Devolution: A Canadian Solution to Excessive Federal Ownership of Public Lands

On April 1, Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT) celebrated an important milestone – the first anniversary of devolution. Devolution is the transfer of jurisdiction over territorial lands from the Canadian federal government to the territorial governments. However, before devolution, the situation in the Canadian territories was strikingly similar to the one … »

Congress Considering Repeal of Death Tax

For the first time in just over a decade, the U.S. House of Representatives today will vote on a bill to abolish the death tax, otherwise known the federal estate tax. H.R. 1105—the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015″—has bipartisan support, which is evident by its co-sponsors: Congressmen Kevin Brady … »

Clean Power Plan Litigation Begins

The first major step in what will likely be a long, drawn-out legal process will begin today, April 16. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments from 16 states and a handful of energy companies. The two consolidated cases led by … »

Governor LePage’s Tax Plan Would Boost Maine’s Economic Outlook

The 2015 edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index was recently released with Maine ranking in the bottom 10 for economic outlook. Fortunately, Governor Paul LePage has proposed a bold tax reform plan that would turn the economic tide and make Maine one of the most … »