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Lord Shaftesbury: Evangelical Social Reformer

In Opinion by Michael Rae

“I want nothing but usefulness to God and my country” (Diaries, February 22, 1827)
When the funeral procession of Lord Shaftesbury progressed through the streets of London toward Westminster Abbey on October 8, 1885, thousands of people lined the streets, bands gathered to play Christian hymns, and hundreds of banners were held high with Bible verses. Continue Reading…

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Fed Boss Powell Railroads Workers

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Railroad workers recently agreed to a contract that raises wages 24 percent over five years, with an average immediate payout of $11,000 and an extra paid day off. That is good news for workers struggling with inflation, but Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell doesn’t think so. 
“You had said that Americans and business need to feel some economic pain as we go forward,” Fox Business reporter Edward Lawrence asked Powell in a September 21 press conference. “How long from here should Americans be prepared for economic pain?” 
Powell responded, “It really depends on how long it takes for wages, and more than that, prices to

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IMANI’s preliminary findings from an analysis of potential sovereign debt restructuring in Ghana

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

Skip to content Download Briefing Note   [This short briefing note summarises IMANI’s preliminary findings from an analysis of potential sovereign debt restructuring in Ghana.] The government of Ghana is confronted with a series of Hobson’s choices regarding its current debt stock. Should it restructure the debt or persist in the hope

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Outsourcing USF Governance to Private Entity Violates Constitution: New TechFreedom Amicus Brief

In Rights by Michael Rae

Today, TechFreedom filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to hold that the Federal Communications Commission’s “private delegation” of its authority to a non-governmental entity violates the Constitution. 

Congress delegated to the FCC the task of running the Universal Service Fund, a program that

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SCOTUS Should Curb Use of State Secrets Privilege in Surveillance Lawsuits, Amicus Brief Tells Supreme Court

In Rights by Michael Rae

Today, TechFreedom joined an amicus brief produced by the Brennan Center for Justice, urging the Supreme Court to preserve the right to challenge domestic surveillance programs through civil litigation.

The U.S. government has used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to conduct warrantless dragnet surveillance of the Internet (known as upstream

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Joint Letter of Concern regarding Bill C-26

In Rights by poladmin

September 28, 2022
To:
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety.
CC:
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P., Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, P.C., M.P., Leader of the Opposition
Yves-François Blanchet M.P., Bloc Quebecois Leader
Jagmeet Singh M.P., NDP Leader
Elizabeth May M.P., Green Party Parliamentary Leader
Joint Letter of Concern regarding Bill C-26
Dear Minister,
We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to express our serious concerns regarding Bill C-26: An Act respecting cyber security, amending the Telecommunications Act and making consequential amendments to other Acts.
In your press release announcing this legislation, you were quoted as stating “In the 21st century,

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Inflation is Unlikely to Improve Before Things Get Worse

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The recently released inflation figures for August should give pause to those who keep touting isolated pieces of data to claim that things are improving and that the Fed will no longer need to raise interest rates to stem the inflationary price trend. The CPI came in at 8.3% for August (and the 16% trimmed-mean CPI, which removes short-term fluctuations, came in at 7.2%, the highest figure since they started publishing it).
If you consider how far the Federal funds rate is from those figures, at currently 2.5%, you get an idea of how much higher the monetary authorities will have

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Voters’ guide to Florida’s 2022 ballot measures

In Politics by Michael Rae

Florida Amendment 1 (2022): Disregard flood resistance improvements in property value assessments

Florida Amendment 2 (2022): Measure to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission

Voters’ guides for other states and policy issues can be found here.

The post Voters’ guide to Florida’s 2022 ballot measures appeared first on Reason Foundation.

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Reforming the Airport Investment Partnership Program

In Politics by Michael Rae

The United States lags far behind peer countries in airport privatization. Only one U.S. passenger hub has been successfully privatized to date—Luis Muñoz Marín International in San Juan, Puerto Rico, privatized in 2013. The annual Skytrax survey of passengers’ airport preferences shows that of the top 25 global airports, 10 are privatized. George Bush Intercontinental, a public commercial service airport owned by the city of Houston, is the only U.S. airport to break into the top 25 rankings (at 25th). But privatization could help bring needed improvements to U.S. airports while containing costs and shifting fiscal risk away from taxpayers.

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New York’s public school spending continues to grow while enrollment declines

In Politics by Michael Rae

Since 2020, K-12 enrollment in New York City has dropped by 9.5% with some 30,000 fewer students projected to walk classroom halls this school year.

A downward trend started long before stay-at-home orders and other COV ID-19 pandemic-related measures prompted more parents to seek alternatives to public schools. New York City’s Independent Budget Office began reporting public school enrollment declines in the 2015-16 school year. From 2002-to-2020, New York state experienced the nation’s sharpest loss, losing 11% of public school students over two decades.  

Despite these well-reported enrollment figures, some New York City officials said they were shocked to see their budgets

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