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There is a growing consensus that occupational licensing has gotten out of hand. Government-required training and fees can make it prohibitively time consuming and costly for many individuals—especially those with low incomes—to find work, pursue better career opportunities, and start businesses. Though licensing is primarily controlled by state and local governments, Washington has taken notice of its growth. To combat...[ read more ]

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Occupational licensing, the requirement that individuals gain government permission before entering certain professions, creates substantial barriers to work and limits economic opportunity. This reality is acknowledged by those with ideological viewpoints  as diverse as President Obama and Senator Mike Lee. Despite a growing momentum for change, it remains difficult to pass effective reforms. Many established businesses and trade associations support...[ read more ]

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For a start, restore sanity to licensing requirements. For years, Wisconsin and Indiana policymakers have worked to lure businesses away from neighboring Illinois. Highway signs asked commuters if they were “Illinoyed” with the state’s overbearing business regulations and high taxes. Many business owners packed up and left. As the Illinois Policy Institute points out, Illinois is one of only four...[ read more ]

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Jobs and the economy were a central focus of the 2016 election, with candidates from the top to bottom of the ticket outlining how they’ll bring more jobs back to struggling communities. Nowhere was that more obvious than in the 12 gubernatorial races decided last month. Almost every 2016 candidate for governor prominently highlighted plans for cutting regulations and creating...[ read more ]

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ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion launched less than three years ago, but states have already signed up more able-bodied adults than they ever expected to enroll. Many states have even enrolled more people than they thought would ever even be eligible. This welfare explosion threatens state funding for public safety, education, infrastructure, and programs for the truly needy. It also increases upward...[ read more ]

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For years, ObamaCare lobbyists have promised that expanding Medicaid to a new class of able-bodied adults was essential for hospitals’ immediate survival. They warned that, without ObamaCare expansion, hospitals would be headed towards a disaster of biblical proportions. Hospitals – especially those in rural areas – would close and the sick would be left without care. Private health insurance costs...[ read more ]

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This week, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce released a new plan to impose more of Obamacare on their state. The Chamber acknowledged that their “guiding principle” in crafting the Medicaid expansion plan was simply to “take advantage of all federal dollars available.” As such, they’re lobbying for policymakers to expand Medicaid to a new welfare class of more than 700,000...[ read more ]

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Why should the exact same treatment for pneumonia cost $5,000 in one building and $124,000 in another? Or the exact same infusion drug for a chronically ill patient that requires them every six weeks cost $14,000 per shot in one setting, but $28,000 down the street? Why should patients have to pay so much more, simply based on where they...[ read more ]

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is making good on his campaign promise to close the doors on Kynect, the state’s Obamacare exchange. While Democratic former Governor Steve Beshear and a handful of Obamacare supporters have made waves about that decision, it has raised a bigger question: Does it make sense to run a state-based exchange? Kynect is causing higher premiums for...[ read more ]

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Cover Oregon, the state’s failed Obamacare exchange has been a well documented disaster, but many are still asking who’s to blame and who’s covering up for the failure of Cover Oregon? Now Congress is requesting an investigation into the catastrophic and expensive failure that was Cover Oregon. Republicans on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a...[ read more ]