State Policy Network
Week in Review: May 17, 2024

Announcements  

California Policy Center announced an upcoming book signing event with author Dr. Corey DeAngelis on Wednesday, June 5th, in Orange County.

Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation’s John Hendrickson interviewed Vance Ginn, the Chief Economist at the Pelican Institute, uncovering his fascinating path as an economist in the Network.

John Locke Foundation released its 2024 North Carolina Budget, Tax and Economic Highlights report which equips the legislator and layman alike with updated data to better understand state fiscal policy issues and economic trends in the state.

Mississippi Center for Public Policy hosted an event featuring an address from state House Speaker Jason White, who shared his vision for school choice, certificate of need repeal and tax cuts in the state.

Mountain States Policy Center analyzed data in national report revealing that Idaho is among the top economic performing states and released an updated map of the states that adopted some form of education savings account policies, showing that Idaho is falling behind its neighbors when it comes to education choice.

Washington Policy Center released a new resource for Seattle parents who are concerned about their public School District’s plans to close 20 elementary schools, showing how there might be a way for these parents to keep their local elementary school open.

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Freedom through the Courts: The Latest Litigation Efforts across the Network

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in Kansas v. Biden, arguing—as it previously did in both Biden v. Nebraska and U.S. Department of Education v. Brown—that the Biden administration’s newest student debt cancellation program exceeds the legal authority of the secretary of education, is arbitrary and capricious, and was adopted in a procedurally improper manner.

Liberty Justice Center filed a lawsuit against the Illinois State Board of Elections for violating Illinoisans’ constitutional right to vote by abruptly repealing a campaign law mid-election. The Center also jointly filed a lawsuit with the Pelican Institute to challenge a ban imposed by the Biden Administration on the authorization of new and pending liquid natural gas export applications. Finally, the Center stepped in to represent the Rocklin Unified School District, defending the District’s parental notification policy against a legal challenge by the California Department of Education.

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Success Stories

Florida: Governor DeSantis signed a bill into law that “streamlines” the process for parents to make use of school choice legislation that was passed last year and makes a number of needed improvements to Florida’s scholarship programs (James Madison Institute).

Hawaii: Measures to increase taxes by way of a carbon tax and a property tax “surcharge” have been defeated – victories stemming from vital and successful defense campaigns (Grassroot Institute of Hawaii).

Maryland: Residents with rare diseases can now seek cutting-edge personalized treatments after the state joined a growing movement in adopting the Right to Try for Individualized Treatments (Goldwater Institute).

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Solutions from the States: This Week’s Policy Briefs  

Empire Center released briefs that analyze how sales tax data show that economic growth is slowing in most of New York state, and reveal how school budgets are outpacing inflation as the state’s school districts plan to spend an average of $33,404 per student next year.

Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation issued a brief which unpacks the failures of the Des Moines economic development policies – showing how these plans are ineffective and cost taxpayers dearly.

Mountain States Policy Center released a set of briefs that lend analysis on a proposed plastic bag ban that would be ineffective, examine the burden that would be imposed on residents of the Mountain States should rule makers move to adopt universal broadband fees, and issue another warning about the problems with implementing a ranked choice voting policy in Washington state.

Opportunity Arkansas produced an original analysis exposing the cost of the union-backed attempt to end education freedom and create several new universal welfare programs in Arkansas, showing how if the proposal were to pass, the amendment would blow a hole in Arkansas’ budget, costing taxpayers roughly a billion more each year. 

Washington Policy Center issued briefs that reveal the price jump that has stemmed from California’s animal housing law and scrutinize the efforts of local officials that are threatening to close down businesses for continuing to use covered patios – a practice they adopted to stay afloat during the COVID lockdowns.

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty published a brief that breaks down the Milwaukee Public School District’s financial mismanagement – in particular looking at a proposal to evict two charter schools that are historically among the highest performing schools in the district.

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Tracking Positive Reforms: Updates from Network Affiliates  

Maine: Legislators retreated from their attempt to illegally pass new legislation on a day reserved for dealing with governor’s vetoes – an attempt to spend some $11.4 of revenue that was left unallocated (Maine Policy Institute).

Minnesota: An amendment lifting the nuclear moratorium for small modular nuclear facilities was adopted in the Senate, bringing Minnesota a step closer to increasing energy reliability – stay tuned for more information as this develops (Center of American Experiment).

New Hampshire: Two proposed bills ease restrictions on wineries and breweries wishing to sell open container drinks at their retail locations – baby steps that attempt to exorcise lingering ghosts of prohibitionary past to further economic freedom in the state (Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy).

Wisconsin: Grassroots support is growing for eliminating the state income tax which is currently crushing Wisconsin families and small businesses (Institute for Reforming Government).

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Policy News from the States

Topics:

K-12 Education

Duluth Voters Snub $52 Million School Levy for Second Time in 6 Months
Center of the American Experiment

A Radical Education
Center of the American Experiment

What is the Georgia Promise Scholarship?
Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Why So Much School Debt Is Not Voter Approved
Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation

School Choice Initiatives Flourish Across Country, Flounder in Kansas (Part 2)
Kansas Policy Institute

Cyber Schools Should Get Equal Funding
Mackinac Center

Is Mississippi’s Education System Good Enough?  No. Here’s Why
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Producing Democratic Citizens: Private Schools Do Better than Public Schools
Pacific Research Institute

Statement of Palmetto Promise Institute on the Education Scholarship Accounts Awarded
Palmetto Promise Institute

Cheryl Brown Henderson on 70th Anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education
Pioneer Institute

Choice Versus No School Choice
Show-Me Institute

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Energy and Environment

Customer Cost Cap Protection Threatened
Caesar Rodney Institute

Water Czars Ignore Solutions to Scarcity
California Policy Center

Democrats to Restore Massive Solar Subsidies?
Center of the American Experiment

The Green Industrial Retreat
Center of the American Experiment

Pushback on EPA Power Plant Rule Gains Steam
Center of the American Experiment

Left’s “Sue-Till-Green” Strategy Comes to PA
Commonwealth Foundation

Report from Gov. Mills’ Energy Office Manipulates Clean Energy Data
Maine Policy Institute

Modernizing Texas’ Water Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Texas Public Policy Foundation

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Healthcare

Here’s What Good Health Care Looks Like
Commonwealth Foundation

Expansion Rapidly Swells Medicaid Rolls
John Locke Foundation

Governor McMaster Explains Why We Need Health Agency Restructuring
Palmetto Promise Institute

Don’t Drop the Call for Telemedicine
Show-Me Institute

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Housing Affordability

Portland Gets Serious about Housing by Slashing Red Tape
Pacific Research Institute

Cities Can Slash Homeless Housing Costs by Ditching Subsidies
Pacific Research Institute

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Jobs and State Economies

Music City: No Home for Music—An Excerpt from “Modern Davids”
Beacon Center of Tennessee

Poll: Lost in Translation
Center of the American Experiment

Lost Potential: The Middleman Project and the Consequences of Our Permitting Processes
Frontier Institute

America Needs a Sane Regulatory Environment
Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Government Keeping $9K on a Technicality. The Supreme Court Should Act.
Goldwater Institute

3 in 4 Illinois Communities Lost Population in 2023
Illinois Policy

9-Years of Decline: Expect Chicago to Be No. 4 Behind Houston by 2035
Illinois Policy

Des Moines Teaches a Lesson in Economic Development Failure
Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation

Foxconn Deal, Not Biden Brought Microsoft to Wisconsin
MacIver Institute

Prop 12: Implementation After Effects Now Becoming Apparent
Pacific Research Institute

Convenience Stores Will Continue to Flourish Without Skill Games
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Inside the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Committee with Senator Schuler
Wyoming Liberty Group

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State Budgets

Pending Budget Crisis in Delaware–Get Candidates on the Record
Caesar Rodney Institute

Julie Su Gets Grilled in Congress with CPC Report
California Policy Center

Paid Family and Medical Leave Payroll Tax 37% Higher Than When Passed Last Year
Center of the American Experiment

Truths About Taxes
Frontier Institute

Stopping Another Welfare Program Won’t Starve Children
Idaho Freedom Foundation

Why So Much School Debt Is Not Voter Approved
Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation

North Carolina Budget, Tax, and Economic Highlights: 2024
John Locke Foundation

Taxpayers Soaked to the Last Drop
Mackinac Center

Massachusetts Study Holds Tax Warning for Oklahoma
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Permanent Tax Reduction Beats One-Time Rebate Checks
Palmetto Promise Institute

Iowa Accelerates Tax Reform
Platte Institute

No Way to Budget
Show-Me Institute

Youngkin Prevents Two Tax Increases, Will Still Sign Record State Budget
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

The Stealth Tax Increase that Remains in the Virginia Budget
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

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Workplace Freedom

Teachers’ Union Expels Whistleblower School Counselor
Center of the American Experiment

Chicago Teachers Union Cuts Class to Lobby, Costing Taxpayers Up to $141K
Illinois Policy

Chicago Teachers Union in Springfield Seeking More Cash When They Already Get a Lot
Illinois Policy

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Other

You Are Graduating from the Most Prestigious University in America and You Think You’re Marginalized
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

John Marshall Refuted Claims that the Feds Have “Inherent Sovereign Authority”
Independence Institute

Toynbee: A Forgotten Man and a Forgotten History
Indiana Policy Review Foundation

Don’t Judge a Bill by its Title: How the Kids Online Safety Act Fails to Keep Kids Safe Online
Pelican Institute

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The Network in the News

In the Los Angeles Daily News, the California Policy Center‘s Lance Christensen urged the Governor Newsom to let Californians vote on the Taxpayer Protection Act. 

In his recent column, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation‘s Kyle Wingfield notes America needs a more sane energy regulatory environment.

In his recent column, the Independence Institute‘s Jon Caldara makes the case for a 90-day Colorado legislative session.

In the Daily Herald, the Illinois Policy Institute‘s Matt Paprocki highlights how red-light cameras have been hurting Illinoisans.

At RealClearMarkets, the Illinois Policy Institute‘s Matt Paprocki points out the dignity of work is the only real cure for poverty.

In The Detroit News, the Mackinac Center‘s Mike Reitz highlights how we can transform schools with an NFL-inspired teacher selection process. 

In the Capital Press, Rep. Mike Simpson and the Mountain States Policy Center’s Madi Clark argue that American agriculture needs farm workforce modernization.

In her column for Newsmax, the Pacific Research Institute‘s Sally Pipes encourages lawmakers to direct Medicare’s dwindling resources to those most in need.

In the Los Angles Daily News, the Pacific Research Institute‘s Wayne Winegarden notes California’s budget sets up the state for painful spending choices and tax increases.

At RealClearEnergy, the Washington Policy Center‘s Todd Myers notes conservative opposition to natural asset companies echoes the Left’s big government environmentalism.

At National Review, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty’s Daniel Lennington discusses the ridiculous and illegal promises of scholarships, faculty positions, and resources made by some universities to appease protestors on college campuses.

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