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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #74 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 Cato Institute, the Buckeye Institute, and the John Locke Foundation.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
John reaches into the vault for this week’s featured work. Back in 1992, President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch co-authored a Cato Institute policy brief titled “Will the Gentlemen Please Yield? – A Defense of the Constitutionality of State-Imposed Term Limitations.” In the piece, Gorsuch confirms the constitutionality of state-imposed term limits for elected representatives.
Surprisingly, an article about Gorsuch from the liberal magazine, Slate, explained how this SCOTUS pick is hard to argue against. The article, titled “Neil Gorsuch is Not a Villain,” says how Gorsuch is well liked by his colleagues on the left and the right. The piece ends stating he will, in all likelihood, be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The last piece on this subject comes from Reason’s blog. The article, titled “Read Neil Gorsuch’s Epic Dissent in a Case Where a 13-Year-Old Was Arrested for Burping in School,” The article highlights how Gorsuch is level-headed and down to earth.
Other Think Tank Works
The next item comes from the Buckeye Institute. A policy brief, titled “Ohio Should Follow Its Own Lead to Safely Reduce Its Prison Population,” starts off talking about how Ohio’s prisons are dangerously overpopulated requiring immediate action. The policy brief proposes adapting a successful juvenile justice reform to adult corrections. Instead of sending people to prison for small offenses, this RECLAIM program would focus on community-level rehabilitation.
The last item is a research brief from the John Locke Foundation titled, “Mecklenburg/Charlotte’s MLS Stadium Plan Is A Bad Deal For Taxpayers.” Mecklenburg county and the city of Charlotte are considering funding the construction of a $175 million soccer stadium. The author of the brief explains how these types of subsidies are terrible for taxpayers, which could possibly leave them on the hook for millions more than the plan suggests.