• Week of February 23, 2015

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    Florida Lawmakers Propose Sin Tax on Nightclubs
    Alexa Moutevelis, the Heartlander
    Floridians heading to “gentlemen’s clubs” in the Sunshine State may soon be paying an extra cover charge. One would go to the bouncer, and another $10 would go to the state. No word yet on if this proposed new tax must be paid in singles. READ MORE


    Better Price Controls Won’t Fix Medicare
    Sean Parnell, Orange County Register
    The Obama administration recently announced it will shift how it pays doctors under Medicare, seeking to reward “value” instead of “volume.” This is likely to be yet another fiasco, with elderly patients and taxpayers falling victim to the dreams of bureaucrats and central planners. READ MORE


    The Crucifixion of Dr. Willie Soon
    Sean Parnell, Orange County Register
    The science is not on their side, so climate alarmists and their media allies are getting desperate and vicious with their smears and lies. They’ve gone full Alinsky on their latest target: Willie Soon. They are trying to freeze him, polarize him, and isolate him. It will not work. It must not work. READ MORE


     

     

    Featured Podcast – Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL): Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about the Internal Revenue Service’s use of civil asset forfeiture laws to seize innocent citizens’ assets based on questionable claims that they could be financial criminals. LISTEN TO MORE


     


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    The Incompetent, Abusive, Dishonest, and Anti-Transparent Government Has Grabbed the Internet
    Seton Motley, Somewhat Reasonable
    Thursday was a very bad day for freedom. It is the day the free-speech, free-market Xanadu that is the Internet was unilaterally seized by the Obama administration. Per the president’s demand, the allegedly independent Federal Communications Commission is pretending to be Congress – and writing new Web-regulating laws for itself. READ MORE


     

    Heartland Institute Experts React to Obama Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline
    “In one fell swoop President Obama killed thousands of American jobs, raised domestic energy prices, and ensured greater U.S. dependence on oil from nations that are openly hostile to freedom, democracy, and the United States of America.”  READ MORE


    IL Gov. Bruce Rauner Goes After Healthcare Costs
    Scott Reeder, the Heartlander
    The governor some on the left have called “Scott Walker on steroids” wants to reduce what Illinois spends on health insurance for its own employees as well how much money it is funneling into Medicaid. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), however, acknowledged his proposed savings would only be fully realized if state worker unions cooperate. Good luck with that. READ MORE


    BONUS Podcast — Isaac Orr: The Fracking Revolution
    Jim Lakely, director of communications at the Heartland Institute, discusses the latest news in the fracking revolution with Heartland energy Research Fellow Isaac Orr. They talk about boomtowns and the “downstream jobs” of the fracking revolution, especially the mining of frac sand in Wisconsin. 


     

    Louisiana Lawmakers Propose State Film Tax Credit Reforms
    Jeff Reynolds, the Heartlander
    “I think it was Bastiat who wrote about ‘the seen and the unseen.’ The film tax credit is popular partly because it’s so visible,” said Kevin Kane, president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. “You see film crews all over town, you turn on television, and you see shows and movies that were filmed in Louisiana.” READ MORE


    Obama Administration Preparing for Adverse SCOTUS Ruling on Obamacare
    Sean Parnell, the Heartlander
    The president has two very obvious plans. The first is to exert enormous amounts of political pressure on Congressional Republicans to add the words “or the federal government” right after the words “established by the state” in Obamacare. The second is to exert enormous amounts of pressure on states that didn’t set up exchanges to do so now. READ MORE


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  • Week of February 16, 2015

    Oregon Governor Resigns Over ‘Green’ Scandal
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    The greenest governor in the U.S., four-term Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), resigned on Wednesdaywhen his intimate and covert relationships with environmental advocacy groups and renewable energy companies were exposed. Will more liberal elected officials be forced to resign as similar scandals emerge in other states? READ MORE


    Is America Still on Hayek’s ‘Road to Serfdom’?
    Richard Ebeling, for Somewhat Reasonable
    Short answer: Yes. Heartland Policy Advisor Richard Ebeling explains how a century of central-government planning by our betters in the United States government “carries within it a loss of personal freedom and choice, and undermines the human spirit of creative thought and self-responsibility from which have come all the great accomplishments of mankind.”READ MORE


    Heartland’s Fault: Arizona House Panel Rejects Common Core
    Arizona is tearing down its Common Core standards and returning education policy decision-making back where it belongs: closer to parents and school boards. This development has angered a reporter who witnessed the procedures in the Arizona legislature week. Heartland Research Fellow Heather Kays was among those whose testimony was vital to the rejection of Common Core in the Grand Canyon State.READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Lord Christopher Monckton, Part 1
    Christopher Monckton, the Viscount of Brenchley, is so informed and entertaining, we needed to split the podcast in two to get it all in. In Part 1, Heartland’s H. Sterling Burnett talks with Lord Monckton about the most recent developments in the climate change debate and how he became among the most prominent, visible, and vocal climate skeptics on the planet. READ MORE



    Join Us at CPAC!
    The Heartland Institute is once again cosponsoring the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), February 25–28 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just across the river from Washington, DC). Come hear candidates for the Republican nomination for president, as well as the usual stellar line-up of America’s smartest conservatives and libertarians. Be sure to stop by Heartland’s booth and meet Heartland staff, too! Our awesome t-shirts are first-come, first-serve, and will go fast!


    Hating Tobacco More than Helping Smokers
    Brad Rodu, for Somewhat Reasonable
    Why does the National Institutes of Health stubbornly oppose electronic cigarettes, which are much less harmful than tobacco cigarettes? Because the agency is staffed by zealots who throw reason and science aside to an ideologically driven quest to achieve a “tobacco-free” utopia. READ MORE


    Weather Bulletin #7: Weather: 1, Climate Alarmists: 0
    This winter has been brutal, rivaling last year, which was the coldest and snowiest many people have ever experienced. And it’s not just Americans and Canadians feeling the winter blues: Winter’s icy grip has led to a death rate three times the norm in Great Britain. H. Sterling Burnett delivers the latest weather report. READ MORE


    Connecticut Sweet on Tax Hikes
    Jeff Reynolds, The Heartlander
    A new bill introduced in Connecticut aims to discourage junk food consumption by taxing it more, yet fatten the treasury for childhood obesity programs, higher-ed scholarships, and other spending. It can’t do both, so expect both fatter kids and more bloated spending.READ MORE


    Britain’s National Health Service Getting Sicker Every Day
    Linda Gorman, for the Heartlander
    In December and January more than 7,000 surgeries in Britain were canceled due to lack of beds and NHS waiting times for cancer treatment are the highest in six years. Some 80 percent of English hospitals are said to be running a deficit, and hospital administrators say additional budget cuts will mean they can no longer “guarantee safe and effective care.” Is America going to catch the same disease? READ MORE


    Enjoying Low Gas Prices? Don’t Get Too Used to Them
    Justin Haskins, in Human Events
    American motorists are enjoying some of the lowest gas prices since President Barack Obama took office. But politicians in both parties think you’re enjoying too much of a good thing and want to hike gasoline taxes. So far, Republican leaders are holding firm against this raid on the wallets of middle America. READ MORE


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  • Week of February 9, 2015

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    Paul Driessen, for The Heartlander
    An internal investigation into how the federal government awarded contracts for developing and building Obamacare’s online exchanges has found the process was fraught with expensive errors. Taxpayers forked over $207 million to CGI Federal – triple the original contract bid – for building websites that did not work. READ MORE


    Steven Titch, The Heartland Institute

    “Patent trolls” are harming the U.S. economy by interfering with market competition and impeding entrepreneurs and innovators – which means consumers see higher prices and fewer of the products and features they demand. A new Heartland Institute Policy Brief by Steven Titch explains why our increasingly digital economy requires patent reform now. READ MORE


    Will President Obama’s New Drilling Policy Give the Arctic Over to Russian Domination?
    Ron Arnold, at Somewhat Reasonable
    The anger, outrage, and frustration in Alaska are palpable after the president stripped the state of vast stores of its oil and gas wealth. “It’s becoming undeniably clear that this administration does not view Alaska as a sovereign state,” said Rep. Don Young, “but rather an eco-theme-park for the most extreme environmentalist allies of the president and his party.” READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Greg Lawson on Jock Taxes

    Greg Lawson, policy analyst for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, joined Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to tax pro athletes visiting Milwaukee to pay for a new basketball arena. Is it a slam dunk to stick it to the mega-wealthy, pampered athlete? Or is it a foul to impose a “jock tax” on people who will likely never live in Milwaukee to fund a new arena the billionaire owners of the Bucks should pay for themselves? READ MORE



    Join Us at CPAC!

    The Heartland Institute is once again cosponsoring the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), February 25–28 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just across the river from Washington, DC). Come hear candidates for the Republican nomination for president, as well as the usual stellar line-up of America’s smartest conservatives and libertarians. Be sure to stop by Heartland’s booth and meet Heartland staff, too! Our awesome t-shirts are first-come, first-serve, and will go fast!


    Net Neutrality a “Solution in Search of a Problem”
    Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
    “There is no systemic problem to solve,” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in an interview with Heartland’s Budget & Tax News. “Even the FCC implicitly concedes that. … This proposal to regulate the Internet, which the FCC is poised to adopt, asserts jurisdiction over basically the entire Internet … everything from that relationship between an ISP and a customer, all the way [to] big companies that interconnect over the Internet, hundreds of miles away from any given customer.” READ MORE


    Vilifying Realist Science and Scientists

    Paul Driessen, for Somewhat Reasonable

    By all means, let’s have honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability in our climate science and government regulatory processes. Let’s end the conflicts of interest, have robust debates, and ensure sound science (rather than government, foundation, or Russian cash) drives our public laws and policies. And let’s begin where the real money and power are found – among the eco-left and their deep-pocketed supporters. READ MORE


    ‘Proving’ Global Warming Is Easy if you Rig the Data
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    The official gatekeepers of climate science insist the raw data collected at ground weather stations cannot be trusted. It must be expertly massaged, you see. And, wouldn’t you know it? Every time the official gatekeepers get done working over the data, the past is cooler and the present is warmer. Falsifying the hypothesis of man-caused global warming is rather difficult when the data are rigged from the start. READ MORE


    If Obamacare Is Saving the Impoverished, Why Are So Few Signing Up?
    Justin Haskins, The Heartland Institute, at Breitbart
    For all the praises heaped on President Obama for his signature program’s alleged success, no one outside of a select few in Washington, D.C. has any clue whether the Affordable Care Act is actually helping large numbers of impoverished Americans. Then again, that was never really the point of Obamacare, was it? READ MORE


    Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes

    Brad Rodu, The Heartland Institute
    The Centers for Disease Control regularly misrepresents e-cigarette statistics, mainly by cherry-picking information from restricted federal datasets. Then the media amplifies CDC’s spin, and the trumped-up story goes unchallenged for months – or even years – until the government finally allows independent researchers to see the raw data. The public should not tolerate such misfeasance from taxpayer-funded public health agencies. READ MORE


    School Choice Gets Personal for North Carolina Dad
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    “Isabel was slipping away,” wrote parent Brian Lewis wrote in the News & Observer. “She dreaded school, we dreaded school, and it was clear the teachers dreaded it, too. We hit the wall in November and came to the conclusion that public middle school was not the answer. In fact, it was the problem.” This story has a happy ending. READ MORE

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  • Week of February 2, 2015

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    I Come to Bury Ethanol, Not to Praise It

    Paul Driessen, for The Heartlander
    The Renewable Fuel Standard, a mistake when enacted a decade ago, has enjoyed more lives than Freddy Krueger. Yet perhaps the end is near. A new bipartisan bill introduced this week by a liberal senator and a conservative senator is channeling William Shakespeare’s Marc Antony, saying “I come to bury the ethanol RFS, not to praise it.” READ MORE


    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Ditches Common Core Testing
    On Tuesday night, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed removing state funding for tests tied to Common Core State Standards, the so-called “Smarter Balanced” test. That could kill Common Core in the Badger State, but Heartland’s top education experts remain wary. They want to see the body, and for it to be cold. READ MORE


    Could this Be the Case that Ends Obamacare?
    Justin Haskins, The Heartland Institute, at Breitbart
    Every legal challenge to Obamacare has failed to bring down the law … so far. But a case brought forward by an unknown Pennsylvania tax collector, and moving to the DC Circuit, may be the one that finally puts an end to the federal government’s endless arbitrary and lawless rule-making in the name of the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE


    Michael LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, joined Budget & Tax News managing editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about cigarette excise taxes and their effect on consumer behavior. Short version: They create vibrant black markets for smokes. Listen to this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast on our blog, and subscribe on iTunes to listen on-the-go. Heartland brings you interesting free-market perspectives five days a week!



    The Heartland Institute is once again cosponsoring the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), February 25–28 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just across the river from Washington, DC). Come hear candidates for the Republican nomination for president, as well as the usual stellar line-up of America’s smartest conservatives and libertarians. Be sure to stop by Heartland’s booth and meet Heartland staff, too! Our awesome t-shirts are first-come, first-serve, and will go fast! READ MORE


    Weather Bulletin #6: Climate Cool-down Across America
    Another blizzard has swept across the Midwest, dumping nearly two feet of snow on Chicago and giving Bostonians a total of three feet of the white stuff to shovel in a span of two weeks. A polar vortex (of course) followed, pushing overnight lows below zero across the Rust Belt. READ MORE


    Heather Kays, for The Heartland Institute
    As he prepares for a presidential run, Jeb Bush is furiously backtracking from his previous vocal support of national education standards via Common Core. But mealy-mouthed “reconsideration” isn’t enough. Bush needs to face up to the fact that conservatives and libertarians oppose Common Core because it just doesn’t work. Common Core has to go. READ MORE


    The Insane Vaccine Debate
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The issue of mandatory vaccination is once again an item of debate in media circles given the recent outbreaks in measles and fueled this week by the continued inability of politicians to discuss vaccination policy without sounding like anti-science fools. Benjamin Domenech has the shot you need on this issue. READ MORE


    BONUS Featured Podcast: The Folly of ‘Free’ Community College
    Heather Kays and Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    School Reform News Managing Editor Heather Kays and Research Fellow Joy Pullmann discuss Obama’s “free” community college plan – which is anything but free and would accomplish little other than decreasing the value of degrees while increasing the burden on taxpayers.


    Eric Root, for Somewhat Reasonable
    Poetic Social Justice: A beloved San Francisco bookstore will have to close because of minimum wage laws. Advocates of hiking the minimum wage argue it is more humanitarian to force wage increases, but how humanitarian is it to cost someone his business or her job? You’ll see more of these stories as minimum wage hikes take effect in many cities across the country. READ MORE


    Testing the FCC’s Net Neutrality Political Calculus
    Scott Cleland, for Somewhat Reasonable
    Will the FCC and congressional Democrats, all of whom enjoy maximum leverage right now, reject “the bird in hand” of permanent legislation to enforce all currently known net neutrality violations? Or will they risk the roughly 75 percent probability they could lose all authority to enforce net neutrality after the next presidential election? READ MORE

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  • Week of January 26, 2015

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    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    The Environmental Protection Agency is deliberately misleading the public about the basis for its efforts to restrict carbon dioxide emissions, according to a secret internal memo exposed by a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). According to the memo, written in 2009, senior EPA staff call for a “shift” from talking about climate science to pretending global warming is “about our neighbor with respiratory illness.” In fact, actions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can increase emissions of real pollutants! READ MORE


    On January 21, the chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), used a global warming poster distributed by The Heartland Institute to demonstrate the science is not “settled.” over global warming. Inhofe used his time on the floor to poke holes in the arguments of climate alarmists who still believe “97 to 98 percent of scientists agree” about the causes of global warming. “How arrogant is it for people to say man can do something about changing climate; climate has always changed,” Inhofe said. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, The Heartland Institute
    Millennials are suffering the effects of Obamacare. Faced with the choice of going on Medicaid or signing up for over-priced Obamacare, Heartland Institute Editor Justin Haskins chose neither, opting instead for a short-term health insurance policy. But that choice subjects him to Obamacare’s tax (or is it a fine?), because short-term plans generally don’t count as “adequate insurance” under Obamacare. Why would the administration make it so difficult for young people to get coverage that fits their needs? READ MORE


    Dotty Young, for The Heartlander
    In late January, the New Orleans City Council approved a sweeping ban on smoking in the city, outlawing all cigarette and e-cigarette use in public as well as private places. The ban even prohibits smoking while waiting in one’s vehicle at drive-through restaurants! Bridgewater State University professor Aeon Skolbe says governments should consider the issue from a new angle: “Thinking about … property rights … would go a long way toward solving the problem. If it’s my property, I have the right to set the use rules, I can allow or ban smoking as I prefer, and neither the smoker nor the non-smoker really has a legitimate complaint,” he said. READ MORE



    The Heartland Institute is once again cosponsoring the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), taking place this year on February 25-28 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD (just across the river from Washington DC). Come hear candidates for the Republican nomination for President plus a stellar line-up of the leading lights of the conservative and libertarian movement. Stop by Heartland’s booth and meet Heartland staff, too! READ MORE


    Taylor Smith, for Somewhat Reasonable
    U.S. Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) have proposed hiking the federal gas tax by 12 cents over two years and indexing it to inflation. In a coalition letter dated January 28, The Heartland Institute and more than 50 other free-market think tanks and advocacy organizations call on Congress to reject the proposal and others like it, noting, “Not only is increasing the gas tax an ineffective way to address the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs, it would further increase the burden of government on families and business and would disproportionately hurt lower income Americans already hurt by trying times in our economy.” READ MORE


    Heather Kays, for The Heartland Institute
    During his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said he’d like to “see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it.” Heartland Research Fellows Heather Kays and Joy Pullmann discuss the plan, agreeing it would be anything but free and would accomplish little other than decreasing the value of college degrees while increasing the burden on taxpayers. LISTEN


    Climate Change Weekly
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    Accepting responsibility for the fate of future generations does not mean we have to do something now about climate change – it means we have to weigh our policy choices even more carefully, because harms caused today, and people left in poverty now as a result, leave future generations with fewer options, less wealth, and less able to adapt to future climate change. So writes Heartland Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett. Also in this issue: The U.S. Senate approved a resolution proclaiming climate change real … but they didn’t say it’s man-made; a prominent climate realist will lead Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; and PricewaterhouseCooper’s annual survey of CEOs finds global warming does not even make the list of things they’re concerned about. READ MORE


    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    California’s budget has taken a billion-dollar hit as a result of state officials’ decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion will cost the state billions more in future years. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, released January 9, anticipates the expansion will cost California taxpayers $943 million in the next fiscal year, largely in administrative costs. California “should not have accepted funding to expand under Obamacare,” said Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute. “Out-of-control health care spending is now crowding out nearly every other state priority, including roads, prisons, and public education.” READ MORE


    Kenneth Orski, for The Heartlander
    Funding for transportation infrastructure improvements is getting tight. Rather than wait for Congress to come to the rescue, governors, state legislatures, and local governments are taking on the challenge themselves. Eight states have increased local fuel taxes. Other states have floated the idea of toll revenue bonds or raised highway tolls. Arkansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have enacted, or are considering, dedicated sales taxes for transportation. READ MORE


    Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make.
    Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We can’t accomplish these important goals without your help. Support free-market solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to The Heartland Institute today.