Government Boost to Small Business Could do More Harm than Good

By Fergus Hodgson
Mercatus scholar warns that discrimination over business size lacks economic justification By Daniel M. Rothschild With the Senate set to create a $30 billion fund for small business lending and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) praising small businesses as “the engine of job creation,” elected officials and their challengers of both parties are scrambling...

TAGS: Daniel Rothschild, employment, Mercatus Center, small business

Questions Remain Over Approach to Eliminating Government Workers

By Fergus Hodgson
Unclear whether bill intended to reduce number of state employees will have significant impact Baton Rouge — It may not be surprising that state Senator Jack Donahue’s legislation to reduce Louisiana’s disproportionately large government work force was met with criticism. What is surprising is that much of this criticism comes from administrators that support its...

TAGS: department of administration, employment, jack donahue, John Kennedy, SB 293, waste

Gulf State Residents Bring Message to Capitol

By Fergus Hodgson
Victims, activists, and trade representatives join forces to oppose shut-down of Gulf oil industry Washington, DC—Promoting the tagline, “My Job Matters,” more than 50 Gulf state residents travelled to the Capitol to protest the moratorium and regulatory impediments to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Protesters gave speeches in front of the U.S. Capitol Building,...

TAGS: dc, employment, gulf states, Moratorium, protest, save u.s. energy jobs

Voices For and Against

By Fergus Hodgson
Interview excerpts regarding the Gulf drilling moratorium In the process of covering the array of protests, town hall meetings, and study announcements surrounding the oil spill, I have had the opportunity to interview a diverse group of individuals. The primary point of concern has been the ongoing moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of...

TAGS: audio file, Economy, employment, interviews, Moratorium, oil spill, opponents

New Study Demonstrates Severity of Moratorium Impact

By Fergus Hodgson
Author estimates economic after-effects could be worse than that of the oil spill On Monday in New Orleans, Dr. Joseph Mason of Louisiana State University presented a sobering assessment of the economic impact of a six-month drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. His report, commissioned by the American Energy Alliance (AEA), forecasts that over...

TAGS: Economy, employment, joseph mason, Moratorium, new study, oil spill, tax revenue