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June 27, 2022

Fact of the Week: Michigan Saw the Largest Growth in VC Investment of Any State Between 2016 and 2020

Michigan’s growth is indicative of a more general geographic dispersion of VC dollars.

June 14, 2022

How States Can Make the Most of Broadband Funding

Join ITIF for an event to explore how state-broadband funding is progressing, and how stakeholders are working to take advantage of the opportunities and address the challenges that come with it.

April 21, 2022

State and Local Governments Need to Stop Subsidizing Chinese Companies

If Congress wants to advance the U.S. economy in its toe-to-toe competition with China, then lawmakers need to pass legislation prohibiting cities, states, and the federal government from providing any funding to Chinese companies investing in the United States.

April 18, 2022

Podcast: The Future of Buying Cars, With Daniel Crane

One of the benefits of electric vehicles is they cost less to maintain. But that also means there’s less profit to be had in servicing their warranties, which gives car dealers less incentive to sell them. That’s why EV makers like Tesla and Rivian depend on direct-to-consumer sales and distribution. Unfortunately, there are decades-old dealer-distribution laws standing in the way.

February 18, 2022

Maryland’s Biometrics Bill Fails to Strike the Right Balance for Privacy and Innovation

As Congress drags its feet on passing federal data-privacy legislation, state and local governments will continue to try filling in the gaps without considering the potential economic impact.

February 4, 2022

The House Should Pass Postal Reform Legislation

As ITIF has long argued, good postal reform legislation is critical, because the market environment for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is filled with long-term and short-term challenges.

January 24, 2022

The Looming Cost of a Patchwork of State Privacy Laws

In the absence of a federal privacy law, a growing patchwork of state laws burdens companies with multiple, duplicative compliance costs. The out-of-state costs from 50 such laws could exceed $1 trillion over 10 years, with at least $200 billion hitting small businesses.

June 29, 2021

Changes to Antitrust Policy Would Harm U.S. Economy

The Europeanization of antitrust policy is overall a terrible idea, but it is nonetheless gaining traction, not just in New York and other states, but in Congress too.

June 22, 2021

Cities Left Behind in Hi-Tech Innovation

Rob Atkinson was a guest on "The Creative Life" by ThinkTech Hawaii to discuss promoting policies in innovation economics, and described how to close the divide through creative self-sustaining growth centers.

June 2, 2021

Banning Facial Recognition Technology: Baltimore’s Bad Idea

Baltimore is now considering the nation’s most restrictive ban on facial recognition technology. Passed on May 27 by the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and Government Operations, the proposed ordinance would not just prevent the city gover
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