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ALG - Study: A Third Way on Sugar Policy 

July 18, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government Foundation released "The Case for a Zero for Zero Sugar Policy in the United States" by Dr. Mark Hartley of the College of Charleston examining the much debated and highly controversial United States sugar policy.

Dr. Hartley, a Professor of Business and Carolina/Virginia Chair in Supply Management School of Business, finds common ground in the arguments of both proponents and opponents of current policy around free market arguments writing, "Both sides have publicly embraced the concept of a free market.  A true free market could eliminate U.S. protectionist policies, thus helping consumers, and ensure a strong domestic supply for years to come.  Both sides believe that subsidies are detrimental to the sugar trade market.  And certainly both sides agree that domestic production is important to ensuring food safety and high quality standards."

Richard Manning, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government Foundation, notes, "the contentious debate has always centered on how to achieve a true free market ideal, and Dr. Hartley threads that needle in this just released paper." Hartley identifies the "zero for zero" sugar policy model as the "true free market approach."

Championed by U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), under zero for zero U.S. officials would push for zero subsidies abroad while using the promise of zero subsidies at home as incentive.  The proposal would lift restrictions and tariffs uniformly between all nations that produce sugar in the global market.

Hartley concludes that, "As proposed, a zero for zero sugar policy would lift restrictions and tariffs on trade between all players in the global sugar market and would target market-distorting policies, including direct and indirect subsidies."

However, the zero for zero solution is not easily accomplished, with more than 100 sugar producing countries worldwide with 100 different sugar policies.

Anticipating this dilemma, Hartley points to the World Trade Organization as the only place where the world's varying trade/subsidy sugar policies can be brought to heel.

With Brazil now controls more than half of the world's sugar export market, Hartley notes Brazilian dominance in the market is through, "essentially complete government subsidization, any worldwide free market approach to sugar policy must include their participation."

In fact, Brazil's latest federal budget includes higher subsidies for their sugar industry than last year.

Hartley recognizes this reality concluding that, "The WTO is unquestionably the only entity that can deal with all sugar subsidies in all countries at the same time.  And if Brazil or other top producers refuse to participate via WTO pressure, the existing tariffs on foreign subsidized sugar imported to the U.S. market should remain in place, although this option is clearly not the preferred approach."

Dr. Mark Hartley has published over 100 articles covering a wide variety of topics focusing on business operations in refereed academic journals, conference proceedings and professional trade publications, and is a frequent speaker and contributor to groups such as the Institute for Supply Management and the Decision Sciences Institute. He is a Member of the South Carolina Procurement Review Panel, served on the Governor's Commission on Management, Accountability, and Performance (MAP Commission), and later as Chairman of Charleston County's MAP Commission.

Interviews with Dr. Hartley or an Americans for Limited Government expert on the subject can be arranged through the Americans for Limited Government press office.

To view online:


"The Case for a Zero for Zero Sugar Policy in the United States," Dr. Mark Hartley, Americans for Limited Government Foundation, July 2013 at


Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at


CEI Weekly: New Study on EPA Incompetence

July 12th, 2013



Feature: CEI Web Memo: EPA's Woeful Deadline Performance Raises Questions About Agency Competence, Climate Change Regulations, "Sue and Settle"

 FEATURE: New Study on EPA Incompetence


This week, CEI released a report by William Yeatman on the Environmental Protection Agency's persistent failure to meet deadlines for its statutory responsibilities. Since 1993, only 2 percent of Clean Air Act regulations were promulgated on time; and late regulations were an average of almost six years late. Today, EPA continues to be six years behind on its nondiscretionary responsibilties; yet, at the behest of the environmentalist lobby, EPA has taken on new discretionary responsibilities. Read more about Yeatman's research here.





Europe's Lessons on Austerity Success

Matthew Melchiorre's op-ed in The Orange County Register


Why Lebron James Should Be Rooting Against Obamacare

John Berlau's op-ed in Forbes


Beware the Myth of European Austerity

Matthew Melchiorre's op-ed in The U.S. News & World Report


E-Verify Exposes the Hypocrisy in Republican Free Market Rhetoric

David Bier's op-ed in Forbes


Regulatory Inflation

Ryan Young's op-ed in The American Spectator


Approaching Economic Stall Speed

Wayne Crews & Ryan Young's citation in The Washington Times


NH House Republican Leader Announces Medicaid Expansion Commission Appointee

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today announced his appointee to the Medicaid Expansion Commission,  Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare). Rep. Kurk, a former Chair of the House Finance committee, is currently the Ranking Republican on House Finance and sits on Division III of the committee, the division that oversees appropriations to the Department of Health & Human Services, including Medicaid programs.

The recently adopted State budget provides that the House Republican Leader receives one appointment to the commission.

Rep. Chandler offered the following statement on the appointment of Rep. Kurk to the commission:

“Rep. Kurk brings to the table decades of experience in Medicaid policy and state fiscal issues. Additionally, Rep. Kurk has a long history of looking out for New Hampshire taxpayers. I’m confident he will be an asset to the commission as they take an objective look at how Medicaid expansion may affect New Hampshire in both the short and long term.”


NH DHHS Releases Study on Medicaid Expansion

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) will hold a briefing on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2 PM to

release the first in a two-phase study of New Hampshire’s option to expand

its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The US Supreme

Court ruled in June that the ACA’s proposed Medicaid expansion is optional

for states. DHHS has been working with a national health policy and human

services consulting firm, the Lewin Group, to determine what the pros and

cons are for expanding New Hampshire’s Medicaid program. Lewin researchers

will be on hand Thursday afternoon to explain the analysis, as well as to

answer questions.

DATE November 15, 2012 2:00 PM

EVENT Public Briefing on Study on Medicaid Expansion

LOCATION DHHS Brown Auditorium

129 Pleasant Street

Concord, NH


NH DHHS - Delays Release of Medicaid Expansion Study due to Storm

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is announcing a storm related delay for its Medicaid Expansion

Analysis Briefing that was scheduled for this Friday, November 2nd.

Research and consulting staff that conducted the analysis are located in

the Mid-Atlantic region and had to evacuate due to the storm, and air

travel to the Northeast remains a challenge. Accordingly, DHHS has

rescheduled this Friday’s briefing to Thursday November 15, 2012 at 2PM.

The briefing will be held in the DHHS’ Brown Building, 129 Pleasant Street,

Concord NH.

This report by the Lewin Group, is the first in a two phase analysis of the

State’s option to expand its Medicaid program. Based on the US Supreme

Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, states have the option of

expanding Medicaid coverage to individuals with incomes under 138-percent

of the federal poverty level. The report provides information on the

number of residents who would be eligible for coverage under the expansion

and associated costs to the state. In order to get a full understanding of

the pros and cons of the expansion, the second phase of the analysis, which

is expected to be completed by the end of the year, will address the impact

on the state economy, state budget and the commercial insurance market.

Lewin Group researchers will be at the briefing to explain their methods

and findings as well as to answer questions.