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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Consumers in Portland, Oregon, don’t have to be worried about some business ripping them off, they need to worry about how their elected officals are ready to rip them off.  Take a look at this article.  Special discounts with Groupon are being trumped with special favors (rent seeking) in the Pacific Northwest.  -MC

Today, President Obama offered up a legislative approach to dealing with high oil prices that he blames on speculators.   Here is a story from NECN.com (New England Cable News) on Obama’s suggested approach.  Ed Rogers at the Washington Post has this comment on Obama’s “let’s do something, anything” about high oil prices by handcuffing speculators, calling […]

Here is another interesting article, Measuring Prosperity: Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator by Sean McGuire, Stephen Posner, and Hans Haake, from the same issue of Solutions Journal.  This is about how Maryland has implemented a measure called the General Prosperity Index as a step away from the commonly used Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or Gross State Product […]

Last year, I posted “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” borrowing the famous line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  What I wrote about there was how residents of the southwestern Louisiana town of Sulphur had little incentive to economize on their use of water because they paid a flat fee for […]

It seems that the famous quote attributed to Mark Twain, “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes,” should actually be attributed to Ben Franklin.  Nicole Ostrow, in her Bloomberg.com article, “Death, Taxes Collide as Fatal Crashes Mount on Filing Day,” reports on a study by Donald Redelmeier and Christopher Yarnell, appearing in […]

In this article from Kevin McGill with the Houma Courier, “Jindal voucher bill tweaked to add accountability,” we see that before the legislature finally passed the new voucher program for low-income students who have previously been forced to attend poorly performing public school. This new voucher program will allow these students to escape these schools […]

On April 21st, there will be various local tax elections.  This is especially the time when school boards, parish sheriffs and parish governments hold elections to raise, extend or rededicate taxes.   One question that should be asked is “why would a school board or other taxing authority hold a special election, when it has to […]

A little over a week ago, I posted this on the prospects of a voucher system to finance K-12 schools in Louisiana, much the way that Tops money goes where college students choose to go to school, voucher funds follow the student to the school that the student and her parents choose.   In the post, […]

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