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Testimony: America’s increasingly obsolete air traffic control system hampers the present and threatens the future

In Politics by Michael Rae

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in its hearing on, “Advancing Next Generation Aviation Technologies.“

Chair Cantwell, Ranking Member Cruz, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. My name is Marc Scribner. I am a senior transportation policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) public policy research and education organization with expertise across a range of policy areas, including aviation. Throughout its 45-year history, Reason Foundation has conducted research on air traffic management, emerging aviation technologies, and their interactions with public policy. My testimony today focuses on

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Proposed changes to Houston fire and police pension benefits require actuarial analysis

In Politics by Michael Rae

Public comments on Texas House Bill 3340, “Relating to relief and retirement funds for firefighters and police officers in certain municipalities,” submitted to the Texas House Committee on Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services.

Chairman Capriglione and members of the committee: 

Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments on Texas House Bill 3340 (HB 3340) and the need for a proper actuarial analysis of the proposed changes to Houston fire and police pension benefits. 

In 2017, policymakers took on a major effort to reform Houston’s underfunded and increasingly costly police and firefighter retirement funds. Ultimately, stakeholders achieved a resolution allowing the city

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The Chinese Communist Party Wages War on Religion—Again

In Opinion by Michael Rae

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping secured a third term last October. He continues to transform what once was loose authoritarian rule into a near-totalitarian system. In almost every area, the CCP has increased its power over the Chinese people, demanding absolute obedience. Continue Reading…

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Statement by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, in response to the Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson Report on Fairness of the Audit Process for Charities in Canada

In Finance by poladmin

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, today issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson Report on Fairness of the Audit Process for Charities in Canada.

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Alberta municipalities see aggregation as a route to renewable energy (media release)

In Energy by Michael Rae

Municipal aggregation offers a way for smaller communities to join together to enter the renewable energy market. Our research finds that there is interest among Alberta municipalities to try pooling their supply or demand to enter the renewables market – but they may need some insight and advice to get

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The Power of Aggregation: Enabling community renewable energy in Alberta

In Energy by Michael Rae

A new report by the Pembina Institute, the Business Renewables Centre-Canada and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre explores the power of aggregation to provide access to renewable energy to smaller municipalities. Learn more at this webinar about Alberta’s renewable energy sector, energy aggregation and possible implementations, and results from

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Freeland’s comments on federal budget are head-scratching and misleading

In Research by Michael Rae

Author:

Jake Fuss

Federal debt is projected to rise from 42.4 per cent of GDP in 2022 to 43.5 per cent of GDP in 2023.Read more about Freeland’s comments on federal budget are head-scratching and misleading Tags: federal budgetcanadian federal budgetfederal government budgetfederal finances

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A Master Key to Mail Theft: USPS Inefficiency and Inaction Raise Concerns

In Analysis by Michael Rae

“Door-to-door mail delivery is about as American as apple pie,” NBC Bay Area reported back in 2013. “With the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, that tradition could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal in Congress.”
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “approved a plan to move to cluster box and curbside delivery, which includes mailboxes at the end of driveways.” But that sentiment doesn’t include the boxes at the end of every driveway. 
(Multiplex Mailbox PC: K. Lloyd Billingsley)
In recent years the Postal Service has installed multiplex units with 16 boxes for letters, two larger boxes

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What Debt Ceiling?

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Almost 50 years have passed since the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 became law. The act governs how elected officials are supposed to draft and approve a budget every year. Under the law, that process is supposed to go like clockwork.
To say it doesn’t go like clockwork is an understatement. What does happen like clockwork are missed deadlines, rushed stopgap or omnibus spending bills to keep the federal government from shutting down, and debt ceiling crises.
Debt ceiling crises rank among the fakest of political events in Washington, D.C. There is a kabuki theater element to the performative brinkmanship that takes place each time the growth of the

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Federal budget ignores economic growth at expense of Canadian living standards

In Research by Michael Rae

Authors:

Jason ClemensMilagros PalaciosJake Fuss

The budget speech never mentioned the word “entrepreneurship.”Read more about Federal budget ignores economic growth at expense of Canadian living standardsTags: federal budgetfederal government budgetcanadian federal budgeteconomic growthcanadian living standardsliving standards

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