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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #85 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 Tax Foundation, ALEC, the James Madison Institute, and the Goldwater Institute.
Before the featured work, Donny and John talk about Tax Freedom Day – a designation determined by the Tax Foundation signaling the theoretical date at which you start working for yourself instead of the government for the rest of the year.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Their report, titled “Rich States, Poor States 10th Edition,” ranks the 50 states in economic outlook and economic performance. John and Donny discuss the study as well as some of the findings. The 10th edition of this report also comes with a handy website which allows you to take a close look at the findings and even compare states. Check it out here!
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about a Policy Brief from the James Madison Institute titled “The Biggest Health Care CON: The Effects of Certificate-of-Need Laws in Florida.” This policy brief breaks down and responds to all the claimed benefits of these laws while also showing firsthand how detrimental these laws can be.
The next item discussed on the podcast is a press release from the Goldwater Institute praising the state of Arizona for passing a statewide Education Savings Account program. The passage of this program is a big win for school choice.
In the last segment, Donny asks for John’s opinion on a proposed bill in North Carolina that would fine drivers for driving too slow in the left lane on the highway.