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 […]

Plenty of Problems with Pot Approval Process »

Plenty of Problems with Pot Approval Process

Whether it was the process established by the Legislature, or the implementation established the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), the ratings of applications for some 500-plus Medical Marijuana Establishment (MME) licenses which were just released are about as fouled up as anything we’ve seen recently from the state government. Consider this… You go to school. You think you did really great.  At the end of the semester you receive a report card.  […]

Right-Thinking Think Tank Thinking Wrong Sugar »

Right-Thinking Think Tank Thinking Wrong Sugar

In a recent column, Darren Bakst and Bryan Riley of the Heritage Foundation pooh-pooh a resolution by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Florida) which calls for zeroing out the U.S. sugar program in simultaneous return for other nations zeroing out their sugar subsidy programs. The authors refer to Yoho’s “zero-for-zero” proposal as a “flawed” “scheme” that has no chance to work. “Subsidies are bad policy regardless of what other countries do,” Bakst writes. “The U.S. sugar program […]

The (Taxi) Empire Strikes Back! »

The (Taxi) Empire Strikes Back!

(Chuck Muth) – Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner did free-market, ridesharing Uber drivers hit the streets in Las Vegas yesterday than the Taxi Cartel’s bought-and-paid-for police force began cracking down on them. Get this story from this morning’s Las Vegas Review-Journal… “Uniformed officers were at the Fashion Show mall on the Strip late Friday to meet Uber driver Michael Elsner with a ticket. Five unmarked white Nevada Taxicab Authority vehicles surrounded his blue […]

Indian Sugar Industry a Complete Government-Muddled Mess »

Indian Sugar Industry a Complete Government-Muddled Mess

Welcome to India, where “electoral politics plays havoc” on the nation’s sugar industry. A Business-Standard report over the weekend outlined just how messed up things are in the world’s #2 sugar producing nation, thanks in no small part to government interference in the market.  Reporters Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Virendra Singh Rawat wrote on October 18th… “The festival season is when the sugar mills work overtime. Indians buy copious amounts of sweets for friends, family and […]