CEI Today: Supreme Court on labor unions, Obamacare, EPA; new federal regulations on the books

Monday, June 30, 2014
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CEI.org: What’s at Stake in Monday’s SCOTUS Decision on Harris v. Quinn

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to decide Harris v. Quinn, a case that threatens serious consequences for personal care workers, such as daycare and home health care providers. Labor policy experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, senior fellow Aloysius Hogan and policy analyst Trey Kovacs, have been following this case closely. Both Hogan and Kovacs cite two big issues at stake with this case:

1) Forcing private employers, employees, and independent contractors to be government employees
2) Threatening individuals’ First Amendment right to freedom of association
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CEI.org: Number of Proposed and Final Rules in the Federal Registers



The actual numbers of proposed and final rules published in the Federal Register—not just the page counts such rules command—merit close attention. The chart shows how, in 2013, rules finalized dropped by 1.3 percent, from 3,708 to 3,659. (In a future column we’ll examine some possible reasons for this recent decline). Obama’s first year in office brought 3,503 rules, so the increase since then is four percent.

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> Interview Wayne Crews

Globalwarming.org: A Festivus Review of UARG v. EPA
Infused with the Festivus spirit, I’m airing the following grievances regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in UARG v. EPA, which was rendered Monday:

Grievance #1, to the Supreme Court: Why Didn’t You Heed Your Own Words!?!
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> Interview William Yeatman


John Tierney Channels Julian Simon, Debunks Environmental Gloom and Doom

The idea that we’re running out of natural resources seems obvious, though untrue. How can that be? Resolving this conundrum requires understanding why human ingenuity is the Ultimate Resource, as the late economist Julian Simon called it in his classic book by that name. First published in 1981, its insights remain valuable today.

For an in-depth look into Julian Simon’s legacy, we turn to John Tierney, longtime New York Times columnist, science writer, co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, and winner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 2014 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award. He holds court this week on RealClear Radio Hour. > Read more

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