Are “Deficit Hawks” Prepared for Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts?

It’s amazing how those who cared little for spending deficits during Obama’s presidency have suddenly become deficit hawks just hours before Trump’s inauguration.  (Paul Krugman, are you listening?) The national debt is now $20 trillion, double what it was eight years ago.  In all fairness President Obama was not responsible for all of this due to mandatory spending […]

Tax Extenders in 2017

In a rush to keep the government funded through April 2017, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill last month that includes no mention of tax cut extensions that expired at the end of 2016.  But take heart, most of the tax breaks that folks have become accustomed to were made permanent at the end […]

On A Personal Note

Update:  I ran the following blog post last year in response to the ubiquitous inflatable yard creatures that are found in most neighborhoods.  While I thought they may be on the decline, this year there are more than ever…and not just around Christmas time either. First, let me start by saying I love the free market – whether […]

Sam Johnson takes on Social Security Reform

As Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of House Ways and Means, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Tex) has introduced the “Social Security Reform Act of 2016” as a way to extend the solvency of Social Security and eliminate many provisions that are seen as unfair.  Of course, the media and people on the left are couching […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

  Last week concluded the Second Session of the 114th Congress. The First Session of the 115th Congress kicks off on January 3, 2017.  They intend to get to work right away on a budget resolution to repeal Obamacare, cancel as many harmful Obama-era regulations as possible, and begin the confirmation process for the Trump Administration […]

Let’s Scrap Pension Systems Altogether

The Dallas Police and Firefighter pension system is a mess.  As with many big-city pensions that run the risk of bankruptcy, there are many factors that have contributed to the underfunding of the pension system: A generous system that allows workers to take lump sums from their pensions while remaining on the job (this is […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

Congress was in the throes of the lame duck session last week and will be this week: The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act this week that increases federal research funding for the National Institutes of Health. Congress added provisions to the bill that combat opioid and other prescription drug addictions, as […]

Not So Fast On the Overtime Rule, Says Judge

Last week, a U.S. District judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s new overtime pay rule, scheduled to take effect on Thursday.  The rule doubles the threshold under which salaried employees are required to receive overtime pay.  The NCPA published two reports on the negative effects of this rule and potential job losses as a […]

Is Seattle’s Minimum Wage Being Passed on to Consumers?

Last week, voters in Washington state approved a statewide hike in the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by the year 2020.  The current minimum wage of $9.47 an hour would jump to $11.00 an hour on January 1 and would incrementally increase thereafter.  Voters also approved mandatory paid sick leave for employees.  In areas […]

A Recap of Last Week in Washington, from NCPA’s Legislative Director

Last Friday we saluted our nation’s military veterans, the great men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to establish a free nation. No other group of people has done more to maintain that pledge than America’s […]