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In The Tank (ep140) – PASPA Struck Down! State Pension Crisis, Amazon Tax, Nuclear Power

May 18, 2018

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #140 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from Pew Charitable Trusts, the Washington Policy Center, the Freedom Foundation, and the American Council on Science and Health.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #140 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 Pew Charitable Trusts, the Washington Policy Center, the Freedom Foundation, and the American Council on Science and Health.

Before getting into the featured work of the week, Donny and John talk about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) - a law that effectively banned states from allowing sports betting. Donny and John talk about the implications of the ruling and which states are already moving to legalize sports betting. 

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work comes from Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew's recently released report, titled "The State Pension Funding Gap: 2016," illustrates just how dire the pension crisis is in states across the country. Cumulatively, the states face a $1.4 trillion deficit. The author of the report explains how the states got themselves in this situation.

More Think Tank Works

Next, Donny and John talk about a controversial tax passed in Seattle - the "Head Tax." The tax is effectively a tax on jobs. Businesses in the city with $20 million a year in gross revenues will be subject to a tax on each of their employees. The tax, as you may except, is facing much resistance. In bizarre side of this story, as the Freedom Foundation reports, Amazon is being sued after a spokesman explained the company may have to rethink their expansion in the city in light of the new tax.

In the last segment, John and Donny talk about an article from the American Council on Science and Health titled "Wind, Solar Are A Distraction. Let's Go Full Steam Ahead On Nuclear Power." The article covers a new paper published in the journal Sustainability, where author/researcher Barry Brook argues that Nuclear power can be the most important source of energy for the world.

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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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