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Issue Analysis 91 - Understanding the Urge to Merge in the Telecommunications Industry
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Issue Analysis 91 - Understanding the Urge to Merge in the Telecommunications Industry

The past several years have seen several large telecommunications mergers announced and consummated in the United States. Bell Atlantic merged with NYNEX and now seeks to acquire GTE. SBC merged with Pacific Telesis and Southern New England Telephone, and now wants to merge with Ameritech. Long-distance firms also contribute to the trend. WorldCom acquired MCI. AT&T acquired TCI and now plans to buy MediaOne Group so it can offer local telephone service over the cable company’s wires.

05/20/1999
Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment
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Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment

Background. On May 14, 1999, in what is a clear victory in the cause of smaller government and more intelligent regulation, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington suspended the controversial air quality regulations issued by the Clinton-Gore administration in July 1997.

05/18/1999
Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment
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Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment

Background. On May 14, 1999, in what is a clear victory in the cause of smaller government and more intelligent regulation, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington suspended the controversial air quality regulations issued by the Clinton-Gore administration in July 1997.

05/18/1999
Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty
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Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty

The Everglades Re-Study is a project designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is intended to restore the Everglades while at the same time providing water for a growing South Florida population. On April 7, the Corps released a new report on the Everglades Re-Study, the "Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement." This report was intended to address concerns about the Re-Study raised by consumer groups, individual citizens, environmentalists, and even public utilities. However, the Final Feasibility report fails to resolve a number of grave uncertainties, and should demonstrate to policymakers that pressing forward with the Re-Study could squander the last chance to save the Everglades while at the same time endangering the health of South Florida’s families.

05/05/1999
Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty
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Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty

The Everglades Re-Study is a project designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is intended to restore the Everglades while at the same time providing water for a growing South Florida population. On April 7, the Corps released a new report on the Everglades Re-Study, the "Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement." This report was intended to address concerns about the Re-Study raised by consumer groups, individual citizens, environmentalists, and even public utilities. However, the Final Feasibility report fails to resolve a number of grave uncertainties, and should demonstrate to policymakers that pressing forward with the Re-Study could squander the last chance to save the Everglades while at the same time endangering the health of South Florida’s families.

05/05/1999
CSE Foundation Background on the Microsoft Antitrust Case
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CSE Foundation Background on the Microsoft Antitrust Case

The Issue: The Department of Justice has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive behavior for allegedly using its operating system, Windows, as leverage to dominate the market for Internet browsers. CSE Foundation's Position: Although Microsoft has integrated a browser into its operating system, this does not mean that the company is a monopolist engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Computer prices are falling, there is no consumer harm, and any remedies imposed by the Department of Justice would lead to government regulation of one of the most dynamic sectors of the U.S. economy.

05/05/1999
American Consumers Reject Government Control in the High-Tech Sector
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American Consumers Reject Government Control in the High-Tech Sector

More and more, the federal government is taking steps to regulate and control our nation’s high-technology sector. Whether the government acts against Microsoft or Intel, it ends up protecting competitors, not competition. As a result, the government hurts consumers by stifling innovation in America’s most dynamic industry and raising prices at the cash register.

05/05/1999
Capitol Comment 230 - Senate Bill 819: The Everglades Entitlement Act
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Capitol Comment 230 - Senate Bill 819: The Everglades Entitlement Act

On April 15, Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) introduced the "National Parks Preservation Act" (S. 819). This legislation calls for substantial funding for national parks throughout the United States. However, S. 819 has major funding inequities, mandates billions of new spending, and might better be called the Everglades Entitlement Act.

05/04/1999
Capitol Comment 230 - Senate Bill 819: The Everglades Entitlement Act
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Capitol Comment 230 - Senate Bill 819: The Everglades Entitlement Act

On April 15, Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) introduced the "National Parks Preservation Act" (S. 819). This legislation calls for substantial funding for national parks throughout the United States. However, S. 819 has major funding inequities, mandates billions of new spending, and might better be called the Everglades Entitlement Act.

05/04/1999
Issue Analysis 89 - A Recipe for Escalating Insurance Premiums: Third-Party ‘Bad Faith’ Liability and the Royal Globe Debacle
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Issue Analysis 89 - A Recipe for Escalating Insurance Premiums: Third-Party ‘Bad Faith’ Liability and the Royal Globe Debacle

In California and several other states, a movement is underway to enact legislation that would allow accident victims to sue the insurance company of the person allegedly responsible for their injuries. In California, the movement is known by the shorthand term, "Royal Globe"—the name of a 1979 state Supreme Court decision that authorized lawsuits of this kind for nearly a decade. The current effort to resurrect Royal Globe-type lawsuits by statute is being led by California’s trial lawyers, who no doubt remember the 1980s as a time when they were able to extract millions of dollars from insurance policyholders thanks to Royal Globe’s "third-party bad faith" rule.

05/03/1999

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