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Archives: Transportation / Articles

  • State of the State: New Hampshire image

    State of the State: New Hampshire

    Despite the Granite State’s strengths and Sununu’s proposals, there remains work to be done. For example, the top marginal tax rate for corporations is a steep 8.2%; and although New Hampshire doesn’t have a personal income tax or sales tax, it does have the highest property tax burden in the nation. New Hampshire also ranks a lackluster 37th in the nation in terms of burdensome regulations according to the Pacific Research Institute. Furthermore, the recently released ALEC report Unaccountable and Unaffordable 2016 ranks the state’s pension funding level at 43rd nationally. Using a risk-free rate of return of 2.344 percent, New Hampshire’s state pensions are unfunded in excess of $13,000 per capita with a funded ratio of just 28 percent.

  • State of the Commonwealth: Massachusetts image

    State of the Commonwealth: Massachusetts

    Overall, however, the state’s steps towards economic competitiveness are yielding results. Governor Baker rightfully recognized this achievement, “We built a bipartisan team, worked in partnership with the legislature and looked for common ground.” Shrinking the state’s budget gap by over $1 billion without tax or fee increases is just one example.

  • State of the State: Michigan image

    State of the State: Michigan

    Fortunately, the governor recognizes that the government can best enable growth by removing artificial obstacles to entrepreneurs: “Over the last few years we dumped the dumbest tax in America, we cut needless regulations, we started paying down our long-term debt, we started saving for the future, we laid the groundwork for success we have today so our businesses could create jobs. We create the environment for job creation, we don’t create those jobs.”

  • State of the State: California image

    State of the State: California

    The governor is right: we cannot “construct some alternate universe of non-facts that we find more pleasing.” California’s economic outlook currently ranks 46th nationally, according to Rich States, Poor States. Ignoring the impending fiscal collapse due to unfunded pension liabilities, failing to reduce the onerous tax burden, and pretending that a state carbon emissions crackdown will alter global climate only will force others to flee Governor Brown’s vision of the future.

  • Setting the Record Straight on Open Contracting image

    Setting the Record Straight on Open Contracting

    An interesting exchange occurred in the Wisconsin Senate last Wednesday. During discussion of a bill that would prohibit the state of Wisconsin or political subdivisions from requiring Project Labor …

  • West Virginia: Governor Recognizes Problems, but Solutions Fall Short image

    West Virginia: Governor Recognizes Problems, but Solutions Fall Short

    If delivery and mannerisms accurately convey intentions, West Virginia Governor Justice possesses the best of them. However, his policy prescriptions generally fell short of practical solutions.

  • Why Autonomous Vehicle Technology is Likely to Lead to Job Growth image

    Why Autonomous Vehicle Technology is Likely to Lead to Job Growth

    Autonomous cars are the way of the future. The policies states craft now will determine whether the technology is adopted rapidly, or slowly, in that state. In New York, opposition …

  • State of the State: Colorado image

    State of the State: Colorado

    The governor wasted no time Thursday evening demanding more dollars be squeezed from the wallets of Colorado taxpayers.

  • Self-Driving Cars: The Future Is Now for Pennsylvanians image

    Self-Driving Cars: The Future Is Now for Pennsylvanians

    For Pennsylvanians, the future is now. Uber is not only researching autonomous vehicle technology, but it just announced passengers might receive rides …

  • The Ninth Circuit Allows Uber to Appeal Driver Class Action Certification Decision image

    The Ninth Circuit Allows Uber to Appeal Driver Class Action Certification Decision

    An appellate court has all but halted a case in California that will determine whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors. The court’s ultimate decision will reverberate throughout …

  • Dark Clouds, Silver Linings and Autonomous Vehicles image

    Dark Clouds, Silver Linings and Autonomous Vehicles

    Every dark cloud has its silver lining. But when the dark cloud means snow, ice, and other bad weather, what can possibly be the silver lining? Given enough time, anyone …

  • Uber and Lyft: Expanding Demand for Fare-Based Rides in Cities image

    Uber and Lyft: Expanding Demand for Fare-Based Rides in Cities

    Uber and Lyft both take business away from traditional taxis and increase overall demand for transportation-type companies. A study by the city of Portland, Oregon, as reported by …

  • A Tough Labor Day for Unions image

    A Tough Labor Day for Unions

    This Labor Day, as Americans are fitting in one last trip to the beach or holding backyard barbeques, labor unions are left with little to celebrate. Union membership in the …

  • Walmart Rolls Back Hours image

    Walmart Rolls Back Hours

    This April after experiencing years of attacks from progressives, Walmart announced it would spend more than $1 billion to increase salary and training for its employees. As a result, Walmart …

  • Dodd Frank at Five Years – Another Big Government Failure image

    Dodd Frank at Five Years – Another Big Government Failure

    The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, named for Senator Christopher Dodd and Representative Barney Frank, who helped spearhead its creation in reaction to the financial crisis, was touted as a means …

  • Massachusetts Governor Sets the Bar for Regulatory Reform image

    Massachusetts Governor Sets the Bar for Regulatory Reform

    In late March, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued Executive Order NO.562 to enforce regulatory pause and review by the Executive Department in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a …

  • Actors Unite Against Mandated Higher Wages image

    Actors Unite Against Mandated Higher Wages

    In the most recent example of union leadership failing to accurately represent the desires of the organization’s members, the Equity Council of the Actors’ Equity Association (Equity), the AFL-CIO-affiliated …

  • Guest Post: National Financial Literacy Month a Time to Focus on Financial Wellbeing image

    Guest Post: National Financial Literacy Month a Time to Focus on Financial Wellbeing

    By: Gigi Hyland, Executive Director, National Credit Union Foundation These days, every month bears its own theme or flavor. You know many of them –July …

  • A Solution to Help Preserve Our State and National Parks image

    A Solution to Help Preserve Our State and National Parks

    Every year, millions of Americans frequent our state and national parks. In 2013, tourists, families and outdoor enthusiasts made an estimated 720 million visits to state parks and …

  • Seizing the Initiative: How States Can Help Themselves in Rehabilitating Underground Water Infrastructure image

    Seizing the Initiative: How States Can Help Themselves in Rehabilitating Underground Water Infrastructure

    By: Bonner R. Cohen Faced with the rapid deterioration of their underground water networks, state and local governments are seeking to make the best use of their limited funds to …