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August 3, 2021
Infrastructure Bill as Political Plunder and Social Engineering
Politicians love to spend other people’s money, especially when it enables them to use it to get campaign contributions and election-day votes from those who can keep them in office
Government & Politics
August 3, 2021
Both ‘Infrastructure’ Bills Are Atrocious. Republicans Voting ‘Yay’ Should Be Embarrassed
Just about nothing US infrastructure has anything to do with DC.
Government Spending
July 28, 2021
More Government Debt as Far as the Fiscal Eye Can See
The U.S. government will, again, face an official debt limit starting on August 1, 2021, unless Congress once more raises the limit on what Uncle Sam can borrow.
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Government Spending
May 30, 2020
Government Is Awful at Insurance – and Certainly Shouldn’t Be Rewriting Policies
You don’t want government anywhere near any insurance policies you purchase.
Government Spending
May 20, 2020
China Virus Bailout Coin – Shouldn’t Go to Chinese Companies
There has been much back-and-forthing over who should and shouldn’t get money from the CARES Act.
Government Spending
May 14, 2020
Will Utility Bills on Low-Income Citizens Increase During the Pandemic?
At the end of April, Illinois utility regulators issued a call to repeal a pro-consumer federal order, called the Minimum Price Order Rule. Here's what this means.

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Government Spending
August 3, 2021
By Richard Ebeling
Politicians love to spend other people’s money, especially when it enables them to use it to get campaign contributions and election-day votes from those who can keep them in office
August 3, 2021
By Seton Motley
Just about nothing US infrastructure has anything to do with DC.
July 28, 2021
By Richard Ebeling
The U.S. government will, again, face an official debt limit starting on August 1, 2021, unless Congress once more raises the limit on what Uncle Sam can borrow.
May 30, 2020
By Seton Motley
You don’t want government anywhere near any insurance policies you purchase.
May 20, 2020
By Seton Motley
There has been much back-and-forthing over who should and shouldn’t get money from the CARES Act.
May 14, 2020
By Tim Benson
At the end of April, Illinois utility regulators issued a call to repeal a pro-consumer federal order, called the Minimum Price Order Rule. Here's what this means.
May 14, 2020
By Ronald Stein, P.E.
For decades, the state that has been dominated by one-party that has been laying the foundation for a budget catastrophe.
May 13, 2020
By Darren Brady Nelson, Jim Lakely
Policymakers should look at how Australia decentralized its infrastructure management to create a similar system in the United States.
April 15, 2020
By Marilyn Singleton
During my last visit to the grocery store, the clerk directed me to the hermetically sealed conveyor belt and, grinning proudly, said, “Welcome to the new normal.”
April 15, 2020
By Richard Ebeling
In Uncle Sam’s 2020 fiscal year that began on October 1, 2019, it is estimated that the federal government will spend around $4.4 trillion, of which about $1 trillion will be with borrowed money to cover the budget deficit of that amount.
April 8, 2020
By Ronald Stein, P.E.
In these trying times coping with the Coronavirus, and its huge impact on businesses and employment, the younger generations have been set up to pick up some the costs of the defined benefits that their parents and grandparents voted in for themselves.
April 3, 2020
By Daniel Sutter
The CARES Act is one of the few government bailouts that doesn't set a bad precedent.
March 30, 2020
By Joe Barnett
Most state governments have accumulated “rainy day” funds (RDF) which they can draw on during unexpected revenue shortfalls.
March 25, 2020
By Hayley Sledge
North Carolina Superior Court Judge David Lee ordered the state to formulate a plan to increase spending on K-12 education by an estimated $8 billion.
March 16, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a March 2019 lower court decision that blocked Arkansas from implementing a work rule designed to help able-bodied Medicaid enrollees back into the workforce.
March 13, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
Governors, health care providers, and several lawmakers want the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to retract a rule designed to increase transparency in Medicaid spending.
March 10, 2020
By Vivian E. Jones
Harrisburg is just one of several U.S. cities that considered water utility privatization in 2019, but other municipalities took the step.
March 10, 2020
By Bonner R. Cohen
To underscore his commitment to Medicaid block grants, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt joined the Trump administration in Washington D.C for the “Healthy Adult Opportunity” announcement and said his state will be the first to sign up.
March 9, 2020
By Bonner R. Cohen
The Trump administration is moving to give states unprecedented leeway by revamping key sections of Medicaid, the federal health care program for low-income and disabled people.
February 20, 2020
By Daniel Sutter
We like taxing businesses because they appear rich.  Yet the question of who truly pays business taxes is very complicated. 
February 18, 2020
By Caitlin Gilligan
New York has earned its reputation as a high-tax state, but a major policy win by the Empire Center is helping change that.
February 18, 2020
By Billy Aouste
Week of February 10, 2020
February 12, 2020
By Kelsey Hackem
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing rules for a mandatory payment model meant to improve kidney care and reduce costs.
February 11, 2020
By Christopher Talgo
Apparently, Mayor Lightfoot is willing to cast aside her progressive values in a rather desperate attempt to tackle the city’s out-of-control debt by nickel and diming her constituents.
February 7, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) and Republican State Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning (R- District 8) announced a compromise proposal that would expand Medicaid to 150,000 Kansans, a step towards Kelly’s campaign promise to expand Medicaid eligibility in th
February 6, 2020
By Jesse Hathaway
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a work requirement for enrollees in the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
February 3, 2020
By Billy Aouste
Week of January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020
By James Agresti
Contrary to AOC, the facts are clear that frequently reported federal poverty stats vastly overstate the number of Americans who are destitute.
January 27, 2020
By Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stier
Michelle Obama, like her husband and his minions when he was president, is allied with elitists who ignore and distort science to promote their leftist agendas. Fortunately, they’re no longer in a position to ram their policies down our throats.
January 27, 2020
By Christopher Talgo
We are hurtling toward a fiscal cliff, and Congress seems intent on nailing the gas pedal to the floorboard.
January 27, 2020
By Billy Aouste
Week of January 20, 2020
January 23, 2020
By Ashley Bateman
A change in power in the Virginia legislature will put reforms of the state’s fiscally challenged Medicaid program on the back burner, say minority party opponents.
January 21, 2020
By Edward N. Tiesenga, Carl A. Miller, and Sophia Pethokoukis
"Our research revealed Illinois legislators have acquiesced to a power grab by the federal and state judiciary."
January 21, 2020
By Ashley Bateman
Teachers unions and members of the HISD Board of Trustees, who were locally elected, oppose the state takeover, but the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is appointing a new superintendent and community board for the district.
January 21, 2020
By Billy Aouste
Week of January 13, 2020
January 15, 2020
By Ashley Herzog
"American Dream" Mall Opens after More than a Decade
January 14, 2020
By Ashley Herzog
Empire Center Posts Data on Teachers' Compensation at SeeThroughNY.net
January 13, 2020
By Billy Aouste
Week of January 6, 2020
January 9, 2020
By Robert Berry, M.D.
Many Americans enjoy a little recognized tax benefit: employer health insurance. The benefit costs billions of dollars and discriminates against those who don't carry employer insurance.
January 8, 2020
By Joe Barnett
Package delivery is the one area where USPS makes money.