JAMIE DIMON & BILLION DOLLAR BOONDOGGLES - JOHN BERLAU
Foxnews.com: Forget Jamie Dimon -- Congress needs to look in the mirror
> Interview John Berlau
RUBIO'S RAISE ACT - F. VINCENT VERNUCCIO
CEI.org: CEI to Score Amendment to Farm Bill
This week, the Senate is expected to vote on Amendment No. 2166 to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S.3240), better known as the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act (RAISE) Act. The Amendment is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
CEI labor policy analysts will score the Senate vote on the Rubio Amendment and incorporate the scores into CEI’s Congressional Labor Policy Scorecard, which is maintained and updated on WorkplaceChoice.org. The scorecard reflects Members’ voting records on all significant matters of worker rights.
Currently, union workers’ wages are dictated by collective bargaining agreements made between a union and an employer. Collective bargaining agreements not only create a floor for worker’s wages, they also establish a ceiling. The vast majority of these agreements grant pay increases on seniority, not merit. In other words, unionized employees can only see an increase in their salary through longevity—no matter how productive they are and how hard they work. The RAISE act would remove the barrier of employers to give their workers pay increases. > Read more on CEI.org
>Interview Vincent Vernuccio
> Keep up with all labor union news at Workplacechoice.org
EPA'S UTILITY MACT - MARLO LEWIS
Forbes.com: Big Costs, Illusory Benefits: Why Congress Should Nix The Utility MACT
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on legislation (S.J.Res.37) sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to overturn one of the most costly regulations ever adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Known as the Utility MACT Rule, the regulation establishes first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from power plants.
Clearly, Congress would not enact the MACT Rule were it introduced as a bill and put to a vote. That should be reason enough for the people’s representatives to overturn the Rule and reclaim their constitutional authority to determine the content and direction of national policy.
> Read the full commentary on Forbes.com
> Interview Marlo Lewis
WARREN T. BROOKES JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP
CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts.
Previous Warren Brookes Fellows have included Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney, Reason magazine science correspondent Ron Bailey, columnist Michelle Malkin, and author James Bovard.
The fellowship begins in October, 2012. The deadline for application is July 31. To apply, send resume or CV along with a cover letter outlining a project plan for the fellowship that relates to CEI's issue areas. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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