Washington Update for the Week Ending May 12, 2017

NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams give us an update. There are so many topics that ought to have occupied the attention of policymakers in Washington this week: Responding to nuclear and conventional threats from North Korea, reforming the byzantine tax code, mitigating the increasing damage inflicted by Obamacare, and liberating small business entrepreneurs to create […]

Wages and the Cost of Employment

Recently, William Galston of the Brookings Institution penned an oped in the Wall Street Journal about the lack of workers’ wage growth despite a technically “full-employment” economy.  Adjusted for inflation, workers’ wages have grown 0.1 percent over the past year, and only 0.5 percent since 2010.  While there are many unknowns, he attributes some of the problem […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending May 5, 2017

An update from NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams:  This was a busy week in Washington with the President and Congress working together to fund the government and reform Obamacare. Breaking news. The economy created 211,000 new jobs in April and unemployment dropped to 4.4%. The 62.9% labor participation rate is still stubbornly low, but the dismantling […]

Give Private Sector Workers An Option That Federal Workers Already Have

Two days ago, the House passed the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017,” that would allow employers to offer, and employees to receive, 1.5 hours comp time in lieu of overtime pay for any overtime hours worked.  It now must pass the Senate.  This a policy that the NCPA has long supported in modernizing the […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending April 28, 2017

NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams tells us what’s happening on Capitol Hill. Congress has returned to work after a two-week spring break. Their first order of business this week was to avert a government shutdown.  After last year’s election, Congress passed a temporary funding bill to keep the federal government open until this week.  The […]

NCPA’s Allen West in Washington This Week Talking Zero-Based Budgeting

NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams tells us what’s happening in Washington D.C. this week. Once again, Washington D.C. was quiet this week as Congress is still in the midst of a two-week recess. That’s great news for Washington traffic, but bad news for legislative solutions to the public policy problems that Congress is supposed to […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending April 14, 2017

Congress is in the midst of a two-week recess, so things are quiet on Capitol Hill. But the geopolitical developments in Syria, Russia, China, North Korea, and around the world are keeping the White House busy this week: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was in Washington this week to meet with President Trump, who, a […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending April 7, 2017

An update from NCPA’s Legislative Director Brian Williams: NCPA hosted a successful Capitol Hill briefing last week to release research and educate lawmakers about the economic cost of not repealing Obamacare. The briefing featured IntegraNet CEO Larry Wedekind, NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick, and Beacon Hill Institute President David Tuerck.  Our NCPA expert panel broke […]

Keeping Regulatory Agency Power in Check

On Tuesday, President Trump signed H.J. Res 83, utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to officially and forever invalidate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recent overreach of regulatory authority. The rule, informally referred to as the “Volks” rule, gave OSHA the ability to issue citations to employers for failing to record work-related injuries […]

Don’t Gut the Texas Workers’ Comp System

President Trump has some lofty goals for his first year in office, but during his first month in office, he spent ample time undoing many executive orders ushered in by the Obama administration. One particular area of concern was some controversial rules and actions from the Department of Labor.  Former Labor Secretary (now the Democratic […]