Press Releases


R Street Institute names Jim Baker director of National Security and Cybersecurity
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2018) – The R Street Institute announced today the addition of Jim Baker as the new director of National Security and Cybersecurity. Baker joins R Street from the Lawfare…

R Street Policy Short: Postsecondary Education in Michigan Prisons
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Jan. 7) – Of the approximately 39,000 individuals being held in Michigan prisons, the overwhelming majority will eventually return to society. For this reason, Michigan residents and…

R Street Institute applauds President Trump’s signing the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act
R.J. Lehmann

WASHINGTON (Jan. 2, 2019) – The R Street Institute welcomes President Donald Trump’s signing of H.R. 5787, Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018. The bill updates maps used to define the…

The R Street Institute releases seventh annual Insurance Regulation Report Card
Ann Phelan

Vermont tops the list for the fifth straight year; Louisiana ranks worst in the country 

WASHINGTON (Dec. 26) – For the seventh year in a row, the R Street Institute has compiled its Insurance…

R Street policy report: How congressional staff levels adversely affect the federal budget
Ann Phelan

The new, divided Congress about to be seated in January will feature one of the most reform-minded freshman classes in recent congressional history. As Congress considers sweeping electoral and…

R Street Institute applauds the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Dec. 13) – The R Street Institute welcomes the bipartisan passage of H.R. 6964, a bill that reauthorizes and improves the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). It…

R Street Institute policy paper: A carbon tax, but at what price?
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12) – A carbon tax has rightly been called a “textbook” response to climate change, and economists from across the political spectrum have endorsed it as the most efficient…

R Street Asks Congress to Reject Cronyist Farm Bill
Caroline Kitchens

WASHINGTON (Dec. 11) – The R Street Institute is deeply disappointed with the farm bill conference report released late Monday evening. Rather than include the handful of modest, free-market…

Postal service blues: Five policies from abroad that could improve the USPS
Ann Phelan


WASHINGTON (Dec. 10) – Recently, the U.S. Postal Service released its annual financial report. The report showed a continuing decline in letter volumes across the United States….

Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About It
Ann Phelan

Systemic institutional dysfunction was a leading cause for more than 50 Republican and Democratic members of Congress who voluntarily did not seek re-election this year, according to a new joint…