- The Texas Public Policy Foundation announced Jerome Greener is joining the organization as vice president for engagement. Before joining TPPF, Grenner lead the Americans for Prosperity-Texas team.
- The Mountain States Legal Foundation launched the Center to Keep and Bear Arms, its first-ever legal center dedicated to defending the Second Amendment.
This week on SPN.org
Illinois Policy Institute saves millions of Illinois families from devastating ‘fair tax’
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Miscalculating Accountability: Kentucky’s School Financial Reports Just Don’t Add Up
Senate Bill 3: Myth vs. Reality
The Buckeye Institute
Dealing In The Dark: NY’s Secretive Government Labor Negotiations
Maine Legislative Guidebook for the 130th Legislature
Maine Policy Institute
Palmetto Playbook: Strategies to March South Carolina’s Economy Down the Field
Palmetto Promise Institute
Kentucky’s Money Problems? Kentucky State and Local Government Revenue Impacts from COVID-19 Episode
Ranking State Highway Systems on Performance and Cost-Effectiveness: North Dakota and Missouri Rank Best, New Jersey and Alaska Rank Last
Iowa’s Roadmap to Economic Growth
Addressing the Primary Care Crisis by Expanding Access to Direct Primary Care
Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Transportation & Climate Initiative: Its Economic Impacts on Virginia
Thomas Jefferson Institute and Beacon Hill Institute
Politics in the Pandemic: The Role of Unions in School Reopening Decisions
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
Policy news from the states
- The California Policy Center examined the educational direction Joe Biden plans to take.
- The Empire Center offered reforms to help New York’s struggling public education system.
- Idaho Freedom Foundation explained how teachers unions’ special privileges hurt students and families.
- Kansas Policy Institute highlighted how local school boards barely allocated half of total spending to instruction last year.
- The Center of the American Experiment celebrated the freedom wins from the 2020 Election.
- The Civitas Institute offered a lesson from Election Day 2020: All the money in the world cannot make up for bad ideas that are not appealing to voters.
- The Civitas Institute considered why Texas didn’t turn blue this election.
- The Reason Foundation considered voters’ decision to approve new rail transit lines in Austin, Texas.
- The Alabama Policy Institute noted America is being conditioned to believe that any attempt to exercise fundamental freedoms is actually fundamentally selfish.
- The Cascade Policy Institute noted Oregon should support restaurants and bars, not freeze them out.
- After the Minnesota Governor announced new coronavirus restrictions, Center of the American Experiment highlighted data that shows restaurants and bars have been linked with just 1.7% of Minnesota’s coronavirus cases since June 10, 2020.
- The John Locke Foundation noted it’s time to end North Carolina’s Emergency Management Act.
- The Mackinac Center noted now is the time for the Michigan Legislature to move forward with legislation that has a different approach to the state’s pandemic response.
- The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs highlighted the Oklahoma Governor’s new restaurant and bar restrictions.
- The Washington Policy Center argued a special legislative session should be required to respond to emergencies lasting longer than 60 days.
Jobs and state economies
- The Center of the American Experiment noted new unemployment numbers paint a gloomy picture for Minnesota.
- The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii pointed out a legally required increase in the unemployment tax will slam Hawaii’s struggling businesses and exacerbate unemployment.
- The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy highlighted a new report that ranks New Hampshire as the most economically free state in North America.
- The Pacific Research Institute considered a new study that argues governments should tax people who work from home.
- The Pioneer Institute released a checklist on how to revitalize the industries hit hardest by the coronavirus.
- The Kansas Justice Institute sued the Kansas Board of Cosmetology to fight back against unreasonable occupational licensing requirements. KJI is representing three eyebrow threaders who are unable to earn an honest living because of onerous licensing requirements. Learn more about the case here.
State budgets and spending
- The Center of the American Experiment encouraged lawmakers to cut spending, not raise taxes.
- Kansas Policy Institute explained how state policymakers can turn the current budget shortfall into a budget surplus.
- The MacIver Institute summarized the Wisconsin Governor’s new proposed coronavirus relief package.
- The Platte Institute considered the likeliness that Nebraska enacts a tax increase next year.
- The Alaska Policy Forum published a guest article from a Fairbanks attorney that argues Alaska needs judicial selection reform.
- The Buckeye Institute testified in favor of Senate Bill 3, Ohio’s drug sentencing reform proposal that is making its way through the Ohio General Assembly. Buckeye noted the bill would “enhance Ohio’s standing as a national leader in criminal justice reform and ensure our criminal justice system treats all Ohioans fairly.”
- The Cascade Policy Institute highlighted how Oregon’s new drug law creates a new bureaucratic agency, the “Oversight and Accountability Council.” And despite its name, the council has neither accountability nor oversight.
- The Center of the American Experiment launched nominees for the Golden Turkey Award—a prize that calls attention to waste in state government.
- The Garden State Initiative hosted a virtual forum featuring former New Jersey Attorneys General John Degnan and Chris Porrino.
- The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii encouraged the state to rely more on the private sector to deliver public services.
- The Mississippi Center for Public Policy shared an interview with the chair of the nonprofit Mississippi Coding Academies, a group working to improve the technical expertise of Mississippi’s workforce.
- The Show-Me Institute highlighted a study that finds Missouri’s transportation infrastructure, specifically roads and bridges, is aging rapidly.
- Sutherland Institute highlighted how November 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Compact—the first written framework of self-government composed and enacted in what is now the United States of America.
- In a new video, Randy Petersen, a former law enforcement officer and senior researcher at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, shared how improving policing, a core function of government, is best achieved through better training and better hiring.
Think tanks in the news
- In The Center Square, The Buckeye Institute noted Ohio is on the verge of taking the national lead in smart telehealth policy.
- The California Policy Center highlighted the risks and benefits of California’s direct democracy.
- As Pennsylvania lawmakers are working on the 2020-2021 state budget, the Commonwealth Foundation encouraged lawmakers to shield families from job-killing tax hikes. Commonwealth also noted lawmakers should balance the budget with existing resources.
- Commonwealth Foundation considered Pennsylvania’s political future after the 2020 election.
- The Ethan Allen Institute listed election law reforms the Vermont Legislature should consider.
- In InsideSources, the Foundation for Government Accountability considered if the American Dream will be another casualty of the coronavirus.
- In The Daily Signal, the Freedom Foundation explained how the Oregon Governor became the latest poster child for coronavirus tyranny.
- The Illinois Policy Institute noted pension reform is key to protecting Illinois services and taxpayers after the “fair tax” rejection.
- In National Review, the Independence Institute explained how Colorado voters cut taxes during a statewide blue wave.
- The John Locke Foundation highlighted some good news on North Carolina’s budget.
- In the Deseret News, the Libertas Institute argued scaling back occupational licensing requirements is in Utah’s best interest.
- In The Hill, the Mackinac Center noted voters unsurprisingly chose school choice this election.
- The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board cited a Pacific Research Institute study on ESG funds.
- The Pacific Research Institute noted Joe Biden’s plan to tackle the pandemic should focus on the difficult and complex problem of interrupting the runaway pandemic while maintaining a viable economy.
Events and Opportunities
Idaho Legislature 101
Idaho Freedom Foundation | January 7, 2021