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  • 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…

  • WebMemo posted October 24, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo, Paul L. Winfree The McCain Health Care Plan: A Closer Look at Cost and Coverage

    Presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has put forth an ambitious health care plan.[1]The plan proposes: Replacing the current income tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance with refundable tax credits; Enabling individuals and families to purchase health insurance across state lines; and Providing federal assistance to states to…

  • WebMemo posted October 24, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo, Paul L. Winfree The Obama Health Care Plan: A Closer Look at Cost and Coverage

    Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has put forth an ambitious health care plan.[1] The plan proposes: Expanding eligibility for existing public programs, including both Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); Creating a National Health Insurance Exchange to serve as a federal regulator of private insurance…

  • Testimony posted July 18, 2008 by Matt A. Mayer Testimony Before the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and Committee on International Relations and Trade

    Testimony Before the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security and Committee on International Relations and Trade Matt A. Mayer Chairs Carona and Lucio, Vice-Chairs Watson and Patrick, and Committee Members, thank you for this opportunity to come before you to share my thoughts and answer your questions as best I can. The purposes of this…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

  • 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.…

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