Regulation

Could drug price regulation produce good and not harm?

Could drug price regulation produce good and not harm?

A sampling of criticism of drug price controls. Trump’s Drug Price Control Orders Are Bound to Backfire At a White House gathering last Friday, President Trump announced four new executive orders intended to restrict the ways pharmaceutical companies set the price of prescription drugs. He signed and issued three that day and promised to issue a fourth if drug industry representatives don’t agree to massive price controls at a meeting tomorrow. Seemingly oblivious to the fact that just eight days earlier he staged a highly publicized press conference to explain how regulation often does more harm than good and portray…
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Regulation reform could jump-start Kansas economy after COVID

Regulation reform could jump-start Kansas economy after COVID By Michael Austin. The COVID-19 outbreak has not only posed a severe public health risk, but actions to combat it now risk a global economic collapse. With nearly half of all Kansas hourly jobs gone, the Kansas Department of Labor is overwhelmed processing unemployment claims. Roughly 40 percent of Kansas small businesses are shuttered, with more than half of them saying they are weeks away from closing permanently. Kansans need a pathway through this economic disaster. Will we come back stronger than ever before, or fall deep into an economic depression? To…
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Net neutrality, regulation, and the internet

Dr. Theodore Bolema is founding director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth at Wichita State University and member of the Department of Economics at Wichita State University. On November 8, 2019 he spoke at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on the topics of net neutrality and regulation of the internet. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Video production by Paul Soutar.
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More Wichita planning on tap

More Wichita planning on tap

We should be wary of government planning in general. But when those who have been managing and planning the foundering Wichita-area economy want to step up their management of resources, we risk compounding our problems. As announced by the City of Wichita, "In response to recent recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community organizations and their leadership are stepping forward to take the next step to create a comprehensive master plan and vision that connects projects and both banks of the Arkansas River." The city says these organizations will be involved: Downtown Wichita Greater Wichita…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Author Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom”

WichitaLiberty.TV: Author Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom”

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Author Lenore Skenazy talks about today’s children and the free-range kids movement. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 212, broadcast October 7, 2018. Shownotes Website: Let Grow Articles: Lenore Skenazy at reason.com Book: Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Congressman Ron Estes

WichitaLiberty.TV: Congressman Ron Estes

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: United States Representative Ron Estes discusses trade, FAA reauthorization and his amendment, entitlement reform, and spending. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 195, broadcast May 5, 2018. Shownotes Representative Ron Estes Congressional Website Website: Ron Estes for Congress Washington Examiner: Rep. Ron Estes: Why some Democrats are rooting for the Chinese on trade H.R. 5489: Hope Act
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WichitaLiberty.TV: Dr. Tom G. Palmer and the causes of wealth

WichitaLiberty.TV: Dr. Tom G. Palmer and the causes of wealth

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: Dr. Tom G. Palmer of Atlas Network joins Bob Weeks to explain why the usual approach to foreign aid isn’t working, and what Atlas Network is doing to change the lives of the poor across the world. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 189, broadcast March 24, 2018. Shownotes Video from Atlas Network: Locally Grown Solutions to Poverty Alleviation Atlas Network Tom Palmer on Twitter Tom Palmer on Facebook Website: Tom G. Palmer | Libertarian Author, Thinker, and Scholar
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Panhandling in Wichita

Panhandling in Wichita

The City of Wichita cracks down on panhandling. In today's Wichita Eagle Chase Billingham has an excellent column explaining the recent changes to panhandling laws in the City of Wichita (Chase Billingham: New laws will criminalize homeless). An assistant professor of sociology at Wichita State University, he makes important observations and warnings about the effect of these laws. In his column, Billingham notes a problem with the ordinance designed to regulate “aggressive” panhandling: "Importantly, though, the ordinance defines 'contact' in an extremely vague manner." I may have noticed the same problem in this example from Ordinance No. 50-643: Section 2:…
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Wichita job growth

Wichita job growth

Wichita economic development efforts viewed in context. Greater Wichita Partnership is the organization with primary responsibility for economic development in the Wichita area. Data provided by GWP shows that since 2004, GWP takes credit for creating an average 1,847 jobs per year through its economic development efforts. [1. Greater Wichita Partnership - 2017 Investment Request. Part of the February 15, 2017 Sedgwick County Commission meeting. Available at https://goo.gl/hk6RHB.] To determine whether this is an impressive amount, we need context. Over the past ten years the labor force for the Wichita MSA has averaged 314,877 each month (in May 2017 it…
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More Cargill incentives from Wichita detailed

More, but likely not all, of the Cargill incentives will be before the Wichita City Council this week. A division of Cargill, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, is moving from an office on North Main Street in downtown Wichita to the site of the former Wichita Eagle building, also in downtown Wichita. Last year it was widely reported that Cargill was considering moving this division to another city. Reports of incentives offers to Cargill from other cities spurred the City of Wichita to offer its own incentives if Cargill would remain in Wichita. This week the city council will consider additional…
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WichitaLiberty.TV: The regulatory and administrative state

WichitaLiberty.TV: The regulatory and administrative state

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV. Fred L. Smith, Jr. is the founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He explains the problems with excessive regulation and a large administrative state. Episode 145, broadcast April 2, 2017. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Shownotes Competitive Enterprise Institute Fred Smith biography. Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State CEI Center for Advancing Capitalism The Morality and Virtues of Capitalism and the Firm Toward a Thinker/Doer Alliance: A Grand Strategy for Liberty Advocates
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Year in Review: 2016

Year in Review: 2016

Here are highlights from Voice for Liberty for 2016. Was it a good year for the principles of individual liberty, limited government, economic freedom, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas? Also be sure to view the programs on WichitaLiberty.TV for guests like journalist, novelist, and blogger Bud Norman; Radio talk show host Joseph Ashby; David Bobb, President of Bill of Rights Institute; Heritage Foundation trade expert Bryan Riley; Radio talk show host Andy Hooser; Keen Umbehr; John Chisholm on entrepreneurship; James Rosebush, author of "True Reagan," Jonathan Williams of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); Gidget Southway, or Danedri Herbert;…
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Decoding the Kansas teachers union

Decoding the Kansas teachers union

Decoding and deconstructing communications from KNEA, the Kansas teachers union, lets us discover the true purpose of the union. Here, we look at a dispatch from Kansas National Education Association's "Under the Dome" newsletter from March 14, 2013. It may be found here. The topic of this day was a charter school bill. Kansas has a law that allows charter schools, which are public schools that operate outside many of the rules and regulations that govern traditional public schools. But the Kansas law is written in a way that makes it difficult to form a charter school, and as a…
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Kansas benefits from foreign trade

Kansas benefits from foreign trade

The Kansas economy benefits greatly from foreign trade, and we should oppose restrictions on trade. Bryan Riley of Heritage Foundation has contributed an extensive analysis of the benefits foreign trade brings to Kansas. Riley is Jay Van Andel Senior Policy Analyst in Trade Policy at Center for Trade and Economics (CTE). Riley notes three ways that foreign trade benefits Kansas: Imports provide competitive products for Kansas consumers and manufacturers. Exports benefit Kansas farmers and aerospace workers. Foreign investment supports thousands of Kansas jobs. He recommends: "The state’s congressional delegation can best advance the interests of Kansans by opposing protectionist policies…
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In Sedgwick County, Norton’s misplaced concern for an industry

In Sedgwick County, Norton’s misplaced concern for an industry

In the campaign for Sedgwick County Commission, the incumbent Tim Norton touts his experience, judgment, "intellectual stamina, thirst for data and feedback," and his efforts in economic development. Following, from January 2013, an example of how uninformed he is regarding basic facts about the Kansas economy. In Sedgwick County, Norton's misplaced concern for an industry Expressing concern about a large industry that he said is important to Sedgwick County and Kansas, Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton spoke in favor of the need for comprehensive government planning. He cited the commonly-held belief that humans, with their desire for large suburban home…
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Tim Norton: Saving farms from people and their preferences

Tim Norton: Saving farms from people and their preferences

In the campaign for Sedgwick County Commission, the incumbent Tim Norton touts his experience, judgment, "intellectual stamina, thirst for data and feedback," and his efforts in economic development. Following, from January 2013, an example of how uninformed he is. You also see his preference for government regulation over economic and personal freedom. Tim Norton: Saving farms from people and their preferences Last week at a meeting of the Sedgwick County Commission, Commissioner Tim Norton spoke in favor of the need for comprehensive government planning. In support, he cited the commonly-held belief that humans -- especially with their desire for large…
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From Pachyderm: Westar Energy

From Pachyderm: Westar Energy

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Don Sherman, Vice President Community Relations and Strategic Partners with Westar Energy introduced Jeff Beasley, Vice President of Customer Care with Westar for an informative presentation titled, "An overview of Westar Energy -- Solar, Conservation, Community." This was recorded August 12, 2016. Click here for the audio presentation. Click here for the slides.
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State of the States, 2016

State of the States, 2016

What did the nation's governors tell their constituents this year? American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has examined the "State of the State" addresses delivered this year by state governors. Its report State of the States 2016 analyzes each for proposals that will affect economic competitiveness. The good news, according to the report? "The majority of governors seem to understand that lower tax rates and limited government give citizens and businesses a greater incentive to reside and operate in their states compared to others with higher tax rates and more regulations." But some states received bad news. Louisiana Governor John Bel…
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In Wichita, your house numbers may become illegal

In Wichita, your house numbers may become illegal

Thousands of Wichita homeowners may soon be lawbreakers if the city council follows its staff's recommendation. An update is at the end of this article. This week the Wichita City Council may make your house number illegal, even though those numbers may -- literally -- be set in stone. This will be the case if the council takes the action recommended by its Department of Public Works and Utilities. Current city code requires address numbers three inches high. The proposed ordinance requires numbers four inches tall. The penalty for noncompliance is $500 per day, with each day being "a separate…
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