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Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #153 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. This week’s episode features work from The Property and Environment Research Center, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and the Center of the American Experiment.
In the first segment of the show, Donny and John talk about several articles from The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) concerning forest fires. Throughout the articles listed below, PERC shows how government policy and obstruction from environmental groups have exacerbated the problem of forest fires. In addition to this, PERC also proposes many solutions that could help alleviate the pain of these fires.
PERC – Clearing the Smoke from Wildfire Policy: An Economic Perspective
PERC – Money to Burn
The Heartland Institute – How Environmental Groups Cause Forest Fires
PERC – Can Property Rights Fight Forest Fires and Facilitate Conservation?
PERC – Fighting Fire With Finance
Next, Donny and John talk about the mal-effects of minimum wage policy. An article from the Texas Public Policy Foundation titled “California Passed $15 an Hour Two Years Ago – How’s it Working,” highlights the unintended consequences of these well-intentioned laws.
A Center of the American Experiment article titled “Evidence Shows that High Corporate Tax Rates Lower Entrepreneurial Activity,” tells how corporate tax rates have a larger impact on important economic factors than personal tax rates or sales tax rates.
Last, Donny and John talk about an article from the Texas Public Policy Foundation titled “Why Children are Fleeing Public Schools in One of America’s Fastest Growing Cities.” Despite Austin having one of America’s fastest growing populations, the school district is losing students. The charter schools in the area, on the other hand, are seeing growth in there enrollment. Why might that be?
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