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Author: Scott Barton

April 20, 2021

We should follow the science, but who makes the decisions?

"We’re just following the science.” That simple and seemingly unobjectionable statement has been used over the past year to justify every policy, regulation, and law related to COVID-19, no matter their scope or the length they're in place. Of course, we are in a pandemic and science is necessary for understanding how to deal with ...

July 02, 2020

American Resilience: Our nation was made to survive tough times like these

**Editor's note on upcoming PLF event** 2020 was a difficult year. Around the world, we saw governments buckle under the weight of a pandemic, and communities and institutions struggled to meet the demands of the crisis.   While government leaders sought to alleviate the ills of the pandemic, they frequently exacerbated the problem with arbitrary ...

September 25, 2019

Battling discrimination in Connecticut schools

America's civil rights movement ended the legalized segregation that forced black students into separate—and very much unequal—schools. But decades later, the quality of education for too many of the country's minority children has still not improved. And unfortunately, instead of fighting for better-quality education for all students regardles ...

August 02, 2019

The Congressional Review Act matters, here’s why

What would your family do with an extra $3,000 a year? Pay down debts? Invest? Save? Go on vacation? An extra few thousand dollars can mean a lot to the average family. That's why recent news about the successful rollback of burdensome regulations is an important first step in the fight against the out-of-control, and ...

June 28, 2019

Reactions to Rose Knick’s property rights win at the Supreme Court

Property rights earned a major Supreme Court win last week in Knick v. Township of Scott, opening the federal courthouse doors to property owners. And people are noticing. In brief, the decision overruled an old 1985 decision that forced Fifth Amendment property rights claims out of federal courts, effectively reducing those rights to second-class ...