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  • WebMemo posted September 4, 2009 by D. Mark Wilson House Health Care Bill Will Hurt Small Businesses: A Reply to My Critics

    On August 28, Igor Volsky, a health care researcher and blogger at the Center for American Progress, posted a story claiming The Heritage Foundation released a biased report on the effects of the employer play-or-pay mandates contained in the health care bills currently working their way through Congress.[1] Sadly, it is Volsky who is misleading…

  • Backgrounder posted December 4, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson What Congress Should Do to Ease the Impact of the Recession on Unemployed Workers

    As Congress works to design an economic stimulus plan, a key concern is providing relief to unemployed workers and helping them re-enter the work force as quickly as possible. Although there is clearly agreement among Members of Congress and President George W. Bush that something should be done, there is significant disagreement over what course should be…

  • WebMemo posted November 8, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson Inadequate Remedies for Poorly Performing Federal Workers Would Undermine Airport Security

    On November 6, 2001, Senator Daschle stated he would like to fire the company (Argenbright) and workers that do baggage screening for airport security for poor performance and replace them with federal employees. The good news is that airlines can easily remove Argenbright or any of its workers for poor performance if they want to. The bad news is that many members…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted October 17, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson Removing Social Security's Tax Cap on Wages Would Do More Harm Than Good

    The Social Security system continues to face an immense financial crisis.2 In 16 years, it will begin taking in less money than it needs to pay the benefits it has promised to participants.3 In order to maintain the benefit payments from the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program, in 2017, Congress will either have to raise taxes or begin to borrow substantial…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted August 30, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson A Look at Who Pays the Payroll Tax

    The interim report of President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security clearly identifies the enormous financial problems facing Social Security.2 Without significant changes in the way the program is financed, substantial tax increases, benefit reductions, cuts in other government programs, or increases in publicly held debt will have to occur. According to the…

  • Executive Summary posted July 12, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson Executive Summary: Modernizing the Fair Labor Standards Act for the 21st Century

    The time has come to modernize the 63-year-old Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) to meet the realities of the 21st century workplace. The focus of reform must go beyond conventional deliberations about raising the minimum wage. Policymakers should concentrate on removing outdated and counterproductive statutory and regulatory barriers to innovative workplace…

  • Backgrounder posted July 12, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson Modernizing the Fair Labor Standards Act for the 21st Century

    As the 107th Congress begins its debate over the minimum wage and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), policymakers should look beyond increasing the minimum wage in addressing the needs of today's workforce. The FLSA needs to be updated to give workers greater flexibility in ordering their lives, both on and off the job, and to permit employers to reward workers…

  • WebMemo posted June 28, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson Who is Paid the Minimum Wage and Who Would be Affected by a $1.50 per Hour Increase

    Who Works the Minimum Wage? The 1.6 million paid-hourly workers who earn minimum wages can be broken down into two broad groups.1 Over half (53 percent) are teenagers or young adults under the age of 23. More than half (54 percent) of these young workers live in families with incomes two or more times the official poverty level for their family size and 18…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted April 27, 2001 by D. Mark Wilson, William W. Beach The Economic Impact of President Bush's Tax Relief Plan

    A Note to the Reader This Report is a revised version of Center for Data Analysis Report CDA01?01 published on February 22, 2001. The final results of the authors? analysis of the Bush tax plan presented in this Report reflect revisions to the static revenue estimates used in the preliminary Report, a correction to the corporate tax relief estimate, and modifications in…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted October 19, 2000 by D. Mark Wilson, William W. Beach The Economic and Budgetary Effects of Vice President Gore's and Governor Bush's Economic Plans

    The tax and budget plans by Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush represent two different approaches to governing. The Gore plan proposes to increase the size and scope of federal spending while providing relatively small and targeted tax cuts. The Bush plan proposes a smaller and more limited increase in government spending while providing much…

  • Backgrounder posted July 19, 2000 by D. Mark Wilson, Angela Antonelli Overtaxed at the Pump: What's Behind the High Gas Prices

    Rising gasoline prices have become a key issue across America this election year. Nationwide, prices for all grades of gasoline jumped 41.7 percent just since June of last year, reaching a record high average of $1.71 per gallon by the middle of June 2000.2 In some regions, particularly in the Midwest, motorists struggled with even greater price hikes as the price…

  • Backgrounder posted June 9, 2000 by D. Mark Wilson OSHA's Ergonomics Rule: A Costly Unfunded Mandate For The States

    On May 23, 2000, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice in the Federal Register informing the public that despite eight years of analyzing the economic impact of its proposed Ergonomics Program rule, it had failed to include the costs of the program for state and local governments.1 Consequently, the broadest and most costly…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 21, 2000 by Angela Antonelli, D. Mark Wilson Why Congress Should Cut the Gas Tax

    Gas prices have been soaring. According to the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, gas prices--which have increased by as much as 50 percent in the past year--are likely to continue to rise into the summer, if not beyond. This price increase is hitting many Americans hard, and they are pleading with Congress and the President for…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted March 3, 2000 by D. Mark Wilson Who Pays the Payroll Tax? Understanding the Tax and Income Dynamicsof the Social Security Program

    America's oldest federally supported social insurance programs face enormous and widely recognized financial problems. Without significant changes in the ways that Social Security's retirement, survivors, and disability insurance programs raise revenue and pay benefits, outlays from the Old-Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs will…

  • Testimony posted March 2, 2000 by D. Mark Wilson Public Comment: OSHA's Proposed "Ergonomics" Standard

    Dear Sir or Madam: Pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) November 23, 1999, Federal Register Notice, 64 Fed. Reg. 65768, as amended by subsequent notices on December 30, 1999, and February 1, 2000, I am respectfully submitting the following comments on OSHA's Proposed Ergonomics Program Rule (Proposed Rule or Rule) in…