Massive Subsidies Won’t Solve the Semiconductor Supply Chain Crisis

On the same day that the White House kick-started an effort to get Congress to approve billions in new subsidies for American chipmakers, and the Commerce Department published a long-awaited report on the status of semiconductor supply chains, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo put an exclamation point on the whole thing.
“It’s a crisis,” Raimondo told Yahoo Finance. “What we need is to make more chips in America.”
In a nutshell, that’s the main argument for passing the America COMPETES Act.

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An LGBT-Friendly Charter School in the Heart of Alabama Shows the Power and Flexibility of School Choice

For an excellent example of how charter schools can reach students who struggle in standardized public school environments, head to Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of 25,000 people south of Birmingham.
There you’ll find Magic City Acceptance Academy, a public charter school that opened its doors last August after struggling for a year to get official permission to open.

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My Review of Judge Sutton’s New Book in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal invited me to review Judge Sutton’s new book, Who Decides?: States as Laboratories of Constitutional Experimentation. The review will be published in the weekend edition of the Journal. Here is a snippet:

Recently the Supreme Court halted the federal vaccine-or-test mandate by a 6-3 vote. This split can be explained along the usual ideological lines. The six conservatives blocked the requirement, while the three progressives approved it.

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Are Oregonians Ready To Pump Their Own Gas?

A proposed bill allowing Oregon motorists to pump their own gas is stoking controversy among some state residents who say they aren’t sure they’re ready for that awesome responsibility.
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced legislation that would permit customers to operate pumps all by themselves, provided gas stations still maintained a number of full-service pumps manned by an employee.
Oregon, alongside New Jersey, is one of two states in the U.S. that still requires gas stations to have full-service pumps.

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Are Oregonians Ready To Pump Their Own Gas?

A proposed bill allowing Oregon motorists to pump their own gas is stoking controversy among some state residents who say they aren’t sure they’re ready for that awesome responsibility.
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced legislation that would permit customers to operate pumps all by themselves, provided gas stations still maintained a number of full-service pumps manned by an employee.
Oregon, alongside New Jersey, is one of two states in the U.S. that still requires gas stations to have full-service pumps.

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Florida Parents Take Back the Classroom

“It is a fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children.” That’s the opening line of Florida’s Parents’ Bill of Rights, signed into law in June 2021. Similar bills have been proposed in Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, and even at the federal level.
“Our children do not belong to the government,” says Patti Sullivan, state coordinator for Parental Rights Florida, which has pushed for legislation of this sort since 2013.
“We do not co-parent with the government.

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