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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SCOTUS decision in NLRB v CANNING only first step to curb executive overreach

    Posted on June 26, 2014 | Type: In the News

    Today’s unanimous decision by the nine justices is an important first step in curbing abuses by the country’s executive now and in the future, whether Republicans or Democrats are in power. The NLRB appointments at issue in this case were made by the President during congressional recesses to deliberately avoid the vetting process for political appointees that is central for our nation’s checks and balances to succeed. Fortunately, thanks to this decision, we can rein in that abusive process. But we must be steadfast in our fight against practices of this kind, and today’s victory is only one piece in the solution to curbing federal overreach. The NLRB, in particular, led by unvetted political appointees, has shown itself as an agency willing to make an end-run around the legislative process to seek major changes to the American landscape, most notably through efforts to implement card check nationwide through obscure agency rulemaking without the attention of the American public. That’s why we must continue to counterbalance federal overreach through reforms like Save Our Secret Ballot to protect American workers and the American economy no matter who is holding these agency seats and no matter how they come to hold office.”

  • The Right To Try

    Posted on May 18, 2014 | Type: In the News

    States should enact “Right to Try” measures to protect the fundamental right of people to try to save their own lives. Designed by the Goldwater Institute, this initiative would allow terminal patients access to investigational drugs that have completed basic safety testing, thereby dramatically reducing paperwork, wait times and bureaucracy, and, most importantly, potentially saving lives.

  • How Cities Can Drive Economic Growth in Five Easy Steps

    Posted on May 12, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Cities across the country struggled through the recent recession, and several even declared bankruptcy, including Stockton and San Bernardino in California, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Central Falls, Rhode Island and, perhaps most famously, Detroit, Michigan. Stockton’s decline has been harrowing as its finances have so declined that essential services, especially the police, have been reduced. The city’s gang and narcotics teams had to be disbanded even as the city saw its murder rate hit an all-time high in 2012. The city is learning to fight back with help from the county sheriff and changes to its policing methods, but real long-term damage has been done to its reputation. Even before its bankruptcy, Detroit had a plan on the table to reduce costs by demolishing abandoned houses and commercial buildings. The city’s decline has been so thorough that it has been used as an example of what happens to buildings in its Life After People series.

  • Legislators and ACA Carve Out Millions for Special Interest

    Posted on March 18, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Emily Gersema

    Last summer, legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer made a special exception to the spending restrictions on the fund and approved a state budget bill provision that was tailor-made to give a loan to a Navajo County enterprise. As it turns out, the business in question was the Apache Railway Company, a small rail spur in Snowflake that currently employs eight people.

  • Americans Must Unite Behind the Compact for a Balanced Budget

    Posted on January 22, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Nick Dranias

    Unprincipled politicians use unlimited debt to buy votes today while shifting the costs of their policies to non-voting future generations. There is no effective political check to stop such behavior—except to impose a strong constitutional limit on the use of debt.

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