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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal bring you episode #30 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, roundtable discussions, stories, and light-hearted segments on a variety of topics on the latest news. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cascade Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Foundation, and Yankee Institute, and the Tax Foundation.
Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work is a policy study from the Commonwealth Foundation titled “The Costs of Corporate Welfare.” The report talks about the danger of government favoritism, or corporate welfare. The Commonwealth Foundation is based out of Pennsylvania – a state that spends the largest amount on these corporate welfare spending programs. This paper is fantastic look into how wasteful these programs are and how they harm the state instead of helping.
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John talk about a report from the Yankee Institute for Public Policy titled “Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime.” This report talks about the difference between public and private sector unions as well as a benefit called “union business leave.” This is paid time given to union members to conduct business, including political work that may be completely unrelated to their job responsibilities. The author explains how this unnecessary and fails to directly benefit the taxpayers.
They also discuss a study by the Tax Foundation on “How High Are Beer Taxes in Your State?” Using the map provided, you can see how heavily your state taxes beer. Donny and John also provide beer-centric facts you may be interested in knowing.
In the last part of this segment, John and Donny talk about March Madness and the gambling that is often related. A video by the Reason Foundation compares gambling, which is illegal in most places, to the lottery, which is legal in most places.
Here are a handful of upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.
Hillsdale College – Speech, Freedom, and Academia: Toward a Restoration of Sanity (Tuesday, Mar 22) @ Hillsdale College in Washington D.C.
The Heartland Institute – Book talk with the Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook, Equal is Unfair (Wednesday, Mar 23) @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois
John Locke Foundation – Right to Try: Movement to Protect Access To Life-Saving Treatments (Monday, Mar 28) @ the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina