Various bans on plastic straws are backed by good intentions, yet, these efforts could be tailored to better causes. Alternatives to plastic straws can have larger environmental footprints than their plastic counterparts and usually have much higher costs. Meaningful
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The Congressional Western Caucus introduced 9 bills in July that shift endangered species conservation to a different, more bottom-up approach. These bills increase information sharing between individuals, tribes, local governments, and private organizations. They also
AP Photo/Reed Saxon CGO researchers Josh T. Smith and Jesse Baker write about crime statistics in the debate about DACA recipients (Dreamers) and crime. Dreamers are productive members of society and data suggest they are
Banning plastic products would hurt small business owners, have little effect on ocean pollution, and their alternatives require the use of more fossil fuels and electricity. William F. Shughart II and Camille Harmer argue that rather than banning the symptom
AP Photo/Senate TV In 2011, politicians were banned from using earmarks. Aaron Hedlund, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, and visiting Senior Fellow at the CGO maintains this policy results in citizens
William F. Shughart II, Senior Editor at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, is interviewed by Hayek Program scholar Jayme Lemke. See original posting.
CGO’s Research Director, Megan Hansen, discusses the effects certain regulations can have on both the environment and the economy. Due to red tape, only 3 percent of existing dams with small-scale hydropower potential produce power in the United States. Although some
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty Josh Smith, Research Manager for the CGO, writes about other ways to reduce carbon emissions than renewable portfolio standards (RPS). States with RPS mandates have increased electricity prices with
Josh T. Smith, Research Manager at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, takes part in a discussion on Renewal Portfolio Standards (RPS).
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli The Trump administration proposed a policy aimed at helping suffering coal and nuclear power plants by requiring utilities to purchase electricity from these plants. CGO researchers, Camille Harmer and Josh T. Smith, write about the
AP Photo/John Locher In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal prohibition on sports gambling. With many states making changes to accommodate the Supreme Court’s decision, one thing is clear: Legal sports gambling is here to stay. CGO Director of
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli In May 2018, the California Energy Commission took another step toward requiring all new homes under three stories to have solar panels installed beginning in 2020. Currently, only between 15 and 20 percent of new single-family homes in
This May, the Center for Growth and Opportunity celebrated the graduation of 19 student research fellows from Utah State University. These students were among the first cohort to conduct research at the CGO.
Christopher Koopman, CGO Executive Director, discusses the recently-introduced Aviation Empowerment Act and the future of public policy in the aviation industry.
Christopher Koopman, Executive Director at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee on May 22, 2018. The hearing, “Breaking through the Regulatory Barrier: What Red Tape Means for the
Photo: Wingly Christopher Koopman, Senior Director of Strategy and Research at the Center for Growth and Opportunity, and Michael Kotrous, of the Mercatus Center, argue that allowing flight-sharing companies to operate in the U.S. market would enable rural citizens to
Despite being safer than both wind and solar production in terms of employee deaths and environmental impact, nuclear power has a poor public reputation, due in part to the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Given improved technology in the intervening 32 years, Professor
In this article Chris Koopman, at the Center for Growth and Opportunity, and Jennifer Huddleston Skees, of the Mercatus Center, advocate for a comprehensive policy framework that is friendly to self-driving technologies and
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and other young immigrants march with supporters as they arrive at the Capitol in Washington, March 5, 2018. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Josh Smith, of the
Tech policy scholar to lead strategy and research at The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University LOGAN, Utah — Christopher Koopman, former Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason
Undergraduate Research Fellows from the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University presented research at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, on February 28, 2018. Their presentation was part of the annual event Utah’s Research on
The Trump Administration recently implemented a tariff on foreign solar panels in an attempt to bolster domestic solar panel production. However, the U.S. solar industry has been growing successfully because access to cheaper solar panels manufactured outside the U.S.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson A massive backlog of repairs is needed in many of the national parks. The Center for Growth and Opportunity’s Josh Smith and Camille Harmer argue that the proposed fee hike is an appropriate way to raise funds to
During the State of the Union Address, President Trump suggested increasing the number of immigrants eligible for DACA and creating a path to citizenship in exchange for $30 billion to fund a border wall. Professor James Feigenbaum, of Utah State University, and
Professor William F. Shughart II, of Utah State University, and Josh Smith, of the Center for Growth and Opportunity, argue that the best way to promote progress in the renewable energy sector is not to halt production of fossil fuels. Refusing to acknowledge that the
Meddling in energy markets is a problem on both sides of the political aisle. Whether the subsidies go to alternative energy sources or fossil fuels they ultimately come out of the pockets of average taxpayers. Josh T. Smith, Research Manager at the Center for Growth
Professor William F. Shughart II, of Utah State University, and Undergraduate Research Fellow Kristian Fors, of the Center for Growth and Opportunity, explain how “user fee” gas taxes in California are intended to support road and transportation maintenance, but
Californians will now be paying almost 60 cents per gallon in taxes for their gasoline purchases—an increase of 12 cents. The increase comes after the rise of hybrid and electric vehicles has caused a decline in gas-tax revenue and left the highway trust fund short on