Louisiana Voucher Applications Roll Forward Despite Union Lawsuits

By Kevin Mooney
Thousands of school voucher applicants who want to exit unsafe, ineffective public schools made history on Friday. That was the deadline for eligible families to apply for scholarship funds that can be used to cover the cost of private school tuition.

TAGS: Bobby Jindal, Charter Schools, Education, Education Reform, Friedman Foundation, Heritage Foundation, Louisiana Association of Educators, Louisiana Federation of Teachers, School choice, teachers unions, Vouchers

ObamaCare Opponents Differ Sharply Over Strategy at ALEC Conference

By Kevin Mooney
A dispute over the merits and potential defects of health care exchange systems continued to rage last week at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting in New Orleans as state officials expressed concern over ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandates.

TAGS: American Legislative Exchange Council, Cato Institute, health care exchanges, Heritage Foundation, Judge Roger Vinson, Medicaid, ObamaCare, patient protection and affordable care act

Ten Oil Rigs Have Exited Gulf Since Obama Moratorium Went Into Effect

By Kevin Mooney
Ten oil rigs have left the Gulf of Mexico since the Obama Administration imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in May 2010 documentation from Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) office shows. Companies will not recommit themselves to the Gulf region until the "political uncertainty" recedes.

TAGS: Gulf of Mexico, Heritage Foundation, Louisiana, Moratorium, oil rigs, President Obama, Sen. David Vitter

New Welfare Reform Plan Seeks to Put Recipients to Work

By Robert Ross
Republican House members introduce the Welfare Reform Act of 2011, which is set to expand the reforms of the mid-1990s. The reform comes on the heels of U.S. Census Bureau data showing one in seven Americans live at or below the poverty line.

TAGS: Heritage Foundation, House Republican Study Committee, Jim Jordan, Katherine Bradley, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Welfare Reform Act of 2011

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