CEI Today: Jonathan Gruber, biofuel bankruptcy, union release time, and congressional earmarks

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In the News Today



Obamacare: Cert Granted on Friday, and Gruber II on Saturday
Shortly after noon last Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would review our Fourth Circuit Obamacare challenge, King v. Burwell. Saturday brought another surprise—yet another rediscovered Jonathan Gruber video:

And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.” So, the only way to get it to pass was to not call it what it was and to not let the American people know what it really was.
 > Read more


Cellulosic Ethanol: KiOR Files for Bankruptcy

KiOR, Inc., a biofuel company backed by billionaire Vinod Kohsla, missed a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi, now owes more than $312 million, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. EPA once pinned its hopes on KiOR to supply 9 million of the agency’s 17 million gallon 2014 cellulosic biofuel quota. More proof, if any were needed, that the point of central planning is not to accomplish its stated purposes but to amass power, rig markets, and (in democratic countries) buy votes. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



Miami-Dade Contracts Keep Paying Government Employees to Perform Union Business

Why would a county attorney recommend against holding a government employee accountable for not coming to work? A practice known as union release time, whereby members of government unions don’t come to work and perform union business—on the taxpayer’s dime. The union subsidy is agreed upon in collective bargaining agreements between the union and county government. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


Daily Caller: Watch For The Return Of Congressional Earmarks


What will it take to keep Congress from reverting to form trying to buy its way back into Americans’ good graces. A clear sign that the answer to the question above is “nothing” will be when the new Congress officially repeals the inconvenient moratorium on the dispensation of legislative earmarks. > Read more

> Interview Bill Frezza

Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Part One
& Part Two

Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint. > Read the interview

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