Chris Edwards

The Proper Federal Role in Natural Disasters

Federalism is supposed to undergird America’s system of disaster preparation, response, and rebuilding.

Which are the Largest Federal Agencies?

The federal government spends more than $4 trillion a year on programs in hundreds of agencies. Which are the largest agencies, and how fast are they growing?

New Study on Federal Highway Policies

The federal government plays a large role in the nation’s highways through the funding of aid programs for the states and the imposing of top-down regulations

USPS: A Giant Distortion Machine

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is a major business enterprise operated by the federal government.

Cost of Federal Aid Administration: 20 Percent in Altoona

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spends $10 billion a year on “community planning and development” subsidies to state and local governments.

D.C. Metro: Silver Line Slump

For years, Randal O’Toole has warned governments that urban rail systems usually make no economic or practical sense.

Time to Cut U.S. Foreign Aid

The federal government funds an array of aid programs aimed at promoting growth in less-developed countries.

Air Traffic Control: Remote Towers

Momentum is building for air traffic control (ATC) reform.

Privatization, Innovation, and Exports

Congress should privatize federally-owned businesses such as Amtrak, the postal service, and the air traffic control system.

What Federal Spending to Cut?

Federal government spending is rising, deficits are chronic, and debt is reaching dangerous levels.


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