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 firstname.lastname@example.org (all submissions are subject to SPN approval).
- Mackinac Center: Help your interns get more from their summer experience! Encourage them to register for InternNet, a virtual national speaker series that connects policy experts and liberty visionaries to liberty-oriented students all over the country. InternNet starts June 5, registration is free.
- Sutherland Institute: We caught up with Rick Larsen, president of Sutherland Institute, for the first installment of our new Leader Spotlight interview series.
- Texas Public Policy Foundation: Kara Belew, a leading authority on school finance reform, has joined the Foundation’s team as a senior policy advisor.
Education: Expanding options for families
- Pioneer Institute: The Institute released a new study showing Massachusetts is denying thousands of private and religious school students access to special education services they’re entitled to.
- Washington Policy Center: Parents in Washington state are celebrating National Charter Schools Week, and with good reason — the state has one of the best 10 charter school laws in the country.
Healthcare: Improving access to affordability and of care
- Ethan Allen Institute: Why are pharmaceutical prices so high? The Institute outlines how over-regulation may be a major factor.
- MacIver Institute: In a recent op-ed in The Hill, the MacIver Institute shows how states can help their most vulnerable citizens simply by stopping the unions’ practice of dues skimming.
- Pacific Research Foundation: Washington state is set to spend $100,000 on a state study of “single-payer and universal coverage health care systems” –money that could be saved if Washington considered previous studies that prompted several other states to back away from the idea.
Worker Freedom: Giving workers a voice and a choice
- Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs: OCPA made great strides towards getting union recertification legislation passed in their state last week. Union recertification allows workers a say in the collective bargaining process as unions must win a majority of votes from all workers, not just members, in order to retain representation rights. You can tune in to their recent video on that topic here.
Energy: Protecting consumers and the environment
- Alaska Policy Forum: The Forum’s recent op-ed in The Daily Caller highlights how allowing offshore drilling may help the environment, as well as increase jobs.
- James Madison Institute: The Institute weighs in on the wave of climate change lawsuits being filed by cities across the country and why Florida municipalities shouldn’t join the movement.
- Mackinac Center: The EPA has proposed revising greenhouse gas emission standards for light-duty vehicles. The Center outlines why activists’ desires to impose additional, unaffordable regulatory barriers at this point would ultimately damage both the environment and the economy.
- Palmetto Promise Institute: A new report from the Institute finds South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) customers will bear an even bigger burden from the failed nuclear project the state abandoned last year. Residential bills are likely to increase $195-$647 per year.
- Washington Policy Center: The Center opposes a proposed carbon fee initiative that might not meet carbon reduction targets but would raise household and car fuel costs by $275 per family.
Taxes & Budgets: Encouraging fiscal responsibility and sustainability
- Beacon Center of Tennesee: The Nashville transportation referendum which the Center strongly opposed was defeated last week. The referendum would have placed an undue burden on the poor and elderly.
- Garden State Initiative: A new report from GSI assesses New Jersey’s business competitiveness in manufacturing and commercial industries in comparison to five states: Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio.
- Texas Public Policy Foundation: Will a carbon tax increase the cost of a sandwich? Check out the Foundation’s new video highlighting the real-world impact a carbon tax would have.
- Washington Policy Center: A recent policy note offers insights into why property taxes in Washington are going up.