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In The Tank (ep121) – Oregon Gas Pumps, Federal Fumbles, New Hampshire ESAs

January 5, 2018

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #120 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Cascade Policy Institute, Senator James Lankford, Americans for Tax Reform and The Heartland Institute.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #120 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 Cascade Policy Institute, Senator James Lankford, Americans for Tax Reform and The Heartland Institute.

John and Donny (again) start off the podcast talking about their reactions to the newly released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's featured work is a report from U.S. Senator James Lankford. The report, titled "Federal Fumbles Vol. 3: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball," provides numerous cases of how the government wastes tax dollars. Some examples include, Social Security for Chimpanzees, Manipulating People for Science and Art Camps for Adults.  While the report is comical in nature, it highlights a larger underlying issue.

Other Think Tank Works

Donny and John talk about recent news out of the great state of Oregon where a reform has softened the ban on self-serve gas stations. Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that restrict people from pumping their own gas. Donny and John take on the justifications for this ban and apply this logic to other potentially ban-able things.

Supplemental article - Cascade Policy Institute's "Oregon Self-Service Gas Prohibition Probably Won't End-But it Should."

They then talk about some of the aftermath of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Americans for Tax Reform have been compiling a list of companies that have given their employees bonuses due to the tax cuts. 

Last, Donny and John talk about New Hampshire's recent move to create a statewide Education Savings Account program. This is the latest state to follow the school choice trend that has been spreading across the country. 

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
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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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