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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #107 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 Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Caesar Rodney Institute, and the Fordham Institute.
Better Know a Think Tank / Policybot Featured Work of the Week
John and Donny are joined by Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. DeVore joins the In The Tank Podcast to talk a bit about his organization as well as a new report he authored titled “Re-examining Poverty Rates: A First Step in Reforming Anti-Poverty Programs.” Among other things, DeVore explains how cost of living is not factored into the national measurement of poverty which greatly skews the numbers. According to the report, if cost of living is factored in, California is the most poverty-stricken state in America. DeVore talks about what else is wrong with the system and what we can do to get a clearer view of poverty in the country.
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about a report produced by the Caesar Rodney Institute – a Delaware-based free market think tank. The report, titled “A Review of the Regional green Gas Initiative,” shows that the regional test program for a national cap and trade system has failed miserably. Like many other plans to curb CO2 emissions, this plan increases energy prices, kills jobs, while netting no benefits.
Last, Donny and John talk about a report recently released by the Fordham Institute titled “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools.” The report highlights the disparity in absenteeism rates in teachers between public schools and their charter school counterparts. Public school teachers are almost three times more likely to be chronically absent than charter school teachers. The author points to collective bargaining as a possible explanation for the difference.