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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal bring you episode #31 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 R Street Institute, the Tax Foundation, ALEC, and The Heartland Institute.
Better Know a Think Tank
In this weeks segment, Donny and John welcome Andrew Moylan, Executive Director and Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute. Andrew joins the show to talk about his organization and what they are currently working on. Andrew also talks about a new study that examines how different cities regulate and tax sharing-economy companies like HomeAway and AirBnB.
Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work is a policy study from the Tax Foundation titled “Vapor Products and Tax Policy.” The report gives all-encompassing look into electronic cigarettes. While the main portion of the paper is to explore how e-cigs are taxed throughout the various states, it also discusses several other factors. One thing to consider is the fact that e-cigs are far more healthy when compared to traditional cigarettes. When this is taken into account, is it justified to impose excise taxes on these products?
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John talk about a report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) titled “2016 State Tax Cut Roundup.” ALEC found that 17 states met the criteria to be listed in this year’s report. As John says, this number is a good sign and shows a trend of states successfully adopting reforms that allow their economies to be more consumer and business friendly.
They also discuss the latest edition of The Heartland Institute‘s Consumer Power Report newsletter which discusses the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Author Justin Haskins explains all of the hiccups and shortcomings the law have had so far and why. As Donny and John discuss, because of Obamacare, our health care system is going to get far worse before it gets better.
Here are a handful of upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.
The Philadelphia Society (Next Weekend, April 1-3) Restoring American Prosperity @ the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina
Cato Institute (Thurday, Mar 31) 100 Years of Democracy and Education: A Critical Examination @ The Cato Institute in Washington D.C.
Claremont Insitute (Saturday, April 2) 2016 Annual Dinner in Honor of Sir Winston S. Churchill @ the Claremont Institute in Newport Beach, California.
The Austrian Economics Center (Thursday, Mar 31) Learning lessons on the Road to Serfdom: From Austria to America @ The Heartland Institute here in Arlington Heights, Illinois.