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House legislative branch appropriators will vote tomorrow on legislation to release all non-confidential CRS Reports to the public

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2017) – The House Appropriations Committee announced today that its Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee will vote tomorrow to allow public access to all nonconfidential Congressional Research Service reports as …

Examining the effects of a border-adjustment tax on life insurance and annuities

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2017) – As Congress prepares to consider comprehensive tax reform for the first time in more than three decades, a new report from the R …

It’s time for regulatory harmonization between the United States and Canada

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – With an economic relationship that is already the most extensive and successful in the modern world, the United States and Canada should do …

R Street Institute names Casey Burgat fellow with Governance Project

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2017) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of Casey Burgat as a fellow with the institute's Governance Project, where he will research …

R Street Institute names Lauren Rollins editorial manager

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2017) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of Lauren Rollins as editorial manager, responsible for editing all of R Street’s grant and …

Freeing the Booze: A recent court case could upend the alcohol industry

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2017) – A recent South Carolina Supreme Court decision could be a game-changer when it comes to ending oppressive and protectionist alcohol regulation regimes across …

R Street praises reintroduction of bill to prevent cross-border sales tax

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2017) –  The R Street Institute today welcomed the reintroduction of legislation that would codify in statute that states' taxing authority ends at the border. …

R Street commends passage of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

WASHINGTON (June 8, 2017) – The R Street Institute praises today's vote by the U.S. House to pass the Financial CHOICE Act, legislation that begins to unwind the …

Baseload retirements don’t have to mean less reliable electricity

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2017) – A wave of coal and potential nuclear retirements has prompted extensive political controversy over the future of “baseload” power plants and the effects …

R Street study: it is time to reverse U.S. mineral import dependency

WASHINGTON (May 25, 2017) – A new report from the R Street Institute finds mounting imports are cultivating a risky import dependency for critical and strategic minerals. Over …

R Street Institute names Caleb Watney technology policy associate

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2017) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of policy expert Caleb Watney as a technology policy associate with the R Street Institute, …

R Street applauds Texas passage of H.B. 100

AUSTIN, Texas (May 17, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's vote by the Texas Senate to approve H.B. 100, legislation that creates uniform rules across the …

R Street-Locke study finds BAT would hurt North Carolina insurance market

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2017) – Applying a destination-based cash flow tax—better known as a "border-adjustment tax," or BAT—to the import of reinsurance will cost North Carolina consumers …

R Street applauds Senate passage of Texas’ H.B. 1774

AUSTIN, Texas. (May 17, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's passage by the Texas Senate of H.B. 1774, legislation designed to rein in the disturbing growth …

R Street study: why risk and reliability matter more than fuel diversity

WASHINGTON. (May 10, 2017) – Having a diverse fuel supply is not, in and of itself, a valid policy objective and at best only serves as a poor …

R Street Institute names Tom Struble technology policy manager

WASHINGTON (May 8, 2017) – The R Street Institute announced the addition of distinguished policy expert Tom Struble as a technology policy manager and a policy analyst with …

R Street Institute adds Clark Packard and Easton Randall as outreach managers

WASHINGTON (May 8, 2017) – The R Street Institute announced that Clark Packard and Easton Randall will join the institute's outreach team, helping to advance R Street’s policy …

R Street applauds passage of Texas’ H.B. 1774

AUSTIN, Texas. (May 4, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's passage by the Texas House of Representatives of H.B. 1774, legislation designed to rein in the …

R Street-Pelican study finds BAT would hurt Louisiana insurance market

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 4, 2017) – Applying a destination-based cash flow tax—better known as a "border-adjustment tax," or BAT—to the import of reinsurance will cost Louisiana consumers …

R Street applauds passage of bill bringing alcohol freedom to Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The walls separating Florida's supermarkets and big box stores from their liquor-store annexes could soon be coming down, as state lawmakers have …

R Street scholar says CHOICE Act represents win for transparency, economic growth

WASHINGTON (April 26, 2017) – The Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs Act, better known as the Financial CHOICE Act, would represent major progress for …

R Street Institute applauds passage of AOB reform by Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The R Street Institute applauds today's passage by the Florida House of Representatives of H.B. 1421, legislation designed to stem the tide …

R Street Institute names Carrie L. Wade harm reduction policy director

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2017) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of distinguished drug-abuse researcher Carrie L. Wade as senior fellow and harm reduction policy director. Carrie …

Free-market groups warn California DMV not to derail self-driving cars

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 25, 2017) – The R Street Institute joined today with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom and the International Center for Law and Economics is calling …

It’s time to make farm supports a safety net (again)

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2017) – The Agriculture Act of 2014 is set to expire next year, which means congressional deliberations on the next farm bill are just around …

R Street applauds Texas House passage of H.B. 100

 AUSTIN, Texas (April 19, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's vote by the Texas House of Representatives to approve H.B. 100, legislation to create uniform rules …

R Street applauds Florida Senate passage of ridesharing legislation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 19, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's vote by the Florida Senate to approve H.B. 221, long-overdue legislation designed to regulate Florida’s ridesharing …

Want democratic legitimacy? Support congressional regulatory reform

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2017) – The election of Donald Trump poses what may be a serious opportunity for a sea change in the American regulatory state. Indeed, one …

Electric-vehicle charging stations could be cure for boring highway rest stops

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2017) – Limitations on commercial activity at federal highway rest stops have rendered them dreary and unappealing. Meanwhile, electric vehicles have been hampered by a …

It’s time to replace fuel-economy rules with clean tax cuts

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) – The current federal approach to regulating vehicle efficiency has resulted in costlier vehicles, few discernable benefits for consumers and a mess of shifting …

Picking winners isn’t the path to clean, affordable energy, R Street says

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2017) – Well-functioning competitive energy markets are the best option for innovation, consumers and the environment, while industrial policies subvert competition and contribute to mounting …

Alex Pollock Testimony: FSOC must fix process to designate systemically important nonbanks

The Financial Stability Oversight Council's process for identifying systemically important nonbank financial institutions is beset by politically influenced assumptions and inconsistent analytical processes, R Street Distinguished Senior Fellow …

R Street welcomes Keystone XL permit approval

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's decision by the U.S. State Department to approve developer TransCanada's permit to build the $8 billion Keystone …

Want to help the housing market? Legalize accessory dwelling units

WASHINGTON (Mar. 21, 2017) – Liberalizing zoning rules for accessory dwelling units could be low-profile free-market solution to supply and affordability constraints in many local housing markets, according …

Zero rating pricing increases innovation and competition

WASHINGTON (March 9, 2017) – Though opposed by many net-neutrality advocates, allowing certain types of data usage to be priced differently could be a positive step that leads …

R Street Praises Reintroduction of Bill to Encourage Private Flood Insurance

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2017) — The R Street Institute today welcomed the reintroduction of legislation that would help create a more robust private market of flood-insurance products to …

Anglosphere nations offer models to rein in executive overreach

WASHINGTON (Mar. 2, 2017) – If Congress and President Donald Trump want to address the ever-growing power of the executive branch to issue orders and regulations, Australia, Canada, …

‘Internet of things’ holds promise, creates security challenges

WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2017) – The growth of the internet of things – a term that encapsulates everything from networked medical devices and kitchen appliances, to automated homes …

R Street welcomes bill to rein in Texas hail claims

AUSTIN, Texas  (Feb. 13, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's introduction of S.B. 10, legislation to rein in the disturbing growth in Texas hail-related litigation. Sponsored by …

‘Heat not burn’ products hold promise for harm reduction

WASHINGTON (Feb. 9, 2017) – “Heat not burn” (HNB) products, which heat tobacco rather than incinerating it at temperatures that cause many harmful chemicals to form, represent a …

Nuclear’s value doesn’t justify intervening to ‘save’ it

WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2017) – Though market forces and external regulatory factors have combined to retire roughly 10 percent of the American nuclear power fleet, the facts don't …

Florida Legislature should seize opportunity to enact needed insurance reforms

WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2017) – Florida is unusually well-positioned to enact reforms that would address the artificial cost inflation created in the state's property insurance and workers' comp …

R Street Institute announces addition of C. Jarrett Dieterle

WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2016) – The R Street Institute is pleased to welcome C. Jarrett Dieterle as governance project fellow, working alongside R Street Governance Policy Director Kevin …

R Street Institute hires Ian Adams as senior fellow on insurance and next generation transportation

WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2016) – The R Street Institute has announced the addition of Ian Adams as senior fellow, responsible for overseeing matters related to insurance and next …

New study: Eight tobacco harm reduction proposals for the government

WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2016) – The federal government’s decision to regulate all nicotine products without regard for the amount of harm they cause will ultimately be detrimental to …

Earmark ban and rise of ‘lettermarking’ could be detrimental to transparency

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2016) – While earmarks were an easy target for those looking to reduce government spending, banning them has led members of Congress to secure funds …

Competitive electricity markets promise economic and environmental benefits

WASHINGTON (Jan. 24, 2016) – Over the past two decades, some states have transitioned their electricity markets away from the traditional regulated monopoly model and toward competitive markets …

Online Eye Care Offerings Promise Consumer Choice, Face Regulatory Hurdles

WASHINGTON (Jan. 12, 2016) – The contact lens market represents a microcosm of the regulatory impediments that continue to face online medical retailers, with incumbent businesses seeking to …

R Street applauds introduction of Email Privacy Act

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2017) – The R Street Institute welcomes today's introduction by Reps. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., of legislation to update and modernize the …

R Street study: Swap the corporate income tax for a fee on carbon

WASHINGTON (Dec. 23, 2016) – As the 115th Congress prepares to tackle corporate tax reform in 2017, a new study from the R Street Institute finds that the …

Private cyber insurance capable of managing most risks

WASHINGTON (Dec. 15, 2016) – Cyber vulnerability is a growing source of significant risk for both the public and private sectors that has prompted a market for insurance …

2016 Insurance Regulation Report Card Released Today

WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 2016) – For the second year in a row, the R Street Institute finds that Vermont has the best regulatory system for insurance and that …

R Street comments on surgeon general’s report on e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2016) – The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General today released its first ever report on e-cigarettes and nicotine vapor devices. While the R Street …

Changes to WIC eligibility have led to poorly targeted program

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – Changes in methodology used to determine eligibility for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, have …

R Street Institute statement on HUD plan to make all public housing smoke-free

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – The R Street Institute welcomes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's plan to require the nation's 3,100 Public Housing Agencies to …

Fight for $15? New study finds minimum wage increase would cost millions of jobs

WASHINGTON (Nov. 29, 2016) – With “Fight for $15” protests planned for today in 340 cities, a new R Street Institute policy study—co-authored by R Street associate fellow …

R Street, CEI and TechFreedom ask NHTSA to revise autonomous vehicle guidance

WASHINGTON (Nov. 22, 2016) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's should revise its recently issued safety guidelines for self-driving cars to improve their transparency and clarify that …

Vapescore Report Ranks American Cities on Vaping Regulations

WASHINGTON (Nov. 15, 2016) – As e-cigarettes and other nicotine-vapor products grow in popularity, state and local jurisdictions that rely extensively on the revenues produced by cigarettes taxes …

R Street encouraged by FTC proposal to improve portability under Contact Lens Rule

WASHINGTON (Nov. 10, 2016) - The R Street Institute is encouraged by the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed updates to the Contact Lens Rule. The decade-old rule was crafted …

R Street Welcomes Bill Legalizing Ridesharing in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2016) – The R Street Institute welcomes Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to sign S.B. 984 into law, at last legalizing ridesharing across the entire …

Report: Congress needs to examine rules for federal propaganda

WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2016) – The federal government’s widespread use of advertising – a frequently ignored budget line-item – and other forms of communication carry significant implications for …

R Street Criticizes New York’s Anti-Airbnb Law

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent signing of a New York State law that institutes a fine of between $1,000 and $7,500 for posting a property on a short-term …

“Third Wave” of tech companies need to be more engaged in the regulatory process

The arrival of what AOL founder Steve Case dubbed the “Third Wave” of internet companies will require revisiting the discussion of how tech companies will need to interact …

Free-market groups recommend changes to California self-driving vehicle rules

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2016) – The R Street Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom and the International Center for Law & Economics joined today in submitting comments to the …

Consumers would benefit from reduced insurance licensing burdens

WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2016) – As policymakers at both the state and federal level examine ways to streamline and repeal burdensome occupational licensing laws, they should look at …

Study: Where have all the nuclear plants gone?

WASHINGTON (Oct. 6, 2016) – With nearly 10 percent of the U.S. nuclear-energy fleet either closed or scheduled to close, a new R Street policy study by R …

R Street urges Congress to reject protectionist reinsurance legislation

WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2016) – The R Street Institute responded to this week's introduction by Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., and Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., of H.R. …

Pokémon Go: Regulatory Testbed for Augmented and Virtual Reality

WASHINGTON (Sept. 29, 2016) – As augmented and virtual reality technologies grow in popularity, they raise new questions about how regulatory frameworks will adapt to concerns over safety, …

R Street encouraged by Senate decision not to block internet governance transition

WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2016) -- The R Street Institute responded to today's passage by the U.S. Senate of a continuing resolution without language to delay the transition of …

New study calls for free-market environmental stewardship

WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2016) – Though current policies restricting the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases tend to expand the size of government dramatically, a new …

R Street supports introduction of Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act

WASHINGTON (Sept. 28, 2016) – The R Street Institute supports today's introduction of H.R. 6196, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act, sponsored by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Earl …

Report: Corporate income tax is burdensome and ineffective

WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – The corporate income tax enjoys overwhelming popular support, even from many who traditionally favor lower taxes. Unfortunately, the policy is so popular largely …

R Street sees NHTSA guidance on self-driving cars as positive step

WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2016) – The R Street Institute responded to this morning's release of guidance from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety …

Defending America’s grids from emerging threats

WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2016) – America’s electrical grid serves an irreplaceable, central role in the national economy. However, the grid’s vital importance also makes it a potential vulnerability, …

Report: Strengthening congressional oversight of the intelligence community

WASHINGTON (Sept. 13, 2016) – A coalition consisting of the R Street Institute, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and FreedomWorks has jointly released a report featuring a …

R Street welcomes decision in 9th Circuit CDA case

The R Street Institute welcomes today's decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a lower-court finding that Yelp! Inc. was not liable for negative business …

R Street responds to bill forgiving flood program’s debt

WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2016) -- The R Street Institute responded to today's introduction by House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-Calif., of legislation to forgive the …

Reforming America’s farm supports without hurting midsized farms

WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2016) – While the American agricultural landscape has changed dramatically over the past century, the federal farm support system still largely reflects an outdated view …

R Street Institute names David Bahr media relations manager

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2016) – The R Street Institute has announced the addition of David Bahr as media relations manager. Before joining R Street, David served as assistant literary …

Competition is the Key to a Better Electricity System

WASHINGTON (Aug. 30, 2016) – Efforts to introduce competition into the electricity industry through organized wholesale markets operated by independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) …

R Street Institute responds to Goodlatte internet sales tax proposal

WASHINGTON (Aug. 25, 2016) – The R Street Institute responded to today’s introduction of draft legislation by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The “Online Sales Simplification …

California’s misguided anti-vaping measure will harm public health

WASHINGTON (Aug. 25, 2016) – California’s ballot initiative Proposition 56, which would increase the state’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack and apply comparable levels of taxation to …

R Street Institute Hires Arthur Rizer as Justice Policy Director

WASHINGTON (Aug. 22, 2016) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of Arthur Rizer as justice policy director and senior fellow. Before joining R Street, Arthur was …

New FEMA Regulations Will Better Protect Americans from Flooding

WASHINGTON – A coalition of unlikely allies are supporting a proposed rule announced Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Organizations representing professional floodplain managers, insurance companies, fiscal conservatives …

Fixing Congress Through More Powerful Committees?

WASHINGTON (Aug. 17, 2016) – In addition to being viewed negatively by a record number of Americans, Congress increasingly is shifting from a body that generates and develops …

An Appeal for a Conservative Approach to Conservation

WASHINGTON (August 11, 2016) – Although environmental conservation is a fundamentally conservative principle, modern conservatives have ceded the debate to the political left, according to a new policy …

R Street responds to DOJ review of ASCAP and BMI consent decrees

WASHINGTON (Aug. 4, 2016) – Following a two-year review of the antitrust consent decrees that govern coordinated action by the major performing rights organizations the American Society of …

R Street adds Sasha Moss as technology policy fellow

WASHINGTON (Aug. 2, 2016) – The R Street Institute announced today it has added Sasha Moss as technology policy fellow. Sasha previously served as counsel to U.S. Rep. …

California’s Coal Divestment Initiative Puts Politics before Good Policy

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2016) –The California Department of Insurance’s recently announced “Climate Risk Carbon Initiative,” which calls for insurers who operate in the state to divest “voluntarily” from …

Insurance Subsidies Exacerbate Climate Change Risks

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2016) – Years of government involvement in property insurance markets have led to artificially low rates that mask the true risk of living in regions …

Demand Response Promises More Competition and Reliability

WASHINGTON (July 19, 2016) – Demand response (DR) – a system under which customers are able to reduce their electricity usage in exchange for compensation – promises a …

MEDIA ADVISORY: R Street’s Catrina Rorke to address conservative sustainability forum

CLEVELAND (July 15, 2016) – R Street Energy Policy Director Catrina Rorke will highlight conservatives' record in promoting sound environmental policies that advance clear, predictable, market-oriented results, as …

Graves Statement on Carla Hayden’s Confirmation

WASHINGTON (July 13, 2016) – The U.S. Senate today confirmed Carla Hayden to head the Library of Congress by a vote of 74-18. Hayden was nominated for the position five months …

R Street hires Ryan Call as Central Region director

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2016) – The R Street Institute announced today that it has hired Ryan Call as senior fellow and Central Region director, a role in which …

Due Process Act Promises Necessary Civil-Asset Forfeiture Reform

WASHINGTON (July 5, 2016) – H.R. 5283, also known as the Due Process Act, would implement necessary reforms to federal civil asset-forfeiture procedure, and marks the latest the commendable …

Taxpayers Subsidies Don’t ‘Feed the World’

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2016) – Recent debates over the structure and extent of the federal farm-support system have been governed by romanticized notions of the role American farmers …

Some U.S. doctors buck health authorities to recommend e-cigarettes in clinical practice

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2016) – The rapid rise in popularity of e-cigarettes and other nicotine vapor devices has led some American doctors to begin to incorporate them into …

Policymakers should focus on ways to encourage the gig economy to grow

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2016) – Contrary to claims both from critics and supporters of the so-called "sharing economy," there is little to no evidence the United States is …

R Street adds Rebecca Coffman as media director

The R Street Institute announced today it has enhanced its communications team with the addition of Rebecca Coffman to serve in the newly created role of media director. Rebecca …

 ICYMI: Gov. Cuomo needs to veto terrible short-term-rental bill

Forces aligned against short-term rentals are on the cusp of victory in their battle to harm the ability of spacesharing services like Airbnb and HomeAway to conduct business …

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2014 Farm Bill Didn’t  Produce ‘Savings’ for Taxpayers

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2016) – The 2014 farm bill's projected "savings" in federal spending on agriculture programs have evaporated completely in the two years since the bill was …

R Street encouraged by legal challenge to FDA deeming rules

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

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

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

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

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

R Street Institute Commends Passage of H.R. 2901

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2016) – The R Street Institute today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and …

Less than 10% of Farmers Would Feel Effects of Cap on Premium Subsidies

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2016) – Less than 10 percent of farms that plant major cash crops in some of the largest farm states would feel the impact of …

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

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

R Street Institute welcomes Uber settlements in California, Massachusetts

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2016) – Concluding a legal battle that began last year, ridesharing company Uber announced it will pay $100 million to settle two class-action lawsuits initiated …

Realizing Texas’ Clean Energy Potential

WASHINGTON (April 21, 2016) – Texas’ solar-power potential outpaces that of nearly every other state. But according to a new R Street policy brief, that potential remains largely …

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

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

R Street urges House Judiciary Committee to pass Email Privacy Act

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

Regulatory Dark Matter: Why Regulatory Reform Efforts Must Address Interpretive Rules

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2016) – While increased national debate surrounding regulatory reform is commendable, recent discussions have focused largely on the traditional rulemaking process that includes publication in …

‘Raising the age’ in Michigan would offer economic, public safety benefits

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2016) – In most states, individuals aren't generally tried in criminal courts as adults until they reach age 18. A new R Street study from …

Why Congress is Best Positioned to Craft Music Licensing Reform

WASHINGTON (May 5, 2016) – Debate over how best to reform the United States’ music licensing system has increased, following the Department of Justice’s recent inquiry into the …

Nevada net energy metering reform is cautionary tale for states

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2016) — Increased consumer adoption of renewable-energy technologies has led to a rise in public utilities’ use of net energy metering (NEM), a model under which …

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 …

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

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

Reforms should put control of retirement-savings back in employees’ hands

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2016) —  As a growing number of Americans take part in the so-called “gig economy,” in which a single worker may simultaneously fill part-time and …

Financial experts look back on FCIC report, five years later

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

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

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

New Report: Opposition to Free Basics plan in India is shortsighted

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2016) – February's victory by net-neutrality activists to shut down Facebook’s Free Basics initiative in India might kill the country's best near-term hope to address …

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

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

Texas setting positive example on RESTORE Act priorities

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

On regulatory reform, look to Canada, paper argues

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

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

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

Congress should consider federal anti-SLAPP protections, new paper finds

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2016) — Congress should examine ways to extend the protections afforded by state-level laws against "SLAPPs" – strategic lawsuits against public participation – to the federal …

R Street commends House committee for expanding private flood insurance options

WASHINGTON (March 2, 2016) — The R Street Institute today commended the House Financial Services Committee for its markup of H.R.2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, …

R Street beefs up communications and outreach staff 

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

Federal EITC should reflect cost-of-living disparities across U.S. cities

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2016) – The Earned Income Tax Credit has been shown to be an effective incentive to work, but those benefits are lost in cities with higher …

R Street taps Steven Greenhut as western region director

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

Technological advances spur need for deregulated electricity market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governance experts contribute to R Street study on broken legislative branch

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

R Street welcomes former FERC analyst as electricity policy manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R Street welcomes proposed reforms to FEMA disaster assistance program

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

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

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

R Street statement on resignation of Florida insurance commissioner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas shouldn’t wait to address EPA carbon rule

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

Federal prize incentives to innovation could save money and lives

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

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

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

R Street frustrated by White House rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

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

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

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

Reforms needed for troublesome Prop 103

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

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

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

R Street urges fiscal responsibility in use of BP spill money

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

R Street encourages using RESTORE funds for coastal planning and coordination

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits of fracking outweigh the risks

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

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

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

Poor families face marriage penalties as high as 32 percent

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

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

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

Public pension funds should not be used to further political agendas

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

Federal agencies missed half their congressional deadlines

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

R Street Institute disappointed by President Obama’s energy plan

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

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

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

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

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

R Street welcomes expiration of Export-Import Bank

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

As video on-demand expands, TV regulation should shrink

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

Supreme Court missed opportunity to clarify copyright law in API case

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

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

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

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

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

R Street welcomes bipartisan bills to encourage private flood insurance

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

R Street study examines potential sources of capital for small businesses

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

R Street spearheading coalition to fight the Remote Transactions Parity Act

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

R Street opposes new Internet sales tax bill

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

R Street commends Gov. Scott for signing coastal preservation bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 3, 2015) – The R Street Institute today congratulated Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing H.B. 715, legislation that clarifies provisions of a key coastal preservation …

R Street praises Senate for passing USA FREEDOM Act

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

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

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

R Street praises Texas budget bill

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

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

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

R Street praises House for passing USA FREEDOM Act

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

R Street praises Texas Legislature for strengthening rights of property owners

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

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

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

R Street welcomes introduction of USA FREEDOM Act legislation

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

More oversight needed of conservation compliance, R Street study claims

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

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

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

Catrina Rorke joins R Street as director of energy policy

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

R Street praises Florida Legislature for limiting exposure faced by Citizens

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

R Street praises Gov. Brownback for vetoing damaging ridesharing bill

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

R Street expresses concerns about TPA bills

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

R Street urges Texas to restore local control of pension plans  

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

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

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

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

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

R Street alarmed by FDA panel ruling on tobacco

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

R Street congratulates Gov. Herbert on signing insurance modernization bill  

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

Diverse group of advocacy organizations, intellectual property experts come together in opposition to Florida digital goods bill

WASHINGTON – Today, a diverse group of advocacy organizations issued a joint public statement in opposition to the True Origin of Digital Goods Act being considered by the …

R Street joins broad coalition to reform government surveillance

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

Net neutrality rules full of faults, R Street warns

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

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

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

R Street applauds introduction of Preserving American Privacy Act

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

R Street alarmed by North Carolina property insurance bill

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

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

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

Congress needs to reassert regulatory oversight, R Street study finds

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

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

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

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

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

R Street welcomes Texas bills to modernize liquor laws

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

R Street welcomes bill to liberalize Florida liquor laws

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

R Street urges lawmakers to support Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act

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

R Street applauds introduction of YODA

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

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

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

R Street welcomes bill to crack down on patent trolls

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

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

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

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

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

R Street concerned about protectionist reinsurance tax

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

R Street welcomes new southern region director

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

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

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

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

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

R Street welcomes Mike Godwin as director of innovation policy

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

R Street disappointed by Hunter bill to reform TWIA

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

Texas Legislature should address hail litigation, R Street study finds

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

TRIA renewal could displace emerging private solutions to terrorism insurance

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

Senate will release bulk downloads of legislative summaries, bill text from 113th and 114th Congress

WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2014) — The U.S. Senate will deliver access to its legislative information in modern, open data formats, starting when the 114th Congress convenes in January …

50+ organizations and experts call for improved intelligence oversight

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

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

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

R Street congratulates Citizens on lowering reliance on taxpayers

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

R Street strongly urges San Antonio to reject new ridesharing regulations

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

R Street says House terror insurance bill is short on reform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R Street encourages Senate to advance NSA reform

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

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

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

R Street encouraged by upcoming vote on Keystone XL pipeline

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

D.C. offers nation’s freest transportation market, R Street study finds

WASHINGTON, (Nov. 12, 2014) – Washington leads the nation in terms of friendliness to vehicle-for-hire transportation, according to a study released today jointly by the R Street Institute …

R Street responds to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local governments should reform to encourage broadband investment

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

Poll: Kentucky voters reject Internet sales tax law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- When it comes to a federal law allowing out-of-state tax collectors to reach into the pockets of Kentucky’s online merchants, by a …

R Street taps Ian Adams for California state director

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

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

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

R Street applauds Virginia agreement on ridesharing services

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

R Street applauds bipartisan bill increasing government preparedness for extreme weather

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

R Street joins groups in support of USA FREEDOM Act

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

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

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

Senate terrorism insurance bill fails to make appropriate reforms

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

Tuesday: Cárdenas, Mulvaney host briefing on worker relocation legislation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R Street commends committee for passing TRIA reform

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

R Street welcomes Supreme Court decision on patents

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

R Street encouraged by House bill on terrorism insurance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R Street disappointed by EPA greenhouse gas rules

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2014) – New carbon emissions regulations proposed today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are likely to prove expensive and damaging to a still-fragile economic …

R Street encouraged by draft bill offering alternatives to EPA regulation

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

R Street paper urges more opportunities for nuclear power

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

R Street praises Florida Gov. Scott for signing hurricane legislation

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

R Street study finds no new fracking regulations are needed

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

R Street welcomes federal bill to encourage private flood insurance

WASHINGTON (May 5, 2014) -- The R Street Institute today welcomed introduction of legislation streamlining the process for private companies to begin offering, and states to begin regulating, …

R Street welcomes passage of private flood insurance bill in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 1, 2014) – The R Street Institute today welcomed the vote by the Florida Legislature to approve rules guiding the Sunshine State's emerging private flood …

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

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

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

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

R Street recommends crowdsourcing in patent applications

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

R Street applauds reinsurance package from Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

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

R Street comments on FDA proposed regulations on e-cigarettes

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

R Street paper encourages re-examination of housing tax breaks

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

R Street argues for keeping Coastal Barrier Resources System intact

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

Congressional Data Coalition launches with panel discussion

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

R Street advocates investment in new coastal mitigation program

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

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

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

R Street promotes two as organization continues to grow

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

R Street testifies on alternatives to Internet sales tax

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

R Street mocks Senate climate “talkathon” as hypocritical

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

R Street announces launch of Unfair By Design project

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

R Street deeply disappointed by House flood insurance bill

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

R Street concerned about protectionist reinsurance tax

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

R Street applauds progress toward ticket freedom in Michigan

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

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

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

R Street warns time is short to consider TRIA reforms

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

R Street applauds introduction of the American Worker Mobility Act

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

R Street deeply disappointed by House bill gutting flood insurance reform

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

R Street Institute applauds efforts to depopulate Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

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

R Street responds to planned House flood insurance vote

  WASHINGTON (Feb. 13, 2014) – With U.S. House leadership announcing it will take up consideration of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, the R Street Institute expressed optimism …

R Street applauds shrinking Fla Citizens policies

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

Federal lands should be opened to more local knowledge

WASHINGTON (Feb. 10, 2014) -- As a growing chorus of states in the American West stand up to claim shared or sole sovereignty over federal lands within their …

R Street welcomes vote to right-size Fla Cat Fund

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2014) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's unanimous vote by the Florida Senate Community Affairs Committee approving S.B. 482, a measure to scale …

Congress’ farm bill falls $29 billion short of Obama’s proposed cuts

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2014) – The R Street Institute today called on President Barack Obama to use his veto pen to reject the five-year farm bill approved by …

R Street names Nicole Roeberg director of communications

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2014) – The R Street Institute is pleased to announce it has hired Nicole Roeberg to serve as director of communications, effective Feb. 10. She …

R Street optimistic House will preserve responsible NFIP reform

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2014) – The R Street Institute is disappointed by today's U.S. Senate vote gutting reforms of the National Flood Insurance Program, but expressed optimism that …

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 …

Free-market groups call on Gulf Coast governors to use RESTORE Act wisely

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2014) -- Governors of the five Gulf Coast states – all Republicans – have a unique opportunity to ensure the windfalls those states are set …

R Street welcomes Florida sales tax holiday on storm supplies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2014) – The R Street Institute welcomed this week's proposal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott that the state enact a 15-day sales tax holiday …

Toomey flood insurance amendment would protect taxpayers

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2014) – As the Senate prepares to vote on a measure that would gut reforms of the deeply indebted National Flood Insurance Program, the R …

R Street deeply disappointed by $1 trillion farm bill

WASHINGTON (Jan. 28, 2014) – The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment at the five-year conference committee farm bill that cuts just 0.11 percent in projected federal spending …

Obama’s SOTU should address NSA damage to tech sector

WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2014) – As the nation awaits President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow evening, a new paper from the R Street Institute makes …

GAO finds delaying Biggert-Waters would discourage private flood insurance

WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2014) – Delaying the phase-out of federal subsidies for flood insurance would discourage private insurers from writing the coverage and moving more risk from the …

R Street encourages Oklahoma to explore tobacco harm reduction

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 22, 2014) – Lawmakers should avoid public health policies that perpetuate the myth that that all tobacco and nictotine products present a similar risk of …

R Street welcomes privacy reforms, asks they go further

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17, 2014) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's speech by President Barack Obama as a significant step forward on electronic privacy, but expressed disappointment that …

R Street welcomes private reinsurance plan for Florida Cat Fund

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed news that the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is working on a plan to buy private reinsurance, reducing …

R Street disappointed by delay language in omnibus appropriations bill

WASHINGTON (Jan. 14, 2014) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment today at language included in the omnibus appropriations bill that would delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood …

R Street says Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’ continue failed place-based relief

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2013) – A new White House initiative to ladle federal funding on socially and economically challenged communities continues a policy of "place-based relief" that has …

Florida moves forward on private flood insurance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's unanimous vote by the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee of legislation clarifying the regulatory treatment …

R Street urges Senate not to gut flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON (Jan. 7, 2013) – As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider changes to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, the R Street Institute urges an open process …

R Street scholars argue relocation is key to fighting poverty

WASHINGTON (Jan. 2, 2014) – Decades of declining geographic mobility have been a key contributor to stagnating incomes and, more recently, persistently high unemployment rates, R Street President …

R Street disappointed by NYC e-cigarette ban

NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2013) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment with today's vote by the New York City Council to ban the use of electronic cigarettes …

Virginia ranks first, New York last, in R Street’s 2013 Insurance Regulation Report Card

WASHINGTON (Dec. 18, 2013) -- Virginia and Vermont had the best insurance regulatory environments in the United States this year, while New York had the worst, according to …

R Street welcomes Florida bill to authorize private flood insurance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's introduction of legislation creating a statutory definition of private flood insurance that may be written by …

R Street applauds Florida for fast-tracking private flood insurance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2013) – The R Street Institute applauded the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation's timely approval of a request by Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty …

Bill takes wrong approach on earthquake insurance

WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 2013) – Research from the R Street Institute suggests new legislation introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both D-Calif., offers the wrong approach …

R Street paper makes the case for road pricing

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2013) --Road-pricing advocates need to link their proposals to tangible benefits like increased capacity, reduced congestion and improved transit service if they are to overcome …

Effort to gut flood insurance reform fails in Senate

WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's news that an effort to gut vital flood insurance reforms has failed in the U.S. Senate. S. 1610, …

R Street applauds successful efforts to shrink Fla Citizens

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's news that Florida's state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has seen its policy count fall to just …

R Street applauds creation of coalition to reform government surveillance

WASHINGTON (Dec. 9, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's news that leading private sector technology firms have formed a coalition seeking reform of government surveillance laws …

R Street applauds House passage of the Innovation Act

WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's 325-91 vote by the U.S. House to approve H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act. Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee …

Free-market groups support Goodlatte’s Innovation Act

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2013) – Legislation set to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives would crack down on frivolous patent lawsuits that are "imposing a significant …

R Street warns NYC e-cigarette ban would be harmful to public health

NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2013) – The New York City Council should consider the potential adverse effects on public health should it move forward with a proposal to …

R Street paper looks at government sources of systemic insurable risk

WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2013) – Natural disasters pose significant threats to taxpayers and the economy at-large, thanks to trillions of dollars of insurable risk concentrated on the balance …

Free-market groups urge banking regulators to accept private flood insurance

WASHINGTON (Dec. 2, 2013) -- Federal rules requiring flood insurance coverage to secure certain mortgaged loans should include a safe harbor for equivalent coverage offered by private excess …

R Street applauds committee vote on Innovation Act

WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomes the House Judiciary Committee's overwhelming vote to approve the Innovation Act, legislation to encourage innovation by cracking down …

R Street paper looks into the promise of e-cigarettes for tobacco harm reduction

WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2013) -- The Food and Drug Administration and other public health authorities should look to the promise of e-cigarettes as a vehicle for tobacco harm …

R Street concerned by protectionist reinsurance tax proposal

WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2013) – A new proposal from the Senate Finance Committee would raise catastrophe insurance rates by limiting the ability of foreign-based insurers and reinsurers to …

Joint R Street-Pelican Institute report calls for careful oversight of RESTORE ACT

NEW ORLEANS (Nov. 19, 2013) – Nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is crucial that conservatives engage as local authorities implement federal law passed …

R Street’s Csiszar recommends shifting more terrorism risk onto private market

WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2013) – Congress should extend the $100 billion federal terrorism risk reinsurance backstop, but only after moving much more risk off the backs of taxpayers …

R Street paper argues for ‘government-lite’ approach to conservation

WASHINGTON (Nov. 12, 2013) – A new paper from the R Street Institute argues that taking a middle-ground "government-lite" approach to conservation on federal lands would better serve …

SAVE THE DATE: IMBYdc launch party and panel discussion

WASHINGTON (Nov. 11, 2013) -- Is the District of Columbia emerging as a "second Brooklyn"? Commentators like Andrew Sullivan think so. But are current land-use and development regulations …

Free-market groups urge Congress not to delay flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON (Nov. 8, 2013) – Efforts to delay reform of the National Flood Insurance Program must be resisted to protect taxpayers, the R Street Institute and 15 other …

Join the R Street Institute for a discussion of ‘government-lite’ conservation

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2013) -– In light of recent attention over the closure of the National Parks System during October's federal government shutdown, a new paper from the …

JMI and the R Street Institute recommend ten reforms to fix Florida’s property insurance marketplace without raising rates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2013) – On the heels of certain reforms in Florida's 2013 Legislative Session, the James Madison Institute and the R Street Institute today released …

Florida should encourage private flood insurance market

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2013) -– As Florida lawmakers ponder potential legislative responses to rising flood insurance rates, it is crucial no additional catastrophe risk burdens be placed …

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 …

R Street warns Congress not to gut crucial flood insurance reforms

WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2013) -- Legislation set to be introduced by House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-Calif., would gut crucial reforms passed by Congress last …

R Street welcomes bill to crack down on patent trolls

WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2013) -- The R Street Institute welcomed today's introduction by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., of legislation to tackle the $29 billion problem …

R Street welcomes introduction of disaster savings accounts bill

WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2013) – The R Street Institute today welcomed introduction of the Disaster Savings Accounts Act of 2013, legislation that will help Americans to better save …

Shutdown highlights role of conservation in local economies

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2013) – The Obama administration's decision to shutter the U.S. National Park System during the ongoing government shutdown has already cost local tourism economies billions …

Report shows bad hurricane season could knock Florida Cat Fund for a loop

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2013) -- One bad hurricane season would leave the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund in precarious financial condition, raising the specter of huge hurricane taxes …

Massachusetts’ e-cigarette ban would not improve public health

BOSTON, Mass. (Oct. 1, 2013) – A statewide ban on the indoor use of electronic cigarettes could actually do more harm than good for the commonwealth's public health, …

Groups oppose delaying flood reforms for commercial properties, real estate sales

WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2013) -- A proposal forwarded by the Massachusetts congressional delegation to delay phasing out federal flood insurance subsidies for commercial properties and properties that are …

Poll shows Florida voters oppose subsidizing out-of-state Citizens policyholders

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2013) – A new poll released today by the Stronger Safer Florida coalition concluded that 77 percent of Floridians oppose paying taxes to subsidize …

Conservative groups urge Congress to resist gutting flood reforms

WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2013) -- In a open letter to Congress, the R Street Institute and a coalition of conservative, libertarian, free-market and taxpayers groups urge members to …

R Street names Daniel Rothschild senior fellow and state projects director

WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2013) – The R Street Institute today proudly announced it has hired Daniel Rothschild to serve as senior fellow and director of state projects, effective …

R Street brief notes farm bill could spell big trouble for hunters

WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2014) – Failure by Congress to attach key accountability provisions to federal crop insurance subsidies would have devastating results for hunters and anglers, according to …

New poll shows bipartisan, across-the-board, dislike of Internet sales tax

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2013) -- A new national comprehensive survey commissioned by National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute finds that Americans overwhelmingly oppose new legislation, like the …

Press conference on ending corporate welfare in the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2013) -- U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Tom Petri, R-Wis., will join representatives from R Street and groups from across the ideological divide for …

‘Don’t Tax Tuesday’ highlights social value of credit unions

WASHINGTON (Sept. 10, 2013) -- With Congress returning to session this week, the R Street Institute supports the goals of "Don't Tax Tuesday," today's online and social media …

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 …

R Street paper looks at barring federal subsidies to development

WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2013) – Expanding and strengthening the Coastal Barrier Resources System would offer a unique opportunity to protect both taxpayers and the environment in a way …

Join R Street’s Lori Sanders for a panel on the future of conservatism

WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2013) -- Join R Street Policy Analyst Lori Sanders and other prominent panelists Sept. 24 for a roundtable discussion of "The Future of Conservatism," hosted …

CDC survey on e-cigarettes asks the wrong questions

WASHINGTON (Sept. 5, 2013) -- New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing an uptick in the number of teens who have used electronic cigarettes …

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 …

Mount St. Helens anniversary highlights conservative conservationism

WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2013) – Today's anniversary marking the establishment by President Ronald Reagan of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument should underscore to elected leaders the …

DCTC decision shuts down competition in taxi service

WASHINGTON (Aug. 20, 2013) – The R Street Institute is concerned that the decision by the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission expanding sedan regulations to bar mid-sized, fuel-efficient …

R Street launches urban project with ‘In My Backyard – DC’

WASHINGTON (Aug. 15, 2013) – The R Street Institute today announced the launch of a major new research and outreach project centered on urban affairs, with particular focus …

R Street welcomes legislation to curb abusive patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomed today's introduction of legislation to provide a streamlined process to resolve patent infringement disputes and crack down on …

U.S. House blows opportunity for real agriculture reform

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2013) – The R Street Institute today expressed deep disappointment that the U.S. House approved a five-year "split" Farm Bill without any opportunity to consider …

Conservative groups urge open process on agriculture bill

WASHINGTON (July 9, 2013) – The R Street Institute today joined with 20 other conservative and libertarian groups to urge U.S. House Speaker John Boehner preserve an open …

Reihan Salam joins R Street Institute as senior fellow

WASHINGTON (July 2, 2013) — The R Street Institute today announced that author, columnist and policy expert Reihan Salam has joined its team as a senior fellow. In his …

R Street suggests conservative alternative to Obama climate plan

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today urged conservatives to support market-based alternatives to the flawed climate policy approach outlined by President Barack Obama in …

North Carolina amendment would allow auto insurers to compete

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2013) – An amendment proposed to a North Carolina auto insurance modernization bill would introduce a modicum of competition to the market and begin …

R Street urges House consider improvements after failed Farm Bill vote

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2013) –- The R Street Institute welcomed today's 195 to 234 U.S. House vote defeating a proposed $940 billion Farm Bill, and encouraged lawmakers to …

R Street urges fiscal responsibility in House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2013) – As the U.S. House begins deliberations today on H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, the R Street Institute encourages …

PRESS BRIEFING: Farm subsidy programs in House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2013) -- Representatives from Environmental Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Black Farmers …

FEMA report highlights need for flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2013) – New projections from the Federal Emergency Management Agency showing a long-term increase in flood risks across the country underscore that Congress must not …

R Street joins coalition to oppose unconstitutional domestic spying

WASHINGTON (June 11, 2013) -– The R Street Institute today joined a coalition of nearly 100 technology firms and civil liberties organizations who are calling on Congress to …

SAVE THE DATE: Bipartisan staff briefing to discuss NDAA amendments

WASHINGTON (June 7, 2013) -- The 2014 National Defense Authorization bill authorizes $552 billion for the base defense budget, $54 billion above what the current Budget Control Act …

R Street welcomes House crop insurance accountability bill

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today lauded introduction of H.R. 2260, the Crop Insurance Accountability Act of 2013, which would require farmers who receive …

Study from free-market groups shows how – and why – conservatives can reform Pentagon budget

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2013) --  Is it possible to defend America’s national interests and defend taxpayers' wallets at the same time? According to a joint report released today …

Study from free-market groups recommends $1.9 trillion in Pentagon savings

WASHINGTON (June 3, 2013) -- As lawmakers begin discussing the National Defense Authorization Act in earnest this week, many in Washington are wondering, is it possible to defend …

Florida senator announces plans to reintroduce ‘beach house bailout’ bill

WASHINGTON (June 3, 2013) – The R Street Institute today warned that legislation set to be reintroduced by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.,  would encourage development in risky and …

Gov. Scott signs bill to shrink Citizens, end subsidies to coastal construction

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 29, 2013) – The R Street Institute today commended Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing S.B. 1770, legislation that will implement key reforms to the …

R Street welcomes appointment of Texas insurance commissioner

AUSTIN, Texas (May 28, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today welcomed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s appointment of Julia Rathgeber as commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance. Rathgeber …

Landrieu bill would delay, undo vital flood insurance reforms

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2013) – New legislation introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., would delay indefinitely vital reforms to the deeply insolvent National Flood Insurance Program that were …

Neal/Menendez reinsurance tax would cost U.S. consumers billions

WASHINGTON (May 21, 2013) – The R Street Institute today warned that new legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., would do serious …

SAVE THE DATE: May 30 panel on the 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (May 20, 2013) -– R Street Institute Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan will join representatives of the Cato Institute, Environmental Working Group and Taxpayers for Common Sense for …

R Street welcomes bill to loosen small business lending rules

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2013) – The R Street Institute applauds today’s reintroduction by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., of legislation that would make it easier for small businesses to …

Despite SNAP cuts, House Farm Bill is not a ‘fiscally responsible’ option

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2013) – The U.S. House version of the 2013 Farm Bill, which the Agriculture Committee will begin marking up tomorrow, includes increases in taxpayer-financed crop …

Senate Farm Bill draft fails to move toward real reform

WASHINGTON (May 13, 2013) – The R Street Institute today noted the draft Farm Bill the Senate Agriculture Committee will begin marking up tomorrow once again fails to …

Budget watchdogs lay out principles for crop insurance reform

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2013) – As both the House and Senate agriculture panels prepare to mark-up their respective versions of a five-year Farm Bill next week, the R …

R Street concerned by proposal to delay flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON (May 8, 2013) – The R Street Institute today expressed concern about a proposed amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 that would delay important …

R Street laments Senate passage of so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today expressed disappointment at U.S. Senate passage of S. 743, the Internet sales tax bill known as the "Marketplace …

R Street welcomes committee vote on Michigan auto insurance reform

LANSING, Mich.  (May 3, 2013) – Legislation approved last night by the Michigan House Insurance Committee will help tame out-of-control claims costs that have led the state's drivers …

Gov. Scott receives bill to end subsidies to mansions, new coastal development

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 2, 2013) – The R Street Institute today commended the Florida Legislature for approving significant reforms to the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp., including provisions …

R Street hires Zach Graves to serve as digital marketing director

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2013) – The R Street Institute today announced the hiring of Zach Graves to the new position of director of digital marketing. Based in R Street’s …

R Street commends Florida House for passing Citizens reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 30, 2013) – The R Street Institute welcomes today’s vote by the Florida House of Representatives approving legislation to reform Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the …

Senate shuts off debate on ill-conceived Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today lamented today's cloture vote by the U.S. Senate closing off debate on S. 743, the Internet sales tax …

Florida Senate passes needed reforms to Citizens Property Insurance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 25, 2013) – The R Street Institute today commended the Florida Senate for passing by a 24-15 margin legislation to promote depopulation of the state-run …

R Street commends committee passage of electronic privacy bill

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2013) – The R Street Institute today commended the Senate Judiciary Committee for reporting out the most significant update to U.S. electronic privacy law in …

R Street says ‘revenue neutrality’ shouldn’t be sticking point in corporate tax reform

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2013) – As Congress weighs whether to embark on significant tax reform in this session, lawmakers should take a page from other developed countries and …

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 …

Obama proposes government-run workers’ comp insurer

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2013) --  The R Street Institute today asked that the White House come forward with more details about a legislative proposal it floated this week …

R Street names Lori Sanders outreach manager

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2013) –- The R Street Institute today announced it has named Lori Sanders to the new position of outreach manager, working out of the institute's …

Florida Cat Fund reform passes second state House committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 10, 2013) – The R Street Institute commended today’s bipartisan passage by the state House Government Appropriations Subcommittee of H.B. 1107, calling for reforms to …

Obama budget would raise insurance costs, violate trade agreements

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2013) – A provision in the White House’s newly released Fiscal Year 2014 budget would drive up the cost of property insurance across the country, …

R Street urges Texas to adopt tough conflict of interest standards

AUSTIN, Texas (April 2, 2013) –- Financial advisers that work with Texas state agencies to place bonds should be held to the same conflict of interest standards that …

R Street proposes ‘cat-and-trade’ offset system for wind power

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2013) -- Researchers at the R Street Institute today unveiled a new major public policy initiative that aims to simultaneously preserve wildlife and encourage wider …

R Street fellows offer primer on N.C. auto insurance reform

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2013) -- North Carolina’s outdated “rate bureau” auto insurance system imposes hidden taxes to subsidize the coverage of risky drivers, while making it difficult …

R Street welcomes bill to scale back Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 28, 2013) –- The R Street Institute today welcomed approval by the Florida House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee of H.B. 1107, legislation that will reduce …

R Street paper urges states to explore new approaches to tobacco control

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2013) --As state lawmakers continue to weigh policies intended to encourage smokers to quit and discourage teens from picking up the habit, more attention …

Fla. Consumer Advocate confirms Cat Fund reform won’t cost homeowners

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 13, 2013) -- Analysis by actuaries from the Florida Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate confirms that proposed reforms to right-size the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe …

R Street urges Congress not to support ‘beach house bailout’

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today expressed concerns about the reintroduction by Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J., of legislation establishing a pre-packaged federal bailout system …

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 …

Statement by StrongerSafer Florida regarding Senate Banking & Insurance Committee voting in favor of S.B. 7018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 7, 2013)  – Today representatives from StrongerSafer Florida expressed their enthusiasm after the state Senate Banking & Insurance Committee voted in favor of S.B. 7018. Christian …

House panel includes coastal preservation in Fla. Citizens reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 6, 2013) – The R Street Institute today commended the Florida House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee for approving legislation that would significantly scale back the …

Texas House bill would create Hurricane Mitigation Week

AUSTIN, Texas (March 6, 2013) -– The R Street Institute today welcomed the introduction of legislation in the Texas House of Representatives creating an annual sales tax holiday …

R Street welcomes introduction of Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2013) -- New legislation introduced today in both chambers of Congress would scale back massive federal subsidies for crop insurance, representing a major victory for …

R Street paper shows South Carolina at low risk of post-storm ‘hurricane taxes’

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 5, 2013) -- While a state Senate subcommittee has been appointed to study home insurance rates in South Carolina, new research from the R Street …

R Street, EWG host Hill briefings today on crop insurance reform

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2013) – The R Street Institute and the Environmental Working Group will be hosting a pair of Capitol Hill briefings today to discuss the case …

R Street welcomes efforts to modernize N.C. auto insurance

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2013) –- The R Street Institute today welcomed new legislation that would reform North Carolina’s outdated and inefficient price controls for auto insurance. Under the …

Groups from across spectrum call on Congress, Obama to find Pentagon savings

WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2012) --  Leading advocacy groups from across the political spectrum—conservative taxpayer and tea party groups, centrist government watchdogs and progressive mobilizing and anti-war organizations—released a …

Texas lawmaker calls for tough conflict of interest standards for wind pool

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 27, 2013) –- The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and Texas Public Finance Authority would be subject to stringent conflict of interests standards under new legislation …

Texas bill offers tax relief for hurricane preparedness

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 25, 2013) –- The R Street Institute today welcomed the introduction of Texas legislation establishing a sales tax holiday for individuals and businesses who purchase …

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 …

R Street applauds reintroduction of small business lending bill

WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2013) -– The R Street Institute welcomed today’s introduction of federal legislation making it easier for small businesses to gain access to credit through the …

R Street welcomes major deal to shrink Florida Citizens

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2013) --  The R Street Institute today welcomed the vote by the board of governors of Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corp. transferring $30 billion …

R Street urges Congress to explore alternatives to TRIA

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2013) -- As Congress prepares to consider the fate of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program – the $100 billion federal reinsurance backstop set to expire …

SmarterSafer.org unveils new Disaster Assistance Framework to protect American families, taxpayers and the environment

WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2012) -- SmarterSafer.org today introduced its new Disaster Assistance Framework and urged Congress to pursue a holistic approach to federal disaster response so the government …

SmarterSafer.org to unveil new disaster assistance framework to protect American families, taxpayers and the environment

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2013) --  SmarterSafer.org will host an 11 a.m. conference call on Thursday, Jan. 31 to introduce its new Disaster Assistance Framework and discuss how Congress …

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 …

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 report proposes ending insurance subsidies in Florida’s coastal wetlands

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2013) -- As Florida lawmakers once again prepare to take up property insurance reform in the upcoming legislative session,  a new report from the …

Florida members introduce two bills seeking ‘beach house bailout

WASHINGTON (Jan. 15, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today expressed strong opposition to the recent introduction of H.R. 240, the Homeowners' Insurance Protection Act, and the pending …

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to block Florida PIP reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2012) — The R Street Institute today welcomed the recent order by U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara dismissing a lawsuit by chiropractors, acupuncturists and …

R Street welcomes Chairman Hensarling’s call for NFIP privatization

WASHINGTON (Jan. 4, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today welcomed the commitment by incoming House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to craft legislation during the …

Fiscal Cliff deal extends current Farm Bill, keeps wasteful direct payments

WASHINGTON (Jan. 2, 2013) – As part of the U.S. House’s 257-167 vote to approve legislation averting the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress has extended for nine months statutory …

R Street offers suggestions to fix Florida’s broken insurance system

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2012) -- Efforts to shrink Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will be futile unless the state takes steps to close the door to new …

R Street proposes international monitoring of state-controlled insurers

WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2012) -- State-controlled insurers and reinsurers represent potentially significant sources of systemic risk and should be monitored as such, R Street Senior Fellow R.J. Lehmann …

Federal judge denies injunction to block Florida PIP reform

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2012) -– In the first big win for Florida auto insurance consumers since passage of reforms to the state’s personal injury protection system earlier …

Dec. 13 press conference on ending the Wind Production Tax Credit

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2012) – R Street President Eli Lehrer will join other representatives from a coalition of conservative and free-market groups in a Dec. 13 press conference …

White House seeks $10 billion NFIP bailout

WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2012) -- As Congress considers a White House request to raise the National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority to $30.4 billion, the R Street Institute …

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 …

Conservative coalition urges killing ‘TAG’ bank bailout

WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2012) – In a letter to Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., representatives of 14 conservative, libertarian and free-market groups call on the …

Press conference to stop the ‘secret’ Farm Bill

Washington (Dec. 6, 2012) –- R Street Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan will join representatives from a politically diverse group of organizations in a Dec. 10 press conference to …

R Street welcomes new Heritage President Jim DeMint

WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2012) –- R Street Institute President Eli Lehrer today praised the Heritage Foundation for choosing U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., to serve as the foundation’s …

R Street urges Senate to consider expanding small business credit

WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2012) -- Legislation to expand credit union member business lending should not be tied to a proposed extension of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Transaction …

R Street offers ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for lame duck Congress

WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2012) –-There’s any number of legislative avenues down which the ongoing negotiations in Congress to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” could ultimately proceed, but some …

R Street offers ‘Tax Hit List’ for 113th Congress

WASHINGTON (Nov. 28, 2012) -- While Congress continues to debate the contours of a deal to avoid enormous tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect at …

R Street seeks to dispel credit union business lending myths

WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2012) -- As Congress prepares to vote on S. 2231, a measure that would liberalize member business lending rules for credit unions, R Street Institute …

R Street names Ike Brannon senior fellow and research director

WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2012) -- The R Street Institute today announced that economist and veteran Washington policy expert Ike Brannon will be joining its team as senior fellow …

Congress should insist on risk transfer before raising NFIP borrowing

WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2012) -- As the White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security prepare to ask Congress to raise the National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority, …

R Street welcomes bill repealing Texas’ margins tax

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 14, 2012) – The R Street Institute today welcomed new legislation filed by Texas state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, that would repeal the state’s …

Free-market, taxpayer, environmental groups host Fla. event on insurance reform

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2012) – Representatives from a broad coalition of taxpayer watchdog groups and free-market and environmental organizations will address how government-subsidized property insurance programs …

Free-market groups oppose lame duck consideration of $1 trillion Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2012) -– As federal lawmakers prepare for a seven-week lame duck session of Congress, the R Street Institute and a coalition of 13 other conservative, …

Free-market, taxpayer, environmental groups hold press event on insurance reform

  TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Nov. 8, 2012) – A broad coalition of free-market organizations, taxpayer watchdog groups, and environmentalists will be hosting a press conference and media availability event on Amelia …

R Street hosts Nov. 9 presentation on conservation compliance in the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2012) – With the U.S. House potentially set to take up the Farm Bill in the “lame duck” session that will follow the Nov. 6 …

Conflict of interest standards and lowering coverage limits are key to TWIA reform

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 1, 2012) – Reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association should include tough conflict of interest standards, a roll-back of coverage for high-value properties and …

‘Super Storm’ underscores danger of encouraging people to live in harm’s way

WASHINGTON (Oct. 30, 2012) –- As much of the eastern United States begins the work of assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy –- even as its remnants …

Farm Bill needs stronger protections for taxpayers and the environment

WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2012) -- As U.S. lawmakers prepare to complete work on the 2012 Farm Bill following the Nov. 6 election, a new paper from the R …

NAIC will no longer charge public for access to model laws and regulations

WASHINGTON (Oct. 25, 2012) -- The R Street Institute today commended the National Association of Insurance Commissioners – the trade association and educational foundation comprised of the nation’s …

R Street marks 30th anniversary of landmark Coastal Barrier Resources Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 18, 2012) –- The R Street Institute today commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, a landmark piece of legislation that continues …

Risk-based rates key to shrinking Florida taxpayers’ exposure to hurricane risks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2012) -- As the leaderships of both the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Property Insurance Corp. consider the state-run funds’ exposure to catastrophes, …

R Street urges Florida auto insurance consumers to shop around

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2012) -- Given today’s deadline for Florida auto insurers to submit personal injury protection rates that reflect PIP market reforms passed by the Legislature …

R Street names Andrew Moylan director of outreach

WASHINGTON (Sept. 13, 2012) -- The R Street Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Moylan as director of outreach and senior fellow, effective Sept. 24. In …

Report outlines small businesses’ credit woes and possible solutions

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2012) -- Small business owners create the majority of new jobs in this country, but are still struggling to play their role as our primary …

R Street welcomes hearing on private options for terrorism insurance

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2012) -- As Americans today mark the 11th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the R Street Institute commends the House …

Florida state audit confirms Citizens’ rates are too low

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2012) -- A new report from Florida Auditor General David Martin confirms that the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s rates are too low to …

Democrats’ platform drops support for ‘beach house bailout’

WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2012) -- The R Street Institute today noted the Democratic Party has dropped from its 2012 platform language that advocated a federal reinsurance mechanism to …

Isaac could be first storm to trigger a state-run insurer’s cat bond

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 29, 2012) -- Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall as a Category 1 storm in Southeastern Louisiana late Aug. 28 and is expected to weaken as …

R Street warns FIO against government-run reinsurers

WASHINGTON (Aug. 24, 2012) -- Governments are intrinsically ill-suited to providing property reinsurance, suggesting  that legislative proposals for a federal backstop to state insurance programs should be rejected, …

FLOIR report shows PIP reform will benefit Florida drivers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2012) – Analysis released today by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation demonstrates that the recently passed H.B. 119 should help control runaway personal …

R Street urges Florida Citizens to remain vigilant on mitigation credits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2012) -- The R Street Institute today encouraged Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to maintain vigilance in its efforts to ensure that policyholder mitigation …

Texas wind pool should solve funding problems before making them worse

AUSTIN, Texas (Aug. 8, 2012) -- A decision by the board of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to raise the policy limits on both residential and commercial policies …

R Street finds backstop would have little effect on cost, take-up of earthquake insurance

WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2012) -- Legislation that proposes federal debt guarantees for state earthquake insurance facilities like the California Earthquake Authority would not drive down premiums or increase …

Actuaries report shows PIP reform will benefit Florida consumers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2012) – The R Street Institute welcomed today’s release of a draft report from Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Inc. that shows the recently passed H.B. …

Insurance commissioner’s travel is in Florida’s best interests

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2012) – Recent press reports calling Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty to task for his travel schedule misconstrue the value such trips bring to …

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 …

R Street hosts Aug. 3 presentation on cost of a federal earthquake fund

WASHINGTON (July 18, 2012) -- Legislation introduced in the 112th Congress by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., proposes to create a …

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 …

R Street-Heartland paper looks at how insurers treat tobacco

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2012) -- As a growing number of former smokers turn to nicotine replacement therapies, e-cigarettes and certain other forms of smokeless tobacco, state and …

R Street, taxpayer groups seek real reform in $1 trillion Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2012) -- Ahead of today’s House Agriculture Committee mark-up of the $957 billion Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, the R Street Institute has …

R Street welcomes launch of Energy and Enterprise Initiative

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2012) -- The R Street Institute welcomes today’s launch of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, a new campaign launched by former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, …

Texas should look to building codes, competition to ease property rates

AUSTIN, Texas (July 10, 2012) -- Texas will always face an unusually high concentration of natural catastrophe risks, but there are steps that lawmakers could take to make property insurance …

House Farm Bill cuts don’t go nearly far enough

WASHINGTON (July 6, 2012) -- Much of the $35 billion in federal savings proposed in draft Farm Bill legislation unveiled this week by the House Agriculture Committee could …

R Street welcomes congressional agreement on National Flood Insurance Program reforms

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2012) -- After nearly eight years of debate, Congress is finally set to bring a measure of fiscal sanity and sound insurance principles to the …

R Street Institue says ‘Five for Florida’ should be blueprint for candidates, elected officials

Below is a statement from the R Street Institute’s Florida Director Christian R. Cámara: Americans for Prosperity’s "Five for Florida" is a bold initiative to bring public attention to …

R Street comments on Supreme Court’s health care decision

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2012) -- The R Street Institute, a free market think tank that specializes in insurance issues, welcomed today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on …

Green Scissors 2012 finds ending environmentally destructive federal programs would save nearly $700 billion

Left-Right coalition identifies practical steps Congress could take to slash deficits, save natural resources WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 26, 2012 — Congress could move a long way toward solving …

U.S. Senate misses chance to help taxpayers, environment with Farm Bill vote

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2012) - The R Street Institute today expressed its disappointment that the U.S. Senate has voted to approve S. 3240, a $969 billion boondoggle commonly …

R Street Institute welcomes Florida lawmakers’ call for insurance reform

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 20, 2012) – The R Street Institute today welcomed a position paper from Florida state Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, and state Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, …

R Street, Taxpayers for Common Sense urge Senate to learn lessons from Katrina

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2012) -- In a joint letter, the R Street Institute and Taxpayers for Common Sense are warning members of the U.S. Senate not to gut …

R Street welcomes amendments to pare down $1 trillion Farm Bill

The R Street Institute this week urged U.S. Senate members to pay heed to the destructive fiscal and environmental impacts that would flow from S. 3240, the Agriculture …

R Street Institute commends Florida lawmakers for standing up for solvency

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2012) – The R Street Institute today welcomed a letter from three Florida state senators and 22 state representatives supporting Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Interim …

R Street Institute publishes 2012 Insurance Regulation Report Card

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2012) – The R Street Institute, a new national non-profit public policy think tank dedicated to free markets and real solutions, today released its first …

Heartland Institute announces plan to spin off insurance project

The Heartland Institute has decided to spin off its insurance research project effective May 31. According to Joseph Bast, president of The Heartland Institute, “We’re convinced this will be …

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