Midwest

The Market Advantage: A Q&A with Joe Bowring

The PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization that administers competitive wholesale electricity markets. Monitoring Analytics, PJM's independent market monitor, evaluates PJM's markets and monitors the behavior of …

Indiana doubles down on warm beer

Indiana lawmakers recently announced that they plan to study the state’s outdated alcohol laws this summer with an eye toward reforming them for the 21st century. While this …

Nebraska should be on the cutting edge of spacesharing

Nebraska’s fame as a place for innovation and leadership is legendary. Even before Warren Buffet became the “Oracle of Omaha,” Nebraskans had invented CliffsNotes, the Reuben sandwich, Vise-Grip …

Another bright idea from Mitch Daniels

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels was in Washington last week to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the government of Japan at …

Missouri ridesharing bill moves to Gov. Greitens’ desk

Legislation legalizing ridesharing services in the Show-Me State now sits on Gov. Eric Greitens' desk, after the Missouri House passed statewide rules for transportation network companies by a …

Short-term rentals are an opportunity Missouri can’t afford to miss

Whether it’s the cars in their garages or the rooms in their homes, Americans are realizing they’re leaving money on the table when their property remains idle. House …

Ohio and Indiana take different approaches to opioid epidemic

Ohio Gov. John Kasich described drug addiction as "a common enemy" in this week's state-of-the-state address. Kasich highlighted the challenge in terms similar to those laid out by …

Dieterle talks privatization of Michigan’s Soo Locks

R Street Governance Policy Fellow Jarrett Dieterle recently was a guest on Interlochen Public Radio in Northern Michigan to privatize Michigan's crumbling Soo Locks shipping channel, or have …

‘Right to Know Act’ puts lawyers’ interests ahead of consumers

The Right to Know Act has a great ring to it. Even if you don’t care to read the substance of the legislation—sponsored by state Sen. Michael Hastings, …

Short-term-rental rules on the docket in Indiana

Carmel, Indiana, is a beautiful and completely modern community of more than 85,000 folks, just north of Indianapolis. Its 100 traffic roundabouts are the most of any U.S. …

Where’s Minnesota’s electricity choice?

Minnesota Republicans are missing a critical opportunity to practice what they preach. Competition and consumer choice are good for the Gopher State. The phone you use, car you drive, …

Seventh Circuit strikes down Indiana’s protectionist vaping rules

Apparently we weren’t the only observers who thought the Indiana law regulating vaping products was a little over the top. A major reason why Indianapolis rated a grade …

The Nebraska internet sales tax…comes for you!

P.J. O’Rourke once snarkily noted that the American tax code was clearly designed by “A” students, as “every April 15, we have to pay somebody who got an …

Ohio and Michigan both kick off 2017 with asset-forfeiture reform

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, opened the new legislative session last week by declaring the legislative branch's job was to improve quality of life for all Ohioans. …

Michigan looks to become autonomous vehicle mecca

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last week signed a package of four bills (S.B. 995-998) intended to signal the state's commitment to the autonomous future, including by opening up …

2016 Insurance Regulation Report Card

Welcome to the fifth edition of the R Street Institute’s Insurance Regulation Report Card, our annual examination of which states do the best job of regulating the business …

Ohio wants to be testing ground for self-driving cars

The world knows Ohio as home of the Wright brothers and the first man to step on the moon. But locals also know it as home to aviatrix …

What Joe Maddon can teach Illinois lawmakers about competition

Illinois policymakers are considering a sprawling, damaging and wasteful energy bill that seeks to bail out two unprofitable Exelon Corp. nuclear plants. This massive 446-page piece of legislation—dubbed …

Vapescore 2016: Regulating vapor products in U.S. cities

The attached study was co-authored by R Street Research Associate Dan Semelsberger  Americans' use of tobacco cigarettes has declined over the past decade from 20.9 percent of adults in 2004 …

Ohio’s fight to preserve energy competition and choice

Ohio regulators recently approved a problematic, watered-down subsidy for investor-owned utility FirstEnergy Corp. amounts to corporate welfare to protect captive ratepayers of its monopoly utility segment from the …

States and cities are drowning in pension debts

One of the purest mysteries in public policy these days is that while there's a clarion call from every class of political leadership to do something about sea-level …

Don’t over-regulate driverless technology

Self-driving vehicles promise an exciting future, but whether the technology will see widespread adoption in the near term is anything but certain. Among the first hurdles to clear …

Utility regulators must protect average electricity customers and competition

The following op-ed was co-authored by Dick Munson, director of Midwest clean energy for the Environmental Defense Fund. Ohio's utility regulators may have been appointed by a conservative governor, who …

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

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 presidential debate. While …

Planting mustard seeds in the heartland

This week, I'm taking part in a beta test for a new service that connects Columbus, Ohio's parking-space owners mostly with out-of-towners looking for a place to park …

Michigan makes its play to be center of self-driving car universe

In the race to innovate, there often are rewards for being first. Just as technology firms and automakers vie to roll out the first scalable autonomous vehicle, so …

Marketplace for energy drives lower costs

The following op-ed was co-authored by Rev. Mitch Hescox, the president and CEO of Evangelical Environmental Network. When it comes to energy generation, business as usual is hurting Missouri. …

Under control, for now

Is crime spiraling out of control in America? Are we letting too many dangerous people out of prison and jail? Is the nation retreating from the policies that …

Wisconsin Supreme Court shoots down Milwaukee home-rule claim

The world looked on last week as the people of the United Kingdom consider whether to loosen the grip that a reported 40,000-plus Brussels bureaucrats have over their …

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 …

Bourbon can be made anywhere — even Ohio

Sitting on my desk is a tumbler of bourbon. Its deep amber color shines out through the dewy glass. Tom’s Foolery is its whimsical name. It is 90 proof (45 …

Illinois moving to loosen occupational licensing rules for ex-offenders

When persons with “backgrounds” in Illinois want to turn their lives around, "we want them to be as productive as possible as quick as possible," state Rep. Marcus …

Ohio’s attempt at power-plant bailouts should alarm conservatives

This piece was co-authored by Dick Munson, Midwest clean energy director for the Environmental Defense Fund. In a recent victory for consumers, federal regulators blocked bailout plans by two of …

Some American values may be dimming, but transparency continues to shine bright

Attending a Memorial Day ceremony in my little city yesterday, I couldn’t help but wonder what happened all of the sudden to make it palatable for so many …

Iowa, Alabama pass ridesharing bills; could Pennsylvania be next?

It's been a busy week and a half on the ridesharing front, as legislation setting out statewide rules for transportation network companies moved forward in Iowa and Alabama, …

Stop trying Michigan 17-year-olds as adults

In states across the nation, some bold Republican lawmakers are putting aside party affiliations and joining with Democratic colleagues in a bipartisan effort to reconsider previously accepted “tough …

Iowa’s ridesharing bill is good for bankers, bad for Iowans

When I was a child, the notion of “staying up all night” was a sort of Holy Grail. In my elementary school-aged mind, successfully doing so was tantamount …

A conservative case to ‘raise the age’ in Michigan

In recent years, conservative policymakers in states across the nation have come to question whether the one-sizefits-all “tough on crime” approaches adopted in the 1980s and 1990s are …

Competition, ratepayers lose big in Ohio

In a unanimous vote, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) moved March 31 to accept modified plans from investor-owned utilities FirstEnergy Corp. and American Electric Power Ohio …

South Dakota opens the door to ridesharing

South Dakota has become the 29th state to implement statewide rules governing the operation of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, with news that Gov. Dennis Daugaard …

Dear America, please remember Skokie

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 names …

Filtering out bad solutions to Flint water crisis

At what was already the umpteenth Democratic presidential debate – March 6 in Flint, Michigan – Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders both vowed to use government muscle …

AEP and FirstEnergy proposals undercut competition and ratepayers

FirstEnergy Corp. and American Electric Power (AEP) are looking to undo Ohio's electricity market reforms in an effort to extract more revenue from Ohio ratepayers. The companies’ proposals, which …

The invisible wounds of occupational licensing

At the same time the Buckeye State was celebrating the 200th anniversary of Columbus as the state's permanent capitol last week, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation …

Fixing South Dakota’s offender registries

My name is Eli Lehrer and I’m here to testify on H.B. 1244. I am president of the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank headquartered in Washington. I …

Support streamlined regulation for transportation innovation in Missouri

Dear Missouri Legislator, We urge your support for S.B. 991 and H.B. 2330, which seek to provide a streamlined regulatory paradigm for transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber …

Kasich signs Ohio TNC bill into law

Ohio has officially become the 28th state to pass legislation regulating transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, as Gov. John Kasich signed H.B. 237 into law Dec. …

Ridesharing lessons from the Buckeye State

One wonders if Ohio Gov. John Kasich, before he made his way back home following Tuesday's CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas, might have noticed how the local …

Chicago still isn’t giving Uber a fair shake

Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services will be permitted to pick up passengers at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports under a plan approved by the City Council in …

Ohio dodged a bullet on ‘legal’ pot

Ohio voters last week voted down legalized recreational marijuana use, but the state also may be taking a first step toward exploring the medical research and ameliorative capability …

The Chicago Way: Bringing a subsidy to a fight over ridesharing

Uber became so popular so fast because it filled voids the regular taxi industry did not: its drivers would go into non-touristy neighborhoods, pick up African-American customers and …

Asset-forfeiture reform: No more margarita machines!

"We can neither confirm or deny if we have the mayor’s possessions." That was reportedly the statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento to Stockton, Calif. Mayor …

More than 80 orgs to Missouri Legislature: Right-to-work benefits states

Dear Members of the Missouri State Senate and General Assembly: We represent organizations from across the country dedicated to promoting worker freedom. Our organizations’ nonpartisan analysis shows that increasing …

Ohio considers the crony side of cannabis

Ohio produced the first airplane pilot and the first man on the moon. This week, we are blessed with the consensus No. 1 preseason pick of college football …

John Kasich wants to abolish teachers’ lounges instead of the DOE

John Kasich has had a difficult time differentiating himself from the Republican field. Not only are there other, more recognizable moderates, but John Kasich is basically the kind …

Fracking drives NAIC earthquake conversation

Hydraulic fracturing – the process of extracting oil and gas resources that requires breaking rock through the high-pressured injection of liquid into the ground, popularly known as "fracking" …

55 orgs to Missouri Legislature: States benefit from right-to-work

Dear Members of the Missouri State Senate and General Assembly: We represent organizations from across the country dedicated to promoting worker freedom. Our organizations' nonpartisan analysis shows that increasing …

It’s time for dialogue, not demagoguery, on price optimization

Social activist Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals" was written as a how-to guide for community activists looking to compel political change. Yet …

A new era in government transparency

Ohio citizens can access an in-depth look at how their tax money is spent, thanks to a first-of-its-kind online "checkbook" launched last year by Ohio State Treasurer Josh …

Uber’s not in Kansas anymore; will New Jersey be next?

The decision by the Kansas Legislature earlier this week to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of onerous ridesharing legislation already is yielding its inevitable consequence. Transportation network company …

Kansas overrides Brownback veto on TNC bill

In a disappointing development, the Kansas Legislature has overturned Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of S.B. 117, the so-called “Uber bill.” While S.B. 117 is not without redeeming qualities – …

Detroit mayor’s insurance plan crashes head-on into reality

We have seen over and over the folly of government-run insurance schemes. Whether it's the National Flood Insurance Program, the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., the Texas Windstorm Insurance …

Michigan House could vote this week on auto insurance reforms

For a brief moment early this year, social media made James Robertson an international celebrity. The story of the 56–year-old Detroit man whose commute involved both an arduous …

R Street praises Gov. Brownback for vetoing damaging ridesharing bill

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

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

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

Testimony to Minnesota House Committee on Taxes

My name is Alan Smith and I serve as senior fellow and Midwest director for the R Street Institute. R Street is a nonprofit 501(c)3 institution devoted to …

R Street, ATR urge Gov. Brownback to veto anti-competitive ridesharing legislation

Dear Gov. Brownback, On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform and the R Street Institute, we urge you to veto S.B. 117, which would burden ridesharing services with hostile …

Kansas City could make terrible ridesharing market even worse

I was in Dallas last week and used my Uber account to hire rides from Love Field to the hotel, and then back again when I was finished …

Ethanol isn’t the only renewable fuel source Iowans love

When people think of Iowa, they almost instantly think of corn. Iowa is the nation's largest producer of the stuff, and also has become famous (or infamous) for …

For Uber drivers, one license is good enough

Michigan has experienced a dynamic economic reinvention over the past five years. Individuals young and old have turned their new ideas, artisanship and creativity into sustainable employment opportunities …

Letter to Minnesota House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee

Rep. Joe Hoppe, Chair Rep. Tim O'Driscoll, Vice Chair Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL Lead Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee Minnesota House of Representatives 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul, MN …

Missouri considers overly prescriptive TNC law

Governments are having a difficult time keeping up with changes in the culture and in the economy these days. One of the top issues for governments everywhere is …

Rahm Emanuel and the trials of progressive payback

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing something very uncharacteristic to save his flailing re-election campaign: He’s being nice. Mr. Emanuel, his acerbic personality muted by a pullover sweater, cut …

Indiana passes e-cig regs, but stops short of vaping ban

The State of Indiana is moving to regulate e-cigarettes and the liquids used for “vaping.” The Indiana House and Senate both have passed legislation that would ban sales …

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner brings mandatory union dues to an end

Apparently, when it comes to the game of issuing executive orders, both parties can play. Monday night, just in time for the 6 o'clock news, newly minted Republican Illinois …

A tale of two turnpikes

Several times a year, I make the drive from Chicago to my parents' house in Youngstown, Ohio. It's a 400-mile straight shot on the Indiana and Ohio Turnpikes …

Post-election scrum powers ride-sharing bills in the Midwest

It is disappointing to see all the public policy debates that languished over the last several months, both in Washington and in the state capitals, suddenly light up …

Ridescore 2014: Hired driver rules in U.S. cities

The attached paper was co-authored by Ryan Xue, Evan Engstrom and Zach Graves. Visit R Street's companion website, www.ridescore.org, for an interactive visual presentation of our regulatory scorecard. Over the past several …

America’s motor state going the wrong way on direct sales

For most of my life, the Detroit area has been the epicenter of the domestic automotive world. Unless you are the sort of person who experienced a fainting …

Detroit enables ‘prison guards of the past’

"There you go again..." exclaimed  Ronald Reagan famously, as he claimed the debate audience and eventually the White House.  The City of Detroit is once more eschewing hospitable …

Transformation, tests and t-shirts

Intellectual property laws sometimes pit different camps of creators against each other. On the one hand, makers want the freedom to pull inspiration from works that have already …

Fraud costs Michigan drivers $220M a year

Auto insurance fraud costs Michigan drivers more than $220 million a year, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced while unveiling a set of 17 legislative and regulatory anti-fraud …

Detroit takes another title: highest car insurance in America

The Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor metropolitan area has higher auto insurance rates than any other top 25 metro area in the United States. It wasn’t even close, according to the …

Letter to Gov. Nixon on veto of tobacco harm-reduction bill

July 31, 2014   Gov. Jeremiah Nixon P.O. Box 720 Jefferson City MO 65102 Re: Veto of Missouri Senate Substitute for S.B. 841 Dear Gov. Nixon, As a public health physician, with …

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

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

Michigan scalping law is ‘consumer protection’ gone wrong

So-called "consumer protection" has evolved into a major legislative preoccupation, which would be fine if it was mostly related to protecting citizens from injury – physical or fiscal. Alas, …

Testimony on Michigan ticket freedom bill

Testimony on House Bill 5108 Alan Smith, R Street Institute Midwest Director Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee Good afternoon Chairman Richardville and members of Senate leadership constituting the …

Tax smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes at lower rates

Gov. John Kasich's plan to increase taxes on all tobacco products is bad tax policy, built on an unscientific, unsuccessful anti-smoker strategy: wuit or die. Only one component of …

Detroit: From ‘Heat Wave’ to deep freeze

In the early 1960s, a young songwriter from Detroit named Lamont Dozier signed an exclusive contract with Motown Records, teamed up with Eddie and Brian Holland, and eventually …

Art sale could benefit retirees

The following piece was co-written by R Street Midwest Director Alan Smith. Next month, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr will release the latest iteration of a plan to restructure …

Artfully resolving Detroit’s bankruptcy

The attached policy study was co-authored by R Street Midwest Director Alan Smith. For the first three decades of the 20th Century, Detroit was the second fastest-growing city in …

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

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

R Street applauds progress toward ticket freedom in Michigan

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

R Street praises progress toward ticket freedom in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 30, 2014) – The R Street Institute welcomed yesterday's vote by the state House Criminal Justice Committee approving legislation to repeal Michigan's archaic 83-year-old law …

Fear and clarity in Davos

I happened to be watching the World Economic Forum in Davos this week and was struck by the number of CEOs who mentioned "clarity" as the overarching need …

Testimony to Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee

Testimony of Alan Smith, R Street Institute Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Michigan House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee Good morning Chairman Heise, Vice Chairs Graves and Oakes and members of the Criminal …

Are we seeing the end of Baptist-bootlegger politics?

Thirty years ago, economist Bruce Yandle introduced the world in a classic essay to the pervasive power of "Bootleggers and Baptists," a catchphrase used to refer to any …

Driving a Motor City revival

In the wake of officially receiving approval for bankruptcy protection, Detroit's story has become a familiar one. Once the poster child of America's industrial might and middle-class prosperity, …

Consumers deserve open ticket markets

Like most Americans, I enjoy attending live entertainment events. But also like most Americans, I find the complex world of online ticket sales as user-friendly as the Healthcare.gov …

Why scalping opponents are losing their heads

When one thinks of ticket scalpers, one generally conjures a mental image of shady men waiting outside theaters offering scandalously overpriced tickets to late buyers from under several …

R Street welcomes bill to overturn Michigan anti-scalping law

LANSING, Mich. (Oct. 29, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's introduction of H.B. 5108, legislation that would repeal Michigan's outdated anti-"scalping" law. Under the terms of a …

Lehmann on farm policy’s impact on duck hunting

R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann sat down this week with our friend Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute to discuss his recent paper on U.S. Department of …

R Street disappointed by Duluth e-cigarette ban

DULUTH, Minn. (Sept. 10, 2013) – An e-cigarrette ban approved yesterday by the Duluth City Council will have the practical effect of reinforcing tobacco cigarettes as the dominant …

How can vouchers ‘threaten’ an education system this bad?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the …

Michigan bill says no credit score should be no factor in insurance discounts

The use of credit scores for insurance purposes has been a controversy for years in Michigan. The debate appeared to be settled in 2010 when the Michigan Supreme …

Duluth e-cigarette ban would be damaging to public health

DULUTH, Minn. (Sept. 4, 2013) – Exhaled e-cigarette vapor presents no threat to non-users that would justify banning their use in indoor or outdoor spaces, R Street Senior …

Statement from Dr. Joel Nitzkin on Duluth e-cigarette ordinances

The attached letter to the City Council of Duluth, Minn. is in response to introduced ordinances that would extend restrictions on smoking in indoor and outdoor areas to …

The White House’s ‘new’ newspeak

"I got tired of cursing the newspaper every morning. I got tired of seeing what was going wrong and not being able to do anything about it."  - …

Indiana balance-billing law latest in fight over ‘reasonable’ charges

One of the long-standing tensions in health care  finance -- whether you're talking about health insurance or managed care, for-profit or non-profit, workers' compensation, Medicare, Tricare,  automobile medical …

A glimmer of hope for the Illinois GOP

After a decade of the Democratic Party dominating all levers in government, the state of Illinois is a mess. Its government pension debt is far and away the …

Nobody’s fault in Michigan

There are two schools of thought about how to analyze a benefits system. The first is to look at its overall function and how the various parts interrelate. …

R Street welcomes Michigan governor’s no-fault reform plan

LANSING, Mich. (April 18, 2013 — The R Street Institute welcomed today’s announcement by Gov. Rick Snyder that he will seek legislation to end the state’s unique requirement …

R Street welcomes bill to reform Michigan no-fault auto insurance

LANSING, Mich. (March 7, 2013) – The R Street Institute today welcomed the introduction of bipartisan legislation to cap Michigan’s system of unlimited personal injury protection benefits, a …

Bipartisan bill tackles federal subsidies that destroy America’s prairies

WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2013) -- Bipartisan legislation introduced this week would cut $200 million in wasteful federal subsidies that currently encourage farmers to cultivate that native sod and …

Consumer choice key to Mich. auto insurance reform, R Street finds

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 22, 2013) -- With no-fault auto insurance premiums that are among the highest in the nation, Michigan lawmakers should act to grant consumers more choice …

Reforming Michigan’s auto insurance market

PDF Download Text Michigan’s unaffordably high auto insurance premiums result in large part from its unique requirement granting all policyholders unlimited lifetime medical benefits. Higher rates of medical …

R Street welcomes Gov. Snyder’s call for no-fault reform

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 17, 2013) – The R Street Institute today welcomed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s call in his State of the State address for reforms to the …

R Street finds Wisconsin workers’ comp system fails to control costs

WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2012) -- Wisconsin’s 20-year-old certified database system has failed to control costs in the state's workers' compensation market and should be replaced with more aggressive …

Medical cost containment in the Wisconsin workers’ compensation market

Wisconsin’s 20-year-old certified database system, used to resolve disputes about the reasonableness of medical reimbursements paid by workers’ compensation carriers, has failed to control costs and should be …

Hail to the vanquished

Even in the middle of the college football season, a lifelong Buckeye has to look at the proposed “economic death warrant” that could be signed by the voters …

What we are and aren’t getting out of the debates

A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man tried to blow up the building next to where my children live yesterday.  He was sent to our country on a student visa by …

Big idUS in Columbus

Hats off to Columbus for celebrating its 200th anniversary!  There are perhaps dozens of different ways to do a birthday party, and part of the festivity for the …

Ohio’s ‘fair’ elections question

Ohio voters once again enjoy the opportunity to make a huge policy change through this year's Issue 2 on the general election ballot. In the last general election, …

Taking the middle road on pension reform in Ohio

"Proposals’ goal: avoid insolvency" was the kicker under the headline last week in the Columbus Dispatch reporting that representatives of all five of Ohio’s public pension systems had …

R Street Shorts – Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association

Under Michigan’s unique personal injury protection auto insurance system, every insured driver in the state must pay a fee to the state-run Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association and, in …

Hoeven flood bill would set terrible precedent

WASHINGTON (July 23, 2012) -– One week after it was pulled from the calendar due to protests from taxpayer and environmental groups, U.S. House leaders have once again …

Carve-outs for North Dakota flood properties bad for taxpayers and the environmen​t

WASHINGTON (July 17, 2012) -- Legislation set to be taken up today by the U.S. House would gut taxpayer protections and key environmental restrictions for flood-damaged properties in …

Tackle high insurance costs

Motown's home state is rocketing up the wrong sorts of charts these days. A recent survey from Insure.com shows Michigan jumped over Louisiana in 2011 to take first …

The case for creating a Michigan auto insurance fraud prevention agency

PDF Download Text This report, authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer, was issued by the Heartland Institute in November 2011. It recommends the State of Michigan, which …

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