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  • Issue Brief posted July 26, 2016 by James Sherk Raising Minimum Starting Wages to $15 per Hour Would Eliminate Seven Million Jobs

    Prominent Members of Congress have proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, more than doubling the federal minimum wage. States with lower costs of living would see an even greater real increase. At the state level, the minimum wage would cover one-third of wage and salary workers. The new minimum-wage legislation, including payroll taxes and the employer…

  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2016 by Nicolas Loris Eliminate Favorable Treatment of Biofuels

    The federal government provides a wide range of subsidies to boost the production and consumption of biofuels. Throughout the years, Congress has enacted special tax breaks, direct grants, government-backed loans and loan guarantees, and a mandate to generate a larger biofuel and biodiesel market.[1] To justify biofuels programs, policymakers have promised reduced…

  • News Releases posted July 21, 2016 by Sarah Mills RNC Platform Analysis

    Heritage experts provide snapshot analysis of the Republican Party platform’s substance.  We do not to endorse any candidate or political party, but encourage all candidates to move America in a direction to create opportunity for all and favoritism to none. Trade “The Republican Platform starts by acknowledging that ‘International trade is crucial for all sectors of…

  • Issue Brief posted July 19, 2016 by Lindsey Burke, Jamie Bryan Hall, Mary Clare Reim Big Debt, Little Study: What Taxpayers Should Know About College Students’ Time Use

    College students understandably bemoan the costs of higher education. During the 2015–2016 school year, annual costs[1] at four-year public universities reached $19,548 for in-state students and $34,031 for out-of-state students. Annual costs at private institutions reached $43,921.[2] Federal student aid has likely exacerbated the college cost problem, providing…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2016 by Mary Clare Reim “Free” Community College Is a Bad Deal for Taxpayers and Students

    In response to a growing student debt problem, some policymakers have proposed making community college free at the point of delivery, financed entirely by taxpayers.[1] President Obama has suggested making “two years of college…as free and universal in America as high school is today.”[2] Yet such proposals are problematic for a number of reasons, not the least of which…

  • News Releases on July 14, 2016 Heritage Foundation Unveils ‘Blueprint for Reform’

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2016 –The Heritage Foundation today unveils a 152-page policy agenda for the next president and Congress. “Think of it as an operating manual for Washington 2017,” said Heritage President Jim DeMint.  “Blueprint for Reform lays…

  • Executive Summary posted July 14, 2016 by The Heritage Foundation Blueprint for Reform: A Comprehensive Policy Agenda for a New Administration in 2017

    The Heritage Foundation is publishing a three-part Mandate for Leadership Series of documents over the course of 2016. Each document educates the American public, specifically including Congress, the new American President, and the new President’s team. All three parts deliver a clear, unified policy vision for Congress and the President to preserve and create…

  • Issue Brief posted July 13, 2016 by Justin Bogie, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris 2017 House Interior and Environment Bill Makes Policy Strides, Still Spends Too Much

    This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This will be the sixth discretionary spending bill considered by the House this year. The bill would provide $32.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for fiscal year (FY) 2017, about $64 million less than current…

  • Issue Brief posted July 12, 2016 by Justin T. Johnson 2017 NDAA: Define the Goldwater–Nichols Problem Before Trying to Solve It

    The House and Senate have passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year (FY) 2017. Both versions contain major provisions aimed at reforming and improving Department of Defense (DOD) policy and procedures. In particular, both bills contain sections focused on Goldwater–Nichols reform. Congress should continue constructive reforms that will…

  • News Releases posted July 12, 2016 by Marguerite Bowling Heritage Foundation Releases 2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity

    Washington, DC, July 12, 2016—Government growth has surged in the last 10 years, but it hasn’t seemed to have improved the lives of average Americans or their communities, according to The Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity. The Index, which was published today on Medium.com, tracks 31 indicators of America’s social foundations, levels of poverty…

  • Backgrounder posted July 11, 2016 by Scott Lincicome Promoting Free Trade in Agriculture

    Farmers, ranchers, and consumers derive immense benefits from free trade in agriculture and participation in the global trading system. Despite these benefits, however, U.S. agricultural protectionism is still prevalent through traditional barriers like tariffs and quotas, as well as non-traditional barriers like subsidies and onerous regulations that do little to advance…

  • News Releases posted July 7, 2016 by Justin Posey Free-Market GMO Experts are Critical of GMO Bill

    A group of free-market GMO experts released the following statement today regarding a Congressional effort to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered food: In an effort to fend off a misguided Vermont law that would mandate labeling of genetically engineered foods, some members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have developed a bill that would preempt the…

  • Backgrounder posted July 7, 2016 by Paul Winfree Causes of the Federal Government’s Unsustainable Spending

    In all but five of the past 50 years, the budget of the United States has been in cash deficit.[1] For example, in 2015, the federal government ran a cash deficit of $438 billion—after collecting $3,250 billion in revenues and spending $3,688 billion.[2] The continuous level of deficit spending has increased public debt, which, during the same period, rose from 33.7…

  • Issue Brief posted July 7, 2016 by Justin Bogie, David R. Burton, Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. 2017 House Financial Services and General Government Bill: Reduces Spending, But Does Not Go Far Enough on Policy Changes

    This week, the House is expected to consider the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill. This bill provides funding for the Treasury Department, the Justice Department, the Small Business Administration, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, among other agencies. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill provides a total of $21.7 billion in…

  • Issue Brief posted July 7, 2016 by Luke Coffey, Daniel Kochis, Lisa Curtis Eight Essential Issues for the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw

    The 2016 NATO Summit will be held on July 8 and 9 in Warsaw. This is a critical time for the Alliance. In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine, forcefully changing the borders of Europe for the first time since 1945. This invasion jarred many in Western Europe and the U.S. who had viewed Russia through rose-colored glasses even after the invasion of Georgia in 2008. Today,…