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  • Are Drivers Getting a Good Deal for Gas Taxes? image

    Are Drivers Getting a Good Deal for Gas Taxes?

    Are American drivers getting a good deal on roads for what they pay in gas taxes? Most would struggle to answer the question since doing so would first require them …

  • Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message image

    Oklahoma State of the State: Governor Fallin Delivers Stern Tax and Spend Message

    Despite early promise of being a bold reformer, the governor now zealously possesses the tax and spend mantle. And the spending extends beyond education. She promises a cornucopia of spending courtesy of the tax hikes on “initiatives that each of you are passionate about.”

  • Utah State of the State: Acting Today with the Future in Mind image

    Utah State of the State: Acting Today with the Future in Mind

    Even with the modest changes to property taxes and a possible increase in the gas tax, Utah’s overall pro-business status remains unrivaled. Economic growth and jobs growth over 10 years are 5th highest and 3rd highest, respectively. Perhaps Utah has indeed “become that shining city on a hill for our nation.”

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    Investing in Infrastructure

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump.  I joined other Governors, Mayors, and Speakers from across the country as the …

  • Colorado State of the State:  Hickenlooper’s Pursuit of Taxes image

    Colorado State of the State: Hickenlooper’s Pursuit of Taxes

    The governor is right that “by almost any measure, we’ve become one of the best places for business in America.” But expanding crony capitalism and increasing the tax burden make maintaining this coveted status more difficult. Following five consecutive years in the top 10 for economic outlook in Rich States, Poor States, Colorado dropped to 16th in 2013 and has failed to fully recover. A sharpened focus on regulatory reform and pension reform are required to guarantee continued success in the Centennial State.

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    Trump Infrastructure: Plan is Out, Details to Come

    This morning the Trump Administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. After much speculation the sources of funding for such an investment, conservatives should be pleased to hear the Trump …

  • California State of the State: A High Speed Train of Taxes and Spending image

    California State of the State: A High Speed Train of Taxes and Spending

    California Governor Jerry Brown boldly championed an unabashedly liberal agenda throughout his 16th—and final—State of the State address. The governor declared, “California is prospering,” a stark turnaround from the economic …

  • Protecting Everyday Life Means Protecting America’s Infrastructure image

    Protecting Everyday Life Means Protecting America’s Infrastructure

    This winter Americans have seen the importance of well-working infrastructure as much of the country has faced freezing temperatures.  For instance, 48 percent of American households use …

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    19th Century Myth Threatens 21st Century Technology

    Two centuries ago, a group of English textile workers known as the Luddites feared that new technologies of the industrial revolution would destroy their livelihoods. The Luddites formed militias and …

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  • The Federal Government is Starting to Act on Autonomous Vehicle Technologies image

    The Federal Government is Starting to Act on Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

    The future is bright for autonomous vehicle development in the United States. The Trump administration, through Secretary Elaine Chao and the U.S. Department of Transportation, just announced a new guidance …

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    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.

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    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 …

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    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 …