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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #83 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 Rand Corporation, the California Policy Center, and Reason.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Rand Corporation. The study, titled “Driving to Safety,” seeks to determine how many miles of driving it would take to demonstrate the reliability of autonomous vehicles. The report explains how it may require decades to prove these vehicles are safe for public roads.
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about an article/testimony by the California Policy Center titled “Senate Hearings Reveal the Weak Case for High-Speed Rail.” A bill in California seeks to hold another vote to reconfirm the public’s support for a high speed rail program. The author of this piece explains why this new vote is needed and why the program itself should be scrapped.
The next item discussed on the podcast is an article from Reason‘s blog titled “Baltimore Mayor Supported $15 Minimum Wage Until She Learned What it Would Do to City’s Economy.” Mayor Catherine Pugh campaigned on a platform of increasing the minimum wage to $15, but when the city council put the bill on her desk, she vetoed it.
In the last segment, Donny asks for John’s opinion on a proposed bill in Maine that would require people to wear reflective safety vests while walking down the street or sidewalk after dusk.