Backgrounder posted December 16, 2014
Creating Opportunity in the Workplace
Workers face many challenges in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Wages and job opportunities have grown slowly since the recovery began five years ago, while technology continues to change the nature of work. While many workers enjoy opportunities unimaginable a generation ago, many others feel the economy has left them behind.
Policies that make employees more…
Issue Brief posted December 12, 2014
Right-to-Work Laws: Myth vs. Fact
Many states and local governments are considering right-to-work laws. These laws make union dues voluntary. Without them, union contracts make paying dues a condition of employment. While most Americans support the concept of right-to-work, unions argue strenuously against them. However, most of the arguments against right-to-work have little basis in fact.
Issue Brief posted December 4, 2014
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Let the Ineffective and Wasteful “Job-Training” Program Expire
Members of Congress should be wary of reauthorizing the ineffective and wasteful Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. Trade Adjustment Assistance should be considered on its own merits and not linked to legislative proposals, such as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Similarly, TPA should be evaluated independently based on its merits and not tied to unrelated…
Testimony posted November 17, 2014
Impacts of Carbon Taxes on the US Economy
The Impacts of Carbon Taxes on the U.S. Economy
Committee on Finance
United States Senate
September 16, 2014
David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change
The Heritage Foundation
My name is David Kreutzer. I am Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation.…
Backgrounder posted November 13, 2014
The Obama Administration’s Climate Agenda: Underestimated Costs and Exaggerated Benefits
When his climate cap-and-trade bill was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate, President Barack Obama noted there were other ways of “skinning the cat.” Now we know that his chosen way is an onslaught of mandates, regulations, and possibly taxes directed primarily by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Backgrounder posted October 22, 2014
Obamacare’s Enrollment Increase: Mainly Due to Medicaid Expansion
With enrollment data now available for the second quarter of 2014, it is possible to construct a complete picture of the changes in health insurance coverage that occurred during the initial implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as Obamacare. The data show that in the first half of 2014, private health insurance…