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June 7, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
Delaware became the first state other than Nevada to legalize sports betting. Other states are sure to follow, as there is potential for states to collect $20 billion in new tax revenue.
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Government Spending
Economy
June 6, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
Every five years Republicans and Democrats somehow reach across-the-aisle — however farfetched this may seem — to reauthorize the gargantuan “farm bill.”
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Government Spending
June 5, 2018
By H. Sterling Burnett
Warning: Congress is preparing to pass a new farm bill.
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Economy
Government Spending
May 29, 2018
By D. Brady Nelson
When will Paul Krugman adapt to reality?
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Economy
Government Spending
Government & Politics
May 17, 2018
By H. Sterling Burnett, Matthew Glans
No farm group spends more on lobbying to keep its sweet tooth satisfied than the sugar lobby.
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Economy
Government Spending
May 3, 2018
By Arianna Wilkerson
Congress is working on a new "farm bill" that includes farm subsidies, crop insurance, and food assistance. Most of the bill's annual budget goes to the food stamp program, or SNAP. The proposed bill offers needed reforms to SNAP.
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Entitlements
Government Spending
April 30, 2018
By Sarah Lee
U.S. Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) is seeking cosigners for a letter that would ask the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to revamp HealthCare.gov.
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Health Care
Government Spending
April 29, 2018
By Kenneth Artz
During a special session called by Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia House of Delegates approved a $115 billion biennial budget expanding eligibility for Medicaid.
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Entitlements
Government Spending
April 28, 2018
By Devon Herrick
In several states, lawmakers are proposing to use federal Medicaid money to set up state-administered pharmacy benefit programs.
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Health Care
Government Spending
April 27, 2018
By Benjamin Dietderich
Time ran out for a bill that would have forced Idaho residents with complex medical conditions off of their private health insurance plans and onto Medicaid rolls.
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Entitlements
Government Spending
Health Care
April 27, 2018
By Ashley Bateman
With Gov. Gary Herbert (R) having signed into law a bill to increase the number of people eligible for Medicaid in Utah, a coalition of political advocacy groups is working to expand the program even more.
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Health Care
Government Spending
Entitlements
April 27, 2018
By Samantha Fillmore
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says she intends to continue working to fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplace provisions, instead of voting to repeal Obamacare.
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Health Care
Government Spending
April 25, 2018
By Christopher Talgo, Lennie Jarratt
So have Republicans learned from the Obamacare debacle?  Is the swamp being drained?  Unfortunately, no.
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Government & Politics
Government Spending
April 24, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
This year, Major League Baseball’s opening day was the earliest it’s been in the modern history of the game.
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Government Spending
Economy
Taxes
April 20, 2018
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a proposed bill in Missouri that would repeal the state's prevailing wage law.
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Employment
Government Spending
April 12, 2018
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines legislation in Arizona that would have the state join an interstate compact that explicitly prohibits the “use of taxpayer dollars for private professional sports stadiums and facilities.”
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Government Spending
April 9, 2018
By Congressional Budget Office
This report, published by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, a federal agency tasked with providing budget and economic information to Congress, includes projections for key economic indicators.
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Economy
Government Spending
March 22, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jesse Hathaway, Christopher Garbacz
“When politicians of both parties in Washington get together, America’s taxpayers usually lose.” - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
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Government Spending
March 13, 2018
By Daniel Sutter
Will tariffs on imported steel and aluminum protect US workers?
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Government Spending
March 9, 2018
By Lindsey Curnutte
The Arizona state Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee is considering a bill to enter the state into an interstate compact prohibiting the “use of taxpayer dollars for private professional sports stadiums and facilities” in participating states.
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Government Spending
Constitutional Reform
Taxes
Economy
March 8, 2018
By Brandi Wielgopolski
The Federal National Mortgage Association, a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) commonly referred to as Fannie Mae, is asking the U.S. Treasury Department for $3.7 billion in taxpayer money to offset the effect of accounting changes.
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Government Spending
Taxes
Economy
March 8, 2018
By Christopher Talgo
Millennials, the largest generation in U.S. history, have been dealt a bad hand.
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Government Spending
Government Spending
Constitutional Reform
March 6, 2018
By Joshua Paladino
The rate of increase in pension benefits promised to Illinois government employees has vastly exceeded the growth rate of Illinois residents’ incomes over the past three decades, a new study reports.
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Government Spending
March 6, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Matthew Glans
“These are exactly the welfare reform initiatives The Heartland Institute has been pushing in dozens of states.” - Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
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Entitlements
Health Care
Government Spending
March 5, 2018
By Nolan Ryan
The Kentucky state Senate State and Local Government Committee is considering a bill to enroll new government employees in a hybrid “cash balance” pension program in which employee retirement benefits are accrued in individual retirement accounts.
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Government Spending
March 5, 2018
By Owen Macaulay
President Donald Trump approved a congressional continuing resolution authorizing more federal spending and temporarily waiving the debt ceiling.
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Government Spending
March 5, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Time for lawmakers to sack sports subsidies.
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Entitlements
Economy
Government Spending
February 28, 2018
By Edmund Contoski
In February President Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion budget for 2018 and projects a budget deficit for 2019 almost double his estimate last year.
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Economy
Government Spending
February 26, 2018
By Staff
As subsidies for wind and solar power have been slashed around the world, the growth in renewable power has stalled.
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Energy
Government Spending
February 22, 2018
By Ted Dabrowski
This study, written by Wirepoints, Inc. president Ted Dabrowski and policy analyst John Klingner, uses official state and federal government data to compare the rate of growth for Illinois pension assets and liabilities to economic markers.
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Government Spending
February 21, 2018
By Charles Katebi
With the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in late 2017, Republicans implemented far-reaching tax cuts that will allow tens of millions of families to keep more of their own money and made a number of long overdue changes to the nation’s tax code.
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Health Care
Government Spending
Economy
February 20, 2018
By Barry Poulson
President Donald Trump has proposed a trillion-dollar plan for infrastructure investment. 
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Government Spending
February 15, 2018
By Christopher Talgo, Lennie Jarratt
The federal government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
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Government Spending
February 14, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Now that 2017 is in the books, Americans across the country are working to keep their New Year’s resolutions so that 2018 might be better than years past.
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Government Spending
Economy
February 9, 2018
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a bill in Tennessee that would incorporate REINS Act style reforms to the state's regulatory system.
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Government Spending
Regulation
February 6, 2018
By Joshua Paladino
Congress will probably not enact entitlement reforms in 2018, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) says.
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Entitlements
Government Spending
February 6, 2018
By Lindsey Curnutte
The Virginia House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee is considering a bill to ban government financing for professional sports stadiums.
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Government Spending
Economy
February 6, 2018
By Brandon Best
A report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns the federal government may hit the debt ceiling earlier than previously projected.
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Government Spending
February 5, 2018
By Brandi Wielgopolski
Ahead of a U.S. House Committee on Rules hearing on whether to retain the ban on earmarks, President Donald Trump suggested Congress might increase bipartisan comity by “thinking about going back to a form of earmarks.”
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Government Spending
Government & Politics
February 5, 2018
By Benjamin Dietderich
The U.S. Congress approved a resolution extending a deadline to set new spending levels after Democratic Party members tried to use the temporary lapse of funding to secure changes to immigration law.
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Government & Politics
Government Spending
 

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