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Pennsylvania Legislature Overwhelmingly Passes Real ID Nullification. Governor’s Signature Next?

Last October, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to refuse to comply with the Bush era Federal Real ID law by passing SB354. Today, the House concurred, passing it by a vote of 189-5. Senator Mike Folmer (R, district 48) announced passage on his Facebook page,

“I am especially pleased my Senate Bill 354 to exempt Pennsylvania from the mandates of the federal REAL ID law was passed by the full House 189 – 5. If signed by the Governor, Pennsylvania would be the largest state to opt out.”

This legislation states,

Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the REAL ID Act of 2005 or regulations promulgated thereunder.

and if Governor Corbett signs it, it will take affect in 60 days.

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A New age of Jefferson: How will the world respond to American decentralization?

The optimists on Charlie Rose last Wednesday night said the Supreme Court vote would likely preserve Obamacare. Turning back the way of life since FDR seems unrealistic. The war of ideas between centralization and decentralization is supposed to have been settled at Cemetery Ridge. But this is not over. Senator Mike Lee of Utah said 5-4 turning back the Obama initiative.

Pundits say it is as important as Brown v. Board of Education. It is a good comparison in that, yes, what the Court rules will change America. I felt the best perspective was in an editorial, “Bracing for the Court” in the New York Sun. They compare the challenge today to an appeal to the Supreme Court in 1935 by a family of kosher butchers, challenged the constitutionality of the National Industrial Recovery Act, which was the centerpiece of the New Deal. They appealed to the Supreme Court on much the same grounds as the states are now making their appeal on health care.

But consider the scope of the challenge to centralization then and that of today. This is not a challenge from a family of kosher butchers in Brooklyn. The challenge to centralization today comes from 26 states. It goes beyond Brown v Board of Education and past Schechter Poultry v. U.S. It goes to our very beginnings.

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Postal Problems: the Role of Government Micromanagement

Postal expert Michael Schuyler has released a follow-up to his January paper that compared the recent financial performance of the U.S. Postal Service to foreign postal service providers. Not surprisingly, the USPS has fared relatively poorly in comparison to its foreign counterparts. In his new paper, Schuyler looks at the role government micromanagement plays and finds that “Foreign posts have much more flexibility than USPS to adjust operations to keep costs in line with revenue.”

The following are some key points:

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