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Breaking the Regulatory Stranglehold
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Breaking the Regulatory Stranglehold

While tax and trade policy have been in the news lately, Americans businesses face a daunting regulatory burden as well. Although less publicized, regulatory excess can impose real constraints on economic growth. Tax cuts can go far in providing the private sector the resources necessary to boost investment and create new jobs; however, regulations can create a choke point that deters these investments.

11/19/2003
U.S. Dept. of Labor Forces Union Disclosure
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U.S. Dept. of Labor Forces Union Disclosure

Summary In December 2002, the Department of Labor proposed regulatory changes that would protect union members by improving transparency and disclosure. The proposal would modernize the annual financial reports unions file with the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS). These reports are required under the 1959 Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, often referred to as the Landrum-Griffin Act. During the public comment period, the Department received more than 35,000 comments and carefully considered all of them during the crafting of the final rule.

10/27/2003
Seeing Straight on Contact Lens Regulations
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Seeing Straight on Contact Lens Regulations

Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the “Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act,” (H.R. 3140) which promises to modernize regulations governing the contact lens industry. Like many other industries, technological advances and Internet marketing have the potential to provide consumers greater choice and more convenience when filling their prescriptions for new contact lenses. Unfortunately, these consumer benefits are held at bay by regulations that have failed to keep pace with the marketplace. Passing H.R. 3140 would remove unnecessary impediments and allow the market to serve consumers better using all the latest technologies.

10/22/2003
The Competition is in the Mail
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The Competition is in the Mail

In 1928, Joseph Stalin, Dictator General of the USSR, launched the first Five-Year Plan for the communist nation, aimed at making its economy perform like a free market economy—except that it would be better because it would be free from the evils of the market. In 2003, John Potter, Postmaster General of the USPS, launched the first Five-Year Strategic Planfor the US Postal Service, aimed at making the government business perform like a free market business—- except that it would be better because it would be from the evils of the market.

10/16/2003
Final Union Transparency Reform Rule Issued by U.S. Department of Labor
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Final Union Transparency Reform Rule Issued by U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Labor today announced final rules to strengthen the financial integrity and transparency of labor unions by improving the annual financial disclosure forms filed by unions as required by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).

10/03/2003
CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order
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CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order

Do you remember the 1970’s and early 1980’s bumper stickers “Would the last person leaving Michigan turn out the lights?” Michigan’s high taxes, runaway government spending and high workers compensation costs drove employers out of the state. In 1985, Governor Blanchard and a bipartisan legislative team created the Workers Compensation Appellate Commission (WCAC) to bring reason and swift justice to workers compensation cases. The WCAC put expert judges in charge of cases, cleared a five-year backlog and has delivered fair, swift justice for injured workers and employers. This has been essential to improving Michigan’s economic climate.

09/29/2003
CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order
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CSE Fights Governor Granholm’s Job Killing Executive Order

Do you remember the 1970’s and early 1980’s bumper stickers “Would the last person leaving Michigan turn out the lights?” Michigan’s high taxes, runaway government spending and high workers compensation costs drove employers out of the state. In 1985, Governor Blanchard and a bipartisan legislative team created the Workers Compensation Appellate Commission (WCAC) to bring reason and swift justice to workers compensation cases. The WCAC put expert judges in charge of cases, cleared a five-year backlog and has delivered fair, swift justice for injured workers and employers. This has been essential to improving Michigan’s economic climate.

09/29/2003
An Open Letter to Congress: Competitive Contracting Saves
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An Open Letter to Congress: Competitive Contracting Saves

Dear Member of Congress:

09/22/2003
Congress lobbied in contact lens rift
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Congress lobbied in contact lens rift

BY Chuck Lindell

WASHINGTON -- In the push for cheaper contact lenses, Congress is being asked to make eye prescriptions available to every American who visits the optometrist -- an advantage Texans have had since 1998. But instead of being hailed as a friend to consumers, Texas has been singled out as anti-competitive in testimony before Congress, particularly by a national contact lens distributor that has clashed with state optometrists in the past.

09/13/2003
A New Prescription for Contact Lens Competition
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A New Prescription for Contact Lens Competition

Sometimes, I get so angry at Big Government that I can’t see straight. In the case of contact lenses, Big Government is actually driving up the cost for Americans to see correctly! That’s because the regulators treat contact lens prescriptions differently from eye glasses, resulting in less competition and higher prices for contact lens wearers.

09/12/2003

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