Uber-support for Uber and Lyft in Vegas »

Uber-support for Uber and Lyft in Vegas

Many of you probably don’t know what “Uber” or “Lyft” are. In short, they are “ride sharing” programs operated with your smart-phone.  You sign up to be a customer – giving Uber and/or Lyft your credit card information – and then when you need/want a ride somewhere, instead of calling a taxi you request a ride from an independent Uber or Lyft driver via your smart-phone. In other words, free market competition. Not surprisingly, Nevada’s […]

#2 Sugar Producer “Going Through a Tough Time” »

#2 Sugar Producer “Going Through a Tough Time”

(Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – In The Hindu Business Line, Pallavi Munankar writes that India’s sugar industry “is going through a tough time as the issue of mounting dues that mills have to pay sugarcane farmers seems to be a hard target.” The #2 global sugar producer is suffering a surplus of raw sugar in its domestic market, while a worldwide glut has depressed export prices.  As such, Indian sugar mills have found it […]

Comments on Comcast Time Warner Cable Transaction Due Today at FCC »

Comments on Comcast Time Warner Cable Transaction Due Today at FCC

(By David L. Cohen) – Today, the first round of comments is due in the FCC’s consideration of the proposed Comcast and Time Warner Cable transaction, and related Charter divestitures.  As we havepreviously discussed and presented to the FCC, DOJ, Congress, and multiple state and local authorities, this transaction will bring numerous public interest benefits to millions of residential and commercial customers, from faster Internet speeds and greater programming diversity, to next-generation TV, more robust […]

End the Global Sugar Wars by Ending Government Manipulation »

End the Global Sugar Wars by Ending Government Manipulation

“The continued tussle between sugar producers seeking limited imports and a safety net for producers and sugar users seeking reforms to the (U.S.) sugar program were obvious in speeches at the International Sweetener Symposium this week,” reports Ron Sterk for BakingBusiness.com. At issue are non-stop efforts by candy and sweets manufacturers to open up the U.S. sugar market to artificially cheap sugar from foreign countries that heavily subsidize their own sugar production and exports. “Sugar […]

Harry Reid Remains Obstinately, Perversely Insistent on Taxing the Internet »

Harry Reid Remains Obstinately, Perversely Insistent on Taxing the Internet

As we asked last week – who says bipartisanship is dead? The allegedly “do-nothing” Republican-led House of Representatives has actually done a lot of good stuff – a lot of it bipartisan in nature. “We’ve put together a helpful list of bipartisan bills (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) can start with that have passed the House with over 250 votes and are stuck sitting idly in the Senate. The do-nothing Senate really must do-better,” (Congressman […]

Candy Man’s Complaints Don’t Hold Water »

Candy Man’s Complaints Don’t Hold Water

(by Chuck Muth) – In a recent article written by John Harper and published on HoumaToday.com, critics – mostly from the candy industry – once again took after the U.S. sugar program, complaining it hurts American consumers. “Sugar is a raw material for all kinds of things,” said Ike Brannon of the George W. Bush Institute,  “and we can’t produce those things in a cost-effective basis in the United States anymore because of high sugar […]

IPI Study: Foreign Sugar Policies Causing Global Market Distortions, Threatening U.S. Producers, Taxpayers »

IPI Study: Foreign Sugar Policies Causing Global Market Distortions, Threatening U.S. Producers, Taxpayers

(By Erin Humiston, Institute for Policy Innovation) – While there are calls for the U.S. to drop its support programs for sugar producers, it’s the policies of countries like Mexico, Brazil, India and Thailand that are distorting the global sugar market and costing U.S. taxpayers. If these market-distorting actions are allowed to continue, the otherwise competitive U.S. sugar industry is at risk of being obliterated and the prices to U.S. consumers will be at the […]

Some in India are starting to “get it” regarding sugar subsidies »

Some in India are starting to “get it” regarding sugar subsidies

(by Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – As the Indian government continues to boost subsidies to the nation’s sugar industry, some of the more market-oriented are starting to say “enough is enough.” Consider this rather extraordinary editorial published in The New Indian Express on June 27, 2014… Sugar Industry Needs Reform, Not Bailout The bailout plan for the sugar industry, announced on Monday, seeks to treat its symptoms, rather than the illness. It is justified […]

Sugar Subsidies Could Land India in WTO Hot Water »

Sugar Subsidies Could Land India in WTO Hot Water

(Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – The global sugar trade is to free markets like sledge hammers are to brain surgery. While critics of the minor protections afforded sugar producers in the U.S. continue to call for the program’s immediate and total elimination in the name of free markets, the rest of the world’s sugar producers are effectively being allowed to hit from the ladies’ tees by their governments. But now some of the world’s […]

Heller: WIOA Essential to Getting Americans Back to Work »

Heller: WIOA Essential to Getting Americans Back to Work

(The following remarks were delivered on the Senate floor by Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, on June 25, 2014) Mr. President, I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress for their efforts on the important legislation before us, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. I would especially like to thank Senators Isakson, Murray, Alexander, and Harkin for their leadership on this issue, and for working with our […]