Think about the major policy undertakings of the Obama administration over the past six and a half years. It began with a “stimulus” that wasted trillions in the quest of generating jobs, but did little to nothing in achieving that goal. That was followed by ObamaCare which most agree has been a disaster for the nation’s healthcare sector and, finally, Common Core, a one-size-fits-all testing program intended, we were told, to improve learning standards in the nation’s schools. The only thing it has achieved is the opposition of parents, teachers unions, and entire states.
In response to significantly lower oil and natural gas prices, America’s energy sector is retrenching rapidly. The drilling rig count has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past year, while companies large and small have announced sizeable layoffs and cuts in their capital budgets for 2015 and 2016. Nonetheless, several states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio, are considering imposing or hiking production taxes—called severance taxes—on oil and gas operators. These increases will be in neither the public’s nor the industry’s best interests
At a time when the Louisiana legislature is facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall with massive cuts in important programs like healthcare and education as a solution, legislators realize tough decisions have to be made—even when the choice may anger advocates who depend on the handouts they claim are essential for survival.
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of School Reform News Heather Kays, speaks with Kevin Chavous. Chavous is an executive counsel and founding board member of the American Federation of Children. Chavous discusses a new report about school choice. The report, titled “Alliance for School Choice, School Choice Yearbook 2014-2015, Breaking Down Barriers to Choice,” looks at the state of the school choice movement nationwide.
Likely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet. Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu.
2015 may go down in the books as the year support for renewable energy died—and we are only a few months in. Policy adjustments—whether for electricity generation or transportation fuels—are in the works on both the state and federal levels.
Think of the FCC, unilaterally self-armed with the “strongest possible rules” of Title II 1934 monopoly telephone regulation, as a Washington backwater “kangaroo court,” where innocent communicators can be hauled before a mock court system where normal due process, rule of law, and justice may not apply.
In today’s episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Budget & Tax News Jesse Hathaway is joined by Commonwealth Foundation Vice President of Policy Analysis Nate Benefield. Hathaway and Benefield discuss a new bill being proposed in the Pennsylvania legislature, the Taxpayer Protection Act.
Ostensibly proposed to protect people from Internet fraud, a bill proposed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would instead criminalize online gambling for millions of Americans and dramatically expand what was intended to be a narrowly focused law.
The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.
On March 23, Policy Advisor Gary MacDougal was a guest on NPR’s The Jefferson Exchange, broadcasted out of Southern Oregon University. MacDougal was on to discuss the 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card and Oregon’s ‘F’ grade.
In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor of Environment and Climate News, H. Sterling Burnett talks with Benita Dodd. Dodd is Vice-president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Burnett and Dodd discuss the recent solar power boondoggle in Georgia.
In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor of School Reform News, Heather Kays talks with David Boaz. Kays and Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of the new book ‘The Libertarian Mind,’ discuss the fundamental problems with a government-run education system.
In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Director of Communications Jim Lakely sits down with the Managing Editor of Health Care News Sean Parnell. Parnell and Lakely discuss the Supreme Court case King v. Burwell.
In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Research Fellow Sean Parnell sits down with Texas Public Policy Foundation’s John Davidson. Davidson discusses his latest paper, “Medicaid Expansion by Another Name,” which describes the largely unsuccessful efforts of several Republican governors to get even modest reforms of Medicaid in exchange for expanding the program under Obamacare.
In today’s edition of the Heartland Daily podcast, Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett talks with John Eick. Eick is the Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force.