Archive of Dr. Dave’s Questions and Answers About Policy Issues

Date: 26 May 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail


Back during the 2004 election ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, took policy questions from our audience and provided detailed answers across a wide range of topics.  Many issues will still be relevant today so we’ve put up the archive here.


  1. Don’t states have the right to regulate banks?
  2. Have states done anything about givings – the flip side of takings?
  3. Why are states involved in Country of Origin Labeling?
  4. Do states have the authority to limit mercury emissions?
  5. Are ethanol mandates a good idea?
  6. Is it good policy to let hybrid vehicles use HOV lanes?
  7. What can be done to save Social Security?
  8. Do we really need government involvement in local telecommunications networks?
  9. Do states vote against their economic self-interest?
  10. Are tax incentives good for state and local economies?
  11. How do proposed changes in federal student aid affect students and states?
  12. Is No Child Left Behind a ticking time bomb?
  13. What effect does the federal ban on internet taxation have on state revenues?
  14. How do state prescription drug benefit strategies compare with the new Medicare initiative?
  15. Do agricultural communities have to give up local control to be economically competitive?
  16. Can city governments pass their own minimum wage laws?
  17. Can local governments favor local businesses when purchasing products and services?



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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.