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Economist with a Ph.D. from Roskilde University, Denmark. Author of "Industrial Poverty: Yesterday Sweden, Today Europe, Tomorrow America" (Gower Applied Research; 2014). Research focus on macroeconomics, the welfare state and economic freedom. Member of the Council of Scholars, Compact for America Educational Foundation.

Can We Please Try Limited Government Now?

On Thursday April 28 the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its advance estimate of GDP growth for the first quarter of 2016:

Real gross domestic product -- the value of the goods and services produced by the nation’s economy less the value of the goods and services used up in production, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 1.4 percent. 

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GDP Data Shows Resiliency of U.S. Economy

On July 30 the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released an advance-estimate version of its GDP numbers for the second quarter of 2015. For the first time since before the Great Recession it looks like there is some real strength building in the economy. First, the summary from the BEA:

Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2015, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.6 percent (revised). The Bureau emphasized that the second-quarter advance estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency ... The increase in real GDP in the second quarter reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, state and local government spending, and residential fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from federal government spending, private inventory investment, and nonresidential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

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CREG July: Capital Gains Cover Structural Deficit

Never bark at the Big Dog. The Big Dog is always right.

On July 28 the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) published its quarterly update on state government revenue. While CREG as usual takes a low profile approach to the state's revenue problems, the actual message in the report deserves some real attention.

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Clinton Brings Europe's Welfare State to America

In her big speech on economic policy on July 13, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outline a vision for expanding the American welfare state. At 17:45 into the video, Mrs. Clinton summarizes her entitlement agenda:

Fair pay and fair scheduling, paid family leave and earned sick days, child care are essential to our competitiveness and our growth.

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Will Pot Taxes Make Mead Support Legalization?

Ever since Colorado decided to legalize marijuana there has been an increasingly intense discussion in Wyoming over whether or not the Cowboy State should go the same way. Some people have (for unclear reasons) confidently, consistently, told us that it can never happen here. However, as I explained last year, whenever there is the prospect of a new tax, anything can happen, even in Wyoming. Alas, from KGAB:

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What Wyoming Can Learn from Puerto Rico

This week's big news on the economic front is the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico. With a debt at 70 percent of its GDP the U.S. territory has assumed debt payment obligations that go well beyond what its $28,500-per-year GDP per capita can pay for. Time is running out for San Juan to come up with a solution; if they don't, bankruptcy is a real possibility.

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SCOTUS Was Right on King v Burwell

As the Supreme Court announced its ruling on Obamacare subsidies in King v. Burwell, an almost unanimous outcry rose from conservatives around the country. Somehow there was an expectation that the Court would rule that the federal government cannot pay subsidies to people for purchases of identified items. More specifically, the ruling that conservatives wanted would have said that the subsidies cannot be for purchases of the identified items (health insurance) in a store (health care exchange) that is not owned and operated by the federal government. 
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