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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #122 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 Heartland Institute, Citizens Against Government Waste, and the Reason Foundation.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work is a report from The Heartland Institute. The recently released “10 State Solutions to Emerging Issues” booklet features solutions designed to issues that states will be dealing with in 2018 and beyond. The solutions cover topics in education, energy and environment, health care, budget and tax, and more.
Other Think Tank Works
Donny and John talk about recent news out of Seattle. One article from Citizens Against Government Waste, titled “Seattle Soda Tax Not Doing Too Well,” shows the early signs of Seattle’s bad public policy. The 1.75 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks has already resulted in a viral post from a department store showing how much this tax increases the price of popular drinks.
Supplemental article – “Seattle’s soda tax experiment is doomed to failure”
In addition to this tax, Seattle is also struggling to deal with a rapid increase to the minimum wage. An article from Reason, titled “Seattle’s Minimum Wage Killed the ‘Five-Dollar Footlong,'” highlights a Subway store owner who posted a sign saying they will be discontinuing their five-dollar promotion due to government regulatory burden. The article also shows how the rise in minimum wage has actually lowered low-wage workers’ earnings.
Last, Donny asks John about a recently proposed bill in California that would ban the sale of fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2040. In this discussion, Donny brings up an article that shows how electric cars can actually produce more CO2 than their gas-powered counterparts.