• U.S. Sugar Policy: De Minimis Protections against de maximus Agricultural Price Manipulation

    (Chuck Muth) – While our focus at the “Free Market Sugar” project has been primarily directed at the market-distorting subsidies of sugar by foreign governments, it’s important to realize that similar global market interference exists for a wide variety of other agricultural commodities, as well. An extensive report – “Agricultural Subsidies in...

  • Should You Go Solar?

    (Kurt Rice) – For me, the thought of using the sun’s asphalt-melting energy to power my air-conditioned cocoon, light up my big screen and chill my beer is a dream right up there with putting a human colony on Mars. Unfortunately, for the last several decades, photovoltaic (PV) solar power hasn’t been...

  • Memo to Apple CEO Tim Cook

    (Fred Weinberg) – I caught your screed against a new Indiana law which prohibits government from penalizing bakers...

  • Comcast’s Commitment to the Hispanic Community

    (David L. Cohen of Comcast) – Last night, I had the privilege of speaking at the Closing Gala of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.  Across the Comcast family of companies, we have a clear and proven track record of serving the Hispanic community and last night I had...

  • Class action lawsuit goes after hotels that fail to disclose resort fees

    (Hugo Martin of LA Times) – If you have ever glanced at your hotel receipt only to be...

  • Top 10 Biggest LinkedIn Mistakes – and What to Do About Them

    “Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and...

  • Study Projects Substantial Damage from Proposed Nevada Business License Fee Increase

    Researchers anticipate revenue shortfalls, declines in entity filings if Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed fee increase is implemented (Mass Media) – Las Vegas. The Nevada Registered Agent Association, an organization of commercial registered agents representing thousands of businesses across the state, released detailed information today from a study conducted by public policy...

  • Crony Socialism: Candy Crush Edition

    (Seton Motley) – Hershey’s – the candy man — is a BIG business. Its May 2014 market...

  • So What Happens if the U.S. Sugar Industry is Killed Off?

    Leslie Joseph of the Wall Street Journal reported this week that “Raw-sugar futures are up about 10% this year, even as most commodities continue to decline.” Joseph explains that “Sugar’s gains come amid dry weather in No. 1 producer Brazil, which is expected to result in the smallest global surplus of the...

  • 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...

  • Nevada Voters Faced with Burdensome Business Tax on Nov. Ballot

    (John Kartch) – Question 3: “The Education Initiative”– Despite the innocuous sounding name, Nevada’s Question 3 would implement a new 2% “margin tax” on businesses operating in the state of Nevada. The revenue from the new tax would be granted to the state’s public schools. The Question was placed on the ballot via...

  • OPEC of Sugar Election: Socialist vs. Socialist

    (Chuck Muth) – Americans insisting on ending the U.S. sugar program in an effort to lead us into a utopian free-market nirvana keep ignoring exactly who our dance partners are. Take Brazil, for example. The world’s leading sugar producer is preparing to either re-elect an avowed socialist as president next month…or elect...

  • Don’t Worry, America. Your Dum Dums are Safe!

    (Chuck Muth) – Luzi Ann Javier and Marvin G. Perez published an explosive column in Bloomberg.com on September 16 essentially declaring a national emergency because Spangler Candy Company allegedly couldn’t make its Dum Dum Pops and candy canes for a single day. “U.S. food companies can’t get enough sugar even as the...

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