Chris Edwards

Farm Bill: 800 Pages from an 800-Pound Lobby

Congress is set to pass an $867 billion farm/food stamp bill with virtually no smaller-government reforms, and the president will probably sign it.

Being Green by Ending Subsidies

Government subsidies cause much avoidable damage.

Farm Bill Fiasco

Congress is set to pass an appalling farm bill that increases subsidies rather than reforms them.

Walworth County Goes Debt-Free

Government borrowing enriches financial firms, encourages corruption, and magnifies the ultimate tax burden that citizens will bear for the related spending.

Why Federal Debt Is Damaging

The U.S. Treasury reports that the federal budget deficit was $779 billion in fiscal 2018.

Ethanol Politics Trump Common Sense

President Trump recently announced a plan that would further the harms created by the “renewable fuel standard.”

Wealthy Taxpayers Are Fleeing These States in Droves

High-tax states are losing their most productive residents. If those states want to prosper in today’s competitive economy, they need to deliver more efficient services at lower costs and cut their high tax rates.

Badger Book on Federal Grants

Wisconsin’s Badger Institute has a new book—Federal Grant Standing—that examines the $750 billion system of federal grants to state and local governments.

HUD’s Inexperienced Bureaucrats

The Washington Post slammed Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development today. The paper found that “loyalty eclipses expertise” in the upper ranks of the agency given that 24 of HUD’s 70 political appointees have little housing experience.

Cost and Abuse Problems in Low-Income Housing

A new Government Accountability Office report on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit echoes some of the concerns about the programs vulnerability to abuse that Vanessa Brown Calder and I suggested in a 2017 Cato report.


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