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February 4, 2013

Now, to wrap up a busy week:


Maryland is losing people, and Daniel Bongino attributes that to the state’s tax structure, which is among the least friendly for businesses in the country. Read his piece to see his strategy for rebuilding Maryland for the next generation.

Love beer? Even if you don’t, there are plenty of reasons to like micro-breweries, a growing presence in the world of small business. A study by Mike Bastasch and Britton Bennett shows that, when governments relax regulations and allow markets to work, micro-breweries can be efficient job creators.


Dr. Rich Swier uncovers even more government hypocrisy, this time at the Department of Homeland Security. Apparently, the feds find certain types of rifles appropriate for “personal defense” when government personnel use them…but want to take them out of the hands of citizens.


Lindsey Dodge writes about a proposed Michigan law that would exempt locally-made firearms from any new federal gun control legislation. Supporters of gun control are playing the race card against Michigan’s bill; Dodge dismisses this nonsense and examines the bill’s chances of holding up in court.


High unemployment is wrecking havoc on North Carolina’s economy and budget. Bruce Carroll looks at a bill in the state legislature that would make changes to the state’s unemployment benefits and save taxpayers some money.


The 2012 elections may have just ended, but it’s not too early to start thinking about 2014, when 36 states will elect their governors. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett could very well lose re-election, according to a new poll. Jana Benscoter breaks down the poll and ties Corbett’s unpopularity to his broken campaign promises.


Over 70% of Texas school districts use a one-size-fits-all, government-recommended curriculum. But does it serve the best interests of our children? Lou Ann Anderson looks at several of the controversial elements of the curriculum, including an alleged “anti-American tone” and lack of oversight and accountability.

Kevin Palmer

Staff writer at Franklin Center. Contact me at kevin@watchdogwire.com

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