In the early 1950s, less than 5 percent of workers required a government-issued license to provide services. Today, that number has grown to almost a quarter of professions. We were in New Hampshire to discuss occupational licensing reform. Though it was ranked as the "freest" state in the nation, 14.7% of New Hampshire's workforce is licensed.
Can technology increase transparency in civil asset forfeiture or promote accountability among police officers? We are proud to have partnered with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Coalition for Public Safety, and R-Street for a series of panels at SXSW on tech's potential impact on criminal justice reform.

R Street’s criminal justice project goes to SXSW | R Street

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The majority of people currently in prison will re-enter society someday, but barriers to opportunity like occupational licensing can automatically shut-out ex-offenders from obtaining a second chance. After serving their time, shouldn't ex-offenders have the opportunity to re-enter their communities and rebuild their lives through gainful employment?

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Occupational licensing reform will benefit millions of Americans

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President Trump's proposed budget includes a 10% increase in military spending and if passed, "would be about the same size as the total annual budgets of Israel, Canada, Taiwan, Turkey and Mexico combined." Given that the proposal would ignore defense spending caps, rethinking how the US spends its already sufficient military budget could be a more realistic defense and fiscal strategy.

Trump’s proposed hike to military spending is bigger than all but two countries’ entire budgets

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03/22/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
When school districts can't keep up with increases in enrollment, public school systems become overcrowded and students can miss out on opportunities. Education savings accounts could help alleviate some of the pressure while allowing parents to create a custom plan that best suits their child's needs. Matt Ladner, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, writes how ESA's could...
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Education savings accounts: A flexible alternative for Texas schools, by Matt Ladner

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03/22/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
“I have a connection to both sides. Now I feel like I have a voice and it’s my job to raise awareness."

Speaking on the story of his brother who suffered from mental health issues while in prison, Snoop Dogg, along with Koch Industries' Mark Holden, CKI's Vikrant Reddy, and Weldon Angelos discussed ways to reform the criminal justice system at SXSW, from improving mental health treatment to...
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Snoop Dogg sheds light on lack of mental health care in the prison system

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03/22/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
"Federal spending is on an unsustainable path so keeping some discipline in Washington’s spending is essential."

Alison Acosta Winters, managing director of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, writes on the positive and negative aspects of President Trump's proposed budget as well as what is missing, from removing duplicate programs, ignoring discretionary spending caps for...
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03/21/2017 at 21:15. Facebook
Is immigration a human right? The University of San Diego's Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy hosted a debate last week to discuss this question and many more raised by the recent conversation on immigration. Led by philosophy professor at USD and Charles Koch Foundation grantee Matt Zwolinski, the Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy strives to bring together multiple...
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USD Questions Morality Of Immigration Policies

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03/21/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
New Hampshire may have been ranked as one of the "freest" and "best" places to live, but when it comes to occupational licensing, there is still significant room for improvement. The fines and hours associated with licensing shut out competition and create barriers to opportunity, especially for low-income Americans.

Another View -- Will Ruger and Dana Wade: NH should remove licensing barriers to the workplace | New Hampshire

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03/21/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Flytenow wanted to create "flight-sharing" for private pilots, bringing airport cork boards used by pilots to find passengers to help pay for expenses to the digital era, until the FAA left them grounded by requiring Flytenow to apply for commercial certification as a "common carrier." Christopher Koopman and Eli Dourado from George Mason University's Mercatus Center, discuss how...
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An Easy Way to Make the Skies Friendlier

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03/20/2017 at 19:45. Facebook
Writing on the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Andrew Bacevich discusses how without a clear objective, wars can become a costly continuation; "Like other large-scale government projects, war now serves as a medium through which favors are bestowed, largess distributed and ambitions satisfied."

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The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

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03/20/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
"Should the government spend its time protecting consumers from ugly throw pillows or droopy floral arrangements? Should the government force an African hair-braiding expert to also study makeup application or nail art in order to work?" Acting Chairman of the FTC Maureen Ohlhausen on how the barriers created by occupational licensing "threaten economic liberty."

Loveseats, lilies, and licensing: Economic liberty opens doors to opportunity | Federal Trade Commission

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03/19/2017 at 21:30. Facebook
"Mandatory fingerprint background checks don’t appear to provide any additional safety benefits for ridesharing. What they will do is increase costs, decrease the number of people who can work and inadvertently rely on a broken and discriminatory hiring system."

Legislators should stop mandating how Uber conducts background checks

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03/19/2017 at 18:15. Facebook
Rebuilding community trust is crucial for policing reform, and police officers from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area are connecting with their communities and fostering outreach by organizing basketball tournaments between police, homeland security agents, firefighters, and "returned citizens."

How DMV police are reinventing community relations - one basketball at a time

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03/18/2017 at 22:23. Facebook
While we couldn't go live during #SXSW, here's our discussion with Weldon Angelos, Mark Holden, and Snoop Dogg. The panelists covered a wide a diverse set of topics on why criminal justice reform is just as relevant and pressing as ever.

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In an interview with thought experts on if we should be worried about artificial intelligence, no consensus was reached, with some viewing AI as a serious threat and others who believe the treats are exaggerated. Innovations in AI are still new, but have the potential to increase well-being- what do you see as the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence?

How worried should we be about artificial intelligence? I asked 17 experts.

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03/18/2017 at 19:49. Facebook
We're live at SXSW with Koch Industry's Mark Holden, CKI's Vikrant Reddy, Weldon Angelos, and Snoop Dogg to discuss how the music community can work to achieve lasting criminal justice reform.

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03/18/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
"Instead of protecting consumers and ensuring the public’s safety from dangerous fitness trainers, for example, these 'government permission slips' protect the pocketbooks of established businesses in the regulated field — all at the expense of job seekers, especially younger Americans."

Occupational licensing reform gives more Americans a shot at success

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03/18/2017 at 15:45. Facebook
Though supersonic flight flew onto the scene with the Concorde, the hefty price-tag of flights and overland regulations put supersonic travel on hold. Since then, technological advancements could bring supersonic flight out of retirement and startups are racing to "reverse a four-decade innovation stagnation in aviation.”

Supersonic Planes Are Mounting a Comeback—Without That Earth-Shaking Boom

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03/17/2017 at 21:15. Facebook
After accounting for lack of demand and technological obsolescence, only one job out of the 270 occupations listed in the 1950 U.S. Census has been eliminated by automation: elevator operator. This finding follows recent reports that few jobs can be entirely automated.

“If a job is completely automated, then automation necessarily reduces employment. But if a job is only partially automated,...
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Over the last 60 years, automation has totally eliminated just one US occupation

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