State Policy Network
Week in Review: June 4, 2021


This week on

2021: The year for expanding parental choice in education

Get a first look at the SPN 29th Annual Meeting agenda

Case Study: Beacon Center helps Tennessee adopt right-to-work constitutional amendment

Success stories

Solutions from the states: This week’s policy briefs

Steps to Enhance Election Integrity
In a new fact sheet, the Commonwealth Foundation highlights some problems with Pennsylvania’s election system and offers solutions.

2020 Hindsight: Rebuilding New York’s Public Health Defenses After the Coronavirus Pandemic
A new report from the Empire Center analyzes New York’s response to the coronavirus and offers recommendations for how the state can better control future outbreaks.

Keep the Change
In a new report, the Empire Center lists the some of the most obvious and most beneficial temporary reforms made during the coronavirus—that policymakers should make permanent.

Expanding Victim Services to Meet the Needs of Violent Crime Victims in Louisville
The Pegasus Institute released a policy primer on improving the experiences of violent crime victims in Louisville. The primer calls for a local witness protection program as well as a fund for short term relief for victims when there is a nexus between a violent crime and their home.

Ten Health Policy Changes That Should Outlive COVID-19
Massachusetts’ emergency declaration for COVID-19 ends on June 15, and with it some enhanced flexibility that has been allowed in the healthcare system. Some of the added flexibility highlighted barriers that make the system more expensive, harder to access and less patient-centered, and the Commonwealth should consider permanently removing these barriers, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.

Civics Education in Utah
Sutherland Institute released the findings from a major statewide study on the topic of civics education. In an effort to understand more about the state of civics education in Utah—its connection to societal distress and to other relevant education topics—Sutherland commissioned a multi-part study conducted by Heart+Mind Strategies in March and April 2021.

Students Have Fallen Behind During COVID-19: A Path Forward For Mississippi Kids
The Mississippi Center for Public Policy released a report highlighting how students have fallen behind during the coronavirus and outlining suggestions for strengthening the state’s education system moving forward.

Policy news from the states

Checking in on legislative sessions

Legislative Session: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Alabama Policy Institute


New Polling Shows COVID-19 Shifted California Voters’ Opinions On Schools
California Policy Center

More COVID Aid Went to Education Than Healthcare in Pa.
Commonwealth Foundation

Parents Need Academic Transparency, not Intimidation, from their School Boards
Goldwater Institute

Teacher Pay: A Look at the Last Decade
John Locke Foundation

The Year of School Choice Continues
John Locke Foundation

Education Freedom Accounts Would Not Defund Public Schools
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

Kansas is #38 in Bang for the Educational Buck
Kansas Policy Institute

Time to Dream of Bigger Opportunities for Students
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Energy and environment

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Plummet in North Carolina
John Locke Foundation

Been There, Done That on Unaffordable Energy Mandates
Pacific Research Institute


CON Law Cons Must Be Stopped
Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

The NC Threat-Free Index for the Week Ending May 31 — Plus a Herd Immunity Update
John Locke Foundation

Crisis Hastened Health-care Reforms
John Locke Foundation

Overdose Deaths Hit Record Highs in Kentucky
Pegasus Institute

Jobs and state economies

Sacramento’s Latest Target: Small Business Owners
California Policy Center

More Jobs Open in Midwest Than Unemployed Workers – Time for Minnesota to End UI ‘Enhancements’
Center of the American Experiment

With Alcohol To Go Sales Ending, Liquor Rules Need More Permanent Reforms
Center of the American Experiment

Governor McMaster: Encouraging Work is Working for South Carolina
Foundation for Government Accountability

Kansas Lost Private-Sector Jobs in April
Kansas Policy Institute

Tax Reform Will Bring Jobs and Opportunities to Louisiana Families
Pelican Institute for Public Policy

How Are We Recovering? (Part 3)
Show-Me Institute

State budgets and spending

Senate Budget Improves Taxpayer Protections
The Buckeye Institute

California Offers a Good Lesson That Generous Welfare Spending is Not a Solution to Poverty
Center of the American Experiment

Budget 2022: Resist the Urge to Spend Beyond Tomorrow’s Means
Garden State Initiative

Tax hikes fail to balance Illinois budget, but lawmakers raise own pay
Illinois Policy Institute

Tax Subsidy Spurious—St. Louis Grift
Show-Me Institute

Better Preparation for a Rainy Day
Show-Me Institute

The Iowa Legislature Continues Conservative Spending
Tax Education Foundation of Iowa


Unconstitutional Eviction Ban Harms Renters and Landlords
The Buckeye Institute

How the People Can Fix California
California Policy Center

What Public Policy Reforms Are Next?
Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

The Results of the Motel Program for the Homeless
Cascade Policy Institute

Mississippi Fails at Public Defense
Empower Mississippi

Recent Reforms Improve Mississippi’s Grade on Parole Laws
Empower Mississippi

Granite Staters Favor Right-to-Work, Education Freedom Accounts, Relaxing Housing Regulations, Bartlett Center Poll Shows
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy

Will the ‘New Normal’ Look Anything Like the Old Normal?
Nevada Policy Research Institute

The Free Market is Our Best Weapon in the Fight Over Cyberspace
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

PRI’s 2021 Summer Reading List
Pacific Research Institute

The Failures of State-Led Development in Appalachia with Economist Abigail Hall
Pegasus Institute

Think tanks in the news

The Buckeye Institute’s call for Ohio policymakers to wisely spend American Rescue Plan funds was endorsed in editorials across Ohio. The Marietta TimesThe Vindicator, the Tribune Chronicle, the Morning JournalThe Review, and Salem News all cited Buckeye’s policy brief and urged lawmakers to “heed the advice to exercise restraint.”

Radio Interview: Creating a Smart State Budget
Alaska Policy Forum on the Tom Anderson Show

Tobacco Taxes Sound Good, But Hurt The Poor and Increase Smuggling
Center of the American Experiment in the Faribault Daily News

With New Incentives to Work, Alaska’s Economy Can Start to Unfreeze
Foundation for Government Accountability in the Anchorage Daily News

A Different Kind of Labor Boss
Freedom Foundation in The Wall Street Journal

COVID Forces Us to Think The Traditional Education System
Georgia Public Policy Foundation in the Daily Citizen-News

Governor Ducey’s Chance to Make History
Goldwater Institute in National Review

CON Program Doesn’t Lead to Better Health Care
John Locke Foundation in the Reflector

Rebuild the Economy Without Business Subsidies
Mackinac Center in Real Clear Policy

CTA and Democratic Allies Move to Torpedo Charter Schools
Pacific Research Institute in The Orange County Register

Government Health Care Won’t Fix Pandemic Woes
Pacific Research Institute in the Daily Times

School Disrupted: The Impact of COVID-19 on K-12 Education
Pelican Institute in Real Clear Policy

Governor Reynolds and the Republican Legislature Continue to Practice Fiscal Conservatism
Tax Education Foundation in the Iowa Field Report

New Poll Finds All Those People Moving To Texas Aren’t Going To Be Voting For Democrats
Texas Public Policy Foundation in The Federalist

New Options for Public To Engage Remotely With Legislature Worked
Washington Policy Center in The Seattle Times

Joe Biden’s COVID Debt Relief For Farms Doesn’t Apply to White Farmers. That’s wrong.
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty in USA Today

Events & Opportunities

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