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Repeal the Jones Act 

Introduction  During a time of declining bipartisanship in Washington, one law continues to enjoy the backing of members in both parties: The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, better known as the Jones Act. The law requires that shipping between U.S. ports is conducted by ships that are U.S.-built and at least 75 percent U.S.-owned. Proponents … Continue reading

Politics

The Case for Permitting Reform

Introduction  Last month, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022, a comprehensive permitting reform text meant to be included in the government funding bill. The proposal faced bipartisan opposition, with Senate Republicans still tiffed with Manchin’s decision to support the ironically named “Inflation Reduction Act” and progressives opposing the … Continue reading

Politics

Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan: Who is it really for and what are the economic consequences?

Introduction: On Monday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that Joe Biden’s executive plan- put in place in August- to forgive thousands of dollars of student loan debt for millions of Americans will cost more than $400bn over three decades. While the White house has been reluctant in providing its own fiscal assessment of the plan, … Continue reading

Healthcare

Telehealth…Here To Stay?

Introduction  Telehealth – formally “a provision of health care by means of telecommunication technology” – became much more prominent during the pandemic. Patients have experienced this technology through video sessions with providers, instant messaging, or even remote monitoring of vitals. Physicians have been utilizing this modality before the pandemic for consultations among providers, with the … Continue reading