CEI Today: DOT overreach, Ex-Im Bank Subsidies and "Mugged By The State"

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In the News Today



The Department of Transportation is opening a rulemaking proceeding to, among other things, require airlines and ticket agents to include ancillary fees, like those for checked bags, in any fare comparison.
While this rule would hurt meta-search engines like Google Flights and KAYAK, the Department's summary of its preliminary regulatory analysis states that "the quantifiable costs of this rulemaking exceed the quantifiable benefits." >Read More

> Interview Marc Scribner



The figures make it obvious that the Export-Import bank is used primarily to support exports to the developed world, not developing world markets.
According to the Ex-Im bank's own figures, almost half of its current exposure is to the developed world. >Read More

> Interview Iain Murray


The Cato Institute's "Mugged by the State: When Regulators and Prosecutors Bully Citizens"

In this Cato Institute forum, CEI's William Yeatman discusses the inadequacies of FERC’s oversight of energy markets. Energy markets are too complex and evolving too fast to allow for effective federal oversight. Because regulation is impossible, an alternative is competitive discipline engendered by liberalized markets. And yet FERC has been moving in the opposite direction, in particular with the socialization of transmission costs. > View the debate

> Interview Will Yeatman


Apply for CEI's 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. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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