Chris Edwards

New Study on Fiscal Federalism

The federal government spends $750 billion a year on 1,386 different subsidy programs for state and local governments. The number of aid programs has tripled since the 1980s.

Federal Disaster Spending Boosted by Politics/Population

Despite rising federal deficits, Congress is set to pass another budget-busting spending bill. This time it is a $19 billion package of disaster-related subsidies.

Does Bureaucracy Count as Economic Development?

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is a small agency within the Department of Commerce. Its purpose is to give money to governments and businesses to fund local activities, such as $2 million to “repurpose the West Frankfort Mall” in Illinois and $150,000 for the Brick River Cider company in St. Louis to make “authentic hard cider.”

Highways: Devolution Revolution Needed

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich paves the way for sound thinking on highways in his new Wall Street Journal op-ed.

To Save the USPS, We Must Privatize It

The U.S. Postal Service has been losing money for more than a decade. Its financial outlook is bleak, with $110 billion in unfunded retirement costs and more liabilities accruing every year.

One Problem with Big Government: Often Run by Crooks and Liars

Presidential candidates are proposing ideas to expand government, including a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. One flaw with such schemes is that they would give government officials large new powers to be exercised not by angels but often by very shady characters.

O Zones and HUBZones: Aimed at the Poor, Aid the Rich

The Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created 8,700 “opportunity zones” across the country which receive special capital gains tax breaks.

Postal Service: Meltdown of the Mails

The U.S. Postal Service is in a growing financial crisis as mail volume continues to plunge. The Government Accountability Office says that a “comprehensive package of actions is needed to improve USPS’s financial viability.”

Be Skeptical of Income and Wealth Claims

As the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up, get ready for a torrent of claims about incomes, wealth, and inequality.

Restructuring the U.S. Postal Service

The European postal “market is more competitive than ever, with the always-on consumer ushering in a tidal wave of change.” Congress should begin ushering in such changes in America.

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