When in Doubt Regulate, Don’t Try to Legislate–the EPA on Steroids

The Environmental Protection Agency has been in overdrive this year, issuing new regulations for power plants, airlines, natural gas production, diesel trucks, and even wood burning stoves. The EPA claims the new regulations are under their authority provided by the Clean Air Act and passed by Congress years ago. In many cases, states and various […]

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Driving Dirty

The state enacted no fault insurance in 1972, seen at that time to lower the cost of automobile insurance for Michigan residents. Part of the reform legislation included Personal Injury Protection which provides someone injured in a crash lifetime care. What has been the result of the reform–lower automobile insurance costs in Michigan? For years, […]

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Should We Export Oil?

The US has long pushed for liberalized trade and the recent effort in Congress to provide President Obama with fast track trade authority is one more effort to do so. But what about oil? US produced crude oil is a big exception. Since the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo Congress banned oil exports in almost all […]

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Social Security Disability, the U.S. and Michigan

The Social Security Disability fund will run dry in 2016. What has caused this upcoming shortfall? Are there potential solutions? What about Michigan? What are the implications of the looming shortfall for the State? What is the “Right Thing to do” to address this major problem?

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How Is Our Government Health Care System Working?

Medicare costs US taxpayers about $600 billion a year. Obamacare costs billions more. Does the Department of Health and Human Services have sufficient controls and systems in place to run these programs? Is it time to demand better accountability and potentially deal with problems with these entitlements? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Should Unpaid Internships Be Paid?

Internships for college students have been viewed as an excellent opportunity to receive practical work experience, provide the potential for a full-time job after graduation, the possibility of a part-time job while completing their education and to make connections and contacts for future benefits. A recent controversy and 2 court cases have focused on whether […]

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America’s Greece

The default by the Greek government, the referendum to refuse the EU’s deal to restructure and the resulting financial chaos in Greece will have minor effects on the US economy. President Obama said that “Greece isn’t America’s problem.” But does the US have a similar problem that could effect the economy and send a signal […]

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Obamacare Is Working–Or Is It?

The Supreme Court decision last week supported Obamacare subsidies for people who have enrolled through the federal exchange. The controversial decision relying on the intentions of Congress rather than the straight forward wording that subsidies were available for exchanges established by the states, Obamacare seems to be working. However, what data are available that provide […]

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President Obama Working Overtime

The Administration is expected to announce new rules within the next month about who qualifies for overtime pay. It affects workers who work more than 40 hours a week. Under the current rules, workers who are paid by the hour or earn a salary of less than $23,660 are generally eligible for overtime pay, while […]

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For or Against Prevailing Wages?

Michigan is a prevailing wage state. As such, all building contractors who are building projects funded with state dollars pay its workers a prevailing wage, defined as union scale wages and benefits. There is a controversy now as the state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement. Opponents to the prevailing […]

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