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John and Donny continue their weekly exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #51 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 Heartland Institute, the National Center For Policy Analysis, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
Featured Work of the Week
In this Featured Work of the Week segment, Donny and John talk about the 2016 Tennessee Pork Report by the Beacon Center of Tennessee. While specific to the state, Donny and John talk about how many of these programs listed in the report can be found in many states across the country. They read through the report and talk about some of the most egregious examples of waste.
In the World of Think Tankery
In this week’s “think tankery” segment, Donny and John look at an article from The Heartland Institute titled “Retaliation? Tennessee Board Raises CON Application Fees 400 Percent.” The article describes how, following CON law reforms in Tennessee, the states Health Services and Development Agency increased the application fees from $3,000 to $15,000!
Next, they talk about a policy brief from the National Center For Policy Analysis titled “Case Study: ‘Three Friends’ and the Texas Wind Industry.” The paper takes a look at the Tres Amigas Company’s plan to connect the nation’s three electrical grids to enhance the accessibility of wind energy. The plan fell short when the company was only able to acquire .8% of the funds necessary.
The last article discussed comes from the Foundation for Economic Education. The Article, titled “Well, Back to Smoking: FDA Bans 99 Percent of E-Cigarettes,” explains how the FDA’s new regulations essentially forces 99% of e-cigarette products out of the market.
- (Tuesday, August 16) ALEC and the Mackinac Center – “Rich States, Poor States” Presentation @ The Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan.
- (Tuesday, August 16) The Heritage Foundation – Did Welfare Reform Increase Extreme Poverty in the U.S.? Looking Back on Two Decades of Data @ The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C.
- (Wednesday, August 31) The Heartland Institute – Global Warming Then and Now, a debate about global warming @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
- (Thursday, September 15) The Heartland Institute’s 32nd Anniversary Benefit Dinner featuring P.J. O’Rourke @ The Cotillion in Palatine, Illinois.