The Institute for Policy Innovation

How Republicans Can Ensure Great Health Care Coverage

The good news is that the Republican tax reform passed in December will end the mandate to have government-approved health insurance coverage beginning in 2019. The bad news is that, unless Congress acts — or unless states decide to work around the law — individuals …

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Trump's Food Stamp Replacement Proposal Has Merit

The Deep Entitlement State immediately dismissed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the government provide a food box to replace a portion—not all—of the food stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Actually, the idea has merit and should be considered, at least …

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Thought the Speech Was Great

It is interesting to compare the “Yes” and “No” answers to the question “Was Trump’s State of the Union speech successful?” posed in The Gazette’s Pro/Con on the Opinion page, Sunday, Feb. 10. In answering “No” to this question, Don Kusler uses all of the …

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Voters Must Ensure Government Answers This Emergency Call

According to NENA, the 9-1-1 Association, “on February 16, 1968, Senator Rankin Fite completed the first 9-1-1 call made in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama.” But over that last 50 years since that event, some states and localities have found a way to turn …

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Tax Cuts Are Empowering the American Worker

Since major tax cuts were passed by a Republican Congress (without a single Democrat vote) and signed by President Donald Trump, businesses across the country are investing in their employees though bonuses, investing in their companies through research and development, and investing in the U.S. …

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Time to Rethink the Renewable Fuel Standard

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thinks U.S. refiners are being forced to blend too much ethanol into their gasoline. His recent comments to that effect sent biofuel advocates into a frenzy. But it’s the public who should be angry. If ever a federal program had outlived …

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Public Pensions Are Bad for Employees but Such Fun for Bureaucrats

In the course of the Dallas pension crisis we were surprised and shocked to learn that public pension fund managers can somehow go into the office every day, drink coffee and chat with colleagues, attend a parade of meetings and investment presentations, all the while …

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Republicans Still Haven't Learned Their Lesson from 2006

Democrats embarrassed Republicans in the 2006 election, ousting them and taking control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in January 2007.   House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s election message was simple: If you want fiscal responsibility in Washington once again, put Democrats …

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Comments to FDA In Regard to Philip Morris Modified Risk Tobacco Products

BEFORE THEU.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATIONWashington DC   In the Matter of:                                                                      Docket No. FDA-2017-D-3001-0002 Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications:    Applications for iQOS System with Marlboro Heatsticks,iQOS System with Marlboro Smooth Menthol Heatsticks,and iQOS System with Marlboro Fresh Menthol Heatsticks  Comments ofThomas A. Giovanetti, PresidentInstitute for …

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SOTU: Trump Hit A Grand Slam and Touched All Bases

By virtually any traditional measure — as well as a few nontraditional measures — President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union (SOTU) address was a great success. Let us count the ways. The polls: A CBS poll released shortly after the speech reported that …

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