The Tyranny of Free Parking

This article originally appeared in the Cato Blog. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Should big-city governments be giving valuable city property to its wealthy residents for a pittance? The answer to that is not dependent upon political party or ideology, it would seem, yet it remains the standard practice nearly[…..]

Would Expanded Family Leave Hurt Workers?

This article originally appeared in Regulation Magazine. Click here to read the full article. By Sam Batkins and Ike Brannon A good many politicians have elevated the need to reduce income inequality as the paramount purpose of economic policy in the immediate future. There are many ways to pursue such a goal, of course, but[…..]

Free Parking’s High Cost to Transit

This podcast originally appeared in the Cato Daily Podcast. Click here to view original posting. Featuring Ike Brannon Market pricing of on-street parking could save commuters time and energy, but locals don’t like it. Ike Brannon comments.

Legalize Marijuana and Reduce Deaths from Drug Abuse

This article originally appeared in The Hill. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon It seems as if everyone has woken up to the problem of opioid abuse at once and wants to do something about it. In March, Politico assembled a working group to “confront the opioid epidemic.” In May, New[…..]

Treasury Pretends Not to Know What a ‘Bailout’ Is

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Following the reintroduction of the Puerto Rico debt legislation this week, it appears that the battle over how to restructure the insolvent island may soon be headed for a Congressional vote. The basic problems with previous approaches[…..]

BNA INSIGHTS: Can the Private Market Return to Home Lending?

This article originally appeared in Bloomberg Government. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Mark Calabria When a family buys a home in the United States, they typically finance the purchase by obtaining a loan at a local bank or mortgage broker, which will take that 30-year promise of monthly payments[…..]

What We Do in Puerto Rico Sets a Precedent, Like it or Not

This article originally appeared in the Hill. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Republicans have approached the looming fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico with the goal of returning the island to solvency without costing taxpayers any money. Unfortunately, the plans being discussed by the House of Representatives of late will not[…..]

Puerto Rico Contagion Will Cost Taxpayers

This article originally appeared in Real Clear Markets. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Republicans have approached the looming fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico with the goal of returning the island to solvency without costing taxpayers any money. Unfortunately, the plans being discussed by the House of Representatives of late will[…..]

Iowa Should Learn from Puerto Rico’s Crises

This article originally appeared in the Quad City Times. Click here to read the full article. By Jeff Patch and Ike Brannon Why Iowans should care about a Puerto Rico bailout. What’s the matter with Puerto Rico, and why should Iowans care?… It’s become increasingly clear that Congress will soon need to provide some sort[…..]

Why the Good People of Illinois Should Care About a Puerto Rico Bailout

This article originally appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Michelle Hanlon It’s become increasingly clear that Congress will need to provide some sort of assistance to the bereft government of Puerto Rico. The island has been in recession for a decade and holds $72 billion[…..]

The Proposed Puerto Rico Bailout is Good on Rhetoric but Bad in Reality

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Everyone is in agreement that the federal government needs to address Puerto Rico’s insolvency sooner rather than later. What that would entail is where the consensus breaks down. The big battle to date has been whether the[…..]