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Dear Bernie: Oil Fuels Your Beloved Scandinavian Spending Spree

Posted: January 29, 2016 at 8:32 am   /   Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has often talked about his desire for the United States to emulate the socialist welfare states of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden by providing free college and health care and expanding Social Security. Sanders also wants to ban oil, natural gas, and coal production on lands owned by the federal government, and he has called for a […]

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After DC’s Snowmageddon – Some Things Should Stay Buried

Posted: January 27, 2016 at 11:12 am   /   Politics

Due to this weekend’s torrential winter downpour, we are currently in the midst of a federal government shutdown. Uh oh. We’ve been told so often by so many that a government shutdown will shake the Earth from its orbital path and send us careening into the Sun. So far, thankfully, that has not occurred. Despite […]

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Taxed Enough Already (TEA): Let’s Not Find New and Exciting Ways to Tax the Internet

Posted: January 27, 2016 at 10:02 am   /   Politics

The federal government each year now takes from us record tallies of tax dollars. Yet the Feds have accrued nearly $19 trillion in debt – and that ridiculous number keeps hurtling skyward. Leftist states, counties and cities around the nation are following the federal lead, taking our coin at prodigious levels – in multitudinous ways. […]

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Tax Burdens From Renewable Energy Sources are Large

Posted: January 22, 2016 at 8:00 am   /   Politics

The Department of Energy announced state revenue from severance taxes dropped as the price of crude oil falls below $30 per bushel.  The following charts show tax revenue for 6 states. Source: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Summary of Source: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Summary of State and Local TaxesNote: […]

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Heartland Daily Podcast – Erick Elder: Is Your State Preparing for the Next Economic Recession?

Posted: January 20, 2016 at 10:30 am   /   Politics

In today’s episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with University of Arkansas-Little Rock economics professor Erick Elder about a new study, published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, about how well state lawmakers are preparing for the next economic recession. States’ rainy-day funds, Elder explains, are used by lawmakers […]

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Bitcoin, Other Alt-Currencies Offer More Choices for Consumers

Posted: January 19, 2016 at 9:50 am   /   Politics

In just eight years, Bitcoin and the idea of “virtual currency” have gained acceptance and use both online and in the physical world. Spread by word of mouth and other “viral” means, decentralized virtual currencies have gone from a mere thought experiment to a tangible economic reality. Today, one can use Bitcoin or other currencies […]

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Ducey Highlights Economic Growth, Tax Cuts, Education In State of the State Address

Posted: January 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Governor Doug Ducey set policy priorities for his second year in office Monday with emphasis on economic growth, tax cuts, education funding, and a renewed commitment to streamline state government. In the State of the State address, Ducey called for passage of Proposition 123 in May that would provide an additional $3.5 billion for K-12 […]

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Lawmakers’ Costly Policies Hit Consumers in the Pocketbook

Posted: January 5, 2016 at 10:23 am   /   Politics

Like it or not, lawmakers’ decisions have a large effect on our everyday lives. From increasing the cost of a car people need to take their children to soccer practice or go to work, to restricting job opportunities using occupational licensing rules (which reduce the supply of providers and raises prices), lawmakers’ actions have a […]

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SolarCity and the Silver Spoon

Posted: January 5, 2016 at 6:35 am   /   Politics

If you own a business—maybe a taco stand, a dress shop, or an insurance agency—you know it takes a lot of hard work, good market analysis, a better product or service than your competition, and advertising. Add in a bit of luck, and you hope to grow your business—though vacant storefronts and boarded up buildings […]

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