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  • Issue Bulletin posted July 29, 1992 by William G. Laffer III, John Shanahan Why Grazing Fees on Federal Lands Should Not Be Raised

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 176 July 29, 1992 MW GRAMG FTM ON )FJUL LAMS SHOUD NOT BE RALSM EMODUCTION Congress currently is considering legislation which would increase the fees charged by the federal government to the 31,000 Western ranchers who graze sheep and cattle on 3 18 million acres of federally owned land. A proposed 33.3 percent hike in…

  • Issue Bulletin posted April 3, 1992 by William G. Laffer III The Private Property Rights Act: Forcing Federal Regulators to Obey the Bill of Rights

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 173 April 3, 1992 THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS ACT: FORCING FEDERAL REGULATORS TO OBEY THE BILL OF RIGHTS INTRODUCTION It is time for federal regulators to obey the Bill of Rights. This is the message of the Private Property Rights Act (S. 50), inft-oduced in the Senate by Steve Symms, the Idaho Republican. Symms's bill would…

  • Issue Bulletin posted September 30, 1991 by William G. Laffer III A Guide to Current Banking Reform Legislation

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 167 September 30,1991 A GUIDE TO CURRENT BANIONG REFORM LEGISLATION INTRODUCTION Committees in both Houses of Congress are finishing work on reforms to the laws governing America's shaky commercial banking sector. Reform is sorely needed. Due to an archaic regulatory structure, America's commercial banks are becoming less…

  • Executive Memorandum posted July 15, 1991 by William G. Laffer III Muzzling OIRA: An Attempt to Thwart Bush's War on Regulations

    George Bush's commitment to reducing the federal regulatory burdens on business is being put to the test. At issue is an important but little-known division within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It is the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) -- pronounced oh-EYE-rah -- and was created by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 to minimize…

  • Backgrounder posted July 15, 1991 by William G. Laffer III Protecting Ecologically Valuable Wetlands Without DestroyingProperty Rights

    INTRODUCTION The White House is wrestling with America's "wetlands" policy. This is because the federal government has been coming under heavy criticism for abusing its powers to declare private property a "wetland" and then to restrict how owners use their land. This criticism and the broad confusion over wetlands policy, and even over the definition of…

  • Executive Memorandum posted June 3, 1991 by William G. Laffer III Why The So-Called "Civil Rights" Bill Would Still Mean Quotas

    George Bush last year vetoed a so-called "civil rights" bill because it would encourage employers to adopt racial quotas in employment decisions. This year's version of the bill, the "Civil Rights Act of 1991" (H.R. 1), was introduced in the House by Representative Jack Brooks, the Texas Democrat. Again there is a debate over whether this legislation promotes quotas,…

  • Backgrounder posted April 19, 1991 by William G. Laffer III Auto Cafe Standards: Unsafe and Unwise at Any Level

    Introduction Reacting to America's alleged excessive dependence on Middle East oil and to last fall's gasoline price increases, Congress is considering raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which mandate average minimum miles per gallon (mpg) for the fleet of automobiles sold in America by each manufacturer. The "Motor Vehicle Fuel…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 12, 1991 by William G. Laffer III How the Anti-Striker Replacement Bill Would Hurt American Workers

    Under pressure from the leaders of organized labor, Congress is considering legislation that purports to help American workers. In fact, however, it will increase the power of union chiefs while harming rank and file workers and hindering future job creation. The "Anti-Striker Replacement Act" or "Strike Bill" (H.R. 5 and S. 55), introduced in the House by…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 4, 1991 by William G. Laffer III How the Federal Government Contributes to Poor Quality TV Programs

    American TV viewers often complain about the poor quality of programs on the three major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Much of the blame for this lies in part with rules imposed in 1970 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Financial Interest and Syndication Rules, widely known as "Fin-Syn," prohibit the broadcast networks from acquiring even a…

  • Backgrounder posted February 26, 1991 by William G. Laffer III How To Reform America's Banking System

    Introduction America's system of banking and financial services institutions is in need of a fundamental overhaul. The spate of banking failures in recent years could mean insolvency for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the federal agency that insures deposits held in most banks. The FDIC has been losing money for the last three years and…

  • Backgrounder posted January 25, 1991 by William G. Laffer III How to Improve Air Travel in America

    INTRODUCTION America faces a virtual crisis in air travel. Since 1978, when airlines were deregulated, the number of passengers flying annually has increased by over 80 percent. At the same time, the basic infrastructure available to handle this volume remains at pre-deregulation levels. No major new airports have been constructed in the United States since 1974.…

  • Issue Bulletin posted July 2, 1990 by William G. Laffer III Why Kennedy-Hawkins Will Mean Quotas

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 159 July 2, 1990 WHY KENNMY-HAWE3NS WRL MFAN QUOTAS INTRODUCTION The "Civil Rights Act of 1990," sponsored in the Senate (S. 2104) by Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and in the House (H.R. 4000) by Augustus Hawkins of California, both Democrats, soon will be taken up by the full Senate. Ile bill poses crucial questions that go to…

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