This weekly round-up shares the latest news about what the network is doing to promote state-based solutions that will improve the lives of families, workers, and local communities. If you are an SPN state think tank and have an update you’d like us to include in next week’s round-up, please email us at (all submissions are subject to SPN approval).


  • American Enterprise Institute: AEI’s president, Arthur Brooks, released a new podcast, “The Arthur Brooks Show,” that will explore the art of disagreement in the current political climate and provide listeners with a primer on how to disagree better, not less.
  • Georgia Public Policy Foundation: The Foundation is hosting a 2018 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum (September 7) in Atlanta to kick off the legislative session. Modeled after the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s highly successful Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature, the day-long forum will focus on teacher pension reform, education innovation, and state-focused healthcare reforms.
  • Policy Circle: Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Circle Leadership Summit, taking place September 6-7 in Chicago. This year’s summit focuses on the intersection of leadership and public policy.
  • Property and Environment Research Center: Is the Endangered Species Act of 1973 a tremendous success or a dismal failure? PERC Reports: Getting Species Recovery Right explores the challenges of species recovery and how to provide incentives that can overcome those challenges.
  • Think Freely Media: The 2018 Great Communicators Tournament is underway and the first finalist has been chosen at FEEcon. Qualifying rounds will also take place at the SPN 26th Annual Meeting this fall.

Education: Expanding options for families

  • Washington Policy Center: The Janus decision may restore respect for teaching as a profession. Here’s how.
  • Wisconsin Institute for Law & LibertyA new study by WILL documents how Milwaukee Public Schools has caused its own budget woes by evading state law and refusing to take serious action on its vacant and underutilized school buildings.

Healthcare: Improving access to and affordability of care

Free Speech: Protecting Americans’ First Amendment Rights

Worker Freedom: Giving workers a voice and a choice

Taxes & Budgets: Encouraging fiscal responsibility and sustainability

Welfare Reform: Decreasing government dependence

Pension Reform: Achieving retirement security