- The Mississippi Center for Public Policy launched a new division called the Mississippi Technology Institute. The new initiative will use research and well-informed advocacy to promote policies that foster technological growth and innovation in the state.
- The Freedom Foundation filed a request for certiorari in Belgau v. Inslee, which accuses the Washington Governor and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 28 of continuing to deduct dues from the paychecks of state employees who have already exercised their constitutional right to opt out of union participation. The US Supreme Court is being asked to consider the case. Freedom Foundation noted the US Supreme Court has a golden opportunity to reinforce their clearly stated intent in the 2018 Janus decision—that public employees can freely choose to pay, or not pay, government unions.
- The John Locke Foundation published the Emergency Management Act (EMA) resource page for North Carolina legislators and citizens. This resource explains why the EMA must be updated and how it will serve as a necessary check on executive power.
This week on SPN.org
Spotlight on state legislative sessions: State think tanks working to improve education for students and their families
How Illinois Policy helped oust the longest-serving House speaker in US History
- The Alabama Legislature passed two coronavirus-related relief bills that the Alabama Policy Institute has been advocating for nearly a year through its “Restore Alabama Plan.” The first bill removes impediments to business growth and modernizes the tax code of Alabama into one more attractive to business and investment. The second bill protects Alabama businesses from frivolous litigation by claimants seeking lawsuits under the idea that a business was at fault for coronavirus-related injuries. API applauded the state legislature for its quick passage of these essential and timely bills.
- The Arizona Legislature took an important step forward in a needed effort to help prevent government theft under civil asset forfeiture. The Arizona House Criminal Justice Reform Committee passed legislation that states law enforcement must obtain a conviction before the government can take an Arizona resident’s property, along with other critical safeguards. The Goldwater Institute noted requiring a criminal conviction before forfeiture is a commonsense reform that will help protect Arizonans’ property and due process rights, while allowing law enforcement to stop those who are profiting from criminal activity.
- The Platte Institute pointed out that, in addition to Nebraska, there are at least seven states that are advancing “full” occupational licensing recognition bills—meaning these states will recognize other state licenses in a broad array of occupations. Pioneer noted states throughout the country realize that if they want to increase their supply of trained and experienced workers, they need to make it easier for them to join their workforce without jumping through too many hoops.
Solutions from the states: This week’s policy briefs
Licensing Recognition for Telehealth Providers in Alaska
While lowering healthcare costs will take a multifaceted response, the Alaska Policy Forum notes one solution is to expand telemedicine services by granting recognition to out-of-state medical practitioners with licenses in good standing.
Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations for Wisconsin Policymakers (2021 Edition)
The Badger Institute offers criminal justice reforms that will decrease taxpayer expenditures and increase public safety.
Fund Students First: Now is the Right Time for Education Savings Accounts
With Ohio’s General Assembly embarking on the biennial budget process, The Buckeye Institute demonstrates why the state needs a student-first approach to education funding and how Education Savings Accounts can help Ohio better meet the needs of its students, teachers, and families.
Report: Economic Freedom Best Path to Make Kentucky Competitive Again
A report released by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions looks back over the past 40 years to demonstrate how Kentucky has fallen short in creating the robust economic growth generated by competitor states. Bluegrass provides several recommendations to place the commonwealth on a path towards a whole new level of opportunity for Kentuckians.
Electricity in Michigan: A Primer
A Mackinac Center primer shows how electricity is generated, transmitted, and used in Michigan.
Five Program Models For Reducing Recidivism
A new study from the Maryland Public Policy Institute seeks to build on existing “what works” literature regarding the success of recidivism reduction programs. It then applies qualitative analysis to five recidivism reduction programs with diverse approaches and circumstances to determine if those strategies are designed, implemented, and assessed to successfully rehabilitate inmates and reduce re-offense.
Safeguarding the Constitution During Times of Crisis
In a new study, the Nevada Policy Research Institute recommends the Nevada Legislature enact three amendments to the state’s Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.
Fiscal Analysis of Senate Bill 704: Oklahoma Taxpayers Could Save $137 Million
Oklahoma Senate Bill 704 is projected to safely reduce Oklahoma’s prison population by almost 1,400 people over the next 10 years and save the state at least $137 million by eliminating sentence enhancements for people convicted of nonviolent offenses, according to a fiscal analysis by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
Rejecting Push to Restrict Gig Entrepreneurship Key to Driving Innovation, Economic Growth, Higher Incomes
Amid a renewed push in Congress and states to enact new “gig economy” restrictions following California’s controversial Assembly Bill 5, a new study released by the Pacific Research Institute finds that enacting these harmful laws would hinder innovation and restrict people’s ability to become entrepreneurs and provide for their families.
Death and Taxes: Nebraska’s Inheritance Tax
A new study from the Platte Institute gives a historical perspective of Nebraska’s inheritance tax as well as a discussion of the economic implications of the tax.
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