• Week of June 23, 2014

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    An event in Las Vegas just has to have entertainment, and Heartland has arranged for a unique performance on opening night, Monday, July 7. Kilez More, an Austrian rap artist, will be performing “Klimawandel,” a song telling the youth of Europe to think for themselves and not believe the alarmist hype about climate change. Watch his video here and learn more about the rapper at his website. Photos of More are here.

    The Washington Times this week produced a “special section” about the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change. Published Thursday, June 26, the eight-page section included op-eds by Heartland President Joseph Bast, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas). It was included in every edition of that day’s paper. See what it looked like here and pick up a copy for yourself by attending ICCC9.


    You don’t want to miss this largest-ever gathering of global warming skeptics! If you have not already registered please do so today. The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9) is taking place July 7–9, 2014 in Las Vegas. We’ll be presenting awards to ten courageous scientists and policy analysts who have stood up for sound science and common sense in the global warming debate. Confirmed speakers include Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, Christopher Monckton, Dr. Roy Spencer, Dr. Patrick Michaels, Joe Bastardi, Marc Morano, and more. For more information on the program, the resort, and registration, go to climateconference.heartland.org

    Paul Driessen, The Heartland Institute
    Pressure from the United Nations, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental activists to promote “sustainable” development has led to “economically harmful and environmentally counterproductive” policies that have resulted in completely unsustainable practices, writes environment expert Paul Driessen in a new report for The Heartland InstituteREAD MORE


    Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
    Virginia has stepped up its attack on ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft. It’s just the latest example of crony capitalism and government favoritism toward the wealthy and powerful, Stanek notes. In early 2014 Virginia officials fined the services more than $35,000 for operating without proper permits. On June 5, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Richard D. Holcomb sent a cease-and-desist letter to each companyREAD MORE

    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute
    Fixing a nation’s currency to gold assures the currency maintains a stable long-term value, without inflation or deflation. That enables a nation’s money to serve as a measure of value, like a ruler measures inches or a clock measures time. Such a stable measure of value, in turn, means money can best perform its most essential function in facilitating transactionsREAD MORE

    Logan Pike, The Heartland Institute
    Implemented in 1947, the Taft-Harley Act (THA), Section 14(b), allows states to adopt right-to-work laws. Right-to-work laws give employees the freedom to choose whether to join a labor union and pay union dues as a condition for employment in a unionized company. Opponents of right-to-work laws contend they lead to lower wages, hurt unions, and lower people’s standard of living. But states that have enacted right-to-work policies have experienced positive economic progress across the boardREAD MORE

    The Heartland Institute’s 30th anniversary benefit dinner will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Cotillion, 630 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s dinner celebrates what we’ve accomplished but also laments what remains to be done. President Barack Obama’s effort to “transform” the country places our freedoms at greater risk than at any previous time in Heartland’s existence. To register for this event please contact Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org. You may also visit benefit.heartland.org for more information about this eventI WANT TO REGISTER


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    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.

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    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week…READ MORE

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens…READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)…READ MORE

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  • Week of June 16, 2014

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    Obama’s Climate McCarthyism Demeans Presidential OfficeHeartland Weekly James Taylor
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    President Barack Obama demeaned the dignity of the presidency by ridiculing tens of thousands of scientists for simply disagreeing with his lay opinions on global warming. Obama is correct that no Ph.D. scientists – and likely no sane individuals – seriously argued that the moon was made of cheese or was merely an illusion. Does that analogy apply to the global warming debate?…READ MORE

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    A new report from liberal think tank the Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States health care system as the worst among 11 developed countries, but the report is deeply flawed…READ MORE

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    Governor Jindal said, “It’s time for PARCC to withdraw from Louisiana. We won’t let the federal government take over Louisiana’s education standards. We’re very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators. Common Core has not been fully implemented yet in Louisiana, and we need to start the process over. It was rushed in the beginning and done without public input.”…WATCH THE VIDEO HERE


    sstanek-44Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage
    Ben Capobianco, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland’s Steve Stanek and Erin Shannon, director of the Center for Small Business at the Washington Policy Center, discuss The Seattle City Council’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the detrimental consequences that come with such a policy. Seattle’s economy is undoubtedly in for a rocky ride as employers will need to continue downsizing in order to keep their businesses alive…READ MORE

    There’s still time – but not much! – to register for the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9), taking place July 7–9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Confirmed speakers include Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, Lord Christopher Monckton, Dr. Roy Spencer, Joe Bastardi, Marc Morano, and more. For more information on the program, the resort, and registration, go to climateconference.heartland.org…READ MORE


    Paul DrissenFixing Our Dictatorial EPA
    Paul Driessen, The Heartland Institute
    EPA’s actions routinely violate the Information Quality Act. The IQA is intended to ensure the quality, integrity, credibility, and reliability of any science used by federal agencies to justify regulatory actions. Office of Management and Budget guidelines require that agencies provide for full independent peer review of all “influential scientific information” used as the basis for regulations…READ MORE

    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute
    Although the use of tolling to fund new transportation projects represents an improvement, the Obama Administration’s GROW AMERICA Act is a top-down, bureaucratic approach to transportation financing that does not solve funding problems. Instead of allowing states to determine which transportation projects to emphasize, the federal government takes over…READ MORE

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    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.
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    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week…READ MORE

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens…READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)…READ MORE

    The Heartland Institute offers free email subscriptions to all of its newsletters and public policy newspapers…SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

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  • Week of June 9, 2014

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    Obama Announces Economically
    Devastating CO2 Restrictions
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    The Obama administration announced proposed power plant restrictions requiring a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels. The regulations allow states some latitude in formulating plans to meet their mandated emissions cuts, but most states would have to shut down many or all of their coal power plants to meet the mandates READ MORE


    Why Teachers Need Paycheck Protection
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    Kristi Lacroix, a Wisconsin teacher, explains why teachers and the public deserve paycheck protection. Paycheck protection is a law that prohibits governments from collecting dues and campaign contributions on behalf of unions. Lacroix is a representative of the Association of American Educators, a nonunion teacher association that provides many of the same benefits as unions, such as liability insurance. AAE does not collectively bargain or participate in politics READ MORE


    President Obama’s Plan To “De-develop” America Shifts Into High Gear
    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute
    The Obama Administration reports the U.S. economy declined by 1 percent in the first quarter of this year. That follows 1.9 percent reported total annual growth for all of 2013. The U.S. economy sustained a real rate of economic growth of 3.3 percent from 1945 to 1973 and achieved the same 3.3 percent sustained real growth from 1982 to 2007. Before President Barack Obama, it was only during the stagflation decade of 1973 to 1982, reflecting the deeply misguided intellectual leadership of the time, that real growth fell to only half long term trendsREAD MORE


    Glaciers and Global Warming
    Edmund Contoski, Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute
    The melting of glaciers is often cited as evidence mankind is causing global warming through carbon dioxide emissions. A corollary of this is that melting glaciers raise sea levels, which will reach catastrophic levels unless CO2 emissions are reduced. Adding to the massive evidence already refuting these assertions, a recent paper provides more accurate reconstruction of two centuries of previous data “by using many more stations, particularly in the polar regions, and recently processed historic data series from isolated island stations”... READ MORE


    Research & Commentary: Right to Work Policies
    Alex Monahan, The Heartland Institute
    The National Labor Relations Act of 1937 (Wagner Act, or NLRA) fundamentally altered the relationship between employers and employees in the United States. Key measures of the NLRA encouraged collective bargaining, protected the exercise of freedom of association, prohibited several unfair labor practices by employers, and allowed employers to make employment contingent on union membership. The latter policy aided the growth of labor unions with nearly unmitigated power until it was curtailed by the Taft-Hartley Act (THA) in 1947: Section 14(b) of the THA allowed states to adopt right-to-work laws
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    Poison Propaganda
    Viv Forbes, Carbon Sense Coalition
    The environmental debate today is so corrupted by politics and propaganda that facts are too often distorted and exaggeration of risk is commonplace. The vicious war on hydro-carbon fuels is a good example where certain substances are labelled “poison” or “pollution” when associated with coal utilization, but blithely ignored in other areas. For example, climate alarmists have labelled carbon dioxide produced by carbon fuels as a “pollutant” and the U.S. Supreme Court even declared it to be so READ MORE


    Register Now for ICCC 9 in Las Vegas!
    There’s still time to register for the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9), taking place July 7–9, 2014 in Las Vegas. Confirmed speakers include Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, Lord Christopher Monckton, Dr. Roy Spencer, Joe Bastardi, Marc Morano, and more. For more information on the program, the resort, and registration, go to climateconference.heartland.orgREAD MORE


    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to The Heartland Institute! ... READ MORE  
     


    Nearly $6 Billion Returned to Madoff Victims
    Securities Investor Protection Corporation
    Nearly $6 billion will have been returned to BLMIS customers with allowed claims with the recent pro rata distribution of approximately $351.6 million in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) under the Securities Investor Protection Act. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) praised Trustee Irving H. Picard and his attorneys for their ongoing hard work in recovering and returning funds to BLMIS customers … READ MORE

    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute!…READ MORE


    The Future Is What You Make of It

    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.

    Who will be the guardian of my dependent children?

    Who will have the power to manage my finances?

    Who will make my health care decisions?

    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit  My Gift Legacy or Contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.


    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week. READ MORE


    Climate Change Weekly

    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute

    Heartland Senior Fellow James M. Taylor writes Climate Change Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter reporting the latest news regarding the reality of climate change … READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens … READ MORE


    NIPCC Update

    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)… READ MORE


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  • Week of June 2, 2014

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    obama_17Heartland Institute Experts React to President Obama’s Power Plant Emission Rule to Fight Global Warming/Climate Change
    Joseph Bast, James M. Taylor, Jay Lehr, Ph.D., S.T. Karnick, Taylor Smith, John Coleman, Marita Noon, James H. Rust, and Alan Caruba, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland President Joseph Bast says, “President Obama and the Democrats are once again unleashing the Environmental Protection Agency on the American people. This is Obamacare for the environment: guaranteed to raise costs, reduce choices, and destroy an existing industry. By the time EPA is finished, millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.” … READ MORE COMMENTS FROM EXPERTS


    Illinois Charters Survive Union Attack
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In this Wall Street Journal video, Andrew Broy, president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools explains how charter schools staved off a fierce union attempt against them this spring. “Thousands of charter school parents mobilized across the state” to beat back 12 bills that attempted to restrict charter growth and independence, Broy saidREAD MORE


    Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
    For every 100 mortgages being sold in the United States these days, at least 95 of them have government backing. We’re told America has a free-market economy? Not judging by the government’s involvement in housing, arguably the most important market there is. Most people can go years without needing health care. A healthy adult can go weeks without food. We cannot go one day without needing shelter...READ MORE

    Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
    A judge in Sangamon County Circuit Court recently blocked a modest reform of Illinois’ pension system for state workers and retirees outside Chicago from taking effect June 1, giving Gov. Pat “Four Counties” Quinn the excuse he’s probably been looking for to block reforms for two of Chicago’s pension plans. (I’ll explain “Four Counties” in a moment.) The Quinn-supported state pension reform blocked, for the time being, by Judge John Belz would raise the retirement age for many state workers and reduce and delay some annual cost-of-living increases. In return, the state would slightly reduce the amount of money taken from workers’ paychecks as pension contributions...READ MORE

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the burdens of troubled state health insurance exchanges, for which the costs are continuing to rise. The question is whether more money should be spent to fix the exchanges or if states should just throw up their hands and shift to the now-functional federal system, which itself comes with costs…READ MORE

    The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9), taking place July 7–9, 2014 in Las Vegas, is taking shape with new speakers and a preliminary program now posted at www.climateconference.heartland.org. Confirmed speakers include Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, Lord Christopher Monckton, Dr. Roy Spencer, Joe Bastardi, Marc Morano, and more. Rooms at the magnificent Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino start at only $80 per night plus fees and taxes!READ MORE

    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
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    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute
    The current process for pharmaceutical firms seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for new medications is long and arduous. And patients seeking to use experimental drugs before FDA approval must go through an exemption process that can take several months, requiring physicians to file paperwork that takes almost 100 hours to complete. Even after this lengthy process, the decision to grant an exemption for the patient’s use of the experimental drug lies solely with the FDA READ MORE

    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute!…READ MORE


    The Future Is What You Make of It

    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.

    Who will be the guardian of my dependent children?

    Who will have the power to manage my finances?

    Who will make my health care decisions?

     

     To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit  My Gift Legacy or Contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.


    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The weekly Consumer Power Report offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech, who summarizes, with source citations, several top health care stories for the week. 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


    School Choice Weekly

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Pullmann writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled School Choice Weekly, which sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens… READ MORE


    NIPCC Update

    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)… READ MORE


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  • Week of May 26, 2014

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    No Consensus on Man-Made Global Warming
    Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer, Ph.D., The Heartland Institute
    Heartland President Joseph Bast and University of Alabama in Huntsville Principal Research Scientist Roy Spencer, Ph.D., wrote the lead opinion-editorial in the May 26 edition of The Wall Street Journal challenging recent claims by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry claiming 97% of scientists agree global warming is both man-made and dangerous. The piece has generated 747 comments so far! Background research supporting points made in the essay can be found…READ MORE


    Common Core Repeal Goes to Oklahoma Governor
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has until June 2 to sign a bill repealing and replacing national Common Core education mandates in her state; if she does nothing, the bill will get a “pocket veto” and will not become law. On May 23, the last day of the legislative session, the state House and Senate passed a repeal by votes of 71–18 and 31–10, respectively. The bill repeals Common Core from state law and requires schools to use Oklahoma’s previous academic benchmarks for two years while the state creates new standards…READ MORE


    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed global warming for recent wildfires in California, but objective data show a decline in wildfires as our planet modestly warms. The 47,000 wildfires last year may seem like a very large number – and it certainly gives global warming alarmists like Brown plenty of fodder for misleading claims – but the 47,000 wildfires was less than half the average number of wildfires that occurred each year in the 1960s and 1970s. Earth was cooling during the 1960s and 1970s when so many more wildfires occurred…READ MORE

    Ben Capobianco, The Heartland Institute
    On May 16, Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr was a guest on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” to discuss the issue of living in high-risk locations: places where wildfires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, etc. occur on a regular basis. Lehr says those who choose to move into such areas should bear the cost of doing so: Instead of placing the tax burden of compensating fire fighters and other public servants on everyone in the area, Lehr calls for a shift of that burden onto those who choose to live in particularly high-risk areas...READ MORE

    Patrick Gleason, Americans for Tax Reform
    States under full Democrat control have increased total spending more than 400 percent faster than states under full Republican control, according to a newly released analysis by Americans for Tax Reform. Key findings include significantly higher levels of growth in government spending in the 13 states where Democrats have unified control of the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the legislature, compared with the 24 states where the GOP has total control of state government…READ MORE

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The continued scandal of the Veterans Health Administration provides a good example of the downside of government-run medicine. But when it comes to comparisons to Obamacare, Avik Roy illustrates why the VA is much worse: The most important thing to understand about the Veterans Health Administration is that it truly is socialized medicine. Socialized medicine, properly understood, is a system in which the state owns and controls everything...READ MORE

    The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9), taking place July 7–9, 2014 in Las Vegas, is taking shape with new speakers and a preliminary program now posted at www.climateconference.heartland.org. Confirmed speakers include Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, Lord Christopher Monckton, Dr. Roy Spencer, Joe Bastardi, Marc Morano, and more. Rooms at the magnificent Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino start at only $80 per night plus fees and taxes!READ MORE

    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to The Heartland Institute!...READ MORE

     


    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute
    Municipal broadband efforts have failed in nearly every place they have been implemented, costing taxpayers millions while tackling a nonexistent problem. Recognizing muni broadband systems tend to be expensive and underutilized, several states have adopted measures restricting cities and counties from creating their own broadband systems. These state policies are being challenged by the Federal Communications Commission…READ MORE

    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute!…READ MORE


    The Future Is What You Make of It

    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.

    Who will be the guardian of my dependent children?

    Who will have the power to manage my finances?

    Who will make my health care decisions?

    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit  My Gift Legacy or Contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.


    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The weekly Consumer Power Report offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech, who summarizes, with source citations, several top health care stories for the week. 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


    School Choice Weekly

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Pullmann writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled School Choice Weekly, which sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens… READ MORE


    NIPCC Update

    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)… READ MORE


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