Baltimore Says We’re Closed for Business By Passing $15 Minimum Wage

Despite lesson after lesson, the futile fight for $15 continues on. Baltimore City Council took a vote this week to raise the city’s minimum wage to the Sen. Bernie Sanders style $15 an hour. The measure is currently awaiting approval by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

The wage increase wouldn’t hit immediately.Currently the state minimum wage sits at $8.75 and would gradually increase to $15 by 2022 for the city of Baltimore. Small businesses with less than 50 employees would be hit by this new burden in 2026.

During the debate, a host of Baltimore companies signaled the wage increase would drive their business elsewhere. Given how the wage increase hits just the city, business have a plethora of nearby suburbs to escape a sweeping significant increase in their labor costs. Baltimore has its fair share of issues already–running business out of the city will not help.

The already high cost of doing business in this overregulated city has likely perpetuated

the decades-long trend of population loss. Due to city employees wages rising, Baltimore will pick up a $115 million tab to cover the expense despite their already strained budget. A third of the city’s residents live in poverty, have no college education, and need the low-skill jobs likely to be driven to the suburbs by the minimum wage hike.

At what point will minimum wage warriors realize their push to artificially raise wages comes at the expense of job creation and wage growth for those who need it? What will it take to illustrate that while price floors make for attractive progressive campaign promises, they fail to grow the economy and lift low-income Americans out of poverty?


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House Resets Obamacare Repeal Debate

Washington — This afternoon, the House cancelled a scheduled vote on  the American Health Care…

AHCA: A Disaster On Policy, Process And Politics

Washington — After years of pledging to repeal Obamacare, House Republicans will vote on the…

New Analysis: Premium Hikes Largely Caused by Obamacare Regulations

By Drew Gonshorowski & Nicholas Poché Until recently, the House was scheduled to vote on the…

New Analysis: Premium Hikes Largely Caused by Obamacare Regulations

By Drew Gonshorowski & Nicholas Poché Until recently, the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare. That vote has been postponed. Obamacare caused premiums to rise for various reasons, chief among them being the vast new…

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Video: Michael Needham on why AHCA needs to repeal regulations

Check out this Fox News interview below to watch Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discuss why the American Health Care Act (AHCA) fails to fully repeal Obamacare and what Republicans in Congress must do to improve the bill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVDVNwMS96A…

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As Republicans Debate Health Bill, Let’s Remember Why Americans Want Obamacare Repeal

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation scholar in health care policy With Congress enmeshed in determining the “what” of Obamacare repeal—that is, what gets included in the Republican bill—pausing to revisit the “why” of Obamacare repeal offers important guidance for the path forward. While Obamacare has been politically polarizing from the beginning,…

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Next Farm Bill Shouldn’t Play Favorites With Energy

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation scholar in Energy, Environmental & Regulatory Issues The House Agriculture subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit is holding a hearing March 9 titled “The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development & Energy Programs.” The 2002 farm bill was the first to contain an energy title,…

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GOP plan to replace Obamacare

By Don Kirchoff, Heritage Action Sentinel Business Owner The GOP’s draft health-care bill to replace Obamacare is disappointing, because it fails to correct: •Features of Obamacare that drove up health-care costs •Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that made insurance more expensive. Passed by a 100 percent partisan Democrat vote, only a…

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Video: 5 Reasons the GOP’s Obamacare Plan Isn’t Real Repeal

Check out this video from The Daily Signal where Genevieve Wood walks through the 5 reasons Speaker Paul Ryan's Obamacare Plan is not a full repeal. 1) The bill does not fully repeal Obamacare. 2) There is no real expectation that this bill will lower costs and make it more affordable for…

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Misleading Rhetoric Can’t Mask Failings of GOP Health Care Bill

By Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham “When you look at where we are, there’s over 85 percent of this bill that has universal agreement among Republicans.” That was the message from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Sunday. There is just one problem with that assertion: It ignores what is…

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Business Owner Legislative Strategy Call 03/16/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the business community all came together for a our Monthly Legislative Strategy Call to discuss tax reform and Obamacare repeal. During the call, Heritage Foundation tax policy expert David Burton discussed the current Congressional efforts to reform the tax code. We also discussed why the American…

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Heritage Action Praises Brat, Palmer, and Sanford

Washington — This morning, Reps. David Brat, Gary Palmer and Mark Sanford voted against the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House Budget Committee because the bill would leave Obamacare’s core regulatory architecture in place.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: “Congressmen…

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House Leadership’s Health Bill Is Not What Republicans Promised. We Can Do Better.

By Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) President Ronald Reagan once said, “We should carry a banner of no pale pastels—but one of bold colors, which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on the issues.” The 2010 mid-term elections were historic. Running opposite of President Barack Obama’s agenda—primarily the Patient Protection…

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Trump’s Big League Conservative Budget Request

Washington — This morning, President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled the outlines of an America First Budget. The administration’s budget request calls for roughly a 10 percent overall reduction in non-defense discretionary spending for the upcoming FY 2018 budget year, which would pay for a $54 billion increase in defense spending.…

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Republicans Rename Obamacare, Call It A Day

By Michael A. Needham, CEO Heritage Action for America House Speaker Paul Ryan made the case in his op-ed, “Our health care plan for America,” that Obamacare is a “collapsing law (that) is driving up health care costs and driving out choices for American families.” He is correct. Unfortunately, the alternative he…

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We Must Keep Our Promise to Fully Repeal Obamacare

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) “For five years, Senate Democrats have blocked our efforts to repeal Obamacare,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Jan. 6, 2016. “That ends today.” “With this vote, we are keeping a promise and putting a bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood on the…

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It’s Time For The Fed To Shrink Its Balance Sheet

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert A new debate is heating up over whether the Federal Reserve should continue holding on to all those assets it purchased after the 2008 crisis. Last year, at the Fed’s annual fly-fishing conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., central bankers debated “the optimal…

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Congress Should Stop CFPB’s Prepaid Card Rule

Congress has the opportunity to stop an onerous 17,000 page rule finalized by the infamous Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last fall, known as the prepaid card rule. The Congressional Review Act gives the House and Senate the authority to file resolutions of disapproval on agency rules within a 60 legislative day…

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How to Convince Your Friends That Earmarks Have No Place in Congress

By Beverly Hallberg, President of District Media Group The Bridge to Nowhere is baaaaaaacccck. Well, it might soon be if some House Republicans have their way. It’s only been seven years since Republicans famously banned earmarks in a closed-ballot conference meeting, much to the elated response of their constituents. Back…

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House GOP Exposes “Too Big To Fail” Designations As “Arbitrary and Inconsistent”

The House Financial Services Committee has released a report exposing the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) process for designating non-bank firms as systemically important financial institutions (SIFI) as “arbitrary and inconsistent.” The report comes out as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to rule on the Obama Administration's appeal to MetLife’s victory overturning it’s SIFI designation. The Dodd-Frank…

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Prosperity Unleashed: Smarter Financial Regulation.

Check out this panel discussing Heritage's new book Prosperity Unleashed: Smarter Financial Regulation. "Prosperity Unleashed: Smarter Financial Regulation provides solutions to the core regulatory problems that have existed in U.S. financial markets for decades. Policymakers can implement these solutions to make U.S. financial markets more dynamic, resilient, equitable, and accountable than ever before. Policymakers should implement…

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Conservative Lawmakers to Use Their ‘Enormous Power’ to Fight Obamacare Replacement Bill

By Melissa Quinn Conservatives in the House and Senate are forging their own path ahead on Obamacare’s repeal and replacement, with plans to introduce legislation unwinding the health care law that Congress passed in 2015. In a press conference Tuesday, just hours after two House committees released the GOP’s replacement for…

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GOP Plan Fails to Move Past Obamacare’s Progressive Promise

Washington — Monday evening, House Republican leaders released text of their long-anticipated American Health Care Act (AHCA). Despite widespread conservative criticism and the lack of score from the Congressional Budget Office, the proposal (committee summaries here and here) is being called the “health bill you’ve waited for” by Republican leaders…

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Time to Say ‘Au Revoir’ to Paris Climate Deal

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation scholar on Energy & Environmental Regulation President Donald Trump will soon issue an executive order calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind the Clean Power Plan, a key component of the Obama administration’s Paris climate agreement. Reports have also surfaced that top officials in…

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House Votes to Undo Obama OSHA Rule

This week the House passed a resolution of disapproval on Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Volks rule issued last minute by the Obama administration. The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the authority to pass such resolutions that overturn executive branch rules within 60 days of the rule’s adoption. The…

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Health Reform: Lowering Cost is Priority No. 1

A recent article written by Kevin B. O’Reilly of the American Medical Association (AMA), argued that Republicans should focus health care reform efforts on protecting insurance gains to improve health care coverage and access. Specifically, he advocates the government provide income-based refundable tax credits or subsidies to “help make health…

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To Unleash Prosperity, Dodd-Frank Must Go

By Justin Posey, Communications Manager at the Heritage Foundation After the financial market crash in 2008, liberal lawmakers insisted that more stringent regulations must be placed on our nation’s financial markets in order to prevent another collapse. In unison, they rallied around the straw man that massive deregulation of the…

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Voters won’t forgive Republicans if they fail to repeal ObamaCare

By Heritage Action COO Tim Chapman Two months into a new Congress and a bill to repeal ObamaCare has yet to move. Initially, Republicans had hoped to put a repeal bill on President Trump’s desk on his inauguration day. Then the timeline moved back to Presidents Day in February. As…

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Q&A on Trump’s WOTUS Executive Order

By Heritage Foundation scholar Daren Bakst & Daily Signal editor Daniel Davis In light of President Donald Trump’s executive order that should put an end to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, The Heritage Foundation released the following statement: "President Trump’s executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency…

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Obamacare’s broken promises

By Heritage Action Sentinel Ginny Quaglia The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a list of broken promises and rate shock. North Carolina is feeling the sticker shock of a whopping 24 percent average increase in premiums. South Carolina is one of five states with only one carrier in 2017, with rates…

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ACA hardly affordable

By Heritage Action Sentinel Jude Eden The “Affordable” Care Act has turned out to be anything but; a complete failure by any measure. The very people it’s supposed to help are hit the hardest by its unaffordability. We had to get it last year for my brother, a special-needs adult, and…

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Obamacare in “Death Spiral” As Insurers Continue To Drop Out

As the fight to repeal Obamacare drags on, another insurer has called it quits. Last week Humana signaled its intention to completely pull out of the Obamacare exchanges. The news comes after Humana and Aetna called off a merger, costing Aetna nearly $1 billion. Last summer Aetna scrapped 70% of…

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Kashkari Highlights Too Big To Fail Reform

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert It’s always good when a Federal Reserve Bank president talks about ending bailouts for large financial companies.  At the very least, the publicity highlights the fact that the Dodd-Frank Act did not end the “too-big-to-fail” problem. So, many policymakers were excited last…

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Don’t Look To The Export-Import Bank To Create Jobs

Last week President Trump took a detour on his way to a weekend rally in Florida stopping at a Boeing plant in South Carolina. Trump toured one of the airplane manufacturer’s facilities and doubled down on a key campaign promise reiterating his commitment to “fight for every last American job.”…

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Repeal Obamacare and do it now

By Heritage Action Sentinel Ramona Huffaker My husband and I have a family member who owns a successful small business. The first year, the Obamacare premium was affordable, so they signed up. Every year since then, the price has gone up. Finally all they could do was opt out and pay…

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Heritage Expert Testifies Before Congress on the Failures of Obamacare

The House Budget Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to discuss Obamacare’s negative impact on patients, employers, and the economy. Chairman Diane Black, R-Tenn., called on Heritage Foundation expert Edmund Haislmaier as one of four witnesses to testify on “The Failures of Obamacare: Harmful Effects and Broken Promises.”…

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8 Reasons Why Obamacare Should Be Repealed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Nwt7U0XI By Alyene Senger, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation As the debate over repealing Obamacare intensifies, it’s important to remember the law’s most glaring failures. Here are eight: 1) Costs Despite repeated promises of premium reductions, Obamacare has delivered major increases. In the employer-sponsored market, costs continue to…

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Conservatives Are Flooding Town Halls, Too. I Know, I’m One of Them.

By Ed Smith, Heritage Action Sentinel Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., spent about an hour offering her vision for congressional action and fielding questions. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and acting…

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Business Owner Legislative Strategy Call 02/15/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the business community all came together for a our Monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call we discussed the current Congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare through budget reconciliation, repeal Dodd-Frank through the Financial CHOICE Act, and reform the tax code. If you were unable to join…

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This Little-Used Tool Could Help Congress Undo Years of Government Overreach

By Paul J. Larkin Jr., Senior Legal Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation In Washington, there is a saying that regulators never met a rule they didn’t like. Federal agencies, commonly referred to these days as the “fourth branch of government,” have been binding the hands of the American people…

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Momentum Grows on Capitol Hill for a 2015 Obamacare Repeal Repeat

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC) voted Monday to oppose an Obamacare repeal reconciliation bill that falls short of what Congress passed in 2015 and what then President Obama vetoed in 2016. The 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, H.R. 3762, got rid of the Obamacare subsidies, mandates, taxes, funding…

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Why Delaying Obamacare Repeal Is Hurting the American People

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action When President Donald Trump took office, repeal of Obamacare seemed like a guarantee—and then the timeline started slipping. All the elements are in place: A Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican president, all elected after promising to repeal Obamacare. But once the celebration…

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Supreme Court Nominee Concerned With Unchecked Power of Federal Agencies

Following President’s Trump’s nomination of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, leftist groups continue to grasp at straws hoping for a legitimate reason to block Judge Gorsuch. A close examination of his resume and record reveal a judge who will interpret the text of Constitution as written--not making…

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CBO Indicates Insurance Mandates can be repealed through Budget Reconciliation

Some Republican members of Congress have indicated convoluted Senate rules mean they cannot repeal all of Obamacare through reconciliation. Those Republicans cite the Senate Parliamentarian as the main procedural obstacle because it is not clear that the insurance mandates have a budgetary impact. However, it was recently reported that a…

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President’s Opening Financial Services Salvo is On Target, But There’s Much More to Be Done

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert On January 30, President Trump pledged that his Administration would “be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank.” Four days later, just two weeks into his administration, the President issued two executive orders designed to get that process going. And they’re a great…

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Republican Cultural Elites Proposing Carbon Tax

This week, a group of Republicans publicly called for a substantial new carbon tax. These leaders, uniting under the banner of the “Climate Leadership Council,” will meet with top administration officials this morning. The group includes former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P.…

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Right to Work Laws Gain Steam Across The Country

By Gloria Taylor Last week, Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) re-introduced the National Right to Work Act (H.R. 785) to provide more worker choice. National labor law currently requires employees to join a union and pay its dues as a condition of employment. King and Wilson’s bill strikes…

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Obamacare Relief: Letter to the Editor

By John Archer, Sentinel Business Owner As a small business owner, the rising cost of health insurance is one of the biggest concerns I have for the future of my company. A 2016 survey by the National Federation of Independent Business confirms my concerns, listing the cost of health insurance…

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Trump’s Executive Orders on Financial Regulation Are a Great First Step

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert President Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act, and on Friday he signed two executive orders to get that process moving. All Americans should be encouraged by this start, especially since the president is only two weeks into his administration.…

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Polls Show Personal Experience With Obamacare Increases Opposition

By Elizabeth Fender, market research associate at the Heritage Foundation As Congress comes closer to repealing Obamacare, proponents of the law have mounted a vocal defense of it, touting both its necessity and popularity among those it has helped. But public opinion polls tell a different story. Obamacare was passed…

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Congress Overturns Obama’s Anti-Coal Stream Protection Rule

"Yes" on Disapproving the Stream Protection Rule (H.J. Res. 38) This week, the Senate will vote on H.J.Res. 38, a House-passed resolution disapproving of the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) known as the Stream Protection Rule (SPR), which would ensure that final SPR…

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Heritage Action Signs Letter Supporting Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt for EPA

Heritage Action’s CEO Mike Needham has signed-on to a coalition letter expressing support for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sent to members of the U.S. Senate, the letter highlights some of the challenges facing the agency and Pruitt’s qualifications to bring the…

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Obamacare Repeal Timeline Slipping

Washington — Last week, interim House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) 85% told reporters in Philadelphia to “expect that (Obamacare repeal) probably toward the latter part of February, or the first part of March.” Her comments came as congressional Republicans first self-imposed deadline passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)…

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How to Talk About Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

By Beverly Hallberg,  President of District Media Group It’s no secret that conservatives love numbers. Numbers are often cited as reasons one, two, and three to change an existing law or introduce a new initiative. Numbers matter. Numbers should be used to defend whatever policy position you take. But Americans don’t…

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Did Obamacare Really Insure 20 Million?

The real numbers are much lower than liberals are claiming.…

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Congressional Delay Threatens Obamacare Repeal

By James Wallner, Group Vice President for Research at The Heritage Foundation The effort to repeal Obamacare may be headed in the wrong direction. That it could be so was unthinkable just a few short weeks ago when the GOP triumphantly returned to our nation’s capital with majorities in the…

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CFPB’s Regulation of Auto Lenders Ripe With Abuse

Last week, the House Committee on Financial Services released the third in its series of reports outlining a string of missteps by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) regulation of auto-lenders. After the recent Circuit Court’s ruling declaring the structure of the CFPB unconstitutional and congressional pressure to fire Director Richard Cordray, the state of the…

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Trump Wants to Slash Regulations by 75%. Here’s How Regulatory Reform Could Boost US.

By Diane Katz, Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at the Heritage Foundation During a White House meeting with business leaders on Monday, President Donald Trump pledged to slash regulations by at least 75 percent. Activists were positively apoplectic, of course, and media ridicule was swift. But exaggerated as the comment…

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Popular NY Restaurant Shuts Its Doors, Blames ‘Suffocating’ Government Regulations

By Chris White, Reporter for The Daily Caller News Foundation A popular New York City restaurant is closing its doors after 25 years because of what the owners call a stifling regulatory environment that treats the restaurant as a “cash machine.” China Fun, a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, announced its Jan.…

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The CFPB is in the Crosshairs, Exactly Where it Belongs

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been one of the most controversial components of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.  It has issued contentious rules, tortured data to make other rules, engaged in an extravagant spending spree, and even found itself blasted by the Government Accountability…

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5 things Steven Mnuchin should do in his First 100 days as Treasury Secretary

Undoing the damage of the Obama administration is going to be a massive undertaking.…

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New Small Businesses Face $83,019.23 Regulatory Cost in First Year Alone

By Gloria Taylor The National Association of Small Business released the results of their Small Business Regulations Survey this week. The survey confirms that out of control federal regulation has crippled the ability of small business to create jobs and contribute to economic growth. The report confirms the unbelievable regulatory…

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Full Repeal: The Insurance Mandates Need to Go

By Gloria Taylor Last week, both the House and Senate took the first step toward fully repealing Obamacare. Each chamber passed a budget resolution with instructions for the relevant committees to begin writing the budget reconciliation repeal bill. This process, called budget reconciliation, allows Obamacare repeal to pass with a…

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Business Owner Legislative Strategy Call 01/18/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the business community all came together for a our Monthly Legislative Strategy Call. During the call, we discussed the current Congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare through budget reconciliation and efforts to repeal the Obamacare of the financial industry - Dodd Frank. If you were unable to…

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What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on by additional top-down, boardroom thinking. It’s clear that whatever replaces Obamacare must focus on quality and incremental local solutions, not one-size-fits-all government mandates. In this…

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“Yes” On Obamacare Repeal Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 3)

On Friday, the House will consider a concurrent resolution (S. CON. RES. 3). While the resolution will technically set the congressional budget for the United States Government for the remaining eight months of fiscal year 2017, its only functional purpose will be to produce reconciliation instructions that unlock fast track…

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Conservative Senators Call on Trump to Fire King Richard Cordray

Earlier this week, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) called on President-elect Donald J. Trump to remove the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – Richard Cordray – from office. In a letter written to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, Senator Lee and Sasse cite the regulatory burden…

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What Economic Recovery? 95 Million Americans Out of the Labor Force

By Gloria Taylor In the remaining weeks of his Presidency, Obama has been quick to tout his economic legacy. Yet the last job report of this administration highlights what we’ve seen the past eight years--lackluster economic growth. After the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are…

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Repeal the Durbin Amendment: Restore the Rule of Law

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert Consumers started relying on plastic cards instead of checks to make their purchases back in the 1980s. Almost immediately, retailers started fighting with card network companies and the banks that issue cards.  The problem centered on high credit card fees. Retailers charged that the…

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Why the Repeal of Obamacare Must Come Before Replace

President Obama met with Democrats this week in a last ditch effort to save his signature healthcare law. But instead of working on a strategy to help Republicans repeal and then replace Obamacare with reforms that would expand choice, improve care and lower costs, Democrats came up with a new…

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Congress Should Repeal the Death Tax

This Wednesday, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced legislation to fully repeal the federal estate and gift tax named the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 198). A similar bill previously passed the House of Representatives in 2015 but never received a vote in the Senate. The current death tax rate is…

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REINS Act Will Check Executive Overreach, Restore Constitutional Balance

By Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) As a new Congress begins, Republicans have made it clear that regulatory reform is a priority that puts the interest of all Americans first, especially concerning the economy. It’s been said that sometimes government rules “have gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business—burdens that…

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Freedom Caucus Releases List of Regulations for Trump to Gut

By Gloria Taylor Last month, the House Freedom Caucus dropped a new report outlining 228 rules and regulations for the Trump Administration to tackle in its first 100 days. President-elect Trump championed cutting regulations and rescinding executive orders on the campaign trail and now has the opportunity with a unified…

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How to Improve the Replacement Plan for Dodd-Frank under President Trump

In 2016, Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) successfully passed his Dodd-Frank replacement bill out of the House Financial Services Committee. Named the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs Act (H.R. 5983), Financial CHOICE Act for short, the passage of this bill out of committee was a significant first…

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6 Political New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action As the calendar year ends, minds quickly turn to losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, and spending more time with family. But just as 2016 caused us to rethink politics, it’s time to rethink this year’s New Year’s resolutions. The voice of the…

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Obamacare Repeal Must Be on Day One: Congress Has No Excuses

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint In less than three weeks’ time, when Donald Trump becomes our next president, he will take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is fitting, then, that Trump has committed to repealing and replacing one of his…

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Here’s How Low-Income Americans Feel About the Obama Administration’s New Lending Regulations

By Kelsey Harkness, senior news producer at the Daily Signal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEBYb2cPQ-o In order to crack down on what’s known as “predatory lenders,” the Obama administration proposed new rules that require short-term lenders to ensure customers have the ability to repay their loans. In requiring lenders to assess their financial background—including…

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Colorado’s Internet Sales Tax

Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a Colorado state law forcing out-of-state retailers to report their customer’s purchases to state tax collectors. While the law does not directly force retailers without a physical location in the state to collect Colorado sales tax, it does…

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Why Congress Should Fully Repeal Obamacare through Budget Reconciliation

Since Obamacare was first signed into law in 2010, Republicans promised to repeal it, campaigned in Senate and House races to repeal it, and voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of President Obama’s failed healthcare law. Earlier this year, President Obama vetoed an Obamacare repeal bill (H.R.…

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Amazon Go Launch Highlights Minimum Wage Debate

By Gloria Taylor Last weekend, Amazon unveiled their new high-tech grocery store Amazon Go. The new store promises no lines, no cashiers. You simply walk-in, with the Amazon Go app on your smartphone, take the items you want and “just walk out.” This new shopping experience is an attempt to…

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Business Owner Sentinel Strategy Call 12/14/16

Yesterday, conservatives working in the business community all came together for a our monthly Professional Sentinel Strategy Call. During the call, we discussed how President-elect Trump's nominees could help repeal Obamacare, implement pro-growth comprehensive tax reform, help end excessive environmental regulation, repeal Dodd-Frank, abolish the overtime rule and stop federal minimum wage…

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Dodd-Frank Must Go. Here’s the Republican Plan to Save Community Banks, Spur Economic Growth

By Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-PA) With control of both the White House and Congress, Republicans finally have the opportunity to reignite the economy. American families and workers have been waiting for eight long years for a return to healthy economic growth and opportunity, and congressional Republicans are ready to deliver.…

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D.C. City Council Advances Most Progressive Paid Leave Policy in the Country

By Gloria Taylor Last Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted to move forward with the most expansive paid family and medical leave benefit in the nation. The new benefit, estimated to cost $250 million a year, levels a .62% payroll tax on D.C. businesses. The tax pays for 8 weeks…

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Drain the Swamp? This Energy Bill Is More Big Government Paternalism

By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation Expert in Environmental and Regulatory Policy Time is running out for negotiations between the Senate and House of Representatives on a conferenced energy bill. For opponents of big government paternalism, that’s a good thing. The Senate-passed energy bill is fraught with provisions that would increase…

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Why It’s Not So Easy To Drain a Swamp

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert As everyone from south Louisiana knows, draining a swamp is tricky business. Just when you think you have all the water out, maybe even after it’s been dry for years, something goes wrong and it starts seeping in again. And draining is…

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Congress Pushes Back Against Midnight Regulations

Last month, Republicans in the House of Representatives sent a letter to the federal heads of President Obama’s regulatory agencies calling for an end to all new rulemaking until President-elect Trump is sworn into office. The House backed up their letter a few days later by passing the Midnight Rules…

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Tax Reform a “First Priority” Under the Trump Administration

President-elect Donald Trump has been making a number of administrative appointments over the last few weeks. On Wednesday, President-elect Trump nominated a former Goldman Sachs partner, Steven Mnuchin, to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. As treasury secretary, Mnuchin is set to have a significant hand in shaping…

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Potential Solutions for Health Care Reform Post Obamacare

Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump announced Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as his pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep. Price is a staunch opponent of Obamacare and has nearly 20 years of experience in the health care industry as an orthopedic surgeon prior to…

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Congress Has Its Best Shot Yet to Repeal Dodd-Frank

Earlier this year under the leadership of Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the House Financial Services Committee passed the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs Act (H.R. 5983) or Financial Choice Act for short. This bill repeals or replaces most of the misnamed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and…

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Grave Digging in Iceland, Tofu in Convenience Stores: Your Tax Dollars at Work

By Rachel del Guidice The national debt is expected to hit $20 trillion early next year. Sen. James Lankford has a few ideas to start chipping away at it. The Oklahoma Republican unveiled his second government waste and solutions report during a press conference Monday on Capitol Hill and Heritage…

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3 Things Congress Must Do to Prepare for a Trump Administration

By Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham Earlier this month, voters all across the country shocked the political and media establishments. America’s message was simple: We are tired of corrupt insider dealing in Washington and the self-serving nature of the establishment political class. This didn’t happen by chance. Millions of…

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Three Key Reforms for Federal Water Policy

By Daren Bakst, Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy at the Heritage Foundation For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have been overreaching when it comes to the implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This statute, built on the idea of cooperation…

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U.S. District Court Halts Overtime Rule Just in the Nick of Time

The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas halted the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule just as it was about to take effect this Thursday. This recent court ruling is a huge win for business owners across the country who would have been hit…

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The Federal Regulations That Affect Your Thanksgiving Foods

By Diane Katz, research fellow in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation This being the fourth Thursday of November, we turn our attention to the abundance on our tables and the blessings in our lives. (There is also no small number of folks who are deeply grateful for the end…

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The Pathway Out of Paris

By Nicolas Loris and Steven Groves, The Heritage Foundation As climate negotiators work out the details of the Paris Agreement on global warming in Marrakech, Morocco, the question on everyone’s minds is: What will the Trump administration do? The president-elect has expressed skepticism about the Paris Agreement, and for good…

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Preparing a Smooth Transition for the Repeal of Obamacare

By Nina Owcharenko and Edmund F. Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation It is vital that the new Administration, Congress, and state officials orchestrate a smooth and methodical transition for the repeal of Obamacare. For this smooth transition to take place, Congress should act immediately to initiate repeal and the Administration should…

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Federal Judge Puts the Brakes on DOL’s “Persuader Rule”

Last Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Sam Cummings ruled in favor of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) motion for a permanent injunction on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “persuader rule.” This essentially blocks the DOL from implementing its new rule in light of Donald Trump’s election to…

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Dismantling Dodd-Frank: How Congress Can Begin to Restore Financial Security

By Norbert Michel, Heritage Foundation Financial Regulations Expert President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise of dismantling Dodd-Frank, and now Senate Democrats are pretty much the only thing that can derail that promise. This week, key Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee indicated they want little to do with dismantling…

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Return of Earmarks Would Boost the Ruling Class

By Mike Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America Banning congressional earmarks was one of the signature accomplishments of House Republicans over the last several years. It ended years of backroom promises, handshake money exchanges, and hundreds of millions of wasted taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, a quiet effort is now underway…

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Significant Policy Changes Possible under a Donald Trump Presidency

With the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency along with Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, significant and positive policy changes could be coming for U.S. businesses. To be sure, large uncertainty exists surrounding a Trump Presidency especially since he has never held public office before, but so…

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House GOP Weighs Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks

By Rob Bluey, Editor in Chief of The Daily Signal One week after Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, House Republicans will vote on a proposal to bring back earmarks. The vote will take place Wednesday when House Republicans meet to adopt…

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Professional Sentinel Strategy Call 11/10/16

Last week, conservatives working in the business, real estate, and medical industries all came together for a unique, monthly Professional Sentinel Strategy Call. During the call, we discussed the current state of Obamacare and what President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in the House and Senate should do about it. Special guest…

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