By: Robert Bryson A well-funded IRS discourages fraud, ensures companies compete under the same rules, and provides quality information and service to worried taxpayers. Since 2008, the IRS budget has declined 20% from approximately $14 billion to $11.135 billion. In that time, personnel levels have dropped 20% while the IRS has contended with a 9% … Continue reading IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service
Post-Truth: A New Future? Not Yet.
By: Robert Bryson The concept of “Post-Truth” was perfectly encapsulated in the first episode of the Colbert Report during the inaugural segment of “The Word,” wherein Stephen Colbert famously declared: “Face it, folks, we are a divided nation … divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart … … Continue reading Post-Truth: A New Future? Not Yet.
Everything is Politics (1)
By: Robert Bryson Recent allegations are being thrown around by both Republicans and Democrats that the side-opposite is “politicizing” COVID-19 and using it to push through “their” agenda. However, politics isn’t a bad word. Politics is another word to describe the process by which a group of people make a decision. HOAs, unions, book clubs, … Continue reading Everything is Politics (1)
PIAC Comments on Dishwasher Petition; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005-0001
The Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative (PIAC) respectfully submits to the Department of Energy (DOE) the following comments in opposition of the Dishwasher Petition the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed on March 21, 2018; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-SDT-0005-0001; 83 Fed. Reg. 17768 (April 24, 2018). PIAC Supports AHAM’s Caution Against Inventing a New Class of Dishwasher PIAC … Continue reading PIAC Comments on Dishwasher Petition; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005-0001
A.B. 5 and Dynamex: What does this mean for employers and independent contractors?
By: Robert Bryson On September 18, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law. A.B. 5 codified Dynamex Ops. W. Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 which dramatically redefined how the state classifies independent contractors vis a vie employees. A.B. 5 was drafted to target “gig” economy workers (i.e., Uber drivers, deliver … Continue reading A.B. 5 and Dynamex: What does this mean for employers and independent contractors?
Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research
By: Nicole Nazari “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was understood to provide a right to bear arms if it was for a legitimate … Continue reading Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research
The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”
By: Bria Burgamy Over the past two decades, prescription opioids have wreaked havoc in the United States – despite evidence that the drugs’ manufacturers knew the drugs had potential to do just that. The opioid crisis has claimed more than 200,000 American lives since becoming commonly prescribed in the late 1990s. At the center of … Continue reading The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”
The Correlation Between Race, Party Affiliation, and Gerrymandering
By: Francis Carlota Chicago is usually the first thing people think about when Illinois comes to mind. People might even assume the greater chicago area is likely democratic, which means people likely think Illinois is a blue state. The fact former President Barack Obama was an Illinois Senator and Illinois voted blue in the 2016 … Continue reading The Correlation Between Race, Party Affiliation, and Gerrymandering
Gerrymandering Series: the Beginning, its Development, and the Contemporary Application
By: Robert Bryson The Beginning Gerrymandering is a political process in which electoral districts are drawn with convoluted or meandering boundaries. The term was coined in 1812 when Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts signed into law a Boston-area electoral district that resembled a mythological salamander, however, the process of drawing abstract districts was an American … Continue reading Gerrymandering Series: the Beginning, its Development, and the Contemporary Application
The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act
By: Nicole Nazari There is something disturbingly wrong with the American health care system. Before 2014, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, individual market insurers could conduct a litany of unethical practices. Insurers could deny coverage to applicants with preexisting conditions, charge sicker people higher premiums, and not cover specific … Continue reading The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act