Workforce Development Overhaul

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The unemployment rate in Ward 5 is 12%. The unemployment rate in Ward 7 is 15%. The unemployment rate in Ward 8 is 22%. That qualifies as a crisis. It probably qualifies as the only existential crisis the District faces. If rates remain this high for for an extended period of time, it threatens social… Read more »Read more

Corruption’s Effect on Growth

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23% of the District’s city-council members are either in jail, on home detention, or awaiting sentencing. An unknown number of the remaining council members, plus the mayor, are currently being investigated by federal authorities.¬†We wonder if this is unprecedented in the history of local governance. DC desperately wants to be a state. Few people actually… Read more »Read more

The New Industrial Revolution

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A new industrial revolution is about to hit DC. The council has gotten its grandstanding out of the way with an attempt to outlaw the manufacture of guns using 3D printing. What it has in front of it is a chance to prepare for and lay the groundwork for a revolution that could make the… Read more »Read more

DC’s Healthcare Exchange

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The City Council passed legislation earlier in the week making DC one of the few jurisdictions to mandate the combination of the individual and small group health insurance markets in their health insurance exchange. It’s not a coincidence that few other jurisdictions, including many other liberal jurisdictions, have mandated this pooling of risk. This is… Read more »Read more

DCTC’s Biggest Sin

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The DC Taxicab Commission is being accused of being a dinosaur. Maybe dinosaur isn’t the right word. Maybe Chairman Linton can best be described as the bagman for the industry he’s supposed to regulate. “Chairman Linton rejects the notion that his office is hostile to innovations. He bristles at the suggestion he has been at… Read more »Read more

DC’s Corporate Tax Rate

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A new study from Thomas Hungerford, formerly of the Congressional Research Service and currently with the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, claims that there is no correlation between the corporate tax rate and per capita GDP growth rates. Not only does this claim contradict a strong consensus of research to the contrary, it defies common sense…. Read more »Read more

501(c)(4) Non-Profit Status

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We originally filed an application for 501(c)(4) status because we intended to be primarily an advocacy organization. 501(c)(4)’s are entitled to spend as much as 100% of their time and resources on the lobbying of the legislature and government agencies. We intend to spend a large percentage of our efforts lobbying the District government in… Read more »Read more