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John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in episode #44 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 Institute of Economic Affairs, the Empire Center for Public Policy, the Manhattan Institute, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Featured Work of the Week
With news breaking about the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and stock markets responding negatively Donny and John thought it necessary to feature work from the UK’s premiere free-market think tank – the Institute of Economic Affairs. In a press release, and report titled “Making the Pieces Fit: Reforming Britain’s relationship with the EU,” the IEA explains that the move grants great opportunity for the UK. Donny and John discuss the potential benefits and costs of the move.
In the World of Think Tankery
In this week’s “think tankery” segment, Donny and John talk about public pensions. The Empire Center for Public Policy published a paper illustrating the increasingly desperate pension situation in the state of New York. This, as well as additional papers from different states, reveals how dire the pension situation really is. According to one expert, featured on a recent edition of The Heartland Daily podcast, estimates that 1 in 6 government pension systems will fail even while incorporating optimistic outlooks.
The next item discussed in this episode comes from the Manhattan Institute in the form of a policy study titled “Missing Benefits, Hidden Costs: The Cloudy Numbers in the EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan.” This comprehensive report dissects the EPA’s cost-benefit analysis about the Clean Power Plan, exposing the flaws in the “study,” revealing wishful thinking of CPP advocates. The report explains how the costs of the plan will be much larger than stated, and the benefits will be much smaller than suggested.
The last item comes from the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The policy brief titled “How Education Choice Affects State and District Budgets,” helps explain why expanding school choice won’t necessarily divert education money away from the public school system.
- Manhattan Institute (Monday, June 27) – The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years On The Front Lines Of Medicine, A Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why The War On Cancer Is Winnable – And How We Can Get There @ The Manhattan Institute in New York
- The Heartland Institute (Wednesday, June 29) – A Discussion on Genetically Modified Foods with National Review Contributor Julie Kelly @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
- The Cato Institute (Wednesday, June 29) – Reforming the U.S. Postal Service @ The Cato Institute in Washington D.C.
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