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John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in #41 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 Independent Women’s Forum, the Mercatus Center, The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, and Reason.
Better Know a Think Tank
In today’s edition of Better Know a Think Tank, John and Donny welcome Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). Sabrina joins the podcast to talk about the IWF and what they are currently working on. They discuss a newly released report titled “Working for Women: A Modern Agenda for Improving Women’s Lives.” The report offers many free-market-based solutions that aim to increase the economic well-being of women.
Featured Work of the Week
Featured this week is another study by the Mercatus Center titled “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition: 2016 edition.” The study, using 5 factors, ranks all 50 states plus Puerto Rico by their fiscal condition. Factors include: case solvency, budget solvency, long-run solvency, service-level solvency, and the trust fund solvency. John and Donny discuss the report and talk about the states that rank last.
In the World of Think Tankery
With the recently released May Jobs numbers showing no growth yet a declining unemployment rate, Donny and John seek different ways to measure how the economy is doing. One policy brief that offers a better measuring tool comes from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. Their policy brief titled “The Jobs & Opportunity Index: Tracing Rhode Island’s Economic Progress” explains why the unemployment rate is a flawed metric and why JOI is a better reflection of the economy.
The last piece Donny and John discuss comes from Reason. The article titled “Why Governments Hate It When Other Countries Have Low Taxes,” explains how competing tax codes help to drive down tax rates. For advocates of big government, this is not good. The article outlines a few examples of how international bureaucrats are attempting to limit the effects of tax competition.
- American Enterprise Institute – US Corporate Tax Reform in 2017: Exploring the Options (Tuesday, June 7) in D.C.
- Heartland Institute – Funding Education Choice: Jason Bedrick (Wednesday, June 8) @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois
- Freedom Foundation – First Annual Oregon Dinner with Steve Forbes (Friday, June 24) in Portland, Oregon
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