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Minimum Wage, the Constitution, and the Long Fight for Popular Control Over the Economy

On April 4, the governors of California and New York signed off on legislation raising their state’s minimum wages to $15 per hour. While the public may disagree about the merits of this measure and what the cumulative effects will be, there … Continue reading

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Just How Burdensome are Government Regulations?

During the fourth Republican debate in Milwaukee, several candidates assailed the burdensome nature of government regulations, arguing that the imposition of rules on industries and businesses reduces employment and leads to higher costs for consumers. Ben Carson asserted that government regulations – which … Continue reading

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How We Arrived at Government-Administered Primary Elections

As Bob Conner reported for IVN in 2014, New Jersey’s independents spent approximately $100 million to pay for primaries in which they could not vote between 2000 and 2013. The obvious question is, how did this come to be? How did … Continue reading

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Hog-Tied: How Both Parties and Big Ag Have Thwarted Public Health Regulations in North Carolina

Hog Country In 1993, when Elsie Herring returned to the property that her grandfather – a former slave – purchased back in 1891, she discovered she had a rather odorous neighbor. In the 1980s, a hog farmer set up an operation on … Continue reading

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Weak Environmental Regulations in TX, PA Endanger Public Health

America’s latest energy boom – greatly enabled by the development of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) – has created hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country and added billions to state and local budgets. However, environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry is … Continue reading

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How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Affect Trade, Jobs, and Regulation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been described as “the biggest free trade deal you’ve never heard of.” The arrangement would liberalize trade by bringing down protective tariffs and “harmonizing” regulations and standards in order to facilitate the exchange of goods … Continue reading

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