- January 23, 2009
Virtually every state in America has either passed legislation or is contemplating legislation to regulate drones—small unmanned aircraft with the capability
of autonomous flight. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requirement for the integration of drones into the National Airspace System by 2015 has triggered a flurry of interest in the technology. Unfortunately, the current regulatory structure as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration poses a tremendous barrier to entry for drone- based businesses, and has placed the industry behind more drone-friendly countries like Japan and Australia, where unmanned aircraft have enjoyed approval for commercial use for years. State-based regulations might present an opportunity to improve the situation.
For all of these reasons—high costs, tiny benefits, and interference with property rights—Colorado should not attempt to provide high-speed rail service. Instead, it should use its share of the $8 billion stimulus funds, if it gets any, solely for incremental upgrades, such as safer grade crossings and signaling systems, that do not obligate state taxpayers to pay future operations and maintenance costs.READ MORE
Voters should not trust anything RTD says. Instead, they should seek out alternatives that will provide far greater benefits than FasTracks at far lower costs.READ MORE
Americans are in love with their automobiles and justifiably so. For Americans, the advent of the automobile is directly related to the improvement in the quality of life including increased personal income, increased home ownership, and increased personal mobility. While critics would like to Americans to abandon their vehicles in favor of government-sponsored mass transit, this is no time to break up a long, healthy relationship.READ MORE
Smart growth and other forms of growth-management planning create artificial housing shortages that impose significant burdens on low-income families and first-time homebuyers. This paper examines several sources of housing data to determine the specific effects of growth-management planning on housing prices.READ MORE
A recent article in the New York Times describes a transportation planner in the Netherlands who advocates making streets city safer by making them more dangerous.READ MORE