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 firstname.lastname@example.org (all submissions are subject to SPN approval).
- New website alert: The MacIver Institute and Show-Me Institute revealed new websites this week.
- The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is celebrating 10 years of fighting for freedom! Take a look at all the people the Foundation has helped over the years here.
- The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ Save Our States project released a feature-length documentary defending the Electoral College.Watch the trailer here. The film will be available for streaming on September 8, 2020.
This Week on SPN.org
- The Ohio House passed critical COVID-19 liability protection. The Buckeye Institute applauded the move, noting lawmakers took a critical step toward speeding up the state’s economic recovery and protecting responsible businesses and other organizations that are working to keep their students, customers, employees, and patients safe.
- The Freedom Foundation helped free an in-home care provider, Andrew Stoia, from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015. Andrew cares for his disabled wife. For more than two decades, the union had been illegally taking money from Andrew’s Medicaid payments paid through the In-Home-Supportive Service (IHSS) program.
Solutions from the states:
This week’s policy briefs
Police Use of Force: How Common Is It? A Call for Greater Transparency
Executive Emergency Powers: The Stability of Accountability
Policies in School Choice Now Act Offer School Choice Options to Millions of Students Nationwide
The Buckeye Institute
Unleash Mississippi Employer Survey: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Mississippi Employers
The Impact of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue on Education Choice Opportunities in Idaho
Idaho Freedom Foundation
Wichita’s Key STAR Bonds Didn’t Create New Jobs
Kansas Policy Institute
A History of Michigan’s Controversial 1945 Emergency Powers Law
Preserving Life and Liberty in a public health emergency
Five Reasons Why Drug Rebates Are Harmful to Patients and to the Healthcare System
2020 Candidate Education Guide: What do Iowans Think?
Tax Education Foundation of Iowa
“Action Civics,” “New Civics,” “Civic Engagement,” and “Project-Based Civics”: Advances in Civic Education?
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Using Efficiency Audits to Improve Child Welfare
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Overview of US Economic Growth
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Policy News from the States
- Civitas Institute reviewed a book that dives into the controversy of polling and the 2016 presidential race.
- To prevent dismal turnout, the Idaho Freedom Foundation encouraged the Boise School District to move school board elections from September to November.
- The Yankee Institute pointed out how towns and cities are charged with sending out, receiving, and counting more absentee ballots than they ever have before and that could make for a very long and difficult election day in November.
- Cascade Policy Institute argued California blackouts show the need for reliable hydropower.
- Center of the American Experiment noted California’s blackouts are a reality check for Minnesota’s wind and solar ambitions.
- Ethan Allen Institute listed 12 things Americans consider to be bigger problems than climate change.
- Bluegrass Institute encouraged legislators to limit the scope of emergency executive power.
- Commonwealth Foundation highlighted how Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to prevent mass restaurant closures due to unnecessarily strict government regulations.
- The Rio Grande Foundation highlighted how there is bipartisan support for reforming New Mexico’s emergency powers.
- The Beacon Center criticized certificate-of-need laws in Tennessee and argued patients should get to decide what they need in their community.
- The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs considered why we pay too much for healthcare.
- On the Hubwonk podcast, the Pioneer Institute talked with the Institute for Justice about the effects of certificate-of-need laws on the healthcare system.
- As Missouri elected officials prepare for Medicaid expansion, the Show-Me Institute offered questions policymakers should consider.
State budgets and spending
- The Alaska Policy Forum released an analysis on the City of Seward’s payroll. APF noted the city seems to be taking financial soundness seriously by hiring temporary workers and restraining overtime pay.
- California Policy Center argued union power is behind the city of Fullerton’s push for higher taxes.
- Cascade Policy Institute pointed out metro’s “Get Moving 2020” ballot measure is a $5.2 billion tax increase disguised as a transportation measure.
- Civitas Institute listed the top 10 takeaways from the North Carolina Governor’s spending proposal.
- The John Locke Foundation noted the North Carolina Governor’s budget earns a failing grade.
- Pacific Research Institute pointed out three of Joe Biden’s proposed tax hikes that would be especially crushing for California residents and businesses.
- The Alaska Policy Forum released a video on what government employees need to know about their First Amendment rights and union membership.
- Freedom Foundation (Pennsylvania) detailed some of the ways they are educating Pennsylvanians about their First Amendment rights regarding unions, including a billboard calling for “public employees [to] wash [their] hands of the union.”
- The Georgia Public Policy Foundation argued the most effective way to promote good public transit, and in turn empower those in poverty with increased mobility, is through private contractors.
- The Goldwater Institute explained how some states are winning the battle to attract new residents.
- The Washington Policy Center considered if Americans’ political differences are reconcilable.
Think Tanks in the News
- In Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Buckeye Institute examined the dangers of taxpayer-funded subsidies.
- In an Epoch Times feature video, California Policy Center’s Will Swaim highlighted how media bias is getting worse.
- The Commonwealth Foundation appeared on NBC in Philadelphia this week. Commonwealth debated the Pennsylvania House Minority Leader on ways to improve the state economy, fix Pennsylvania’s budget hole, and privatize the state’s government-run liquor stores.
- The Foundation for Government Accountability argued the recovering economy will get even better if the president is reelected.
- Burke and Robert Bordner, owners of Slidewaters water park in Washington state, explained how their livelihoods have been crushed by the Washington Governor’s shutdown orders. The Freedom Foundation is representing the Bordners in a lawsuit against the governor.
- The Georgia Public Policy Foundation argued arresting law enforcement abuses begins with police unions.
- On KJZZ radio (Phoenix), Goldwater Institute argued flexible learning options are needed now more than ever.
- H Hawaii Media interviewed the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the Hawaii Governor’s lack of COVID-19 transparency.
- On KMOX radio (St. Louis), the Illinois Policy Institute discussed the impact of the economic shutdowns.
- To build trust in Utahans, the Libertas Institute encouraged all justice courts to consider a person’s ability to pay.
- In The Hill, the Mackinac Center noted political fights make the pandemic response worse.
- In the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Public Policy Institute argued the Maryland Governor is right to invest in highways.
- The Pacific Research Institute called on the GOP to push for healthcare transparency.
- TEF Iowa partnered with OCPA’s Save Our States for an op-ed on the National Popular Vote bill in the Virginia Legislature.
- On Fox News, the Texas Public Policy Foundation argued Joe Biden’s green energy plan would cause massive rolling blackouts and higher energy costs.
- Reporters in Washington asked several questions directly citing Washington Policy Center‘s work at recent COVID-19 related, state-government press conferences.
Virtual Events & Opportunities
Virtual Town Hall: The National Debt Crisis
Show-Me Institute | September 10, 2020
Winning the Water Wars
Pacific Research Institute | September 22, 2020
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered? Mail-in Ballot Abuse and the Election
Texas Public Policy Foundation | September 10, 2020