ATLAS NETWORK SENIOR FELLOW URGES SENATORS TO ENACT RADICAL TAX REFORM

March 4, 2015

Atlas Network Senior Fellow Deroy Murdock testified on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Speaking at a hearing on “Fairness in Taxation,” he carefully refuted the oft-repeated claim that the wealthy do not pay “their fair share” of taxes. Murdock also promoted the 0-10-100 Tax, his vision of a universal, flat-rate income tax, with no deductions. Alongside the flaming embers of today’s baffling, 73,000-page federal tax law, Murdock believes such radical tax reform would unleash robust economic growth and increase prosperity for Americans across the entire economic spectrum.

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REVITALIZING INDIA’S RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE

March 4, 2015

Aside from India’s river systems, the 150-year-old railways are vital veins for the nation’s economy. However, the railway network is on track to become a financial burden because of mismanagement and a precipitous drop in demand during the last five decades. Atlas Network partner Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) recently published an analysis in the Hindu Business Line that provided eight suggestions to reform India’s railway system and bring it into the 21st century.

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MERCATUS: LOW COSTS FOR TRANSITION TO FISCALLY SOUND PUBLIC PENSIONS

March 4, 2015

Most state and local public pensions are chronically underfunded, and use accounting standards that understate their true actuarial risk. Long-term financial solvency requires fundamental public pension reform, but government employees don’t want to see their benefits scaled back so changes to the system are a sticky subject for many state and local governments. Opponents to reform argue that the costs of converting to investment-based pension plans are prohibitively high.

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AROUND THE WORLD: UPCOMING PARTNER EVENTS

March 4, 2015

With 475 organizations spanning the globe, Atlas Network partners are making a worldwide difference fighting for individual liberty, free markets, and peace. Did you know that you can find out what’s happening around the world in the global freedom movement by visiting Atlas Network’s global events calendar? Check it out and see what’s going on in your region.

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CHARTER SCHOOLS PROVIDE CHOICE TO STUDENTS STUCK IN FAILING SYSTEM

March 4, 2015

Failing public schools are difficult to fix, because unions protect poorly performing teachers at the expense of students’ needs. The worst schools can keep children trapped for many years without options for better educational quality. Atlas Network partner the Arkansas Policy Foundation has identified a long-term trend of consistently failing public schools in Little Rock, and proposes that charter schools would provide a crucial element of choice for students seeking something better.

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RADICAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AIMS TO HELP SOLVE WORLD PROBLEMS

March 3, 2015

Although polls show that people have consistently low faith in the capabilities and good intentions of politicians, most still think of government as a fundamental mechanism for solving social problems. The voluntary processes of markets and civil society are far better at meeting real-world practical needs, though, as long as the visionaries who conceive of innovative new solutions are free from artificial regulatory impediments.

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CHALLENGING CANADA’S GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE MONOPOLY

March 3, 2015

Countries that offer “free” health care can seem like an attractive alternative to high medical bills and insurance rates. When health care isn’t governed by price mechanisms, though, it is inevitably rationed instead by time spent waiting in line to receive treatment — and delayed care is a matter of life and death for patients in critical or rapidly deteriorating condition.

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around the world in the global freedom movement showcasing
the work of Atlas Network partners.