State Policy Network
Week in Review: June 11, 2021


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Solutions from the states: This week’s policy briefs

Unmasking the Unemployment Crisis: The New Pandemic Plaguing America
A new report from the Foundation for Government Accountability finds the weekly unemployment bonuses have made fraud a big business and states should opt out.

2021 Legislative Wrap-Up
The James Madison Institute outlines what Florida lawmakers passed during the 2021 legislative session.

Policy news from the states

Criminal justice reform

The Deadly Consequences of Catch-and-Release
Cascade Policy Institute

Reforming Mississippi’s Criminal Justice System
Empower Mississippi


Report Finds Alaska Has Most Progressive School Funding – But is it Successful?
Alaska Policy Forum

It’s the ‘Longest Day’ — But Will Kentucky’s Students Ever Learn About It
Bluegrass Institute

Oklahoma’s ‘Best’ School Fares Poorly in National Comparison
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

School Accountability is Too Important To Not Get Right
Pelican Institute for Public Policy

Better Civics Ed is the Real Answer in Critical Race Theory Debate
Sutherland Institute


COVID-19 Vaccines Will Not Be Enough. We Also Need Effective Treatments
Pacific Research Institute

Government accountability

COVID-19 Emergency Has Long Been Over
Center of the American Experiment

Port Authority of NY and NJ Payroll Eclipses One Billion Mark
Empire Center for Public Policy

Don’t Criminalize COVID-19 Rule Breakers
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

The COVID-19 Emergency is Over in New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

Jobs and state economies

A Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate Will Discourage Tax Competition
Center of the American Experiment

FGA Responds to Record High Job Openings in Newest Report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Foundation for Government Accountability

Legislators Might Soon Legalize Sidewalk Dining in New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

Centralized Government Control Crushes Economic Growth
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Case Study: How We Helped Create More Jobs in Nebraska
Platte Institute

State budgets and spending

Wisconsin’s Surplus Presents Opportunity for Down Payment on Future Economic Growth
Badger Institute

Next steps: More Must be Done To Stabilize Teachers’ Retirement System
Bluegrass Institute

Ohio Senate Budget Includes Some Bold Reforms, But Overall Spending Levels Remain Unsustainable
The Buckeye Institute

More States are Reducing Their Taxes, Leaving Minnesota Behind
Center of the American Experiment

Locke President Donald Bryson Responds to Legislature’s Budget Agreement
John Locke Foundation

Illinoisans Pay 10th Highest Lifetime Taxes in U.S.
Illinois Policy Institute

Three Reasons Why North Carolina Should Eliminate Its Corporate Income Tax
John Locke Foundation

This Is No Time for a Tax Increase
Pioneer Institute

Workplace freedom

US Supreme Court Will Have Another Opportunity to Recognize First Amendment Rights of Public Employees
The Buckeye Institute

A Union Changes Its Spots
California Policy Center

What Voters Should Know About Amending Illinois’ Constitution to Boost Government Union Power
Illinois Policy Institute

Connecticut State Employee Unions Get More Money From Fewer Members, as Lamont Signs Bill Meant to Bolster Ranks
Yankee Institute for Public Policy


COVID Pandemic Proves One-Size-Fits-All Government Mandates Aren’t the Answer
Goldwater Institute

Will Legislators Legalize Kids’ Lemonade Stands This Week?
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

N.H. Voters Lost Trust in Media & Government During Pandemic; Helping Drive Biden Favorability Below 50%
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

Maine Lawmakers Moving in the Wrong Direction On Accessible, Affordable Child Care
Maine Policy Institute

Legislative Halftime: Palmetto Playbook Ideas Take Flight
Palmetto Promise Institute

Think tanks in the news

Why Are People Not Working?
Alaska Policy Forum in Must Read Alaska

Tax Cut on Agenda
Arkansas Policy Foundation in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Rural Families Need Educational Choice Too
Beacon Center of Tennessee at RealClearPolicy

Restoring Americans’ Freedom to Work
Beacon Center of Tennessee in the Johnson City Press

Turning Pandemic Lemons Into Permanent Legislative Lemonade
Bluegrass Institute in the Richmond Register

The California Union Exodus
California Policy Center in The Orange County Register

Students Will Suffer Under Wolf’s Latest Charter Attack
Commonwealth Foundation at Broad + Liberty

Commonwealth Foundation: Education Gets More Federal COVID Dollars Than Healthcare
Commonwealth Foundation featured on WHTM-TV 

How Federal Unemployment Hikes are Killing Small Business
Foundation for Government Accountability in The Federalist

Rampant Unemployment Fraud Shows Need for Reform
Foundation for Government Accountability in The Cincinnati Enquirer

Los Angeles Teachers’ Union to Vote on Push to Cut Aid to Israel
Freedom Foundation cited

The Human Suffering That Even Bad Jobs Numbers Hide from Us
Georgia Center for Opportunity in National Review

When it Comes to Increasing Healthcare Access, Focus on the Future Instead of the Past
Georgia Public Policy Foundation in the Daily Citizen-News

Carolinians Remain Fiscal Conservatives
John Locke Foundation in Laurinburg Exchange

Cutting Corporate Tax Helps Consumers
John Locke Foundation in The Robesonian

Tax Incentives for Film Production? We’ve Seen This Movie Before
Mackinac Center in The Wall Street Journal

Unprecedented Federal Borrowing Floods State Budgets
Mackinac Center in The Hill

Unions Ensure Victory Through Deception, and Democrats Want to Keep It That Way
Mackinac Center in the Washington Examiner

It’s Time for an Anglo-American Free Trade Deal
Mississippi Center for Public Policy in the Washington Times

What’s Really at Stake in the Supreme Court Obamacare Challenge
Pacific Research Institute in NewsMax

The Hard Work on Critical Race Theory is Just Beginning
Sutherland Institute in The Salt Lake Tribune

Respecting the Taxpayers, Fiscal Conservatism Continues in Iowa
Tax Education Foundation of Iowa and Texas Public Policy Foundation in The Center Square

Governor Reynolds’ Vision for Education
Tax Education Foundation of Iowa in Iowa Field Report

The Electoral College and Federalism
Tax Education Foundation of Iowa in The Iowa Torch

Events & Opportunities

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