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Thursday, November 13, 2014
China-U.S. “Climate” Accord
By NCPA @ 2:06 PM :: 4707 Views :: Energy, Environment

...far-reaching energy, trade and security implications....

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Teachers Unions Oppose Teacher Accountability Standards in Common Core
By NCPA @ 5:21 PM :: 4554 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Proposed reforms to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) threaten teacher accountability....

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Curing Medicare in the new Congress
By NCPA @ 11:48 PM :: 2984 Views :: Health Care

...continuous cuts to doctors will only reduce access to care....

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Friday, October 24, 2014
How to Increase the Value of a Dollar? Move.
By NCPA @ 3:16 PM :: 5679 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

Hawaii salaries are 16th highest in USA.  When adjusted for cost of living, Hawaii salaries drop to 50th....

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Friday, October 24, 2014
Wind Power Drives Electricity Prices Up
By NCPA @ 12:21 AM :: 3746 Views :: Energy

...in nine of the 10 states most reliant on wind power, electricity prices are rising at least five times faster than the national average....

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology
By NCPA @ 4:30 PM :: 5641 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Today, more than 800 million people are malnourished....

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Monday, October 20, 2014
Plastic Bag Ban Increases Litter
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 5782 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Solid Waste

San Francisco saw an increase in litter after its bag ban was implemented....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
No Long-Term Gains from Universal Preschool
By NCPA @ 2:54 PM :: 3248 Views :: Education K-12

...studies have been done on the value of preschool programs, and the results are not positive for preschool supporters....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Hawaii CON Limits Patients' Access to Life-Saving Exams
By NCPA @ 2:51 PM :: 3196 Views :: Health Care

Certificate-of-need (CON) laws prohibit health care providers from offering new services or new medical equipment without approval from the state....

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Congress to Consider Internet Sales Tax After Election
By NCPA @ 1:40 PM :: 3789 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...lawmakers are pushing to enact the Marketplace Fairness Act after the November midterm elections....

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Obamacare’s Second Open Enrollment Starts in Two Months — and It Is Going to be Awful
By NCPA @ 5:23 PM :: 3256 Views :: Health Care

...election day is November 4, and Obamacare’s second open enrollment begins on November 15....

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bag Bans are Bad Business
By NCPA @ 11:48 AM :: 5533 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

The government was forced to raise the tax after they noticed that bag use was increasing as consumers began absorbing the cost of the bags....

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Friday, September 5, 2014
Analyst Estimates Obamacare Will Increase Number of Uninsured
By NCPA @ 2:16 PM :: 2484 Views :: Health Care

...in 2017, two significant ACA provisions -- which keep insurance costs down by giving taxpayer dollars to insurance companies -- expire....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Medicaid Waiver Approval Can Take Four Years
By NCPA @ 12:12 PM :: 2400 Views :: Health Care

...On average, it takes CMS 190 days to approve a waiver, though it can take up to 1,637 days (more than four years!) to receive approval....

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Non-Teachers Make Up Half of Public School Workforce
By NCPA @ 10:28 AM :: 3540 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...25 percent of education expenditures going to non-teacher salaries and benefits....

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Obama Executive Order to Screen Unions, Federal Contractors for Labor Law Violations
By NCPA @ 1:37 PM :: 3167 Views :: Labor

...Labor Compliance Advisors -- appointed by each government agency -- will decide whether the contractors have shown a "lack of integrity or business ethics."....

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Obamacare Still Struggling A Year Later
By NCPA @ 3:44 PM :: 2433 Views :: Health Care

...ACA enrollees may also be sicker....

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Monday, August 11, 2014
Is There Any Benefit to Plastic Bag Bans?
By NCPA @ 4:14 PM :: 3672 Views :: Environment

...paper and reusable bags use more energy and release more greenhouse gas emissions than plastic bags....

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Monday, August 4, 2014
WaPo: Union freakouts are hurting the hunt for good teachers
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 3853 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the debate over evaluations has been full of false information ....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Medicaid Should Be Included in Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Proposal
By NCPA @ 2:37 PM :: 3375 Views :: Health Care

Ryan is looking back to the success of the 1996 welfare reform....

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Solving Social Problems with Pay-For-Success Contracts
By NCPA @ 12:30 PM :: 3300 Views :: Homelessness

California Senate Bill 593 would utilize private-sector ideas, and funds, to address problems such as homelessness and crime recidivism....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Teacher Tenure: Unconstitutional?
By NCPA @ 2:29 PM :: 3930 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

A California state judge ruled on Tuesday that granting a teacher tenure after less than two years in a teaching position is unconstitutional....

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Monday, June 2, 2014
Obama's Cap-and-Trade to Worsen Poverty
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 4779 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...the EPA's new cap-and-trade regulations will make the poor a lot poorer....

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Debunking the Biggest Obamacare Myths
By NCPA @ 9:50 PM :: 2888 Views :: Health Care

...6 million people have had their insurance policies canceled, and another 19 million are enrolled in private health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
VA Hospitals: Why Single-Payer Systems Fail
By NCPA @ 11:55 AM :: 3864 Views :: Health Care, Military

The problems emerging from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are deeper than corruption and mismanagement....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Solar Power is Too Expensive
By NCPA @ 12:52 PM :: 3003 Views :: Energy

...it costs nearly twice as much to produce as natural gas....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The World's Resources Aren't Running Out
By NCPA @ 3:26 PM :: 5315 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

...the amount of land required to grow food has decreased by 65 percent over the last 50 years across the world....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Many Problems with Ethanol
By NCPA @ 3:25 PM :: 5052 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Just one 25-gallon tank of ethanol requires 450 pounds of corn -- the same amount of calories it would take to feed one person for an entire year....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 6183 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Friday, April 18, 2014
The Real Wage Gap Problem
By NCPA @ 10:28 AM :: 3065 Views :: National News

Since 1980, men's wages have risen only by 6 percent, while women's wages have risen by 60 percent....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Using Property Rights in Fishery Management
By NCPA @ 1:36 PM :: 4141 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...each quota owner would have the right to a specific percentage of the total allowable catch (TAC) in the season....

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
By NCPA @ 3:15 PM :: 4042 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

These types of offenses include truancy, running away from home, incorrigibility, curfew violations, and alcohol and tobacco consumption....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Economic Freedom Helps Poverty More Than Government Aid
By NCPA @ 8:06 PM :: 3841 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Is it a loss of wealth by the rich or an increase in wealth to the poor? The latter, according to research....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Income Share Agreements for Student Loans
By NCPA @ 1:51 PM :: 2951 Views :: Higher Education

Income Share Agreements are better tools for student financing than traditional student loans....

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Monday, March 3, 2014
New Obamacare Tax Will add $300 to Insurance Premiums
By NCPA @ 2:09 PM :: 2722 Views :: Health Care

Starting this year, ObamaCare's "annual fee" tax will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Brookings: Do Teacher Professional Development Programs Work?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 2984 Views :: Education K-12

Professional development programs in the field of education have very little scientific support....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
More Doctors Becoming Employees
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 2799 Views :: Health Care

An increasing number of doctors are moving to salaried hospital jobs, says the New York Times....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Economic Gains from Eliminating Travel Visas
By NCPA @ 1:11 PM :: 2805 Views :: Tourism

Over 42 million tourists visited the United States in 2012 after completing the required visa process. The process, however, is unnecessarily difficult....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Urban Planning for People
By NCPA @ 1:41 AM :: 4552 Views :: Development, Rail

The “Nirvana” of a transit-, walking-, and cycling-oriented metropolitan area proves to be no Nirvana at all.... 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Real Reason Health Spending Has Slowed
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 2766 Views :: Health Care

President Obama tells us that "health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years."....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
How Shifting to Electronic Records Has Endangered Patient Privacy
By NCPA @ 12:38 PM :: 2877 Views :: Health Care

Policymakers should adopt privacy measures to protect patients from potential problems with electronic health records....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Another Year of Global Cooling
By NCPA @ 3:12 AM :: 3145 Views :: Environment
The mean global temperature has not risen in 17 years and has been slowly falling for approximately the past 10 years....
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Monday, February 10, 2014
HIT Apologia
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 3138 Views :: Health Care

It doesn’t take long to figure out that people haven’t learned a blessed thing from flushing $20 billion down the toilet....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Taxpayers Covering Insurance Companies' Losses
By NCPA @ 7:31 PM :: 3817 Views :: National News, Health Care

The federal government will reimburse insurers for 50 percent of any losses through the "risk corridors" in the Affordable Care Act....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
New Rules to Deprive Seniors of Drugs, Doctors
By NCPA @ 4:12 PM :: 2859 Views :: Health Care

CMS plans to save $144 million a year with these measures between 2015 and 2019....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Does LEED Certification Mean Anything?
By NCPA @ 3:11 PM :: 2848 Views :: Energy

...some of the worst-performing buildings in the country have received LEED's highest scores....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Progressive Tax Code Not Visible in Tax Expenditures
By NCPA @ 2:46 PM :: 4734 Views :: National News, Tax Credits, Taxes

...high-income and low-income filers had large tax expenditures, while middle-income taxpayers had smaller expenditures....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
OMB: $101B Spent on Incorrect Federal Payments Each Year
By NCPA @ 2:34 PM :: 4001 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid $33.2 billion as a result of fraud or mistake....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
State CON Laws Drive up Health Care Costs
By NCPA @ 1:53 PM :: 3357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Thirty-six states (including Hawaii) require that health care providers seeking to offer or expand their services obtain what are known as Certificates of Need (CON)....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Should ERS Project 8% Rate of Return?
By NCPA @ 1:41 PM :: 3561 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Today, riskier investments appear to improve public pension funding. Current accounting rules mean that riskier investments are given higher expected rates of return....

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