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In The Tank (ep105) – Gov Flood Insurance, Hurricanes and Global Warming, CON Law Map, and the Vanishing Interns

September 8, 2017

John Nothdurft is back. He and Donny Kendal present episode #105 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center and the Pacific Research Institute.

John Nothdurft is back. He and Donny Kendal present episode #105 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center and the Pacific Research Institute.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work of the week is composed of two pieces from the Cato Institute. The first piece, a Politico article titled "The government's hidden housing subsidy for the rich," explains how the government-run National Flood Insurance Program equates to a subsidy for wealthy Americans. This poorly run system costs taxpayers billions of dollars. 

The second piece from the Cato Institute is titled "Despite Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Science Has No Idea If Climate Change Is Causing More (or Fewer) Powerful Hurricanes." In this article, author Ross McKitrick explains why it is disingenuous for climate alarmists to point to the two recent hurricanes as proof of global warming, especially considering that prior to these hurricanes, there was a 12-year absence of major hurricanes in the United States.  

Other Think Tank Works

Next, Donny and John talk about a new study by the Mercatus Center analyzing Certificate of Need (CON) laws. This new resource gives you all the information you need on these destructive regulations. They talk about why it is important to highlight these state-based regs and target them for repeal. 

And last, Donny and John talk about an article posted by the Pacific Research Institute titled "Where Have All the Interns Gone." In this article, author Rowena Itchon explains how the San Francisco minimum wage laws prevent PRI from bringing on more interns. Donny and John talk about how this is troubling since they both benefited immensely from internships. 

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John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.
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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
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