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In The Tank (ep131) – Legalizing Sports Betting, Nuclear Fusion, and KFC-Filled Potholes

March 16, 2018

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #131 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and R-Street.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #131 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 Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and R-Street.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work comes from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The report, titled "Legalizing Sports Betting in the United States," outlines a path forward for states to legalize sports betting in the event that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 is invalidated by the Supreme Court. In addition to this, the report lists the arguments that originally justified the law and then dissects each one.

More Think Tank Works

Next, Donny and John talk about a renewed effort to push renewable energy mandates in the states. In an article titled "Energy Initiative Restricts Choice," author Jason Hayes, Director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center, explains how this new "30 by 30" push in Michigan is a bad idea with will lead to more expensive energy. 

Donny then brings up the new development in Nuclear Fusion - a potentially game changing energy source. As Donny explains, this clean, sustainable, inexhaustible energy source would be a far-left environmentalist's worst nightmare. 

Later, John and Donny talk about a new report from R-Street titled "Expected Savings to Medicaid From Substituting Electronic for Tobacco Cigarettes." The report shows how switching from cigarettes to the less harmful e-cigarettes could save taxpayers billions. 

Last, Donny asks for John's opinion on KFC filling potholes. Free market solution to a public policy problem?

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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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