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Friday
Mar272015

CEI Today: Federal gaming ban, greenhouse gas emissions, labor union give aways, and Human Achievement Hour 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
In the News Today

 


FEDERAL GAMING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

 

Federal Gaming Bans Undermine Federalism
 
Since the early days of the Republic, the question of how gambling is regulated has largely been a right reserved for the states. However, this week members of Congress will discuss legislation that would overturn state laws pertaining to gambling within their borders and create a federal ban, preventing states from legalizing online gambling in the future. > View the Human Events commentary 

> Interview Michelle Minton 

 
 

OBAMA & GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS - MARLO LEWIS

Free Market Groups Take Aim at Obama Guidance on NEPA Review of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) enacted in 1970 requires federal agencies to consider the environmental effects of “any major project that involves federal funding, work performed by the federal government, or permits issued by a federal agency”. NEPA also established the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which issues guidelines to federal agencies for proper preparation of environmental impact analyses. On behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, 14 other pro-market organizations, and one university professor, I submitted a joint comment letter critiquing CEQ’s proposal.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers. > Read more
 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
 

Human Achievement of the Day: Bitcoin

 

Not only has it made possible such things as micropayments that were impossible just a few years ago, but it is being used for such disparate ends as energy spot markets and “smart contracts.”

Human Achievement of the Day: Guitars

 

When Human Achievement Hour rolls around each year, I make sure to do two things. One is to play an electric guitar. The other is to play an acoustic guitar. 

 

Human Achievement of the Day: Higher Education

 

As the world continues to lift billions of people from starvation-level poverty through capitalistic enterprise, we need to extend this nimble, technologically savvy approach toward educating billions of people who can then better invest in their own self-interest.

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> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

Saturday, 10am ET
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CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


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CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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Friday
Mar272015

CEI Today: Human Achievement Hour, federal highway funding, arsenic in wine, and more 

Friday, March 27, 2015
In the News Today

 

SATURDAY!

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

 

The Washington Times: TURN IT ON
 
Environmentalists call for humanity to turn off their lights on Saturday and renounce technology, all in the name of Earth Hour.
 
The Competitive Enterprise Institute counters with Human Achievement Hour, otherwise known as HAH. The nonprofit public policy group advises the public to turn on the lights, play music, go online, be happy. And maybe grateful. Organizers advise that their comfy hour pays tribute to human innovations that allow people around the globe to live better, fuller lives. > Inside the Beltway 
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> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

TODAY!


HIGHWAY $ EXPIRING - MARC SCRIBNER

 

New Incentives from Federal Transportation Funding
 
The law authorizing federal highway and transit programs expires on May 31, and Congress is currently debating where the money will come from for a new transportation bill and where it should be spent. But what are the incentives created by federal transportation spending and how can they be improved to provide Americans with faster, cleaner, and safer transportation? 
 


ARESENIC IN WINE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Arsenic in Wine: Dangerous or Beneficial?

Arsenic levels in wine are still too low to have any significant adverse impacts, and ironically, such small amounts might even have health benefits.
 > Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini 
 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers. > Read more

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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Thursday
Mar262015

CEI Today: Small business regulations, labor union give-aways, Human Achievement Hour, and more 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
In the News Today

 


SMALL BUSINESS REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 

Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act
 
Despite being authorized to review and update rules affecting small business, most agencies fail to complete this review in an acceptable manner. This ensures the ever-growing list of rules continues to multiply, disproportionately weighing down small entities with fewer available resources. That's why the Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act is crucial to jump-start economic growth.  > View the coalition letter 

> Interview Wayne Crews 

 
 

TAXPAYER GIVE AWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS - TREY KOVACS

 

Cost of Labor Union Subsidy in Missouri Unknown Due to Lack of Government Record Keeping
 

A new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) reveals an appalling lack of transparency in how Missouri’s government agencies account for taxpayer dollars going to labor union coffers.
 
Public records requests made by CEI aimed to find out how much Missouri taxpayers were paying for “union release time,” a practice that allows public employees to conduct union business during work time without loss of pay. But only a small minority of Missouri government employers could provide satisfactory responses to CEI’s public records requests.
 
“At a time when taxpayer dollars are stretched thin in Missouri and other states, the government should stop funding activities that only serve special interests and do not advance a public purpose,” said CEI fellow and labor policy expert Trey Kovacs. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 
 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR
 

Human Achievement of the Day: Guitars

 

When Human Achievement Hour rolls around each year, I make sure to do two things. One is to play an electric guitar. The other is to play an acoustic guitar. 

 

Human Achievement of the Day: Higher Education

 

As the world continues to lift billions of people from starvation-level poverty through capitalistic enterprise, we need to extend this nimble, technologically savvy approach toward educating billions of people who can then better invest in their own self-interest.

โ€‹
> Interview an expert on Human Achievement Hour

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


HUMAN
ACHIEVEMENT HOUR



SATURDAY,
MARCH 28, 2015


cei.org/hah



 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure

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Saturday
Mar212015

NH Charter School News and Legislative Updates 

Dear charter school parents and supporters,

 

Last week the charter school funding bill HB563 received strong support from the House of Representatives and now moves to the State Senate. Learn More 

 

On March 10th, voters from the Monadnock Regional School District turned out in support of the Gilsum STEAM Academy, a public K-6 focusing on the arts & sciences. Learn More

 

There are many wonderful things happening in our public schools, too many to include in one newsletter but we have included some highlights below.


Matt Southerton

Director, NH Center for Innovative Schools

matt@nhcharterschools.org 
 

For up to the minute news on everything charter, please visit us on Facebook and Twitter

FUNDING BILL HEADED TO STATE SENATE

 

Charter school supporters celebrated last week after the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 222-116 to support increased funding for public charter schools.

 

Emotion overcame decorum as parents and students cheered as the vote was announced. Twenty eight democrats joined all but five republicans to support HB563. The bill now moves to the State Senate where supporters hope to see it quickly move through committee and to a floor vote.

 

If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that. hb563 

 

Background
NH public charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. NH charter schools receive $3,500 in state adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars.

VOTERS SAY YES TO GILSUM STEAM ACADEMY

  

On Tuesday March 10th, voters of the Monadnock Regional School District voted to keep the Gilsum STEAM Academy open for the next five years. As a STEAM school, GSA's mission hopes to bring alive student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. At a time when the Governor's Taskforce on STEM Education has recommended increasing options in STEM education, it would have been a shame to close this public school.

 

On Tuesday afternoon I attended a meeting of stakeholders representing the school board, administrators and parents as they worked on their application to become the state's first charter conversion school. We can't wait to see this talented group move forward!

STUDENTS COMPETE AT NH STATE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

 

gilsumOver eighty students from the Academy for Science and Design Charter School will be competing in the NH State Technology Student Association conference in Lincoln today and tomorrow. GL ASD!

 

 

About ASD

ASD is a public charter school specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). To learn more about ASD please visit them at www.asdnh.org

SHOWCASING STUDENT TALENT FROM GSAA

 

Granite State Arts Academy (GSAA) has produced a new video featuring artwork and commentary from their students and staff. The talent exhibited by these students in just the first year is impressive. This video speaks to the need for increased options in public education and the results that we can achieve when we allow children the freedom to find a program that is right for them.

 

To learn more please visit them at www.granitestateartsacademy.com
 

ALABAMA PASSES PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL LAW

 

Our friends at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools have been busy fighting to increase public options coast to coast. Their most recent achievement? Helping the state of Alabama to become the 43rd state in the nation to pass a public charter school law!

 

 

 

To learn more about NAPCS please visit them at: www.publiccharters.org

PARENT FEEDBACK - WHY CHOOSE A CHARTER?

 

The first charter school opened in New Hampshire about nine years ago. It hasn't been an easy journey for anyone but nothing worth fighting for ever is. The reflections below are from parents who have been kind enough to share their thoughts. While this is certainly not a scientific study, it does help one to understand why some parents have chosen a charter school and the benefits that it has made in their child's life.

 

We share this feedback with you not to diminish our traditional public schools but to celebrate the power of increased education options for all families.

 

Jennifer wrote: "The charter school has ignited our son's desire to learn. Alternatively our daughter loves her district school. More choice!"

 

Amanda wrote: "We chose the Charter School because of our daughters love of the Arts & this suited her perfectly. We could not be more happy"

 

Ruth wrote: "I have never seen him so excited about going to school...The school is always looking to achieve higher standards."

 

Kathy wrote: "As a parent of a special needs student attending a charter school I have been amazed... My son is in his second year at a charter school and is finally excelling. He is treated with respect and value."

 

If you would like to share some aspect of your journey in a public charter school we would like to hear from you. Please use our Parent Feedback form and specify whether or not we may share your thoughts.

 

Thank you! 

 

Matt

Thursday
Mar192015

CEI Today: Sunshine Week, GOP budget, union ambush election rule, and more 

Thursday, March 19, 2015
In the News Today

 


GOP BUDGET - WAYNE CREWS

The Republican Budget and Middle Class Economics


Rolling back government is part of the Republicans’ approach, and it is the genuine middle-class economics. But their primary emphasis should be on rolling back over-regulation so the economy can recover. That indirectly helps reduce deficits. 
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


 

OBAMA TRANSPARENCY - MARLO LEWIS

AP Analysis: Obama Administration Sets Record for Flouting Freedom of Information Act


Although President Obama describes his administration as “the most transparent in history,” a new analysis by the Associated Press (AP) finds that, “The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.” > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

UNSCIENTIFIC DECISIONS - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

CPSC's Scientific Shenanigans on Phthalates
 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) developed a proposed rule related to a class of chemicals called phthalates. 
 
Designed to make plastics soft and pliable, these chemicals have many valuable uses for making a wide range of products from blood bags, to rain boots and swimming pool liners as well as children’s toys, which are the subject of this regulation. Safely used for decades, activists and regulators are poised to essentially throw away these valuable technologies based largely on junk science. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 


UNION AMBUSH ELECTION RULE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval
to Cancel the National Labor Relations Board’s “Ambush Elections” Rule
 
CEI will score the House vote on S. J. Res. 8, a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval to void the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush elections” rule, which threatens American workers’ freedom of association and privacy. CEI supports the resolution.  

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 
 




MARCH 28, 2015

cei.org/hah



 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 


 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

 


KING v BURWELL

3 Things 
You Should Know

 


 


Media Contacts: 202-331-2277
Annie Dwyer

Christine Hall
Mary Beth Hutchins

Keara Vickers

CEI Issues:

Advancing Capitalism
Business & Gov't
Energy & Environment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Health & Safety
Human Achievement Hour
Law & Constitution
Labor & Employment
Nanny State
Regulatory Reform
Risk & Consumer Freedom
Tech and Telecom
Trade and International
Transportation & Infrastructure





 

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