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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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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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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 ]

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When the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), headlines flashed that 22 million Americans would lose their health coverage. According to its analysis, there will be 7 million fewer people in the individual health insurance market in 2026 if BCRA passes, with the remainder of projected coverage changes coming from those transitioning...[ read more ]

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State and local regulatory battles continue to plague sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb. However, their business models faced an existential—though underappreciated—threat from President Obama’s Department of Labor. In a positive step for independent workers and the consumers that they serve, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta rescinded the problematic Obama-era regulatory guidance on independent contractor status this month...[ read more ]

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On May 25, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services released a report on how individuals who transitioned off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fared in the years that followed. This report follows Governor Paul LePage’s 2012 decision to enforce existing time limits for this supposedly temporary program’s eligibility. Despite claims that moving people off government assistance would...[ read more ]

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The AHCA passed the House today, and in the debate leading up to the vote the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) released a blog post this week that estimated that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) underfunded high-risk pools by $200 billion over 10 years. The media and opponents of the AHCA have latched onto the blog. There’s just one...[ read more ]

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On April 26, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the New HOPE Act, which would allow governors to use existing federal funds for technical education “to identify and eliminate excessive occupational licensure.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate. This bill follows the licensing reforms that Rep. Walberg unsuccessfully pushed last year. But with the growing realization...[ read more ]

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The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the rollout of an Economic Liberty Task Force. This major policy initiative’s first focus is on occupational licensing. Given the growing consensus that occupational licensing makes it more difficult for Americans to find work — especially those with low-incomes — this move by the FTC has the potential to increase economic opportunity . In...[ read more ]