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September 20, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Among the constitutional issues raised by the use of these cameras is the potential violation of the Sixth Amendment.
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Transportation
Law
September 17, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Congress just gave us 1.7 trillion more reasons why a Convention of States could be our last, best hope to stop the out-of-control, debt-financed federal spending machine.
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Constitutional Reform
Government Spending
August 13, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Government paternalism consists not only of giving people things they didn’t pay for, but also in preventing people from making decisions that, in the benevolent judgment of superintending bureaucrats, aren’t in their best interest.
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Economy
Government Spending
July 18, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Gov. Matt Bevin is proposing to allow regional universities and quasi-state agencies to reduce their future pension costs.
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Government Spending
July 15, 2019
By Joe Barnett
One year ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed the Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) rule, and the internet is flourishing.
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Government Spending
InfoTech & Telecom
July 11, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Despite the legislative gridlock and Washington’s political fixations, legislation is advancing through Congress with bipartisan support that would make it easier for Americans to enjoy financial security when they retire.
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Government Spending
July 11, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Can the U.S. economy grow at a rate of 3 percent, 4 percent, or even better in the years ahead?
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Economy
Government Spending
July 5, 2019
By Joe Barnett
H.B. 800 would raise the tax credit cap by $100 million and the ceiling on the income of families qualifying for the scholarships.
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Education
Taxes
June 13, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Cutting taxes — as opposed to restraining the growth in future tax increases or swapping a reduction in property taxes for an increase in the state sales tax — appears to be a nearly insurmountable obstacle.
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Government Spending
Taxes
May 22, 2019
By Joe Barnett
H.R. 2538 would establish a Child Safety Account (CSA) program in the District of Columbia.
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Education
Criminal Justice
May 8, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The court upheld reform that curtailed employees purchasing service credits to increase their pensions.
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Government Spending
May 8, 2019
By Joe Barnett
“First comes freedom,” said Pete Buttigieg while announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president on April 14. 
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Government Spending
Government & Politics
Taxes
April 26, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The U.S. Economy Grew at a 3.2 Percent Annualized Rate in the First Quarter of 2019, states a preliminary estimate
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Economy
Taxes
April 24, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Tiny houses don't fit tax and regulatory policies designed for big homes.
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Regulation
Taxes
April 15, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Oregon, taking a bold page out of the progressive playbook, recently became the first state to enact mandatory rent control. Unfortunately, the measure does nothing to address the underlying cause of the state’s housing crisis.
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Government Spending
Taxes
Government & Politics
April 1, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Child Safety Accounts would allow parents to move their children to a safer school.
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Education
March 20, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The United States has the strongest intellectual property protections in the world
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Economy
InfoTech & Telecom
March 6, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Like a train wreck in slow motion, the Illinois General Assembly is moving to fulfill Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s campaign promise to increase the statewide minimum wage to $10, $12 and then $15 per hour over the next few years.
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Taxes
March 5, 2019
By Joe Barnett
When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., proposed a 70% rate on personal income of more than $10 million, one could easily anticipate this was just the beginning of the calls to soak the rich.
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Taxes
Economy
February 20, 2019
By S.T. Karnick, Joe Barnett
“State and local governments have increasingly been using fines and asset forfeiture to pad their budgets without imposing taxes directly. It is a cowardly and unconstitutional way to raise money while dodging responsibility for it.” - S.T. Karnick
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Taxes
Economy
Government & Politics
February 19, 2019
By Joe Barnett
States are imposing taxes and fees that raise the cost of gun ownership
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Regulation
Taxes
February 15, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Voters in Washington State approved a ballot measure that imposes restrictions on firearms ownership, including raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21 years.
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Regulation
Constitutional Reform
Criminal Justice
February 13, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Can Oakland County confiscate a citizen’s personal property for $8.41 in unpaid taxes? This question will likely be answered by the Michigan Supreme Court later this year.
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Taxes
Government Spending
Constitutional Reform
January 29, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The court’s decision reversed its own 2015 ruling that the textbook lending program was unconstitutional
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Education
Constitutional Reform
January 24, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The Montana Supreme Court ruled the state’s education tax credit program unconstitutional
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Education
Constitutional Reform
January 18, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Over half of labor union members live in just seven states.
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Economy
Employment
Regulation
January 16, 2019
By Joe Barnett
The Court ruled that the adequacy of the schools is a political question, not a judicial question
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Education
Government Spending
December 15, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Thanks to a presidential proclamation dating back to Franklin Roosevelt, December 15 is the day we celebrate the Bill of Rights—the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
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Government & Politics
December 7, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Tax would have funded 'clean energy' projects
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Taxes
Environment
Energy
December 6, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Sets standards local governments must meet for 5G siting
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Regulation
InfoTech & Telecom
November 28, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Institute for Justice argues civil asset forfeiture law violates Constitution
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Criminal Justice
November 28, 2018
By Joe Barnett
North Carolina voters have lowered the limit on state personal and corporate income tax rates.
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Taxes
November 27, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Coloradans rejected income tax raises and broadened takings compensation
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Taxes
Constitutional Reform
Government Spending
November 15, 2018
By Joe Barnett
The price governments in developed countries impose on carbon dioxide emissions in order to meet their commitments under the 2015 Paris climate agreement are far too low to achieve the stated temperature target, a new report says.
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Climate Change
Energy
November 2, 2018
By Joe Barnett
DOJ reverses a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice Opinion that the Wire Act applies only to betting on sporting events.
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Criminal Justice
Regulation
Government Spending
November 2, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is giving building owners in New York State who install electric vehicle charging stations state subsidies covering up to the 80 percent of the cost.
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Energy
Environment
September 28, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Environmental activists are encouraging states to use their water quality review authority to delay or block new energy infrastructure projects.
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Environment
Energy
September 19, 2018
By Joe Barnett
Washington could become the first state to impose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, and the first government anywhere to impose the tax through a direct popular vote, this November.
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Climate Change
Energy
September 13, 2018
By Joe Barnett
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered a halt to construction on the 600-mile pipeline Atlantic Coast Pipeline designed to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
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Environment
Energy
August 23, 2018
By Joe Barnett
In the first civil trial over claims the popular herbicide Roundup causes cancer, a California superior court jury awarded Dewayne Lee Johnson more than $289 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Monsanto Corporation.
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Environment
 

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