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Heartland’s Steve Stanek on Chicago’s NBC 5 Ripping “Essential Air Service” Program
Steve Stanek, research fellow and managing editor at The Heartland Institute, is featured in an excellent piece from Monday night on Chicago’s NBC affiliate WMAQ. It’s a story about the “essential air service” program, a legacy boondoggle from the airline deregulation of the 1970s…READ MORE
It Doesn’t Take a Tinfoil Hat to Critique Common Core, Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
There is no evidence Common Core will improve education. It’s never been field-tested, and research suggests education standards have no effect on student learning: Many states with high standards have low achievement, and vice versa…READ MORE
Why Obama Will Probably Kill the Keystone Pipeline, Jay Lehr, Ph.D. , The Heartland Institute
Canadian oil is cleaner than most of what we get from Venezuela and the Persian Gulf. And our rejection of the Canadian oil will not slow development of the tar sands, a supposed goal of the environmental activists. Canada will simply build a pipeline to Vancouver and sell the oil to Asian countries…READ MORE
Orange County Register: Internet Sales Tax Unfair, Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
The act, known as the Internet tax bill, would require online retailers to collect sales tax from each customer, based on where the customer is located. If Customer A lives where the state sales tax is 6 percent, the retailer would have to collect 6 percent tax on the sale…READ MORE
JournalStar.com: Don’t Jump On Bandwagon, Robert Holland, The Heartland Institute
The key point is Nebraskans now are free to revise their own standards, and with Common Core they would be stuck with a model copyrighted by Washington-based trade associations and off-limits to local amendment…READ MORE
Perry, Cornyn, and Cruz Reject Medicaid Expansion, Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
State funding for Medicaid should not be determined based on the amount of federal funding, nor should federal funding be dependent on state decisions regarding eligibility, benefits, and provider payments…READ MORE
A Compelling Description of Water Resources and Global Water Policies, Jay Lehr, Ph.D. , The Heartland Institute
Charles Fishman traveled the world gathering stories and technical details about how water is managed, developed, delivered, used, and misused, putting all this information together in a compelling manner in The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water…READ MORE
Research & Commentary: North Carolina Renewable Portfolio Standard, Taylor Smith, The Heartland Institute
North Carolina legislators are considering repealing the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The RPS requires utilities to obtain a specified percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain date…READ MORE
Research & Commentary: Early Effects of Dodd-Frank, Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute
The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank Act, created many new restrictions on financial instruments and activities. The new regulatory powers include a consumer protection agency and the creation of a single federal bank regulator… READ MORE
The Meltdown Of Global Warmists Reveals Their True Priorities, James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
Within the global warming debate, it is well understood that calling a global warming skeptic a “denier” is a deliberate attempt to demean and disrespect him or her on a personal level. Global warming skeptics were universally labeled “skeptics” until a handful of particularly aggressive warmists began drawing asserted links between global warming skeptics and “holocaust deniers.”..READ MORE
The Age Of Unreason: Senate Democrat Budget Mythology, Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute
Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget and Patty Murray’s Senate Democrat budget deserve continued scrutiny and debate, because they definitively display the core beliefs of the two parties on a wide range of issues…READ MORE
Lawmakers Slip Indiana Common Core Measure Into Another Bill, Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
Lawmakers in some 13 states are considering legislation to reconsider or withdraw from the Common Core States Standards initiative, charging concerns over cost, local control, governments tracking students, and academic quality… READ MORE
Climate Change Weekly, James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
Taylor writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled Climate Change Weekly, which reports on current stories regarding the reality of climate change. READ MORE
New research summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly email edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), addresses desert plants, dryland ecosystems, UK rivers, and much more. READ MORE
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Herb Walberg: Education and Capitalism (podcast)
It’s the book’s ten-year anniversary, so Walberg joins the podcast to discuss these concepts and how they have matured in the past decade.
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