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  • Testimony posted April 28, 2015 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Statutory, Policy, and Constitutional Defects of HB15-1114

    Testimony Before the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee Colorado State Senate March 23, 2015 Charles D. Stimson Senior Legal Fellow and Manager National Security Law Program The Heritage Foundation Thank you, Chairman Scott and distinguished members of the Committee, for inviting me to share my views on HB15-1114. I am a Senior Legal Fellow and…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2008 by Brian M. Riedl Old McDonald Had a Scam

    Should Taxpayers continue subsidizing millionaires? That's the question Congress is mulling over as it considers reauthorizing farm subsidies doled out by the Department of Agriculture. The agriculture budget totals $25 billion - more than we spend on the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Farm subsidies are typically portrayed as a vital lifeboat for…

  • Backgrounder posted November 2, 1993 by Dan Greenberg Should Congress Be Above the Law?

    (Archived document, may contain errors) T 965 November 2,1993 SHOULD CONGRESS BE ABOVE THE LAW Congress] can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of society James Madison, Federalist No. 57 It has been said here many times tonight that we want to treat Senators the same as everyone else Mr.…

  • Legal Memorandum posted September 10, 2015 by Paul Larkin, John-Michael Seibler “Sauce for the Goose Should Be Sauce for the Gander”: Should EPA Officials Be Criminally Liable for the Negligent Discharge of Toxic Waste into the Animas River?

    Favoritism is acceptable—even welcome—in sports. Not everyone, for example, must be a New York Yankees fan (although some might argue that everyone should). But favoritism becomes illegitimate cronyism when it is found in the law, particularly the criminal law. The government should not be free to use cronyism when making investigatory or charging decisions, prosecuting…

  • Legal Memorandum posted December 8, 2015 by Paul Larkin, John-Michael Seibler Agencies Not Coming Clean About the EPA’s Responsibility For Poisoning the Animas River

    Several months ago contractors and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused millions of gallons of water contaminated with toxic metals to spill into a river that supplies drinking water to thousands of residents in three states. Three factors captured the media’s attention: (1) the dramatic nature of the catastrophe (the poisoning of a region’s…

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