Joe Barnett

Joe Barnett is a senior editor at The Heartland Institute and a managing editor of Budget & Tax News.
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Medicaid Costs to Skyrocket, Reports CBO, with States Unable to Audit

Provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 18, prevent the states from disenrolling anyone while the COVID emergency exists.

Product Disinfects for Seven Days, Only Two Companies Can Use

According to the EPA statement, the product can inactivate viruses and bacteria within two hours of application and last up to seven days.

‘Keep the Schools Open,’ Declares Fauci

Media ignore presidential COVID advisor's statement urging states to allow children to attend school in person. The evening news programs of the broadcast networks selectively reported statements by Anthony Fauci, director of the...

Economic Pain of State Lockdowns Could Linger Long After COVID Is Gone

Governors who locked down their state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on their economies without reducing death or hospitalization rates.

Economists Dispute ‘Work-from-Home’ Tax Proposal

A federal tax on employees who work from home (WFH) could be used to compensate workers who don’t have that option, says Luke Templeman, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, an international financial...

$1.4 Billion Rural Hospital Billing Scheme Exposed in Federal Indictment

Using a practice known as “pass-through” billing, the defendants used these facilities to bill numerous insurers for expensive—and often medically unnecessary tests,

T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Could Boost Wireless Service Competition

Two telecoms complete a merger expected to speed 5G broadband deployment.

Illinois Has No ‘Rainy Day Fund’ to Draw on for Pandemic

Most state governments have accumulated “rainy day” funds (RDF) which they can draw on during unexpected revenue shortfalls.

Firearms Sales Surge during Pandemic

State and local governments Implement Inconsistent Policies on Gun Sales.

Ohio Experts Recommend Steps to Reduce the Economic/Financial Hardships of COVID-19

The Buckeye Institute recommends actions to reduce the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic on Ohio's Economy.

Joe Barnett

Joe Barnett is a senior editor at The Heartland Institute and a managing editor of Budget & Tax News.

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