TRANSPARENCY IN REGULATION - RYAN YOUNG & WAYNE CREWS
Washington Times: Season for relief from big government, More transparency would help curb untracked spending
The good news is that this year’s budget deficit will be half a trillion less than last year’s. The bad news is that it still will top $1 trillion.
The worse news is that politicians, those clever creatures, are constantly looking for ways to keep enacting expensive new regulations and dispensing goodies without adding to the budget or the deficit. It’s a way to curry favor with voters, who tend to like freebies but dislike paying the costs. One such trick is the unfunded mandate, and it needs to be reined in. > Read the full commentary
>Interview the authors
ETHANOL MANDATES - MARLO LEWIS
Globalwarming.org: When Drought Strikes, Should U.S. Policy Endanger Hungry People?
The question answers itself. Of course not. But that is the effect of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), more commonly known as the ethanol mandate.
Under the RFS (Energy Independence and Security Act, p. 31), refiners must sell specified amounts of biofuel each year. The “volumetric targets” increase from 4.0 billion gallons in 2006 to 36 billion gallons in 2022. The amount of corn ethanol qualifying as “renewable” maxes out at 15 billion gallons in 2015. Already, ethanol production consumes about 40% of the annual U.S. corn crop. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org
>Interview Marlo Lewis
Congress will soon vote on a package of reforms for holders of the H-1B visa for high-skilled immigrants. Policy Analyst David Bier unpacks the proposed reforms, and explains why allowing more high-skilled immigration would help spark economic growth, especially in the technology sector.
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