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Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #150 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, Reason, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, and the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
Donny starts off the show with a discussion about Trump’s tariffs. He holds up the recent agreement between Trump and a European Union representative on trade as a vindication of his belief that President Trump is a free-market advocate at heart who is using tariffs as a tool to shake up the status quo.
Next, Donny and John talk about a recently passed ban in Santa Barbara on plastic straws. Using, as a leaping off point, an article authored by Texas Public Policy Foundation‘s Chuck DeVore titled “Give a Straw, Go to Jail – How Plastic Straws Are Becoming Criminal,” Donny and John dive deep into many of the angles and implications of this, and similar, bans.
Reason – Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws, Winds Up Using More Plastic
Donny and John then talk about highway tolls. An article from the Yankee Institute for Public Policy titled “Malloy Gets His $10 Million Tolls Study,” tells of how the Governor of Connecticut is seeming angling toward a future tolling system. Donny and John talk about tolls in general and what other states have them.
NCSL – Toll Facilities in the United States
Last, Donny and John talk about an article published by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy titled “Government Created Student Loan Crisis.” The author explains why state Attorneys General should redirect their blame from the loan lenders to the government which has fostered an environment that dupes students into taking on massive debt to acquire a college education.
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