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At e21, we use a broad definition of “economic policy.” Our analysis covers both macro and micro issues across a variety of policy areas, including the budget, national debt, financial markets, banking, housing, health care, infrastructure, and entitlements – just to name a few.

Budget

New Congress Breaks into Action With Smart Bills

In describing the 114th Congress’ first 100 days, MarketWatch columnist Rex Nutting uses a four-letter word, dumb, no less than nine times. But maybe Congress’ “five dumbest things” make sense after all. Passing a budget, rolling back taxes, approving Keystone XL and reining in an overreaching agency might increase Congress’ popularity with voters back home.

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Working for the Tax Man

Though April 15 has passed, Americans are still a week away from the finish line when it comes to paying their taxes. This year, it will take the average American until April 24 to work enough to pay off their share of federal, state, and local taxes. We spend 30 percent of the year working to pay the government before we can start to keep the money that we earn.

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Employment

New Congress Breaks into Action With Smart Bills

In describing the 114th Congress’ first 100 days, MarketWatch columnist Rex Nutting uses a four-letter word, dumb, no less than nine times. But maybe Congress’ “five dumbest things” make sense after all. Passing a budget, rolling back taxes, approving Keystone XL and reining in an overreaching agency might increase Congress’ popularity with voters back home.

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On April 15, the Service Employees International Union is organizing nationwide fast food worker strikes to draw attention to its push for a $15 hourly wage. While such protests may seem to be grassroots efforts led by struggling workers, major unions fund and promote them. Unions desperately need to extend their reach to the high-turnover fast food industry if they are to stem sharply declining membership rolls.

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Energy

New Congress Breaks into Action With Smart Bills

In describing the 114th Congress’ first 100 days, MarketWatch columnist Rex Nutting uses a four-letter word, dumb, no less than nine times. But maybe Congress’ “five dumbest things” make sense after all. Passing a budget, rolling back taxes, approving Keystone XL and reining in an overreaching agency might increase Congress’ popularity with voters back home.

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A Private Solution to Energy Efficiency

For all the resources our federal government has provided to help Americans make wiser energy decisions, most Americans do not use the EPA’s many certifications, online tools, and calculators (which include ENERGY STAR certification and the “Home Energy Yardstick”).

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Finance

Technology Brings Behavioral Solutions to Americans' Financia

Americans are not saving enough. This is problematic because there are limited options for people who run into short-term financial problems, and government-funded retirement programs are on an unsustainable path. While there may seem to be no hope to better prepare Americans for their future financial needs, the findings of behavioral economists hint at one way out of America's savings crisis.

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401kcalculator.org

The March employment report brought to a close a disappointing quarter for the U.S. economy.  With only 126,000 new jobs created last month, gains since January totaled 591,000.  That’s a decent number, but down noticeably from the increase of 973,000 during the final three months of 2014.  

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Healthcare

Gaming the Scenarios in King v. Burwell

Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a case critical to the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or so-called Obamacare).  

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Rubio’s Health Plan Is a Fresh Breeze

As the starting gate loads for the large field of 2016 presidential candidates in the Republican party, there has not been much differentiation thus far in what the leading contenders have said about health policy.

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Regulation

Rand Paul Heads to the Races

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will announce the official launch of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in Louisville today. In a video released on Monday, Paul promised, “On April 7, a different kind of Republican will take on Washington.” But how different is Paul from the other likely Republican candidates? Is he really, as Time Magazine claimed, “The Most Interesting Man in Politics”?

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Hysterical Reaction to Indiana Law Is Destructive to Our System of Government

Indiana has followed the example of 19 other states and the federal government in passing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Such laws have been around for more than 20 years and have never been found unconstitutional. Yet people are calling for a boycott of Indiana only. That makes no sense. If the law is so damaging, why not call for its repeal throughout America?

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