Andrew Wilford

Andrew Wilford is an Associate Policy Analyst with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. Follow him on Twitter here.

Everything is a National Security Crisis!

 

Bad news: there’s another national security crisis. And no, it has nothing to do with cancelling the Iran deal or the Singapore summit. It’s cars. We don’t make enough cars. Or something like that. At least, that’s the rationale the Trump administration is presenting for its proposal to use (again!) Section 232 rules to implement […]

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Another Ship Bound for China Turns Around Halfway, Then Turns Around Again

 

Business leaders truly really can’t stand uncertainty. Again and again, they say that their top concern with running their business is uncertainty, be it economic or geopolitical. And it makes sense—businesses survive by planning for the future. The ones that don’t aren’t around to see it. Taxes and regulations can harm businesses, but at least […]

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Michigan Think Tank Looks Into Scope of State’s Crony Capitalism — It’s Not Pretty

 

Crony capitalism appears ubiquitous in today’s economy, but quantifying its costs can be difficult. Fortunately, the Mackinac Center did it for us. A study out of the Michigan-based think tank provides an interesting case study into the scope of crony capitalism — and who is enabling it. The study found that, since 2001, Michigan lawmakers […]

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The Commodity-Subsidy Scheme

 

The amount of cronyism and subsidies in the nation’s agricultural program is too much to cover in a single article. That’s why, as the debate over this year’s Farm Bill heats up, I’ve been covering one topic a week, from advertising campaigns that taxpayers cover for large producers’ advertising to the sugar program that harms […]

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D.C.: Good News on Tips, And a Few Tips for Its Dumpster Fire of a Metro

 

D.C. appears set to shoot down—barely—a proposal to replace the tip credit for restaurant servers with a standard minimum wage. Tipped wages allow restaurants to factor in tipped wages towards a server’s minimum wage, allowing them to hire more workers. Servers often make well above the minimum wage under a tip credit system, which is […]

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Don’t Let Defense Contract Losers Block Options for Taxpayers

 

Defense contracting is hard to get right. Unelected government officials dealing out princely sums naturally creates an area of government that is ripe for cronyism and waste if not overseen properly. That’s why the Government Accountability Office has had Department of Defense contracts on its High Risk List since 1992 for programs that are vulnerable to […]

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Michigan City Refuses to Grant Liquor License Because They Don’t Like the Restaurant

 

Taco Bell has been rolling out the idea of the “Taco Bell Cantina” recently, offering the typical fare of the fast food restaurant but also local craft beer and frozen margaritas. But officials in Royal Oak, Michigan, have poured cold water on the concept because, well, they don’t like Taco Bell. The Taco Bell Cantina […]

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Got Cronyism? Time to Chuck Checkoff Programs

 

Remember “got milk?” That charming advertising campaign is one of the most famous of all time, not to mention having a laudable goal in advocating for children’s nutrition. On the other hand, it’s a product of a cronyist scheme to make smaller companies pay for advertising for larger ones. So there’s that. The “got milk?” […]

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‘America’s Finest’ Will Become Another Country’s Finest

 

Thanks to the actions of the mayor of a tiny town in the Aleutian islands and a protectionist shipping law from the 1920s, American-built fishing trawler America’s Finest will not be hiring any American fishermen. Fishermen’s Finest, an American fishing company headquartered in Washington state, commissioned the America’s Finest for $75 million from Dakota Creek […]

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Requiring College Degrees for Pre-School Teachers Would Hurt Kids and Teachers Alike

 

D.C. has been something of a factory of bad ideas of late. Last week, it was the proposal to subject servers to conventional minimum wage laws, despite the fact that they make more when they can count tips towards the minimum wage requirement. Last month, D.C. wanted to tax Uber and Lyft for having the […]

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