CEI Today: Gov't shutdown Italian style, NYC teacher union rubber rooms, and gov't regs unreviewed

Thursday, October 3, 2013
In the News Today



Washington Examiner: Government shutdown, Italian style

Americans aren’t the only ones talking about a government shutdown this week. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta survived a vote of confidence in parliament Wednesday after the faction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turned against Berlusconi and decided to support Letta.

Washington's shutdown continues, but the standoffs here and in Rome bear a number of similarities. Much like President Obama and Senate Democrats, Berlusconi sought to take the country — and even his own party — down a path they did not want to go.> Read more

> Interview Matthew Melchiorre



Openmarket.org: NYC Rubber Rooms Still Packed

Just three years ago, New York City Mayor Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers publicly heralded a deal to end “rubber rooms,” the reassignment centers that hold suspended teachers accused of incompetence or misconduct, where they collect full salaries and do no work.

Yet, on September 26, Mayor Bloomberg announced that his administration is suing the UFT, charging it of welching on the agreement that would end the use of rubber rooms. At issue are provisions calling for the increase in the amount of arbitrators that hear cases, which were intended to shorten the lengthy disciplinary process. Specifically, upping the amount of arbitrators to 39 from 23.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


The Washington Times: The real cost of federal regulations

Why does the OMB review such a small fraction of regulations? One reason could be that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the body within the agency that does the number-crunching and central review of rules, has fewer than 50 employees. More likely, though, it is because agencies are not required to perform analyses subject to independent review. This is the root of the problem, and it is much more difficult to strike. > Read more

> Interview Crews/Young

CEI Announces New Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow: Bill Frezza

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is pleased to announce that Bill Frezza is the 2013-14 recipient of the Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship. Frezza is planning his venture into broadcast journalism. CEI and Frezza are partnering with the RealClear brand to launch a new radio show which will be produced by CEI and hosted by Frezza. > Read more





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CEI President Lawson Bader
A final blow in War on Coal?

President Obama seems more concerned about the demands of his environmentalist supporters, who will implement their anti-carbon agenda at any cost. >Read more

> Lawson Bader on Twitter

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