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  • Backgrounder posted January 21, 2017 by James Sherk Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

    The Davis–Bacon Act (DBA) requires federal construction contractors to pay “prevailing” wages. However, the Department of Labor (DOL) estimates these prevailing rates unscientifically. DBA surveys use tiny, statistically unrepresentative samples of the construction workforce. As a result, DBA rates differ markedly from true market wages. Calculating DBA rates with Bureau…

  • Backgrounder posted January 19, 2017 by James Sherk $15 Minimum Wages Will Substantially Raise Prices

    Raising the minimum wage creates winners and losers. Those workers who receive higher pay benefit. But the money for that higher pay comes from somewhere. Advocates for a minimum wage hike usually argue that “somewhere” means profits. They present starting-wage increases as a way to redistribute wealth from business owners to low-wage workers. Reality is not so simple.…

  • News Releases on January 19, 2017 Priorities for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

    The Trump administration's crucial 100-day window to make its priority policy decisions starts tomorrow. It is time to seize the opportunity American voters have just given conservatives -- moving quickly to deregulate the economy, defend our freedoms and rebuild the military. The following list of policies Heritage has formulated for years can set the process in motion. …

  • Backgrounder posted January 19, 2017 by Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D., Nicolas Loris Rolling the DICE on Environmental Regulations: A Close Look at the Social Cost of Methane and Nitrous Oxide

    During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama claimed that global warming is an urgent problem and implemented costly policies in an effort to mitigate climate change.[1] This includes not only very public proposals like the Clean Power Plan and Paris Protocol, but also regulatory measures that are profound in their impact but less visible to the public. Chief…

  • Backgrounder posted January 19, 2017 by James Sherk The NLRB Can Protect Worker Voting Rights Administratively

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election processes have failed to achieve the National Labor Relations Act’s (NLRA) goal of enabling unionized workers to select their own representatives. Only 6 percent of workers currently represented by unions voted for union representation. The remaining workers are represented by legacy labor organizations for which they…

  • News Releases posted January 18, 2017 by Justin Posey Heritage Expert on Trump Agriculture Secretary Nominee

    With reports indicating that Pres.-elect Trump will nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary, Heritage agriculture expert Daren Bakst had the following to say:  “Farmers need freedom to do what they do best: provide us our food. In agricultural policy, freedom is too often ‎lacking. If confirmed, Gov. Perdue should work diligently to free our…

  • News Releases on January 17, 2017 Charles Stimson on Commutation of Chelsea Manning Sentence

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would commute the sentence of former Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for illegally obtaining and sharing classified information with Wikileaks.  Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Fellow Cully Stimson released the following statement regarding the news of Manning’s commutation:  “Although…

  • News Releases posted January 15, 2017 by John Cooper Nile Gardiner on New Trade Deal with United Kingdom

    On Sunday, The Times of London published an interview with President-elect Donald Trump, in which he expressed support for establishing a new trade agreement between the United States and United Kingdom. Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, had the following statement regarding President-elect Trump’s…

  • Backgrounder posted January 13, 2017 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. Economic Outlook for 2017

    As 2017 begins, the U.S. economy is in its eighth consecutive year of expansion, one of the longest periods of economic expansion in U.S. history, but the recession that took place when Slumdog Millionaire was best picture and Just Dance topped the charts still casts a shadow over the economy. Economists may debate what made the Great Recession of 2008–2009 so different…

  • Legal Memorandum posted January 13, 2017 by Jason Snead, John-Michael Seibler Redefining “Aircraft,” Defining “Drone”: A Job for the 115th Congress

    The scope of the aviation revolution that began in 1903 when the Wright brothers shocked the world with their first flight cannot be overstated: Since then, a host of engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators have advanced the techniques of manned aviation, allowing pilots, passengers, and freight to move faster and more efficiently than ever before. Today, a century…

  • Issue Brief posted January 12, 2017 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Luke Coffey, Daniel Kochis Recommitting the United States to European Security and Prosperity: Five Steps for the Incoming Administration

    Europe is less secure, and less securely prosperous, today than it was when President Obama entered office in 2009. The responsibilities for these failures do not rest only with the United States: Washington cannot help Europe if Europe does not help itself. Nevertheless, U.S. policy towards Europe since 2009—and in increasing measure, since 1991—has been fundamentally…

  • Issue Brief posted January 12, 2017 by Daniel Kochis Support for Montenegro’s Accession to NATO Would Send a Message of Strength

    The Senate will likely soon consider whether or not to approve the accession of the Balkan nation of Montenegro to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). While small, Montenegro sits in a geographically important region and has proven itself a worthy partner to the U.S. Furthermore, it has carried out essential reforms and contributed to NATO-led missions.…

  • Issue Brief posted January 6, 2017 by Dean Cheng Responding to the Chinese Space Challenge

    As 2016 drew to a close, China published its third space white paper, sustaining the pattern of publishing one every five years.[1] This is consistent with the cycle of Five Year Plans that are central to Chinese economic and social planning efforts. China’s Space Activities in 2016 provides both an overview of China’s space achievements over the past five years and an…

  • News Releases on January 5, 2017 Trump Appoints Heritage’s Paul Winfree to White House Posts

    Today Pres.-elect Trump announced that he has appointed The Heritage Foundation’s Paul Winfree as Director of Budget Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for The White House. Heritage President Jim DeMint and Vice President of Research James Wallner released the following statements:   “We are delighted to hear of President-elect Trump’s decision to…

  • Issue Brief posted January 4, 2017 by Rachel Zissimos, Katie Tubb The New Administration’s Policy Should Reflect that Biofuels Cannot Meet Military Needs

    While serving as Commanding General of the First Marine Division during the invasion of Iraq, retired General James Mattis called on Department of Defense (DOD) planners to “unleash” the Marine Corps from “the tether of fuel.”[1] Throughout the Iraq conflict, restricted access to fuel had slowed the advance of U.S. forces and dictated operational capabilities, prompting…