Author Archive | Eric Boehm

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Neither Major Party Gubernatorial Candidate Has a Serious Plan to Fix New Jersey’s Pension Crisis

Kyle Mazza/newzulu/NewscomNew Jersey, depending on how you count, has the nation’s worst public pension debt or it ranks in the top three along with Illinois and California. The Garden State’s estimated $135 billion pension debt—that’s a tab of $15,000 for every man, woman, and child living in the state—is a serious problem for its long-term […]

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Five Important Details from the GOP Tax Plan

KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/NewscomRepublicans have been talking about reforming the tax code since well before the start of the year. Today we finally got a look at their proposal. Here’s five important details from the bill—with the important caveat that just about everything in it could be subject to change after it is introduced: 1. Fewer Income […]

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The $300 Million Contract Awarded to the Interior Secretary’s Friend’s Company Is Exempt from Government Audits

The federal government has awarded a tiny Montana company a $300 million no-bid contract to repair Puerto Rico’s hurricane-wrecked electrical grid. The company, Whitefish Energy, has close ties to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. A copy of that contract leaked last night, and it seems to prohibit the federal government from auditing Whitefish’s work and to […]

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Absurd State Law Mandates High School Diploma to Put Shoes on Horses

Image courtesy Institute for JusticeThere’s nothing in the curriculum of California high schools—or any other high schools, for that matter—regarding the centuries-old practice of making horseshoes and putting them on horses. That’s why Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horsehoeing School, used to train students to be farriers—the technical term for someone who makes […]

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Amazon’s Second HQ Attracts 238 Bids From Cities Eager to ‘Give Away the Farm’

Stuart Isett/Polaris/NewscomAmazon announced today that 238 North American cities have submitted applications to be the lucky location that will get to shower the online retail behemoth with billions of dollars’ worth of incentives. The cities are trying to land the $5 billion investment and estimated 50,000 jobs that would come with hosting Amazon’s second headquarters. […]

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