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Monday
Dec152014

CEI Today: Labor union political gains, Dodd-Frank in the Lame Duck, Grinch picks our pockets, unshackling Uber, and more 

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

NLRB'S OVERREACH - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

Purple Haze, Seeing Red and Feeling Blue: The NLRB’s Crippling Overreach in Two Recent Actions

 

The National Labor Relations Board’s two recent actions cast aside decades of established practice and precedent. Thursday, in a case identified as Purple Communications, the Board issued a decision that amounts to a taking of business property, both physical and intellectual property. And then onFriday, the Board voted for a new regulation (rule) to hasten the procedure for unionizing. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

> See also: Congress Seeks Multiemployer Pension Reform in the CRomnibus
 

DODD-FRANK IN THE LAME DUCK - JOHN BERLAU


Lame Duck Quacks Needed Dodd-Frank Relief


Waaaah! That’s the sound of former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) crying about stinging, bipartisan rebukes to his legacy of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory monstrosity rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010.


And it must be all the more painful to Frank that enough members of his own party had turned against provisions of the legislation that a couple much-needed rollback are on the verge of being signed into law in this month’s “lame duck” session. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

UNSHACKLING UBER - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Political vs. Market Regulation: Uber Edition

 

To the extent that taxi and rideshare drivers and being treated unequally, the answer is to liberate the cabbies, not to shackle Uber. The rationale for political regulation is often based on outmoded ideas, including that the information needed for markets to function is not available to enough consumers. New technology, in particular in the case of urban ridesharing, has undermined many of these arguments. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.
 

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Thursday
Sep112014

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank, Obamacare subsidies, EPA renewable fuel mandate, and labor union losses

Thursday, September 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK - RYAN YOUNG

Washington Times: Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets


Congress is back in session, and will likely vote soon on one of the most contentious issues leading into the midterm elections: the Export-Import Bank. The 80-year-old bank, called Ex-Im Bank for short, subsidizes financing for U.S. exporters and their foreigncustomers. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 

OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES - HANS BADER

Federal Obamacare Officials Once Recognized the Falsity of Their Current Argument about Tax Credits


​The Obama administration has claimed that despite recurring language in the Obamacare law limiting tax credits to people who buy insurance on an “exchange established by the state,” such taxpayer subsidies are also available to people who buy insurance on the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.

But the government itself once recognized that credits are limited to state-based exchanges. In light of that discovery, CEI has submitted two FOIA requests, one to 
HHS headquarters, and one to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, seeking additional information relevant to the government’s about-face. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader
 

EPA RENEWABLE FUEL PRODUCTION QUOTA - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Scaling Back Renewable Fuel Standard Will Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions

EPA is expected to announce the final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production quota anytime now. As The Hill and other news sources have reported, the agency appears to have flip-flopped, initially proposing to lower the RFS but now poised to increase it. But according to EPA's own analysis, an increase in that standard would lead to more greenhouse gas emissions, not less.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 





 


LABOR UNION LOSSES - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Illinois Review: Union Power in the States = Lost Pay, More Taxpayer Debt


New studies on the harms of American labor laws paint a grim picture. The laws drag down economic growth, suppress workers’ wages, and cause government debt to soar. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

 

Words Matter


Can you count the times you’ve heard “investment” stand in for government spending?





 

Friday
Jul042014

CEI Today: Federal regulations growing, EPA targets Arizona, Obamacare lawsuit, and labor union violence 

Thursday, July 3, 2014
In the News Today

FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON THE INCREASE - WAYNE CREWS

CEI.org: The Expanding Code of Federal Regulations


Since 1975, the total pages in the complete CFR have grown from 71,224 to 175,496 at year-end 2013, including the 1,170-page index.



 > Read more

CLEAN AIR ACT - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Uncooperative Federalism: EPA Issues 51st Clean Air Act FIP of the Obama Age

Last Friday, EPA Region issued a pre-publication version of the agency’s 51st regulatory takeover of a state Clean Air Act program. This time, the victim was Arizona. To be precise, the agency imposed visibility improvement requirements, known as
Regional Haze, on at a number of stationary sources in Arizona.

Compliance will cost the affected entities millions of dollars; the “benefits,” alas, are apparitional. The regulation won’t engender a discernible improvement in visibility. > Read more

> See also: Primer: The Ongoing Controversy over Whether Clean Air Act §111(d) Authorizes EPA’s Clean Power Plan


> Interview an expert

A BIGGER OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Halbig v. Burwell


Jonathan Turley wrote in the Los Angeles Times this week that an imminent Obamacare lawsuit, is a "far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare" than Hobby Lobby. Halbig vs. Burwell challenges IRS implementation of the law's penalties and subsidies as applied to states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. A decision is expected very soon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest," Turley predicted.

Michael A. Carvin of Jones Day is lead counsel in the case. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is assisting in the lawsuit’s coordination and funding.
> Read more

> Interview an expert


UNION VIOLENCE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Workplacechoice.org: Senator Vitter Follows Proud Tradition of Fighting Against Union Violence


On June 26, 2014, Senator Vitter introduced a bill S. 2535 to amend the federal extortion statute named the Hobbs Act. Senator Vitter is to be commended for addressing the scourge of union violence. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research reports, as of May 2013, that

“[U]nion violence is responsible for at least 203 Americans deaths since 1975; 5,869 incidents of personal injury; and more than 6,435 incidents of vandalism and tens of millions of dollars in property damage…
> Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

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Saturday
Jun212014

CEI Today: TSA body scanners, White House hot air, GOP & labor unions, and more 

Friday, June 20, 2014
In the News Today

 

TSA BODY SCANNERS - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses more than 700 full-body imaging scanners in 160 airports nationwide. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler privacy, the TSA is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act. Next Tuesday, June 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the public comment deadline on body scanners and the TSA is still failing to comply with federal law and a federal court’s order. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

WHITE HOUSE GLOBAL WARMING CLAIMS - SAM KAZMAN
 
Globalwarming.org: Holdren Bi-Polar Vortex, Part II
 
Back on June 6th, OSTP (the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) officially declined to reexamine its highly-publicized January explanation for the extremely cold winter. In a Data Quality correction petition that we filed with OSTP in April, we pointed out that the body of evidence supporting OSTP Director John Holdren's claim was in fact shrinking, not growing. But OSTP ducked the issue, claiming that its Director had only been expressing his “personal opinion”, and that therefore the Data Quality Act didn’t apply.

So today we filed an appeal with OSTP of its decision.
> Read more
 

GOP & LABOR UNIONS - MARC SCRIBNER & MATTHEW LA COURTE

The Hill: Republicans sell out free-market principles for union favors

 

“The Norwegians are coming!”

That’s hardly a call to send Americans scurrying to the barricades. But if a labor union has its way, American travelers would face fewer choices and higher fares for reasons just as silly. So far, they appear to be winning the war, with the Republican-controlled House adopting a package last week containing an amendment from Reps. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) designed to prevent a Norwegian low-cost airline from operating in the United States.
> Read more

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REAGAN & THE EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

CEI.org: Ex-Im Reauthorization Fight: Release the Reagan

The Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization in September. If the vote fails in Congress, the Bank and its $140 billion portfolio will cease to exist. In an effort to appeal to free-market types who oppose Ex-Im, the Aerospace Industries Association is invoking Ronald Reagan.

A page two ad in today’s Politico and an accompanying fact sheet sent to every member’s office on Capitol Hill prominently feature Reagan’s image and include quotes of the Gipper praising Ex-Im.
And yet Reagan was no fan of the Export-Import Bank, and said so publicly. > Read more

 

>Interview Ryan Young
 

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CEI sues the NSA
 

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Tuesday
Feb252014

ALG urges IRS to withdraw anti-free speech regulations, notes failure to include labor union political spending

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More than $772 million in union political expenditures ignored by proposed IRS regulation

Fairfax, VA – Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens filed comments with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen today urging the withdrawal of newly proposed regulations governing tax exempt social welfare groups, because they fail to treat labor union political expenditures in a similar manner.

Mehrens details more than $772 million in reported labor union expenditures in 2012 alone, which would be ignored under the newly proposed regulations affecting social welfare tax exempt 501(c)(4) organizations.  Labor unions are tax exempt organizations that fall under section 501(c)(5) of the tax code, and for purposes are similar organizations as their social welfare brothers.

The Service Employees International Union led the political spending charge with almost $114 million in political activity, according to official filings submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Not including SEIU and AFL-CIO spending (each of which have significant public employee membership), the top public employee unions spent more than $144 million on political activity and lobbying with AFSCME alone totaling more than $70 million in expenditures.

Mehrens concludes his comment saying, "As demonstrated above, the NPRM (regulation) fails to treat similar organizations in a similar manner. Additionally, the IRS doesn't even bother to explain why they are proposing to treat similar organizations differently. Based on the foregoing, the NPRM should be immediately withdrawn."

Among many provisions of the proposed regulation (NPRM), it would highly restrict the ability of tax exempt social welfare groups to mention any politician's name in any communications within 30 days of the primary election or 60 days of the general election, and it redefines the terms candidate and political activity from the legal definitions found under federal election law.  The net effect of the changes would be to disembowel 501(c)(4) organizations capacity to engage in political discourse and education while leaving labor unions and other tax exempt organizations unscathed.

The deadline for comment submissions on the IRS regulation targeting tea party organizations is Thursday, February 27th.

A copy of Mr. Mehrens comment including a breakdown of the top fifteen union spenders is available here.

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