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[…..]

The White House’s College Report Card Will Accomplish Nothing

This article originally appeared at the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Last week the White House released a first draft for what it ultimately intends to be a report card for the nation’s colleges. And there’s no way this effort will improve the lot of the typical college[…..]

The Paris Trap

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon President Obama may be walking into a trap of his own side’s devising as he departs for the latest climate action summit in Paris. If Republicans can suppress their innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws[…..]

No More Denali Commissions

This article originally appeared at The Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon The answer is climate change—at least if the question is “why should we keep a costly and ineffective government agency.” The Obama Administration’s recent repurposing of a heretofore moribund government agency as a tool to soften the[…..]

Parking for a Price

This article originally appeared in the Manhattan Institute. Click here to read the full article. By Bryan Weaver and Ike Brannon Last winter, a full week after the final snowstorm of the season, most of the cars parked on our block, in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., sat untouched. It wasn’t the snow that[…..]

Jeff Bezos May Have Found Amazon’s Latest Money Pit

This article originally appeared at Real Clear Markets. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon The New York Times recently wrote about Amazon’s recent expansion into the realm of services by creating various local marketplaces for its customers to find plumbers or handymen to do a variety of services that the retailer[…..]

Ivy Leagues Shame Kids for Making Their Way in the World

This article originally appeared at the Federalist. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon I should start this essay by proudly announcing that one of my parents has no college degree and the other was abandoned by his parents as a toddler. Neither fact has proven to be the least bit relevant[…..]

A Liberal Heretic Contradicts Piketty

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon Is Peoria, Ill., special? Of course it is, says I—along with the thousands of other people who, like me, hail from the central Illinois community. It’s a great city with wonderful people, as well as a rich culture and[…..]

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[…..]

Recognize the Costs of Increasing Minimum Wage

This article originally appeared at WPRI. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon A productive dialog about poverty in America must recognize the need for transparency about policies aimed at addressing the issue. Milwaukee’s Public Policy Institute seems to do the opposite by appealing to the conclusions of a “sophisticated microeconometric model”[…..]

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[…..]

EPA’s Analytical Jujitsu

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article. By Sam Batkins and Ike Brannon In these pages four years ago (“Obfuscation at the EPA,” Summer 2011) we announced our discovery of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new methodology for ascribing job gains to costly new regulations: a sleight-of-hand whereby it[…..]