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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #80 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 Mises Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Hudson Institute.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Mises Institute. The study, titled, “Which US States Are the ‘Moocher’ States?,” looks at the claim that states that generally support limited government are the most dependent on federal money. The authors of the study, while presenting the findings, explain why this is a flawed way to determine who are the “Moocher” states.
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about a report produced by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian-based think tank. This report, titled “Examining Revenue Neutrality in British Columbia’s Carbon Tax,” is a warning to those considering a carbon tax based on the claim that it would be revenue neutral. In British Columbia, a carbon tax was sold to the public by claims that the increase in taxes would be offset by tax reductions. It was not long before the government began to twist the facts in order to increase taxes.
The last item discussed in length is an article published by National Review. The author, Stanley Kurtz – Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote a piece aimed at ensuring free speech on college campuses titled “Federal Funding and campus Free Speech: A Proposal.” Kurtz lays out a dozen recommendations to protect this important right.
Articles and studies also mentioned in the podcast…
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Necessary Regulatory Reform that Will Protect Consumers and Lower Prices
Illinois Policy Institute
Illinois Has Highest Overall tax Burden in the Nation
Civitas Institute – out of Utah
Senate Bill Aims to Address Two Challenging Issues Facing our Schools
Show Me Institute – out of Missouri
Missouri Students Need Access to Advanced Coursework
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Ending Forced Annexation
Reviving the Push for Transparency