CEI Today: IRS employees on Obamacare, ozone court ruling, and European austerity


IRS Employees on Obamacare: "Not For Me, Thanks"

IRS employees aren’t big fans of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—at least, not as far as it concerns their own healthcare plans. The National Treasury Employees Union is asking its members to oppose legislation introduced by Congressman Dave Camp that would force employees to use the ACA’s insurance exchanges instead of their current Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. > Read more

> Interview Matt Patterson



Globalwarming.org: D.C. Circuit Renders a Welcome Decision on Ozone NAAQS

In a ruling announced last Monday, Mississippi et al. v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld President Bush’s 2008 ozone primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), despite the fact that it was less stringent than what the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee had recommended. This is the rare case whereby affording EPA administrator relatively more authority is a good thing, because the alternative is worse.
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> Interview William Yeatman



Openmarket.org: The HuffPo’s Sloppy Austerity Analysis


In countries that actually cut spending and taxes, quarterly government interest payments as a proportion of revenues—measured with a median value in order to parse out temporary volatility— increased on average by 2.6 percent during each quarter since austerity’s implementation. In countries that carried out what Gongloff implicitly advocates: increasing spending and taxes, this figure was 4.7 percent. Cutting the size of government, it turns out, actually slows the increase in public debt burden on government finances.  > Read more

> Interview Matt Melchiorre

EPA Failure on Deadlines

The EPA has routinely failed to comply with statutory deadlines established for three core Clean Air Act programs and, more often than not, now promulgates regulations almost six years after established deadlines, according to a new CEI study. > Read more






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In Praise of Banking at Big-Box Stores

The provision in Dodd-Frank that imposed a three-year moratorium on banks affiliated with nonfinancial businesses expired this week. > Read more

July 25, 2013: The UAW and Chattanooga

The United Auto Workers union is campaigning to organize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Senior Fellow Matt Patterson talks about his recent trip to Chattanooga, where he spoke with local politicians and community members about how this might affect the community.