New Law Aims at Putting Dallas Pensions on Solid Footing

Dallas police and firefighters were once promised earlier retirement ages and plentiful pension benefits. Now that the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System (DPFP) is horribly underfunded, these promises are much harder to keep. Due to colossal mismanagement, city officials and plan administrators had to urgently find a way to save this broken system before it’s too late.

Thankfully, H.B. 3158, unanimously passed by the state legislature, aims to get the fund back on solid footing by increasing worker and taxpayer contributions, raising the retirement age, restructuring the plan’s governance, and significantly cutting on the post-retirement benefits.

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Natalie Le featured in Rare for her free speech advocacy

Natalie Le, a Young Voices Advocate and Student for Liberty organizer, was featured in a piece by Rare for her work on free speech at Harvard.

Campus free speech is an issue constantly making headlines as colleges and universities continue to institute speech codes in the name of tolerance that have the opposite effect—creating more intolerance for diverse ideas.

“Students’ free speech rights are constantly suppressed across American college campuses,” says Students For Liberty’s Natalie Bao Tram Le who has led this fight at Harvard, where she is a student, as well as nationally.

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Plain packaging rules in Georgia violate the rule of law

Regulation of smoking has always been an interesting area of consideration when it comes to freedom, with both those who are in favour of regulation and those who are against it making arguments based in the theory of individual liberty. Those who favour regulation assert that non-smokers’ right to health is being violated and those against assert that smokers’ freedom of choice is being violated.

Whatever the case, any regulation should adhere to the precepts of the rule of law absolutely, and adhere as far as it can to the demands of economic reality…

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Stricter Regulations Are Not the Answer to Lower Smoking Rates

Regulations on the tobacco industry are nothing new to Americans. As early as the 1950s, the U.S. government has made efforts to regulate the industry, from public service announcements to advertising regulations such as the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act in 1965. It wasn’t until 2010 when the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was enacted into law that the Food and Drug Administration gained the power to regulate the tobacco industry.

The intention to curb smoking and improve public health is a common mission of governments around the world, but often the solutions they impose come in the form of burdensome regulations and misinformation campaigns….

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