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John returns to the show to join Donny in their weekly exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #49 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 Platte Institute, the Illinois Policy Institute, and the Yankee Institute.
Better Know a Think Tank
In today’s Better Know a Think Tank segment, John and Donny welcome to the show Sarah Curry, Policy Director at the Platte Institute – a free market think tank based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Curry comes on In The Tank to talk about her organization as well as the updates on the six part series titled “Removing Barriers in Nebraska.”
Featured Work of the Week
In this Featured Work of the Week segment, Donny and John discuss a research paper from the Illinois Policy Institute titled “Illinois Tax Code Punishes Entrepreneurs.” The report describes multiple taxes in effect in the state that hurt small business start ups and stifle economic growth. Included in the report is a disection of the Corporate Franchise Tax, the Estate Tax (Death Tax), and the excessive LLC taxes. Donny and John discuss the report and talk about why Illinois policymakers are reluctant to remove theses economic barriers.
In the World of Think Tankery
In this week’s “think tankery” segment, Donny and John look at a case of stadium subsidies gone awry described in an article titled “Stadium Fiasco Was Predictable,” by the Yankee Institute. The paper outlines a worsening situation in Hartford Connecticut where construction on a minor league baseball stadium is at a virtual standstill as the city and developers fight in court.
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