Tag Archive: free markets

  • Hair Braiding: The Fight Against Occupational Licensing

    | February 21, 2015 | Add a comment

    Unnecessary occupational licensing laws limit free market competition and discourage employment by preventing people from entering the workforce. In recent years, hair braiding has been a focus of licensing battles within state courts and legislatures. Late last week, Arkansas and Iowa both took initial steps to expand opportunities for hair … »

  • Walmart Recent Wage Increase a Free Market Success

    | February 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    Yesterday, Walmart announced that, beginning in April of this year, the company will raise the pay of all its employees to at least $9 an hour. In 2016, the company’s minimum pay rate will again jump to $10. This move will affect approximately 500,000 Walmart employees and, along with several … »

  • Balancing Ride-on-Demand Innovations with Common Sense Consumer Protections

    | April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

    We all can agree that overregulation of an industry tends to chill innovative business strategies and ultimately harm the consumers the regulations were intended to protect. However, in pursuit of free market solutions, policymakers must craft public policy approaches that not only allow free markets to flourish but also protect … »

  • Arizona says “Neigh” to Small Businesses

    | March 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

    By Audrey Williams If two ride a horse, one must ride behind. But, when the riders are government and small businesses, it’s always the latter who should ride front. Celeste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman discovered a profitable niche in the animal therapy market when they found they could … »

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    Happy Tax Freedom Day!

    | April 18, 2013 | Add a comment

    Each year, the Tax Foundation releases a report on Tax Freedom Day – the day when the annual tax burden is paid off and people are able to keep their income. This year, that day is April 18. The calculation is a measurement of the total amount Americans earn in … »

  • Myth of the Day: Lower Tax Rates are Bad for the Economy

    Our blog post on Myth #1 explained why it is untrue to assume that increased government spending (economic stimulus proposals in particular) leads to increased economic growth.  Today’s myth strikes at a related assumption: lower tax rates are bad for the economy in a recession and always lead to lower … »

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Long on Opinion, Short on Research

    | February 20, 2013 | Add a comment

    The Left-wing Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is out with a new essay attacking the economic basis for low tax, free-market, limited government policy proposals like those laid out in Rich States, Poor States. In reality, CBPP’s paper is a case study in poor research methods, self-referentialism, and confirmation bias. The … »

  • No Snake Oil, Life is About Incentives

    | December 10, 2012 | Add a comment

    By Jonathan Small, CPA Many have heard the saying, “You reap what you sow.” This is an undeniable fact of life, reality. Essentially, this saying means that productive efforts eventually yield constructive results and destructive efforts eventually yield damaging results. Recently, two groups — the Iowa Policy Project and Good … »

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    Capital Gains Taxes: The Phantom Menace

    | November 5, 2012 | Add a comment

    Film fans are abuzz over news that George Lucas will sell LucasArts, along with the globally renowned “Star Wars” franchise to Disney for a staggering $4 billion.  But as Quentin Fottrell at The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch illustrates, the decision may have more to do with taxes than filmmaking. The … »

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    Is Broadband a Monopoly?

    | November 1, 2012 | Add a comment

    Broadband is often described as the “core” of the Internet ecosystem—little more than the basic infrastructure across which users interact, and subject to heavy-handed government regulations that reflect this assumption. However, AEI visiting scholar Jeffrey Eisenach challenges this assumption, arguing instead that broadband is an integral part of the Internet … »