Jesse Hathaway

Jesse Hathaway ( is a research fellow with the Heartland Institute.

Prevailing-Wage Laws Cause Permanent Harm


Local and county lawmakers are often hard-pressed to do more for taxpayers at maximum efficiency. Taxpayers want top-rate government buildings, schools, and parks for their communities, but they also don’t want to pay unnecessarily high taxes. What if I told you there was a way to have better government facilities built without having to raise […]

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Every Week Should Be National Employee Freedom Week


There are many commemorative “awareness weeks” that bring people’s attention to a wide variety of issues. For example, the first week of September is Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week, a worldwide event dedicated to educating people about idiopathic hypersomnia, a rare neurological sleep disorder. The third full week in October is National Map Reading Week, an […]

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Fewer Regulations in Washington, DC Is a Good Starting Place for Reform


Throughout the first quarter of 2017, bureaucrats in Washington, DC issued fewer new regulations on how banks and financial institutions must do business, according to a quarterly analysis of the effects of federal government rulemaking published by Continuity, a business firm specializing in automating compliance management for financial institutions. The Banking Compliance Index (BCI), created […]

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Keeping the Postal Service From Going Postal


Lawmakers have been tinkering around the edges of reforming the way the government delivers the mail, but, unless bolder measures, such as removing the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) monopoly status, are taken soon, the problem won’t ever be solved.  A recent report published by USPS’ Office of the Inspector General (USPS OIG), a government entity […]

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Classic Halloween Film ‘Ghostbusters’ Teaches Basic Economic Truths


Popular cultural touchstones resonate with audiences because of their basis in common experiences and truths. One of those touchstones is Ghostbusters, a 1984 movie telling the tale of how Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis saved New York City from a rampaging Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Although the focus of this well-known film is providing […]

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Without Boehner, Export-Import Bank Is Over


As the calendar pages turn from September to October, thoughts shift from summery Independence Day fireworks and Labor Day cookouts to the spooky parade of Halloween trick-or-treaters. This year, coinciding with All Hallows’ Eve, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is retiring, ending a quarter-century career in Congress, which was capped by successfully […]

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Privatization to the Rescue


With many cities and states struggling to balance their budgets and financially strained taxpayers unable to sustain liberal spending sprees, elected officials are being compelled to choose between raising taxes and service fees or cutting back on the quality and quantity of services provided. Now that we’re more than a generation away from the days […]

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