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Author: Jeff McCoy

April 13, 2020

The Hill: A government agency cannot change the terms of Congress’s COVID-19 relief bill

Last week, the federal government launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a new loan program intended to help small businesses that have partially or fully shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program's initial roll-out didn't go well; many banks delayed or refused to accept loan applications. But fixing these issues does nothing ...

October 21, 2019

Congress, not presidential proclamation, should establish national parks

This summer, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrated its 103rd anniversary. The NPS, the leading agency responsible for maintaining national parks and monuments, remains popular among the general public. Yet, the reservation of public lands is not without controversy, especially when it comes to national monuments. One key difference between nat ...

July 23, 2019

How quickly does legal precedent take effect?

To understand how quickly a Supreme Court decision can have widespread effects in the legal system, take a closer look at the Court's decision in Knick v. Township of Scott. That decision, Pacific Legal Foundation's 12th Supreme Court victory, is already reshaping property rights cases nationwide. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with PLF ...

July 10, 2019

Vindication for Joe: Ninth Circuit vacates late Montanan’s Clean Water Act conviction

Today, the Ninth Circuit vindicated Joe Robertson. Joe, a late Navy veteran was sentenced to 18 months in prison for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. The Ninth Circuit vacated Joe's criminal conviction after a Supreme Court order in April of this year granted, vacated, and remanded Mr. Robertson's case. In 2015, the federal government ...

June 13, 2019

Bears Ears National Monument is the wrong way to conserve our landmarks

Summer's arrival is a godsend for the many victims of winter doldrums. And for calendar enthusiasts, June is officially "Great Outdoors Month." There's no better time to get outside and enjoy our natural world. But what is government's role in protecting those beautiful tracts of nature that so many of us will be enjoying this ...

February 26, 2019

Wisconsin’s bad deal with Foxconn is a lesson for other states

This originally appeared in The Hill on February 25, 2019. Two years ago, Taiwanese tech company Foxconn promised to construct a $10 billion factory and create up to 13,000 jobs in the southeast portion of the Wisconsin. Last month, however, the company announced it was altering its plans for the factory. Although the company still ...

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