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 […]

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[…..]

Peoria Should Auction Food Trucks to Highest Bidders

This article originally appeared in the Journal Star. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon The battle in Peoria over whether — or how — to allow food trucks has two, well-delineated sides. Proponents celebrate the greater variety of food options they would bring to downtown diners, while the established restaurants argue[…..]

More Must be Done to Improve Access to Biosimilar Drugs

This article originally appeared at The Hill. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon Drug costs represent a large and growing share of health care costs and for good reason: Developing a new drug and proving it safe and effective is more expensive than ever before, and the cutting-edge drugs of late[…..]

Federal Regs Making it Difficult for Members of Military to Borrow Money

This article originally appeared at the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon Ever since the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, proponents of robust economic growth and sensible regulation have been trying to rein it in. The legislation that created the Bureau – which was a[…..]

Get Biosimilars to the Market Place

This article originally appeared at the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon Even in the giddy afterglow of the new Congress, when all things seem possible, few Republicans seriously think that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed in 2015.  More realistically, various politicians have averred that a Republican[…..]

A Year Later, the Exchanges Still Stink

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon One day soon I will presumably receive a notice from the D.C. health exchange informing me how much my family’s health insurance will cost for 2015. That I’ve not yet been made privy to this salient bit[…..]

Explaining Delays in Regulatory Publication

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article By Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins After a proposed new regulation finishes winding its way through the procedural morass that is required before it can take effect, it does not immediately have the force of law. The federal government has to formally[…..]

Regulating the Mobile App Market

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the rest of the article. By Logan Albright The market for mobile apps on smartphones and other mobile devices has grown tremendously over the last few years. Indeed, it would be hard to find another sector that enjoys a similar level of creativity and innovation.[…..]

The Highs and Lows in OIRA’s Report to Congress

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins As part of a Friday evening “document dump” last May, the Obama administration’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released its annual report on the “Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulation.” It confirmed that Fiscal[…..]

Why the Government Won’t Let Colleges Reduce Tuition

This article originally appeared in The American. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Most people think that college tuition is too high, and many presidents of private colleges agree with that sentiment and would like to cut their tuition. However, they cannot legally do so, at least not in a way[…..]

The Biotech Lobby Fights To Undermine Less-Costly Biosimilar Drugs

This article originally appeared at Forbes. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon I am a child of the war against margarine. When the spread was introduced in the 1800s, dairy farmers bitterly fought the product, especially in Wisconsin, the dairy capital of the world and whence my family hailed. The state–at[…..]

The Obamacare Regulatory Rush

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins There is plenty of evidence that rushing through the rulemaking process results in poor analysis and shoddy policy outcomes. Nowhere is that more clearly manifested than in the Patient and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known[…..]

‘Student Loan Relief Now’

This article originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon My father is one of the reasons that student loans cannot normally be discharged via bankruptcy. Such an outcome was never his goal: quite the opposite, in fact, because exempting student debt from bankruptcy relief makes little[…..]

New Flight Rules Are a Heavy Load

This article originally appeared in The American. Click here to read the full article By Ike Brannon Rarely does Congress pass legislation so irredeemably flawed that it simultaneously hurts producers and consumers while decreasing safety, but the FAA’s recent implementation of legislation requiring that all pilots have at least 1,500 hours of flight time before sitting in[…..]

Sugar Fight Ain’t So Sweet

By Ike Brannon American sugar producers have one sweet deal. Under what’s euphemistically called the “sugar program,” they keep out foreign competitors through high tariffs, prop up domestic prices with crop allotments and backstop their risk through government-guaranteed loans.  Attempts to strip Big Sugar of some of its unique protections in the recent Farm Bill[…..]

The Meaninglessness of the SEC Pay Disclosure Rule

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins A Lawyer in Illinois recently billed a client for working 180 hours in a week. The client paid the bill, even though a week is only 168 hours long. The client wasn’t being foolish—he knew how[…..]

The Food Truck Farce

 This article originally appeared at the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon About a year ago, the government of Washington, D.C., introduced a lottery system to allocate lunch hour parking spots for the city’s booming food truck industry. The one-year retrospectives have been almost uniformly positive, with the government,[…..]

Copyright Law Reform? Elementary.

This article originally appeared in the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada. Click here to read the full article. By Logan Albright Good news for all you aspiring fan fiction writers out there! At long last, 125 years after Arthur Conan Doyle first set pen to paper to craft “A Study in Scarlet,” the beloved[…..]

Could Dan Snyder End Publicly Financed Stadiums?

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Back around the turn of the century I was a newly minted economics professor living in Oshkosh, Wisc., a picturesque city 40 miles southwest of Green Bay and deep in the heart of Packerland. I was also (and remain[…..]

Solving the Parking Problem in DuPont Circle

By Ike Brannon One of our neighbors bought a genuine London Cab a couple of years ago. Importing such a vehicle is very challenging: the new cabs off the assembly line do not meet US emissions laws and those that qualify as antiques—and thus are exempt from such standards—are usually rusted through and unusable. The[…..]