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Momentum for occupational licensing reform continues to grow on the state level and in Washington, D.C. Though there have been many meaningful reforms in states like Mississippi and Arizona, Tennessee is the clear leader in the nationwide push to reform out-of-control licensing laws. Forward-thinking Tennessee state policymakers not only reformed state licensing — they also addressed licensing on the local level. Tennessee passed The Freedom...[ read more ]

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States have tried it, and it works. Congress should apply the lesson at the federal level. President Trump’s recently released budget should start a long overdue conversation about the next round of welfare reform in America. The new budget rightfully prioritizes work requirements. They protect resources for the truly needy and unlock economic opportunity for those trapped in entitlement programs....[ read more ]

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While speaking to state policymakers in Colorado this month, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta challenged them to reform their states’ outrageous occupational licensing laws. Occupational licensing requires people to gain government’s permission to work, and this erects expensive and time-consuming barriers to earning a living. Acosta cited occupational licensing’s limits on economic opportunity, job mobility, and the adoption of new technology as...[ read more ]

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Most people agree on what seems to be a pretty basic fact: the same dollar cannot be spent twice. Money is finite. And when government spends a dollar – or several billion – giving welfare to people who shouldn’t receive it, logic follows that those dollars cannot then be spent on something else. Pretty simple, right? Well, apparently not for...[ read more ]

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The fight over tax reform in Kansas has made headlines across the nation, and it hasn't all been good press. But Kansas' messy tax reform isn't the only big news coming out of the Sunflower State. Kansas has recently enacted successful welfare reforms that are a model for nationwide success. Kansas governor Sam Brownback's policies on Medicaid expansion and food...[ read more ]

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In the 1990s, there was plenty of teeth-gnashing by welfare reform opponents over changing the funding structure for cash assistance, implementing work requirements, and creating time limits – rhetoric that sounds eerily similar to much of the health reform coverage today. Mostly absent from the welfare discussion was the role that earned income tax credits (EITC) would play in reform....[ read more ]

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It seems that even Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists can get away without fact-checking these days. Or such is the impression after reading Michael Hiltzik’s June 26 column in the Los Angeles Times. Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on June 25 to discuss congressional efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Domenech noted that after Ohio expanded Medicaid to...[ read more ]

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One southern state is raising the bar. Arkansas made national headlines in 2013 when then-governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, struck a deal to make Arkansas the first southern state to expand Medicaid through Obamacare. Shortly thereafter, Beebe exited (stage left), leaving a fiscal, political, and moral disaster for the new administration to grapple with. But now, thanks in large part...[ read more ]

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Medicaid hasn’t proven to be the antidote for the opioid epidemic ravaging America, but it just might be adding more poison. Much opposition to the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has coalesced around a dubious talking point that Medicaid expansion is the best way to fix the opioid crisis. Some Democrats, such as Senators Bob Casey (Pa.) and...[ read more ]

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The release of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” last week was followed by a predictable flood of media stories and commentary decrying the proposed changes to Medicaid. In some ways, it echoed arguments used during the welfare reform debate in the 1990’s. Yet the health care outrage lacked basic context and often contained misleading statements or outright falsehoods. While the bill is...[ read more ]