- Lesley Davis was named interim CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy after the departure of Jon Pritchett. Davis, a lawyer and native Mississippian, will serve as interim CEO while the Board conducts a national search for a replacement.
This Week on SPN.org
Palmetto Promise Institute Helps Provide Educational Opportunity for 5,000 South Carolina Students
A summary of Palmetto Promise’s successful campaign to promote school choice in South Carolina.
Communications Case Study: Center of the American Experiment’s “Let Minnesota Golf!” campaign hits hole-in-one for Minnesota golfers
How American Experiment helped reopen Minnesota’s golf courses.
- In a big win for Miami Beach homeowners, a court affirmed that Miami Beach cannot fine property owners $20,000 to $100,000 for renting their home for the night. The Goldwater Institute represented the plaintiff in the case, Natalie Nichols, who won in her ongoing challenge to the city’s unconstitutional restrictions on short-term rentals.
- School Choice victory in South Carolina: Thanks to the Palmetto Promise Institute, 5,000 South Carolina students now have more education opportunity. The South Carolina Governor unveiled South Carolina’s Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants, a program designed to help meet the educational needs of working families suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Solutions from the states:
This week’s policy briefs
State Responses to the Coronavirus: A Primer
Alabama Policy Institute
Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System in Wisconsin – What We Know Thus Far
COVID-19 Lockdowns Impact on Ozone Pollution
Caesar Rodney Institute
Congress’s Destructive $600 Weekly Unemployment Bonus is Boosting Fraud & Killing Jobs
Foundation for Government Accountability
Eight Police Reform Proposals
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
Why Expanding New Mexico State Pre-K Won’t Help the Children Who Need Help the Most
Rio Grande Foundation
Research & Initiatives
- The Badger Institute outlined how licensing reform momentum has gained traction across the states.
- The Beacon Center of Tennessee shared a video of a restaurant in Nashville being shut down. Beacon questioned if anyone supportive of the broad shutdown of businesses in Nashville has seen their enthusiasm dampened after watching the video.
- The Buckeye Institute commented on two big court wins. First, in Rafaeli, LLC v. Oakland County the Michigan Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a Michigan law that previously allowed Oakland County, Michigan, to sell Mr. Rafaeli’s property for $25,500 and pocket the profits after he underpaid his property tax bill by $8.41. Second, in Association for Community Health Plans v. the United States Department of Treasury, a court held that the Trump administration acted within its authority when it reinstated the 12-month rule covering short-term, limited duration insurance plans. Buckeye filed amicus briefs in both cases.
- California Policy Center revealed how much California city workers make and argued that lower wages and benefits are necessary to ensure the solvency of public institutions.
- Cascade Policy Institute encouraged Portland officials to repeal a 10 percent tax on food delivery services, arguing the tax is hurting, not helping, Portlanders.
- Center of the American Experiment launched a campaign to support law enforcement after Twin Cities experiences spike in violent crime.
- Civitas Institute considered how many North Carolinians will vote by mail in the upcoming election.
- Commonwealth Foundation encouraged Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass the Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA), legislation that would limit the growth of spending to the three-year average of inflation and population growth—a metric that would align state spending with the economy.
- The Freedom Foundation requested an emergency stay with the Oregon State Court of Appeals to prevent the Oregon Governor from imposing a mandatory mask rule in the Beaver State.
- The Georgia Center for Opportunity presented some tips for parents on how to prepare their children for virtual schooling.
- To create jobs and restart the economy, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii noted lawmakers need to embrace policies that would make the state more business-friendly.
- The Idaho Freedom Foundation considered what the Illinois Governor’s property tax relief plan means for the average homeowner.
- As Chicago begins to reimpose COVID-19 lockdown measures, Illinois Policy Institute noted the state is at risk of losing leisure and hospitality job gains.
- The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy offered eight proposals for reforming New Hampshire police practices and making officers more accountable to the people.
- The Kansas Policy Institute conducted a survey of Kansas businesses that finds several inconsistencies between what small business need and what state and local officials have done or will do.
- The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed its opening brief at the Michigan Supreme Court. Mackinac is challenging the Michigan Governor’s unprecedented use of emergency powers, which resulted in her possessing unilateral control over all state policies related to COVID-19.
- As one way to plug its budget hole, Montgomery County in Maryland is planning to divert $87 million from its Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) trust by not making the required contribution in March. The Maryland Public Policy Institute noted underfunding retirees’ health benefit fund is an irresponsible move that could cost the county its good bond rating and long-term fiscal health.
- Mississippi Center for Public Policy released a new series, “Homeschool Stories,” that shares stories of families who have chosen to homeschool after the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs argued that in order to reduce over-policing, we need to stop over-legislating.
- Pegasus Institute considered the record-breaking violence plaguing America’s cities amid calls to defund the police.
- The Reason Foundation put together a series of briefs detailing various measures policymakers should take in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.
- Show-Me Institute highlighted the broadband disparities in Missouri and the need for change to prepare for distance learning in the future.
- Tax Education Foundation of Iowa released three ways Iowa can create economic growth and weather an economic downturn.
- Texas Public Policy Foundation noted Texas’ budget shortfall highlights the importance of reigning in government spending without raising taxes.
- The Washington Policy Center highlighted how state lawmakers are continuing to call for a special session to resolve the budget issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Think Tanks in the News
- In Delaware State News, Caesar Rodney Institute‘s Dr. Christopher Casscells advised the governor to use real-time data to start reopening Delaware now.
- Civitas Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs explained what the Electoral College is and how it protects North Carolina’s voice in presidential elections.
- Empower Mississippi discussed the governor’s decision to veto two criminal justice reform bills.
- On NJTV News, the Garden State Initiative highlighted how the New Jersey Governor has failed to use gas tax funds to deliver infrastructure improvements.
- The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii praised Maui lawmakers for trimming this year’s county budget to $1 million less than the previous year.
- In The Hill, the Mackinac Center encouraged policymakers to permanently remove regulations on medical workers.
- In The Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Public Policy Institute reviewed Baltimore’s noncompetitive property tax rate.
- Nevada Policy Research Institute commented on a bill that would provide a way for Nevada to mitigate fiscal emergencies by opening a short-term loan backed by the state’s future income. Nevada Policy Research Institute appeared on KRNV TV (Reno, Nevada), to discuss the Nevada Legislature’s cuts to education and healthcare.
- In The Wall Street Journal, Pacific Research Institute’s Dr. Henry Miller discussed the coronavirus’ harrowing complications.
- The Palmetto Promise Institute commented on the South Carolina Governor’s announcement to allocate $32 million in tuition grants for students attending private schools across the state.
- The Pegasus Institute argued that private industry, not government, is the key to solving COVID-19.
- In The Federalist, the Pegasus Institute argued Congress should follow the lead of the American people and reject the radical and dangerous defund the police movement.
- In The Hill, the Pioneer Institute argued the PRICE Transparency Act would be a win for taxpayers, employers, and consumers.
- In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Show-Me Institute noted public schooling in the fall is like a slow-moving train wreck.
- In the Clarion Ledger, Empower Mississippi encouraged state leaders to iron out a plan to address Mississippi’s prison crisis.
Virtual Events & Opportunities
2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum
Georgia Public Policy Foundation | July 15-August 25, 2020
Choice in the Courts: A Maine Policy Virtual Happy Hour with Special Guest Tim
Maine Policy Institute | July 29, 2020
The Truth About Crime, Race, and Policing in America
Center of the American Experiment | July 30, 2020