State Policy Network
Week in Review: June 19, 2020

This Week on SPN.org

Iowa removes barriers to jobs and economic opportunity through occupational licensing reform
Tax Education Foundation of Iowa helps reform onerous occupational licensing regulations.

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty surveys parents’ reactions to virtual learning during the pandemic
Through a recent survey of parents in the state, WILL learned education reforms are needed now more than ever.

What will the future of education look like?
State think tanks share trends, attitudes, and ideas on what education could look like in the fall and beyond.

The overlooked potential of state AGs for police reform
SPN Executive Vice President Tony Woodlief’s op-ed at Governing

Stories from the states: American livelihoods hurt by economic lockdowns
State think tanks share stories of Americans struggling to keep jobs, businesses, and livelihoods afloat.

Five questions about ESG investing
The Heritage Foundation’s Diane Katz answers key questions about social, environmental, and governance (ESG) investing.

Success Stories

Tennessee is one step closer to preserving Right-to-Work. A supermajority of the Tennessee House of Representatives passed a resolution which would put Right-to-Work in the state Constitution. In Right-to-Work states, workers in cannot be compelled to join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment. The Beacon Center has been encouraging policymakers to pass this reform, explaining how it would benefit Tennesseans. The next General Assembly, which starts next January, must now pass the amendment by a two-thirds majority.

Louisiana passed a law that reforms the state budget to rein in reckless spending. The Pelican Institute has been calling for fiscal reforms like these and noted it’s a major win for policies to Get Louisiana Working.

The Iowa Legislature passed historic occupational licensing reform. Tax Education Foundation of Iowa has been encouraging policymakers to take this step, explaining how it would expand economic opportunity for workers and make Iowa a place where more people want to live and do business.

Solutions from the states: This week’s policy briefs

Poll: 70% of Alabamians Want a Special Session and Support API’s RESTORE Alabama Plan
Alabama Policy Institute

Coronavirus, the Economy, and Taxes: An Alaska Opinion Survey
Alaska Policy Forum

State think tanks respond to police force and racial injustice

Research & Initiatives

Think Tanks in the News

Virtual Events & Opportunities

Center for Education Reform: Driving Charter School Graduate Success
June 23, 2020

John Locke Foundation: Education Flash Point: School Funding Ruling Could Spark Constitutional & Fiscal Crisis
June 22, 2020

John Locke Foundation: Carolina Rebound Virtual Town Hall: Health Care
July 1, 2020

Pioneer Institute:Digital Schooling During COVID-19 and Beyond
June 24, 2020