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October 31, 2013

Solving the Sugar Subsidy Problem


The problem of sugar subsidies frustrates those who believe in free markets and limited government and who oppose corporate welfare. But surrendering our consumer market to low-price manipulation simply makes us vulnerable to future high-price manipulation. Ultimately, the sugar problem can only be solved through a reformed and liberalized global sugar trading system, which should be the strategic goal of U.S. sugar policy.

September 20, 2013

Reforming Medicaid with Technology


Every state is struggling to find ways to reform and improve Medicaid. Most of them are overlooking an important option: Integrating technology into Medicaid could increase access, lower costs and improve the quality of care.

October 30, 2012

The Coming Entitlements Cliff


by Merrill Matthews, Mark E. Litow
While Congress is rightly focused on the “fiscal cliff,” the “entitlements cliff” is even more daunting. The federal government currently spends about $2.2 trillion on entitlement programs, almost as much as total federal revenue. The country simply cannot afford the current level of entitlements and will have to make changes.
March 18, 2011

Why North Carolina Should Restrict Municipal Broadband Schemes


The dismal track record of municipal Wi-Fi and broadband networks is a lesson in why municipalities should stick with their core competencies and not attempt to compete in the private sector. States like North Carolina are well-advised to place restrictions and taxpayer protections on municipalities that nonetheless insist on putting taxpayers at risk on municipal communications ventures.

May 11, 2010

A Citizen's Guide to the Tenth Amendment


by Merrill Matthews, William Murchison

Understanding the role and purpose of the Tenth Amendment is absolutely critical to maintaining the kind of government and country the Founding Fathers intended.

February 15, 2010

Health Care Reform: What Now?


The well-kept secret of health policy over the past year is that the uninsured can be covered at relatively modest additional net cost, without the government takeover of health care, rationing, or any new health care bureaucracy, all of which were essential to Obamacare.

April 30, 2009

Performance Rights Wronged


Copyright is actually a bundle of rights--rights that do not get treated equally. Technological convergence has highlighted the omission of equal treatment for performance rights. Music performers should be remunerated for the use of their work, especially as others are profiting from building a business around those same creations.

February 16, 2009

A Stimulus That Works: Tax Repatriation


If any of the estimated $1.5 trillion in retained overseas earnings of American companies are returned home, they are taxed at the federal corporate tax rate of 35%, one of the highest in the world, besides taxes paid to the host countries. Repeating the highly successful 2005 tax repatriation allowing these funds to come home subject to a 5.25% rate would bring hundreds of billions in new capital into the America economy.

July 25, 2008

New York: Double Dealing on Retail Taxes


Amazon.com and Overstock.com are suing New York to keep their customers (and themselves) free of New York State sales tax. While tax collectors have shown great imagination in finding new ways to milk the Internet for new revenues, New York is one of few states trying to impose sales tax directly on online purchases.

June 2, 2008

Don't Kill the Green Goose: The Importance of Stimulating and Rewarding Clean Energy Breakthroughs


A tremendous amount of research and investment is being directed at the search for technological breakthroughs to provide cleaner, more efficient, cheaper and more abundant sources of energy. There will be a huge demand for the wide diffusion of this innovation in years to come. This paper discusses the elements necessary in a global approach that prioritizes real world impact, but also respects intellectual property and the innovation process.

 

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