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Wednesday
Jul232014

CEI Today: 3348 rules, solar power hazards, Obamacards, and the high cost of Big Labor 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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FEDERAL RULES - WAYNE CREWS

Red Tapeworm 2014: Federal Regulatory Agenda Consistently Tops 3,000 Rules


In the recently released Spring 2014 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations, published twice a year by the Office of Management and Budget, federal departments and agencies reported 3,348 rules in the pipeline. The all time high count for rules in the Agenda was 5,119, twenty years ago in 1994. Bill Clinton was president. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

SOLAR POWER HAZARD - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Solar Thermal: Hazard for Pilots?


the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, kills butterflies, dragonflies, other insects, bats, and birds. A federal study confirms that glare from Ivanpah’s heliostat arrays may create safety hazards for commercial and private aviation in the area.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OBAMACARDS? - IAIN MURRAY

National Review: The Federal Reserve Overreaches

Will it try to compete against credit cards and other payment systems that it regulates?As I have suggested earlier, one of this administration’s stealth plans is to nationalize the financial industry. Providing an alternative to commercial payment systems is part and parcel of such a move. Maybe if the Fed has its way, you will soon be paying for groceries with your Obamacard.
 > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.


Understanding Public Pension Debt


State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

Lawson Bader & Phillip Bader

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Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.





 

Friday
Jul112014

Guinta For Congress - Team Guinta Goes Fishing for Solutions  

Economic Tour Continues with a Focus on the Fishing Industry

This morning, Team Guinta continued its Middle-Class Economic Recovery Tour with a stop in Rye Harbor to meet with commercial fishermen. Frank set out to pull some lobster traps while discussing the problems facing this historic, and significant seacoast industry.
As a Member of Congress, Frank fought for a disaster declaration, and federal relief dollars for New Hampshire's fishermen decimated by the federal government's ill advised catch share program. The declaration was made in September of 2012 and the money was recently appropriated.

He consistently worked in a bipartisan and bicameral manner to ensure our fishermen were protected from burdensome regulations based on incomplete and often inaccurate science.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"Weighed down by oppressive and onerous regulations, New Hampshire's centuries old fishing industry continues to try and make a living in spite of the government's attempts to eradicate their profession. The successes we experienced working with members from both political parties and from both houses are perfect examples of what can be accomplished when we put people over politics. I was honored to defend their interests as a member of Congress, and look forward to doing so again next year."



 

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.



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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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Thursday
Jul032014

CEI Today: A bigger Obamacare lawsuit, federal regs on the increase, and a Supreme Court win for women

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
In the News Today

FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON THE INCREASE - WAYNE CREWS

CEI.org: Cumulative Final Rules in the Federal Register


The cumulative effect of regulation on the national economy and at the family and personal levels matters a great deal despite yearly fluctuations.

The good news is that, final rules issued by federal agencies last year did dip a little. [The bad news is] proposed rules ominously are on the increase, and the president promises to go around Congress to shape society according to his left-wing biases and intractable redistributionist mindset. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews


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


SUPREME COURT RULING ON LABOR UNIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN


CEI.org: Harris v. Quinn: A Human Interest Angle

The Harris v. Quinn decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court is a major human interest story. In total, eight women petitioned for their rights before the Supreme Court against a state governor and two massive unions. What’s more, all eight of these women were participants in a Medicaid program that afforded benefits for their loved ones who have been ill.
> Read more

> Related: Harris v. Quinn Gives Home Care Workers Renewed Opportunity to Get Back Compulsory Dues

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Tuesday
Jul012014

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

Monday, June 30, 2014
In the News Today

SUPREME COURT RULING - ALOYSIUS HOGAN & TREY KOVACS


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
> Read more

> Interview an expert


HOW MANY NEW FEDERAL RULES? - WAYNE CREWS

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.

 > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


SUPREME COURT EPA RULING - WILLIAM YEATMAN
 
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!?!
> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


ENVIRONMENTAL GLOOM & DOOM - BILL FREZZA

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

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

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Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (“Kennedy”), host of The Independents on Fox Business