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John Nothdurft is MIA, so joining Donny Kendal is Heartland policy analyst Tim Benson. Donny and Tim present episode #75 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 Reform UK, the Heartland Institute, and the American Federation for Children.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from overseas. Reform, a UK based think tank, recently produced a very interesting study titled “Work in progress. Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce.” This study is focused on how we can better streamline and increase the efficiency of government services. In this report, the authors explain how numerous positions can be automated, saving taxpayers billions of dollars.
Other Think Tank Works
Heartland‘s Tim Benson discusses his recently produced Research & Commentary titled “Indiana Should End Net Metering.” In the R&C, Benson explains how electricity companies are forced to buy excess energy from people’s solar panels at inflated prices. This process serves to subsidize this energy source at the expense of other consumers.
The last item is introduced by a press release from the American Federation for Children about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the head of the Department of Education. While AFC is in support of DeVos, the left is not too happy. Tim and Donny talk about how people on the left are now threatening to homeschool their children – an extremely ironic proposition. Also in the days after her confirmation, a Kentucky Representative proposed a bill to eliminate the Department of Education altogether.