founder …

Small beer makers say bill creates “extortion fee” as they seek Abbott’s veto

From Texas NPR: “There’s definitely a disconnect between how Texas views itself as a free-market state and some of these alcohol regulations that basically turn distributors into rent collectors,” …

Trump risks a repeat of the ’80s with housing cuts

From The Washington Examiner: Caleb Watney for the R Street Institute: It seems like nearly every time ridesharing is brought up in New York City, someone will inevitably bring …

Kevin Kosar on the U.S. Post Office

From BloombergView: 1. Dan Drezner was ... not impressed with my case for how Donald Trump could reach adequacy. I of course agree with everything he says about Trump, …

Tickets and auto insurance rates: what’s fact or fiction regarding moving violations

From Huffington Post: “The difference [in premium increases] between states is driven largely by difference in regulatory environments between states,” says Eli Lehrer, insurance expert and president of the …

GOP leaders on flood insurance bill see bipartisan measure

From Roll Call: But NFIP policyholders are those who must get flood insurance because they live in a flood plain and face at least a 1 percent annual chance …

Controversial consumer protection bill is abandoned by sponsor

From Northern California Record: Thomas Struble, the tech policy manager for the D.C.–based R Street Institute, told the Northern California Record that despite any potential shortcomings, the bill has …

US House panel contemplates private insurance to help control NFIP costs

From BestWire: "Shifting flood insurance to the private sector would mean bringing powerful catastrophe models to bear to create more accurately priced property values and risks," said R.J. Lehmann, …

Throwdown Thursday: Comey’s legacy day — Trump leaves hole in schedule during hearing — The RNC’s talking points and ‘suggested tweets’ for today’s big event — spotted at Trump Int’l hotel — B’day: Barbara Bush

From Politico: THE INNOVATION ISSUE: In a month long Special Report, POLITICO’s The Agenda takes a deep look at the surprising new politics of innovation, and ideas for how …

Small beer makers say bill creates “extortion fee” as they seek Abbott’s veto

From Texas Tribune: “There’s definitely a disconnect between how Texas views itself as a free-market state and some of these alcohol regulations that basically turn distributors into rent collectors,” …

Supreme Court upholds consumer rights in printer toner case

From Bigger Law Firm: Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief together with Electronic Frontier Foundation, R Street Institute, the AARP Foundation and Mozilla, arguing that a long tradition of …

Growing cadre of lawmakers want to sunset FISA

From Personal Liberty: Arthur Rizer, a national security director at the R Street Institute, a libertarian-leaning conservative think tank, said the mood on Capitol Hill “has shifted dramatically,” especially …

Report: taxpayer-funded broadband a resounding failure

From The American Spectator: That’s a point echoed by Tom Struble, tech policy manager for R-Street Institute. He said his home internet clocks in at 150 megabits per second …

Republicans worried about leaks consider cutting back surveillance authority

From The Tribune: Arthur Rizer, a national security director at the R Street Institute, a libertarian-leaning conservative think tank, said the mood on Capitol Hill “has shifted dramatically,” especially …

What are memes – and how do they get kids in trouble?

From USA Today: By 1994, online observer and lawyer Mike Godwin wrote in Wired magazine about the ways the Internet was especially conducive to spreading these viral ideas. Godwin …

Closure of baseload power plants does not equal less reliable grid, study says

From SNL Energy: The reliability of the electric grid will not necessarily suffer with the increasing retirements of traditional baseload power plants, according to a new policy study from …

Constitutional conventions are still a terrible idea

From Bloomberg: C. Jarrett Dieterle on a new paper by Matt Glassman explaining why Congress is failing to hold its own in the fight of separated institutions sharing powers. …

No free market in Maryland crab picking

From The Washington Examiner: Alan Smith for the R Street Institute: Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has accomplished a number of significant milestones, including a six-year tuition freeze. There …

Why California should re-think the e-cigarette flavour ban

From Vaping Post: In an article published yesterday on The Hill, Harm Reduction Policy Director of nonprofit R Street Institute and former drug-abuse researcher at the University of Minnesota …

COMMENTARY: Why a border adjustment tax could cost Texans

From The Monitor: A new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the R Street Institute helps illustrate how BAT may negatively affect consumers, especially in Texas. According …

Conservatives supporting Elizabeth Warren?

From The Daily Caller: I was surprised to see two free-market think tanks come out in support of the “Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act.” The Niskanen Center and …

Republican ‘climate caucus’ offered little support for Paris deal

From Climate Change News: Most Republicans “don’t think this is a top priority,” Catrina Rorke, senior energy policy fellow with free-market think tank R Street Institute, said of the …

The Right shouldn’t let the Left’s hysteria keep us from stewarding nature

From The Federalist: The R Street Institute has already sought to promote such an attitude to environmental policy, suggesting ways in which we can encourage the free market to …

Sempra backtracks on VP’s “100 percent renewable” comments

From inewsource: Devin Hartman, electric policy manager at the free market R Street Institute, said California frequently has to ratchet back on solar entering the system, effectively wasting that …

Research & commentary: The return of the Marketplace Fairness Act

From The Heartland Institute: Critics argue the proposal has not improved over time. “This was a bad bill in the last Congress and it’s still a bad bill now,” …

Why I can’t take a shine to moonshine

From Wine Enthusiast: “Much of the current demand for legally produced moonshine has been filled by small distilleries, who are often new to the booze business,” says Kevin Kosar …

Re:Create Recap – June 1, 2017

From Re:Create: Op-Ed: Register Of Copyrights Act Is A “Feeble” Attempt To Modernize The Copyright Office. In a recent op-ed published in Techdirt, R Street’s Sasha Moss explained how …

Trump quitting Paris climate deal is about ideology, not business

From The Huffington Post: “I see this as mostly an exercise in honesty,” said Josiah Neeley, director of energy policy at the conservative think tank R Street Institute. “It …

Border tax could decrease supply of international reinsurance capital

From Reinsurance News: Think tank R Street Institute scholars analysed the impact that a decrease in the supply of international reinsurance would have on property insurance premiums, highlighting the …

R Street: ‘No credible … evidence’ renewables threaten grid

From ClimateWire: Recent criticism that a surge in renewable and distributed energy threatens U.S. baseload power and grid performance is shortsighted and fails to account for the dynamics of …

The conservative case for sweeping criminal justice reform

From 90.5 WESA: This week on 90.5 WESA’s Criminal Injustice podcast, host and University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris talks to R Street policy director Arthur Rizer, who …

H. Rept. 115-142 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017

From the House Judiciary Committee: As referenced in a letter sent to members of the Judiciary Committee, "studies found that, regardless of the severity of the sex offense, 97 …

Gianforte gets the win in Mont. — Meet Dems’ new hell-no caucus — Senate GOP gets gloomy over Obamacare repeal — Trump gets first lower-court judicial nod

From Politico: Casey Burgat’s last day as a Congressional Research Service analyst is today. He is moving to the R Street Institute to work on its Legislative Branch Capacity …

Harambe one year on: How the gorilla became an internet meme

From The Independent: Johnson is Professor of Law and Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, and has made a …

Crime and punishment roundup

From Overlawyered: Citation nation: abuse of fees and fines erodes legitimacy and accountability in local government [C. Jarrett Dieterle, City Journal] …

President Trump should encourage growth by cutting government

From Investor's Business Daily: As an example of the cost of the BAT, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the R Street Institute commissioned a study that found the BAT could …

Can we discard ‘exploitative capitalism’ for a ‘regenerative economy’?

From Inside Sources: “Alternatives have emerged in recent years that allow some businesses to access capital through nontraditional means, such as new Internet-based platforms that match those seeking capital …

Podcast: Important Changes For Farm Subsidies, Working Families, And Education

From The Federalist: On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Lori Sanders, associate vice president of federal affairs at the R Street Institute, joins Gracy Olmstead, associate managing …

Trump’s BLM Budget Proposal Signals An ‘American Energy Renaissance’

From The Daily Caller: In large part, the cuts are made to functions of the agency related to protection of federal land and conservation of resources, Lori Sanders told …

Godwin’s Law in the age of Trump: the conversation starts with Nazis

From Vice: Mike Godwin compares his internet adage to gravity: Just because you want to change it doesn't mean you can. "Godwin's Law,"—as he called it way back in …

Acceptable in Amsterdam

From Philosophy Now: Since we’re discussing intolerable evil, it’s inevitable that Godwin’s Law will apply and the Nazis will appear (Mike Godwin claims that the probability of this approaches …

Trump attacked the Paris accord as the worst kind of globalism — can he walk it back?

From the LA Times: “Even if you don’t like the accord’s implications, it has very few teeth,” said Eli Lehrer, president of the R Street Institute, a right-leaning energy …

Future Tense Newsletter: Expect more massive cyberattacks

From Slate: Shift on neutral: Despite plans to roll back Obama-era regulations, Mike Godwin and Tom Struble argue that the FCC’s new approach to net neutrality doesn’t necessarily mean …

Health departments lobbying against e-cigs are robbing taxpayers, harming public health

From Inside Sources: Legislation has recently been introduced to amend FDA’s deeming regulations to exclude e-cigarettes, and it has bipartisan support in Congress and support from many public policy …

Lack of transparency in public contract negotiations would lead to higher taxpayer costs

From Fox & Hounds: Seven years ago, Steven Greenhut, then director of the Pacific Research Institute’s journalism center, wrote a book entitled “Plunder! How Public Employ Unions Are Raiding …

North Dakota enacts online sales tax as it awaits Supreme Court ruling

From The Heartland Institute: Andrew Moylan, executive director and senior fellow of the R Street Institute, says the fight over Quill is not about fairness between online and physical …

Guest editorial: Jerry Brown thinks you are a freeloader

From Orange County Breeze: When speaking to the OC Register regarding opponents of his massive tax hike, Brown said, “the freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them”. The entire insulting …

How would corporate tax reform benefit workers?

From Forbes: However, in the debate over the current tax reform, few people have discussed the impact that a lower corporate tax rate would have on the labor market. …

How to break the political logjam on climate change

From GreenBiz: Catrina Rorke of R Street Institute said, "For years, the tax reform debate has been stymied by disagreement over how to raise revenue and how much revenue …

Other important developments

From Communications Daily: “This bill would increase privacy protections above the current status quo,” said R Street Policy Institute analyst Tom Struble, citing its elevation of web browsing data …

Taking politics out of climate change

From NOVA Next: Many liberals haven’t recognized the importance of getting conservatives on board, says Josiah Neeley, energy policy director for R Street Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that …

Moonbeams, unicorns, and voluntary taxes

From The American Spectator: Regarding criticism of California’s new $52 billion tax hike, Brown said, “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them. They have a president that doesn’t …

Moonshine: A Global History

From Distillery Age: “Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history,” Kosar writes. “No …

Using houses as ATMs helped cause the crash

From The Washington Examiner: No red scare Ian Adams for the R Street Institute: The Cold War ended decades ago, but vestiges of the conflict still surround us. In the …

Addiction advocates blast Trump’s inaction on combating epidemic as ‘an absolute betrayal’

From The Daily Caller: “It was promising to hear President Trump talk about his commitment to the opioid epidemic during the campaign, and we certainly expect him to follow …

Forget fiscal responsibility: Jerry Brown embraces pension shell game

From CityWatch: LOOMING PENSION PAIN--The Jerry Brown administration last week released its revised May budget and, lo and behold, it has finally decided to (kind of, sort of) tackle the state’s …

Renewables advocates respond to DOE grid report, fearing results are predetermined

From Greentech Media: AEE referenced a March 2016 report from Moody’s that found natural gas prices have been “by far…the most dominant effect on the unregulated power sector,” especially …

Lone Star Lilliput

From the SE TexasRecord: To see what happens when public-employee unions grab too much power, look to California, where, as author Steven Greenhut reports, government employees are grossly over-paid relative to their …

Conservative groups urge Lighthizer to leave NAFTA alone

From the Washington Examiner: A coalition of conservative and free-market groups on Tuesday urged new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to reject any efforts to "withdraw from or materially …

Free-market coalition urges lawmakers to support overtime choice bill

From Inside Sources: A coalition letter from free-market advocates urged lawmakers Wednesday to support a bill that is designed to provide employees flexibility in how they get compensated for …

Death & taxes: what effect could President Trump’s proposed elimination of the federal estate tax have on state-level estate taxes?

From Bloomberg BNA: But this bill has not been without opposition. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, called the proposed legislation “‘[a] foolish, unnecessary tax’” and …

Science explained: viral memes for Boar reading teens

From The Boar: Mike Godwin first coined the ‘internet meme’ in 1994 to characterise the rapid spread of ideas online. He noticed unpopular posters on online forums were often …

As Trump cabinet stumps for coal, expert ponders fuel diversity, reliability

From SNL Energy: A new report from a free-market think tank suggests that Pruitt and Perry's emphasis on fuel diversity as a reliability guarantee is misguided. "Fuel diversity is not …

Trade groups worry over reimbursement cap in NFIP draft bill

From BestWire: And, the draft measure would require the use of reinsurance, catastrophe bonds, collateralized reinsurance, resilience bonds or alternatives to diversify risk. Implementing broader reinsurance strategies is a …

Is fuel diversity a false god?

From Power Mag: The paper by Devin Hartman, formerly an economic analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and staffer at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, notes that policymakers …

Broadband Consultant Double-Dipping In Taxpayer Money

From The Daily Caller: Tom Struble, technology policy manager at the free-market oriented R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., told TPAF that he doesn’t think the practice of hiring …

Corporate America leads clean energy push in coal-reliant Mo.

From E&E News: Among the group who traveled to Missouri to lobby for Kidd's bill this spring was Josiah Neeley, a senior fellow at the right-leaning R Street Institute, …

PragerU Video: What’s Wrong With E-Cigarettes?

From The Daily Wire: The R Street Institute's Caroline Kitchens explains in PragerU's latest video that those who are opposed to e-cigarettes draw a false equivalency between them and tobacco cigarettes. …

As Washington cracks down on e-cigarettes, a new study is showing their health benefit

From CNBC: "As a harm-reduction tool, e-cigarettes should be available, even promoted, to current smokers as an alternative to traditional cigarettes," said Carrie Wade in an opinion piece published …

The history of moonshine distilled

From The Free Beacon: So who on earth would drink this stuff? As Kevin Kosar writes in Moonshine: A Global History, it turns out lots of people do and …

Puerto Rican bankruptcy: better late than never

From The Hill: Alex Pollock, a former colleague of mine, never tires of repeating his dictum that if a debt cannot be repaid, it will not be repaid. Wednesday's …

United States: House Financial Services Committee holds hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act Of 2017

In Mondaq: The Committee heard testimony from the following witnesses: Mr. Peter J. Wallison, Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow, Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute Dr. Norbert …

Buckle up, it’s a health care vote

From Politico: R Street Institute: A border adjustment would cause real problems for Louisiana. …

Trump administration approves delay in FDA e-cigs guidelines

From Winston-Salem Journal: Brad Rodu, a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville and an anti-smoking advocate, said the announcement “has been falsely portrayed as a public health …

GOP poised to pass health care bill … What insiders have learned from the process — Tuesday Group might oust leader over deal — Lewandowski inks CITGO contract — B’day: Polson Kanneth

From Politico: SPOTTED last night at an evening tech expo at Entertainment Software Association headquarters featuring demos of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality products from industry leaders: …

New call for public access to Secret Congressional Reports

From Roll Call: “Why keep CRS reports officially unavailable to the public, yet easily findable to folks within the Beltway who are in the know?” said Kevin Kosar, a …

Rod Dreher’s monastic vision

From The New Yorker: “Everybody’s feeling a bit of a spiritual earthquake,” Jonathan Coppage, a onetime colleague of Dreher’s at The American Conservative, said. “He’s a seeker. He’s a …

NetGain, criminal justice, and Maura Marx

From District Dispatch: In a rather different substantive direction, I also attended the launch of a new initiative on justice, work and opportunity by the R Street Institute here …

José Carrión III encabeza hoy un foro en grupo de estudio conservador

From El Nuevo Dia: Otros panelistas son Antonio Weiss, ex consejero del secretario del Tesoro y uno de los arquitectos desde el Ejecutivo federal de la ley PROMESA; el …

Think there aren’t qualified women in tech? Here are 1,000 names. No more excuses.

From Mic: Sasha Moss -  Technology policy manager, R Street Institute …

Pai rallies conservative forces for net neutrality fight

From Politico Pro: The chairman hired Nathan Leamer in March from R Street Institute to work as a policy adviser and help with outreach to conservatives. Leamer is working …

People in the news

From Communications Daily: R Street Institute retains Tom Struble, ex-TechFreedom, as technology policy manager …

There is a conservative approach to climate change

From Huffington Post: The free-market think tank R Street advocates for a tax swap that sets a fee on emissions in exchange for cutting taxes in other areas. R Street …

The net neutrality debate chugs on

From Politico: TRANSITIONS — Brian Hart, Sen. Roy Blunt’s communications director, is now FCC's director of the Office of Media Relations. … Julie Brill, a former FTC commissioner, is …

Pending hail legislation has Texas insurance industry on edge

From Claims Journal: According to The R Street Institute’s Southwest Region Director Josiah Neeley, the legislation will preserve the right of a homeowner to sue while removing incentives for …

Corporate Law: California and Van Gorkom [Smith v. Van Gorkom]

From National Law Review: Professor Stephen Bainbridge has called it “one of the most important corporate law decisions of the 20th century” and Bernard Sharfman has described it as ” possibly …

Glennon: How about an Illinois march for math?

From Illinois News Network: The impact of ignoring math won’t mean that planet Earth dissolves in a giant fireball, as some global-warming activists claim, but it will mean that …

Retailers gather in Washington to save debit reform

From National Association of Convenience Stores: The Financial Service Committee’s hearing examined Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) legislation, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017. Witnesses included: Mr. Peter J. Wallison, …

House panel turns to Dodd-Frank repeal; enactment seen unlikely

From Congressional Quarterly News: Alex Pollock, senior fellow at the free market think tank R Street Institute, who supports Hensarling's bill and says that banks that don't raise their …

House Committee sets hearing on revised Financial CHOICE Act

From ACA International: Witnesses for the hearing include: John Allison, former president and CEO, Cato Institute Norbert J. Michel, senior research fellow, Financial Regulations and Monetary Policy Institute for …

Today’s events in Washington

From Bulletin News Network: 10:00 AM House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act - Hearing on 'A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, …

Florida House advances bill targeting claims abuse, but Senate battle looms

From Insurance Journal: R Street, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, also encouraged the Florida Senate to act and spoke in favor of the House bill. “This is a …

Trump pitches plan to cut taxes for corporations, individuals

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: “It’s one page. It has about as much detail as you can get in one page,” said Eli Lehrer of the free market think tank …

Democrats bid to slow Dodd-Frank reform

From Financial Regulation News: Also testifying in favor of the bill were Hester Peirce, senior research fellow at the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Alex Pollock, …

Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

From JD Supra: The House Financial Services Committee has released the witness list for the hearing it will hold this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to discuss the Financial CHOICE …

‘CHOICE Act’ mark-up eyed May 2

From National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions: As released last week, the revised "CHOICE Act" retains language sought by NAFCU to repeal the Durbin interchange amendment. It would also …

Trump’s corporate tax cut: a supply-side shot in the arm

From Investor's Business Daily: A study last year by The R Street Institute noted that "some studies suggest that as much as three-fourths of direct corporate income-tax costs are …

Financial CHOICE Act will result in economic growth, end bailouts

From Congressional Documents and Publications: "The most classic and still most important power of the legislature is the power of the purse. The CHOICE Act accordingly puts all the …

Trump-connected firm signs Gülenist group

From Politico: The R Street Institute has added Clark Packard as outreach manager. He was previously counsel and government affairs manager for the National Taxpayers Union. …

California’s proposed automated vehicle regulations under fire

From the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles held a hearing on its proposed rules that would govern automated vehicle testing and public deployment in …

Den totalen Godwin is bereikt

From Vrij Nederland: Door overmatig en veelvuldig onterecht gebruik heeft de wet van Godwin zijn waarde verloren. Het enige dat we nog kunnen doen is ‘bakkeleien over wie er hitlerder …

House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act

From AP Planner: Hearing on 'A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs', with testimony from former Cato Institute President and CEO John Allison; …

House Financial Services Committee – hearing

From DC Daybook - Policy News & Events: WITNESSES: John Allison, former president and CEO of the Cato Institute; Norbert Michel, senior research fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Financial Regulations …

Trump’s OIRA-nominee has questioned foundations of administrative state

From Inside U.S. Trade: Rao has advocated for policies similar to Trump's so called two-for-one executive order, namely a move toward regulatory budgeting, which the conservative R Street Institute defines …

Alex J. Pollock starts fourteenth year as CME Group Director 21 April 2017

From NewsBites Finance: Mr. Pollock has served as a member of our board since 2004. Mr. Pollock has served as the Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of Financial Systems …

Those were the days… When was America ‘great’? And who has Steve Bannon reincarnated?

From the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies: Have you heard of “Godwin’s Law?” It asserts that: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner …

Hitler geht immer

From Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten: Mike Godwin, ein 1956 geborener Amerikaner, der als Sachbuchautor und Anwalt tätig ist, stellte vor gut einem Vierteljahrhundert folgendes fest: „Mit zunehmender Länge einer Online-Diskussion nähert …

Texas House OKs raising to 18 Texas’ age for adult offenders

From Alive for Football: A major sticking point was fingerprint-based background checks required at the local level. This is about 27 plus million people of Texas and improving and …

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 …

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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 …