- The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, in partnership with New Hampshire Journal, launched a new podcast focused on New Hampshire politics and policy. The podcast provides daily insights and analysis on topics directly related to the 2020 election. Listen here.
- Washington Policy Center’s Healthcare Policy Analyst, Dr. Roger Stark, is available for virtual meetings to talk about his book, Health Care Policy Simplified. If SPN members would like to host an online event with Dr. Stark under their own branding, please reach out to David Boze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Washington Policy Center’s Young Professionals helped clean up 175 pounds of trash in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. This district is a vital pillar within the neighborhood and has been negatively impacted during recent social unrest. The WPC Young Professionals noted it was a privilege to support local business owners and residents.
This Week on SPN.org
Solutions from the states:
This week’s policy briefs
Food Stamp Work Requirements Worked for Missourians
Foundation for Government Accountability
Cruising in Hawaii How the Federal Government’s 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act Has Limited the Aloha State’s Tourism Potential
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
Combatting ‘Idea Suppression’ How Florida Universities Can Continue their Rise to National Prominence
James Madison Institute
2020 State of Higher Education
Antimicrobial Resistance: Learning from the Current Global Health Crisis to Prevent Another One
Pension Reform for the New Normal Economy—Examining Colorado’s Successful Model
Eliminating Unnecessary Delays to Child Permanency
Texas Public Policy Foundation
From Costing the Taxpayers to Being Taxpayers: Why Second-Chance Hiring is Right on Crime
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Just the Facts: Property Taxes in Texas’s Most Populous Cities, Counties, and School Districts
Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Electoral College Means Everyone’s Vote Counts
Washington Policy Center
Policy News from the states
- The Cardinal Institute released a short documentary on West Virginia’s education system and how it went from failing its students to helping them thrive. Watch it here.
- The Goldwater Institute continues to push back on Proposition 208 in Arizona. This ballot initiative purports to support K-12 education in the Grand Canyon State, but in reality, the measure would create a massive tax hike, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, that will kill tens of thousands of jobs. Goldwater’s latest piece on Prop 208 examines the claim that 50% of the measure’s spending would benefit teachers through increased pay. Matt Beienburg, Director of Education Policy explains how this claim is untrue and provides background on the recent history of increased teacher pay in Arizona.
- The John Locke Foundation highlighted the economic consequences of the learning loss that is likely to accompany extended school closures.
- The Mackinac Center considered how many Michigan families are fleeing public schools.
- On “The Learning Curve,” the Pioneer Institute discussed the crisis in K-12 teacher preparation, quality, and evaluation.
- Alaska Policy Forum highlighted new polling that finds a majority of people across all political parties are skeptical of ranked-choice voting.
- The Badger Institute highlighted how the Wisconsin Elections Commission is preparing for smooth and secure voting.
- Civitas Institute pointed out the media used to be much more questioning or dismissive of polls.
- Sutherland Institute published a Q&A series designed to answer common questions about voting, ballots, and the election.
- The Washington Policy Center argued national vote-by-mail standards are needed to avoid election confusion.
- On the “Voter Assurance Podcast,” the Wyoming Liberty Group explained what risk-limiting audits are and why they are crucial to our voting system’s integrity.
Energy and environment
- Several state think tanks from mid-Atlantic and New England states signed a letter encouraging policymakers to oppose entering into the Transportation Climate Initiative, a carbon tax “cap and trade” proposal for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil motor fuel use. Read the letter here.
- The Pacific Research Institute published a new book on how to end California’s water wars, protect habitats, and meet the state’s water needs.
- Illinois Policy Institute noted the Illinois Governor issued a ninth disaster proclamation, extending his emergency powers for another 30 days.
State budgets and spending
- The Buckeye Institute noted Ohio Lawmakers need to put more debt relief options on the table.
- Center of the American Experiment considered why Minnesota’s tax revenues are coming in better than forecast.
- Commonwealth Foundation outlined reforms to get Pennsylvania on solid fiscal ground.
- The Georgia Public Policy Foundation released the inaugural edition of “Tax and Spend Tuesday,” a roundup of news, views, and policy proposals affecting your paycheck and pocketbook.
- The John Locke Foundation highlighted how five counties in North Carolina are seeking higher sales taxes.
- The Mackinac Center argued the case for additional federal relief for Michigan is thin.
- The Maryland Public Policy Institute considered a ballot initiative that would remove spending guardrails from the state budget.
- The Pelican Institute explained why an amendment to limit the state’s budget growth is so important for the future of Louisiana.
- The Platte Institute highlighted how a Tax Foundation analysis of Joe Biden’s tax plan caught the eye of rapper 50 Cent this week.
- To fund Missouri’s roads, the Show-Me Institute explained why mileage-based tolls are preferable to gas taxes.
Jobs and economic growth
- The Caesar Rodney Institute argued Delaware’s beach tourism could see permanent economic loss if giant wind turbines are built too close to shore.
- A Southern California businessman copied the California Policy Center on his open letter to the California Governor. In the letter, the businessman noted California’s policies are driving Californians out of the state.
- Empire Center pointed out New York’s private jobs rebound still trails most of the United States.
- Kansas Policy Institute highlighted how, in one month, 25,000 Kansans quit job hunting.
- The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs noted the pandemic drained Oklahoma’s unemployment fund.
- The Rio Grande Foundation pointed out New Mexico has one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.
- The Thomas Jefferson Institute argued the Virginia General Assembly’s special session makes economic recovery harder.
- The Beacon Center highlighted how city officials are quoting Beacon’s City Freedom Index.
- Civitas Institute explained why conservatives should care about local school board elections.
- The Josiah Bartlett Center highlighted how the pandemic has made New Hampshire’s acute housing shortage even worse.
- Libertas Institute considered if home invasions for drugs should continue.
- The Pacific Research Institute’s fellow in legal studies, Erik Jaffe, shared his thoughts on the Amy Coney Barrett nomination hearings, and what changes we might expect to see at the Supreme Court under a Justice Barrett.
- The Pelican Institute considered if government should regulate social media.
- The Show-Me Institute explained why everyone should care about economics.
- The Yankee Institute questioned why the International Association of Fire Fighters is getting millions of dollars from a charity.
Think tanks in the news
- The Alaska Policy Forum noted liability protection is necessary for Alaska businesses.
- Cascade Policy Institute pointed out Metro’s costly transportation tax will tax employers to overspend on underused projects, such as light rail.
- ABC News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covered the Commonwealth Foundation’s press conference on “Back on Track” Education Scholarship Accounts.
- Commonwealth Foundation highlighted how Pennsylvania’s Catholic schools face uncertainty in the pandemic era.
- The Ethan Allen Institute discussed how Vermont’s Secretary of State is opening the state up to questions of electoral fraud.
- In The Hill, the Foundation for Government Accountability argued welfare work requirements are needed now more than ever.
- Jonny Savas, a lifeguard in Southern California, highlighted how his union is forcing him to pay dues against his will. The Freedom Foundation is representing Savas in a lawsuit against his union.
- In National Review, the Illinois Policy Institute pointed out a progressive tax will doom Illinois small businesses.
- The Independence Institute considered if the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is unconstitutional.
- The John Locke Foundation highlighted how there are about 300,000 fewer jobs in North Carolina today than there were in February.
- In The Wall Street Journal, the Kansas Policy Institute presented an alternative to a bailout for fiscally mismanaged states.
- The Kansas Policy Institute argued the Kansas Governor’s administration is fear-mongering and manipulating data to scare Kansans into submission.
- In The Hill, the Mackinac Center pointed out Joe Biden’s labor policy is anything but moderate.
- The Pacific Research Institute pointed out a coronavirus vaccine is no good if people won’t take it.
- Philanthropy Daily, using the Steamboat Institute’s 12th Annual Freedom Conference as an example, released four tips for reimagining in-person events during the coronavirus. Check out the article here.
- In The Hill, the Texas Public Policy Foundation explained why liberals should embrace the president’s Supreme Court nominee.
Events & Opportunities
20th Anniversary Liberty Ball
Rio Grande Foundation | October 24, 2020
America: A Republic if You Can Keep It
Foundation for Economic Education | October 27, 2020
Defending the Electoral College
Alaska Policy Forum and Save Our States | October 28, 2020
2020 Freedom & Opportunity Virtual Event
Maine Policy Institute | October 29, 2020
2020 National Lawyers Convention: The Rule of Law and the Current Crisis
Federalist Society | November 9-13, 2020
Georgia Center for Opportunity | November 5, 2020
Post-Election Economic Priorities
Thomas Jefferson Institute and National Review Institute | November 10, 2020