State Policy Network
Week in Review: August 21, 2020

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 member and have an update you’d like us to include in next week’s round-up, please email us at updates@spn.org (all submissions are subject to SPN approval).

Announcements

Independence Institute’s office in downtown Denver was robbed over the weekend. Read Independence CEO John Caldera’s comments here.

As part of the Washington Policy Center’s “Free Markets Destroy” project, WPC launched their Free Markets Destroy 60-second video contest. Entries should answer the question: How has the free market destroyed the bad and improved situations in your life? Submissions must be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or TikTok with #FreeMarketsDestroy by September 15, 2020.

This Week on SPN.org

Election integrity in 2020: Insights for state think tanks
A summary of how state think tanks can engage on election integrity in a productive and constructive way.

Hiring Well, Doing Good: Georgia’s community-based program is helping Americans get back to work
GCO expands their community program that’s connecting low-income people with job opportunities in their area.

Communications case study: Commonwealth Foundation helps high school student become nationally recognized school choice advocate
Commonwealth Foundation builds their brand as a leading school choice advocate.

Pioneer Institute’s research helps inform Massachusetts’ response to coronavirus pandemic
Pioneer’s comprehensive research helps state policymakers and the public respond to the coronavirus.

Communications case study: Libertas channels ‘The Office’ to teach Utahans about burdensome tax on businesses
Libertas creates a video parody of the hit TV show “The Office.”

Success Stories

The Utah Supreme Court has unanimously approved a two-year pilot program that suspends many legal regulations. Libertas Institute noted thedecision will allow for a new marketplace of legal services to start up and thrive without being restricted or burdened by previous restrictions that would otherwise have prevented their existence. 

Solutions from the states: This week’s policy briefs

Cultural Indicators 2020 for Alabama and the United States
Alabama Policy Institute

Alaska Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Blocks
Alaska Policy Forum

Preserving Medicaid: How to Stop Shortchanging Patients and Bankrupting Taxpayers
Commonwealth Foundation

Unleashing Educational Opportunity: The Untapped Potential of Expanded Tax Credit Scholarships
Commonwealth Foundation

Charter schools improve teacher quality at traditional public schools
Josiah Bartlett Center

A Humane Approach to Work for Welfare
Maine Policy Institute

The Menace of Medical Rate Setting: The Case of California’s AB 72
Pacific Research Institute

COVID-19: Education’s Defining Moment
Pelican Institute

Property Tax Profile: Travis County
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Policy News from the States

Education

Elections

Healthcare

Police Reform

State budgets

Other

Think Tanks in the News

Virtual Events & Opportunities

Wisconsin’s Looming Budget Crisis
Badger Institute | August 25, 2020

Electing the North Carolina Supreme Court: Why The 2020 Races are Pivotal
John Locke Foundation | August 24, 2020

Apocalypse Never: A Conversation with Michael Shellenberg
Texas Public Policy Foundation | August 27, 2020

Categories: State News
Organization: State Policy Network