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John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in #39 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 Cato Institute, the Palmetto Promise Institute, and the Goldwater Institute.
Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work of the week is from the Cato Institute. John and Donny discuss a paper from Cato titled “End the TSA.” Recently, the news has been filled with stories of astonishingly long security lines at airports across the country. The problem: a shortage of TSA employees paired with the busy travel season. The paper gives a short historical context to airport security. Then, it shows how private firms are shown to be a better option the the current government-run system.
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John talk about a new Policy Brief by the Palmetto Promise Institute titled “Volunteer Care: More Healthcare without More Government.” The Brief outlines the growing imbalance of South Carolina’s health care system. According to the Brief, nearly 1 in 4 citizens are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. It then proposes a system called Volunteer Care – a program that has proven successful in Florida. This innovative idea has the potential to benefit thousands while saving the state government millions.
The next item Donny and John discuss is an article from Wallethub. While this study did not originate from a think tank, it does add to several discussions that have taken place on the podcast. The article, titled “2016’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States,” shows that support from the federal government is not equal. Some states receive less money from the federal government than others. This could factor into how much taxes states extract from their citizens.
The last item from the Goldwater Institute explores how technology could increase the efficiency of school choice programs like Educational Savings Accounts. Titled, “The Future of Money and Giving Every Child the Chance at a Successful Future.” this report shows how smartphone apps could hold the key to unlocking a transparent, efficient, and far-reaching school choice system for millions.
- Competitive Enterprise Institute – 2016 Annual Dinner and Reception (Thursday, June 2) @ the Marriott Washington in D.C.
- Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) – Property Rights, Markets, and Freedom (Tuesday, June 21), in Bozeman, Montana.
- Heartland Institute – Funding Education Choice: Jason Bedrick (Wednesday, June 8) @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois