Report: State licensing schemes often lock workers in place
Report: State licensing schemes often lock workers in place
Eric Boehm | February 29, 2016
Licensing costs can damage social mobility, as moving from state to state can mean a costly and time-consuming process of re-applying for professional licenses.
Watchdog group to Congress: ‘Get off your ass’
Watchdog group to Congress: ‘Get off your ass’
Kenric Ward | December 30, 2015
As congressional Republicans and Democrats sparred over the reach of federal Inspectors General in the waning days of 2015, lawmakers ignored years of fraud and abuse during their watch.
Fiorina talks education in Iowa
Amelia Hamilton | December 21, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina touted her education policies in eastern Iowa on Friday, pushing local control. Fiorina said “there are several ways” to shift money back to states and localities, including using block grants,” according to The Des Moines Register. “But first we have to go to zero-based budgeting, so we can examine every dollar in the federal [...]
Business as usual: Congress rubber-stamps investor visas
Business as usual: Congress rubber-stamps investor visas
Kenric Ward | December 18, 2015
In a pre-holiday rush, Congress ditched reforms that would have reined in the controversial EB-5 investor visa program. “No reforms. No plugs to national security. No safeguards against fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on the eve of expected House approval.
One lawmaker’s plan to stop anti-competitive licensing schemes could be a model for states
One lawmaker’s plan to stop anti-competitive licensing schemes could be a model for states
Eric Boehm | December 17, 2015
State licensing and regulatory boards no longer have protection from Roosevelt-era antitrust laws, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.
Visa-investor reforms could boost rural Texas
Visa-investor reforms could boost rural Texas
Kenric Ward | December 11, 2015
Saying the controversial EB-5 immigration system is “loaded with fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley wants to tighten the program that grants U.S. visas to foreign nationals.
EPA makes ethanol decision that ticks off both sides
EPA makes ethanol decision that ticks off both sides
Rob Nikolewski | November 30, 2015
A decision Monday by EPA regarding ethanol and the nation's Renewable Fuel Standard alienated just about everyone.
Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations
Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations
Eric Boehm | October 29, 2015
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.
Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota
Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota
Deena Winter | October 23, 2015
Gov. Pete Ricketts' security detail is logging big time overtime following him around the world, but not all governors even have full-time protection.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa
Jason Hart | June 26, 2015
Embrace Obamacare, or throw the mentally ill in prison. According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, those are a state's only options.