Monthly Archives: April 2011

The uncrushing cost of regulations

In this political season, we hear a lot about the cost of regulation. The actual costs and benefits are hard to calculate.  Nonetheless, the federal Office of Management and Budget government has produced detailed annual reports since 2006 on the … Continue reading

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Florida’s person for fisheries, wildlife, oceans, and insular affairs

Newly-elected representative Steve Southerland is the only Floridian on the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee for Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. Last month, the Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service testified before the subcommittee and learned … Continue reading

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Hurricanes in 2011

Florida gets the brunt of more hurricanes than any other state. The nineteen named Atlantic hurricanes in 2010 totaled the highest number since 2005 and the second-largest number on record. The 2011 season is also expected to be above average … Continue reading

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Income inequality and water management in Florida

Once in a while, we have to recognize the big issues that can have a dominant effect on water management. Income inequality is surprisingly important and relevant. Growing income inequality in Florida makes water management more difficult. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel … Continue reading

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Praying for rain

Texas Governor Rick Perry just issued a proclamation calling on Texans to pray for rain. That is similar to the prayer events that Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and Alabama Governor Bob Riley led in 2007. I think we can count … Continue reading

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