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Epidemiological Models Can’t Tell States When to Open or How

If federal or state officials are considering relying on dates and scores from the University of Washington’s IHME team to decide what to do and when to do it, they should carefully reconsider delegating such authority to unaccountable technocrats to make social, health and economic choices that will deeply affect many millions of American lives.

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Is Trump Acting Presidential?

If Trump is showing political favoritism in distributing aid in the COVID-19 disaster, he wouldn’t be the first president or federal policymaker to do so.

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An Infrastructure Package Is a Bad Idea

A federal infrastructure package would probably cater to lobbyist demands, not market demands, and would likely include billions of dollars for transit, even though the ridership outlook is grim. As for the states, they should proceed with caution because the crisis will shake up many economic relationships, including infrastructure use.

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State Rainy Day Funds

Large rainy day funds make states less reliant on federal bailouts, improve state credit ratings, and they strengthen the overall U.S. macroeconomy.