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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
California’s Forecasted Budget Deficit Decades in the Making
For decades, the state that has been dominated by one-party that has been laying the foundation for a budget catastrophe.
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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.
May 13, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: NEW REPORT: How to Fix America's Crumbling Infrastructure - Lessons from Australia
Policymakers should look at how Australia decentralized its infrastructure management to create a similar system in the United States.
Health Care
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Response Sets New Normal for Big Government
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.”

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Government Spending
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.