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In a victory for health care consumers, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously to roll back certificate of need regulations limiting competition and choice in health care. READ MORE
Heather Kays, The Heartlander
“It’s appalling that not even 30 percent of our nation’s 8th graders are proficient in subjects like civics and history that are so fundamental to our nation’s founding and democracy,” said Kara Kerwin. “If we don’t act now and take bold steps to empower parents and accelerate the pace at which they have access to opportunities that dramatically change their children’s learning outcomes, we will not be able to move our nation forward.” READ MORE
Jim Lakely and others
The Heartland Institute sent a delegation of scientists and policy experts to Rome to ensure Pope Francis and others attending a Vatican summit on global warming heard from climate realists and not just alarmists. To our surprise, our presence generated world-wide press attention. READ MORE
Jim Lakely talks to Monckton about what he learned inside the walls of the exclusive climate summit — including his encounter with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon; the shockingly one-sided presentation of the science to Vatican officials; and the remarks of Peter Raver, an author for the UN’s IPCC who not only noticed Heartland’s presence in Rome but expressed his dismay that our contingent might have any effect on the proceedings. LISTEN TO MORE
Do you believe in smaller government and more individual liberty? Do you believe free markets solve social and economic problems better than government planning? The Heartland Institute might have just the job for you! We’re looking for eager self-starters to manage several important projects that will have a real impact on policy in this country. READ MORE
Paul Driessen, Somewhat Reasonable
Heartland Policy Advisor Paul Driessen writes a powerful essay to Pope Francis warning him that fossil fuel restrictions and renewable energy mandates – in the name of stabilizing planetary climate that has never been stable – would perpetuate Third World poverty, disease, and death. READ MORE
Richard Ebeling, Epic Times
Heartland Policy Advisor Richard Ebeling critiques a Wall Street Journal article alleging the world is “awash” in too many goods. “There have been few fallacies as fundamentally absurd and so frequently pronounced as the notion of economic ‘bad times’ due to general gluts of too much production in comparison to a presumed limited demand.” READ MORE
H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
The United Nations’ Green Climate Fund refused during its March meeting in Songdo, South Korea to explicitly ban fossil fuel projects, backing away from the war on coal being conducted by the World Bank and the Obama administration. The International Energy Agency welcomed the UN’s decision to fund coal power in developing countries, citing the important role coal plays in helping many people in developing countries to escape poverty. READ MORE
Jeffrey Tucker, the chief liberty officer and founder of Liberty.me and a Heartland policy advisor, says Bitcoin exists and operates differently than almost anything in human history. Existing outside of national and geopolitical boundaries, Bitcoin’s system rewards users’ donation of computer time, using those extra processor cycles to ensure and verify the accuracy of the entire currency system. LISTEN TO MORE
Wendell Cox, New Geography
House prices have doubled, tripled, or more relative to incomes, as regulators have banned or seriously limited new housing on the urban periphery. Younger households have been unable to afford houses as older households have watched their wealth increase. READ MORE
Gene Koprowski, Somewhat Reasonable
Americans are almost evenly split in their opinions concerning Obamacare, with 43 percent of those polled reporting a favorable view and 42 percent reporting an unfavorable view. Sixty-five percent of Republicans reported a very or somewhat unfavorable view while 70 percent of Democrats reported very or somewhat favorable views. READ MORE
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