Sugar’s “Free Market” at Work »

Sugar’s “Free Market” at Work

(Chuck Muth) – How do you boost the cost of sugar in India without boosting the cost of sugar in India? Simple.  If you’re the Indian government you jack up the cost of government-mandated ethanol, and sugar prices will zoom to the moon on their own. In what the Economic Times characterized as a “bonanza for sugar mills,” the Indian government this week fixed the price of ethanol at a rate “much higher than the […]

Coalition Urges States to Actively Resist EPA’s Coercive Power Plan »

Coalition Urges States to Actively Resist EPA’s Coercive Power Plan

(Chuck Muth) – Citizen Outreach has joined a broad coalition of free-market and conservative organizations urging state elected officials to actively fight against the EPA’s efforts to coerce them into adopting destructive anti-energy policies under the guise of the so-called Clean Power Plan. Considering how badly Nevada got burned by its disastrous decision to implement its own ObamaCare exchange, let’s hope our elected officials think twice before touching the hot stove once again. The open […]

For Want of Cheap PEZ, Sugar Industry Must Not Be Lost »

For Want of Cheap PEZ, Sugar Industry Must Not Be Lost

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and the sugar’s always sweeter on the other side of the globe.  At least according to critics of the U.S. sugar program. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal (“US Sugar Soars Above World Prices,” 12/7/14) notes that the price of a pound of sugar in the U.S. is a little less than 9 cents higher than the global price, which PEZ […]

They Don’t Call it the “Sugar Bowl” for Nothing »

They Don’t Call it the “Sugar Bowl” for Nothing

(Chuck Muth) – College football’s Sugar Bowl, played in the New Orleans Superdome, is the second oldest bowl game in the country.  It – along with the Orange, Peach and Cotton Bowls – reminds us of just how important agriculture is and always has been to the U.S. economy, especially in the south. Indeed, a recent story by Ronnie Olivier in MyNewOrleans.com highlights the role sugar has played in our nation’s history since well before […]

U.S. Sugar Policy Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime »

U.S. Sugar Policy Doesn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

(John R. Smith) – Let’s take an objective look at U.S. sugar policy. Based on Economics 101, supply should equal demand, to keep prices stable. America’s sugar policy, mandated by Congress, is designed to run at zero cost to taxpayers — not a dime. Sugar farmers do not receive subsidy checks. The Department of Agriculture can restrict foreign imports and control the amount of sugar American farmers can sell. The USDA forecasts annual sugar consumption […]

Why Congress Should Close the “Elton John Loophole” for AM/FM Radio »

Why Congress Should Close the “Elton John Loophole” for AM/FM Radio

(Chuck Muth) – OK, so I was in the shower singing “Candle in the Wind,” Elton John’s award-winning tribute to the late Marilyn Monroe.  And although I personally enjoyed the performance, I’m fairly certain – based on the consensus reviews of my family – that not a soul on this planet would ever have even the slightest interest in listening to my rendition on the radio. Let’s face it, “Candle in the Wind” is Sir Elton’s […]

Big Candy’s Nightmare on Subsidy Street »

Big Candy’s Nightmare on Subsidy Street

Like a full moon, it seems that every month a spokesperson for Big Candy trots out a story, article, white paper or op-ed bemoaning the cost of home-grown, made-in-the-USA sugar as though it were a bigger threat to the American way of life than Freddie Krueger. Halloween, of course, is the Super Bowl of anti-sugar propaganda.  And this year was no exception. Indeed, a hair-raising “article” published by Reuters a couple weeks ago titled “Surging […]

Ready for the Next State Tax Increase Battle? »

Ready for the Next State Tax Increase Battle?

(Ron Knecht) – Nevada’s taxation department issued a report Monday listing $2.2-billion in new annual revenues that allegedly could be collected if certain tax exemptions, credits, abatements and preferential tax rates were removed from state law. The report can serve a constructive purpose. However, its language, the reactions to it by some politicians, and long traditions in Nevada of politicians trying to sneak tax increases into law under the guise of “reform” or “restructuring” immediately […]

Free Trade in Sugar is a Laudable Goal, However… »

Free Trade in Sugar is a Laudable Goal, However…

In a recent op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal, lobbyist Burleigh C.W. Leonard criticized a recent agreement that stops Mexico from unfairly dumping cheap, heavily-subsidized sugar in the U.S. at below market prices. Leonard contends that the U.S. is as guilty as Mexico because we have in place a program that protects our domestic sugar industry from unfair trading practices. In response, Carolyn Cheney of the American Sugar Alliance penned a letter-to-the-editor that was […]

DPBH Continues to Stonewall Release of Complete MME Scores »

DPBH Continues to Stonewall Release of Complete MME Scores

(Chuck Muth) – On Monday, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) mailed out the results of its three-month review of over 500 applications for Medical Marijuana Establishment (MME) licenses. That same day, it published the results on the Division’s website for those applicants who signed a “consent to release” form. The problem is the Division only published partial scores. The ratings/rankings show only the total number of points each applicant for an […]