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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #93 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 John Locke Foundation, the Reason Foundation, the Platte Institute, and the Alaska Policy Forum.
Better Know a Think Tank
Today, John and Donny invite to the show Mitch Kokai – Senior Political Analyst with the John Locke Foundation. Kokai joins the show to talk a bit about the John Locke Foundation and their role in the state of North Carolina. The three also discuss a recently produced spotlight report titled “What’s Missing in Economic Impact Studies? Economics.” Kokai explains why these impact studies often fall short, and what we can do to make sure they take all factors into account in the future.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Reason Foundation. The article, titled “Let Driverless Car Innovators – Not Bureaucrats – Work Out Security, Privacy Issues,” explains why the government should take a backseat when it comes to providing privacy and safety protections.
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about an article produced by the Platte Institute titled “City’s Response to Licensing Debacle Should Inspire Nebraskans.” The article tells of how a city in Alabama stopped a student’s lawn mowing service because she did not acquire the proper business license. The author uses this story as evidence of how preposterous these laws can be.
Donny and John then talk about an article from the Alaska Policy Forum titled “Alaska K12 Education Funding has Nearly Increased Twice the Rate of Inflation.” Over the past 8 years, education spending in the state has increased 30% where as inflation in the state has only increased by 16%. Despite this increase, you still hear calls for increased spending.
In the last segment, Donny asks for John’s opinion on a proposed bill in Pennsylvania which would force those hospitalized for drug overdoses to get addition treatment.