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John Nothdurft is back in episode #67 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 Mercatus Center, the Heartland Institute, the Fordham Institute and Reason.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work comes from the Mercatus Center. The study titled “The Healthcare Openness and Access Project,” attempts to bring transparency to the healthcare laws and regulations between the states. Using dozens of indicators, from Direct Primary Care rules to Taxation, the study ranks the states in an effort to encourage competition and promote the idea of the states being laboratories of freedom.
Other Think Tank Works
The next item is an article from The Heartland Institute. A part of a series of reports titled “Roadmap for the 21st Century,” Donny and John talk about a portion of this report dealing with budget and tax issues. The report outlines the changes that could be made to return economic growth to historical averages.
Next, they discuss a report from the Fordham Institute titled “Why Bad Teachers in Twenty-Five Diverse Districts Rarely Get Fired.” This eye-opening report shows how difficult it is to removed ineffective teachers who have tenure. Chicago Public Schools, for example, received a 1 out of 10.
The last item is an article from Reason titled “61-year-old ban on pinball in Indiana city set to be repealed.” Donny and John discuss the ridiculousness of this law and what the repeal should mean for all levels of government.