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In Tuesday's State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed raising the federally mandated minimum wage to $9 per hour, a 24% increase over the current mandate. In a subsequent conversation, my friend David Guenther of the Texas Public Policy Foundation made a good point about the effects of this if it were to come to pass:
Many public and private sector labor unions require mandatory dues from their members or a fee from non-members within the same workplace. This policy harkens back to a time when union membership was compulsory. Under the Wagner Act of 1935, employers were forced to collectively bargain with employees under its purview whether they were unionized or not. This act spurred union membership by 55%, but this alone was not enough.
Largely drowned out by media coverage of the State of the Union address Tuesday night was the simultaneous release of an executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” In a nutshell, the order paves the way for an information sharing program between government and private industry, in order to assess and address threats to cybersecurity.
Details of the Democrats' Ten-Month Sequester-Delay Plan
The Senate Democratic Leadership offered a plan yesterday that would delay the sequester through January 2, 2014 (a ten-month postponement) and would “pay for” this delay of spending reductions with a set of new tax hikes and alternative spending trims.
Coalition Letter: Congress Must Honor Sequester Savings and Defund ObamaCare Before It Is Too Late
In the final part of my three part interview with Governor Nikki Haley, we discussed how the subject of gun control found it's way into the health care debate and the question of South Carolina's role going forward in the fight against Obamacare.
The FreedomCast: Episode 11 - David Freddoso on Journalism and Main Stream Media Bias
The first part of this series focused on the various efforts around the country to establish school choice. This piece attempts to shed light upon the history of compulsory public education in America. As the nation debates the merits of school choice I’ve noticed a common theme in the arguments of the ideas’ opponents. They assert that the implementation of school choice would abandon a noble tradition with early roots in the American founding.
Among the many policy initiatives discussed in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night was a proposal to provide pre-kindergarten education for 4-year olds in all fifty states, an expansion of the Head Start program first started in 1965.