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FINDING THE “GHOST TEACHERS” IN PENNSYLVANIA

August 15, 2017

In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Foundation (CF) is tackling the problem of “ghost teachers” — teachers who no longer work in a classroom, but go to work for the teachers’ union and manage to stay on district payroll, receive health benefits, and amass pension credits, just as if they were teaching in a school. CF is working hard to expose this breach of public trust in education and make Pennsylvania a state of opportunity through public policy reform.

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TRAILBLAZERS: THE NEW ZEALAND STORY

August 15, 2017

The economic liberalization of New Zealand in the 1980s and 1990s under Finance Ministers Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson remains an inspiring case study of fostering economic growth through rolling back government subsidies and protectionist import controls. Free to Choose Network (FTCN) – an Atlas Network partner whose mission is “to use accessible and entertaining media to build popular support for personal, economic, and political freedom” as a means to advance human well-being – recently produced a documentary, Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story, exploring how the “Rogernomics” reforms of the New Zealand government has enabled the country’s emergence as a world leader in economic freedom.

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EASYBUSINESS TAKES CARE OF ENTREPRENEURS IN UKRAINE

August 14, 2017

The World Bank’s Doing Business report ranks economies on their ease of doing business, from 1–190, “...by sorting the aggregate distance to frontier scores on 10 topics, each consisting of several indicators, giving equal weight to each topic.” In 2016, Ukraine landed in 80th position, with further improvement expected, for ease of doing business — the closer to 1, the more conducive the regulatory environment is to the starting and operation of a local business.

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IJ GATHERS COALITION TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ASSET FORFEITURE

August 11, 2017

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice are set to launch new efforts to increase the federal government’s use of civil asset forfeiture. In response, the Institute for Justice (IJ), an Atlas Network partner, formed a coalition to send a letter to Committee on the Judiciary Charimen Goodlatte and Grassley urging “swift action to reform this broken system.”

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NEW ZEALAND TAXPAYERS’ UNION SCORES MUDDY VICTORY IN ITS GOVERNMENT WASTE WATCH

August 10, 2017

Rotorua, a New Zealand town renowned for its Maori culture and geothermal activity recently planned to spend NZ $90,000 of taxpayer dollars to import five tons of mud from South Korea to be used in its “Mudtopia” festival. However, it has since backed down after an intense public backlash, spurred by New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, which had awarded the mayor a “Supreme Achievement Award” in wasting taxpayer dollars.

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