Chris Edwards

Economists Fail at Forecasting and Micromanaging

In a new study, economist Mickey Levy included a chart illustrating the inaccuracies of Federal Reserve economic forecasts.

Federal Fuel Foolishness

The Renewable Fuel Standard harms consumers, damages the economy, and produces negative environmental effects.

Botching Air Traffic Control Upgrade

Our air traffic control system is run by the federal government and subject to all the usual bureaucratic failures such as cost overruns, lack of innovation, a stagnant workforce, unstable finances, and ineffective leadership.

California High-Speed Rail May Cost Triple

The Los Angeles Times reports on the latest setbacks to California’s high-speed passenger rail project. The project is far over budget and way behind schedule. Is anyone surprised?

Will Congress Pass a Bloated Farm Bill?

Agriculture subsidies distort markets, harm the environment, line the pockets of the rich, and cost billions of dollars.

Purging Unions from the Public Sector

The Supreme Court hears arguments today regarding the ability of state governments and their labor unions to extract union fees from unwilling employees. The case involves an Illinois state worker who decided not to join the AFSCME union that covers his job, but is being forced to pay a $45 per month “agency fee” to the union nonetheless.

Support Parental Leave by Saving Not Spending

Some conservative writers are proposing to raid Social Security for the costs of a new parental leave program. Proponents are selling it as a sort-of free lunch.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Trump administration’s 2019 budget would eliminate funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) run by the Department of Commerce.

Privatizing Puerto Rico Power

Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Rossello, has unveiled a plan to privatize the island’s power company.

Will Government Will Keep You Safe?

When I am discussing the advantages of privatizing airports, air traffic control, and passenger rail, reporters often ask, “Will it be safe?”

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