Posted by 06 May 2016
According to the Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania has high liquor taxes but low beer taxes compared to other states. Do you think high alcohol taxes are justified? Or do you think the government shouldn’t be targeting alcohol drinkers to pay excessive tax rates?
Posted by 06 May 2016
A new Wisconsin law will allow the use of drug testing for unemployment benefits. Drug testing for government programs has been tried in other states with mixed results. Do you think it is a good idea to require drug tests for unemployment insurance or food stamps? Or is this type of program too costly with too few benefits?
Posted by 05 May 2016
The federal government is using a tobacco law to put strict new restrictions on e-cigarettes, even though e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco. Do you think this is governmental overreach? How should e-cigarettes be regulated?
Posted by 04 May 2016
Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have joined other Democratic senators in asking the federal government to enforce policies affecting gay and transgendered college students. This is partially in response to North Carolina’s law that mandates transgendered students use bathrooms according to their biological sex. Does the federal government have a place in policing school policies on bathroom use?
Posted by 03 May 2016
The state government recently fined Uber $11.4 million for operating in the state without approval from the Public Utility Commission. Even Gov. Wolf contends this fine is too high. Is it fair for the state to impose such a heavy penalty on Uber when the state’s rules are ambiguous and the company is now operating legally in Pennsylvania?
Posted by 27 April 2016
The state Senate Education Committee has reported-out Senate Bill 826 to replace the “Common Core” curriculum in Michigan public schools with a model based on the one used by Massachusetts before Common Core was adopted there. Supporters say the Massachusetts curriculum is unique for having empirical evidence of effectiveness.
Common Core has been highly controversial in Michigan and elsewhere. It was adopted here by the state Board of Education, a move that was later grudgingly approved by the Legislature, which added conditions that the state’s statewide testing regime not be based on the model.
The legislation could be taken up by the full Senate at any time, at the discretion of the Senate Majority Leader.