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June 16, 2019

Proposed Texas High-Speed Rail Project Faces Legislative Opposition

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti | Media Hit

Plans for a privately financed, high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas are being challenged by members of the Texas State Legislature, landowners along the proposed route, and some transportation researchers.

June 16, 2019

Debunking Democrats' Claims About Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden hopes to pay for his version of the Green New Deal by eliminating the subsidies and tax breaks given to the fossil fuel producing industry, and he’s not alone.

June 10, 2019

Trump's Climate Modeling Reform Scorches His Critics

by Merrill Matthews, H. Sterling Burnett | Op/Ed

In an effort to improve the science used by regulatory agencies, the Trump administration has made, and is still making, adjustments in the way the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies approach climate change and make the predictions that drive climate policies. Not everyone is pleased, to put it mildly.

June 7, 2019

Plumbers Decry Deregulation, Abbott Promises Resolution

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti | Media Hit

“A lot of these licensing programs exist for no other reason than to protect a professional cartel and keep out competition," said IPI president Tom Giovanetti.

May 30, 2019

Did the U.S. Shortchange Puerto Rico on Disaster Aid?

Some think Puerto Rico has been shortchanged. The numbers tell a more nuanced story.

May 30, 2019

Sunburn - The Morning Read of What's Hot in Florida Politics - 5.30.19

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews | Media Hit

“From a political standpoint, it is foolish to push importation. If deaths occur, the politician who promoted it will take the blame,” said Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation.

May 30, 2019

Iran Can Rattle Sabers But Not Oil Prices

The Iranian government is rattling sabers once again. In years past those tensions would have sent world oil markets into a panic. Not so this time around. 

May 29, 2019

Protecting Pharmaceutical Patents Is Critical to Our Health

Sen. John Cornyn's legislation that attempts to address problems he sees with the patent protections afforded to American drug companies overreaches and would limit the ability of pharmaceutical firms to develop and improve medicines. 

May 28, 2019

Report Says U.S. Now Among World Leaders In 5G Readiness

IPI expert referenced: Bartlett Cleland | Media Hit

Bartlett D. Cleland, research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation, said the FCC “needs to establish a continuous supply of spectrum via auctions, on a schedule that will provide a regular flow of low, mid and high bands of spectrum. They must keep unlicensed bands open and available as well.”

May 24, 2019

Fingers Crossed That the Travel Tax Bill That Died in the Legislature Remains Buried

Most House Republicans have committed in one way or another to not raise taxes, but this seems to be a session characterized by commitments broken and principles betrayed.

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