Week of November 14, 2011

TOP POLICY STORIES

‘Supreme’ Ruling on Obamacare Expected in Spring

The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted a lawsuit against President Obama’s health care law, allotting five and a half hours for oral argument in the spring of 2012 on a key challenge to the law.

The timing of the Supreme Court’s consideration of the case means it will be decided well before the 2012 elections. The arguments will center on Florida v. HHS, the key case brought by 26 states against the individual mandate in the law. (read more)

Blog: EPA’s Incredible New Pesticide Rules

The USEPA recently released its General Permit for Discharges of Pesticides, under the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) program. If you’re suffering from insomnia, you can download a copy here. It is hard to overstate the ridiculousness contained therein. Every time you think that Obama’s EPA has pushed the envelope of bureaucratic nonsense as far as it can go, they manage to do something even dopier. (read more)

States Eye Sweet Taxes, but Expect Sour Results

States are increasingly extending higher tax rates to products such as candy and soda, ostensibly to fight obesity, but such moves are unlikely to have an impact on obesity rates and health outcomes, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation. Instead, the taxes will create a complex and confusing classification system dividing the “good” food and drink products from the allegedly “bad” ones. (read more)

’10 Elections Motivated Obama’s Solyndra Decisions

The Washington Post reported today that officials in the Obama Energy Department successfully pressured Solyndra to delay layoffs that were planned for October 2010 until after the November 2010 mid-term elections. (read more)

Honk If You Love Litigation

Charges against a Washington state woman for illegally honking her car horn have been dropped after the state supreme court ruled the horn-honking law unconstitutional. (read more)

Podcasts of the Week

Great commentary on Heartland’s podcasts this week, including a discussion on Obama’s restructuring of the federal student loan program. Click here to listen, and subscribe on iTunes to get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced! Just search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store.

Wisconsin Workers’ Comp Costs Growing Fast

A new study of workers’ compensation systems in 25 states finds the prices of non-hospital medical services in Wisconsin were both the highest and fastest-growing of the sample states, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute. (read more)

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