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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 Devoe L. Moore Center, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, the Mackinac Center, American’s for Tax Reform, and the Heritage Foundation.
Better Know a Think Tank
In today’s edition of the Better Know a Think Tank segment, Donny teams up with Director of Communications Jim Lakely to welcome Dr. Sam Staley, Managing Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center out of Florida State University. Dr. Staley joins the show to talk about his organization as well as the impact of regulations, sports stadium subsidies, and public financing of mass transit.
Featured Work of the Week
Featured this week is a policy study from The Maine Heritage Policy Center titled “10 Things Keeping Mainers Poor.” The study explains how the state is struggling, how the percentage living under the poverty level is growing, and why that is. While this study is specific to the state, Donny explains how many of the outlined items in the report can be applied to the most, if not all, states across the country.
In the World of Think Tankery
Uber, the innovative peer-to-peer ride sharing program, has been under a constant regulatory assault since its inception. A new article authored by Vincent Vernuccio, Labor Policy Director at the Mackinac Center discusses the steps Uber has taken to get out ahead of these calls for increased regulation. The article, titled “Uber Disrupts Organized Labor and a Union may get More Dues Paying Members,” talks about how Uber and the International Association of Machinists District 15 established a Independent Drivers Guild to supply limited union benefits. The author explains how the pseudo-union is good step, but it leaves the door open for a move to a more traditional union model.
In the last part of this segment Donny and John talk about the Carbon Tax. A letter from Grover Norquist, President of the Americans for Tax Reform organization, urges Senator Roy Blunt to to fight against any form of a carbon tax. Additionally, Testimony before the Committee on Finance by David Kreutzer from the Heritage Foundation lays out many of the details. According to Kreutzer, a carbon tax would impose major negative impacts on people and the economy without yielding any substantial benefits.
- 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
- Cato Institute – Cato University 2016 (Starting July 24) @ The Cato Institute in Washington D.C.