Scholar Commentary

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Hansen Participates in Public Lands Discussion

On June 29, 2018 CGO Research Director Megan E. Hansen joins other panelists from The Heritage Foundation and Southern Utah University at a Public Lands Discussion featuring Senator Mike Lee hosted by The Sutherland Institute.

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Op-ed: It’s a new day for daily fantasy sports betting

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

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Op-ed: The High Cost of Solar Mandates

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

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Op-ed: Flight-sharing could bring Uber to the skies

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

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Op-ed: Tariffs and Econ 101

A worker checks on rolls of aluminum at a factory in Zouping county in east China’s Shandong province. Photo: Chinatopix via AP Professor William F. Shughart II, of Utah State University, and research fellow Kristian Fors, of the Center for Growth

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Op-ed: Mixed Signals for U.S. Solar Industry

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.

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Op-ed: 11 Billion reasons to raise park entry fees

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

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Op-ed: ‘Dreamers’ are worth the wall

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

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Op-ed: Let the market determine energy sources’ futures

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

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Op-ed: Dreamers Deserve a Legislative Fix

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

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Op-ed: Markets Should Determine Our Future Energy Sources

In this piece, Research Director Megan E. Hansen explains that the inherent political biases of energy policy push specific forms of energy to succeed and others to fail. Hansen gives examples of how market-driven entrepreneurship has led to more-efficient and

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