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In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., delivered his first inaugural address. He laid out an agenda focused on returning to "frugality in government" and building an economic climate that would create new private-sector jobs. Walker assured everyone that, despite the tough challenges facing the Badger State, Wisconsin was up to the task and would serve as a model for the...[ read more ]

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In just a few years, the ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have become important and cost-saving additions to Americans’ transportation options. Predictions that Uber would become a monopoly have been proven wrong as its main rival Lyft continues growing at an impressive pace. The latest data show that Lyft completed 19 million rides in January in the United States. Furthermore,...[ read more ]

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ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion has devolved into a fiscal nightmare. Nationwide, more than twice as many able-bodied adults have enrolled in the Medicaid expansion than ever expected. In some states, they’ve enrolled more adults than thought to even be eligible, leaving taxpayers holding the bag. While Congress continues to debate the details and timing of repealing ObamaCare, states are clamoring for...[ read more ]

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Pro-work, anti-poverty reforms are originating in the states instead of Washington. As the dust of the Obama administration continues to settle, a trend is growing across the country: State leaders are stepping up to tackle big problems in their welfare systems. Specifically, states are moving away from policies that promote long-term dependency and towards reforms that are pro-work and pro-independence....[ read more ]

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Decreasing welfare dependency, as Florida is doing, is the way to go. President Ronald Reagan once said that “the best social program is a productive job for anyone who’s willing to work.” The data clearly support Reagan’s claim, which is just as true today as it was in 1982. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 3 percent of...[ read more ]

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When Arkansas legislators and then-Governor Mike Beebe expanded Medicaid to able-bodied adults through ObamaCare, supporters claimed their plan was something other states were closely watching and, before it was even implemented, was serving as a national model. What unfolded, however, was a fiscal and moral disaster that no other state dares to fully replicate. Recent reports indicate that Arkansas ObamaCare...[ read more ]

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It’s officially 2017. A new year, full of new beginnings and opportunities. But for taxpayers and the truly vulnerable in ObamaCare expansion states, it’s the continuation (and acceleration) of a nightmare. As of January 1, states are on the hook for 5 percent of the expansion’s costs. And with more enrollees than states expected to ever enroll, this fiscal nightmare...[ read more ]

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Occupational licensing, the requirement that people gain government's permission to work, limits economic opportunity by making it harder for people to earn a living. These government-imposed requirements to work extend far beyond the professional fields of medicine, law, and accounting — high-paying fields for which the need for a license is commonly accepted. Policymakers are beginning to realize the problems...[ read more ]

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The Kansas legislature has wisely rejected ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion year after year. As a result, policymakers have protected taxpayers and the truly vulnerable from costly enrollment overruns. But now, despite a rapidly shifting health care landscape, special interest groups are once again ramping up pressure on state lawmakers to expand ObamaCare to a new class of able-bodied, mostly childless adults....[ read more ]

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Last week, President Trump issued an executive order that each new executive agency regulation will require the removal of at least two existing regulations of comparable costs. This follows his temporary freeze on most new regulation, which became effective on inauguration day. However, regulatory accumulation extends beyond the federal government—state-level regulations also hold back economic opportunity and lower job creation...[ read more ]