Arbitrary Pole Attachment Fees Can Limit the Spread of Broadband

The value of access to broadband is well-known, and discussions of how to increase the spread of broadband most effectively and efficiently are common. But, often not discussed are the many simple ways in which current blockades to the spread of broadband could be removed or new barriers avoided. Of … »

EPA Finalizes “Waters of the US” Rule

Earlier today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized a much anticipated rule that would redefine “Waters of the United States” and vastly expand the two agencies’ regulatory authority over the nation’s water resources. EPA and the Corps proposed the rule in April … »

States Submit Comments on Proposed Ozone NAAQS Revision

The above map compiles and categorizes the comments that state officials submitted to EPA regarding the agency’s proposed revision of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone. EPA’s proposal calls for the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to be lowered to a level somewhere … »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Maryland Double Taxation Unconstitutional

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 decision that Maryland residents cannot be taxed twice on money they earn from out-of-state. The Center for State Fiscal Reform supports the Court’s decision, as was outlined in the ALEC amicus brief for the case, and believes this is a … »