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John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in #38 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Beacon Center of Tennessee, The American Federation for Children, the Manhattan Institute, and the Reason Foundation.
Better Know a Think Tank
This week, Donny and John welcome to the podcast Justin Owen, President and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. Justin talks about the Beacon Center and state of Tennessee. Among the topics Justin discusses the Beacon Center’s fight against the Hall Tax. Tennessee is a state that does not collect an income tax, however, this distinction comes with an asterisk because of the Hall Tax – a tax on income from bonds and dividends. He also talks about Tennessee’s fight against the Medicaid expansion and for School Choice.
Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work of the week is from The American Federation for Children – a community of people promoting educational choice and innovation. The piece highlighted is titled “2015-16 School Choice Yearbook.” This “yearbook” gives an all-encompassing look at the growth of school choice programs across the country. The report shows the successes voucher programs, tax credit programs, education savings account programs and others have had in the past year. Also, the report gives a state-by-state breakdown of school choice programs as well as individual success stories. The report is a great one-stop-shop for school choice issues.
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John talk about a new Policy Brief by the Manhattan Institute titled “What Happens to an Economy When Forced to Use Renewable Energy?” The Policy Brief discusses the effects renewable energy mandates have had on European Union countries and why states should take note. According to the Brief, between 2005 and 2014, the EU experienced a 63% increase in residential electricity rates. Also, the EU countries that have intervened the most saw the fastest increase in these rates.
They also talk about the new blockbuster Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War. This movie has been a topic of political discussion because of its plot focusing on whether or not the team of Superheroes should be reined in and controlled by the United Nations. Captain America, #TeamCap, resists this oversight while Ironman, #TeamIronman, embraces the plan. While this resistance to supranational government oversight has got some on the left upset, others like writers from Reason, support Captain America. Which team do you side with?
- Show-Me Institute – Policy Forum: Tax Policy and State Growth (Tuesday, May 17) @ the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri
- The Heartland Institute – Heartland’s First Movie Night: Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (Wednesday, May 18)@ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois
- America’s Future Foundation – America’s Future Foundation Annual Gala (Thurday, May 26) @ the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.