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In The Tank (ep92) – NC's PURPA Solar Struggles, Privatizing Air Traffic Control, and OK Budget Battle

June 9, 2017

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #92 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the John Locke Foundation, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and the Cato Institute.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #92 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 John Locke Foundation, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and the Cato Institute.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work of the week comes from the John Locke Foundation. The spotlight report, titled "Reforming PURPA Energy Contracts," outlines how layers of government rules and regulations have served to greatly distort North Carolina's energy production. These distortions have caused a disproportionate amount of solar energy farms in the state, leading to price increases for the state's ratepayers.

Other Think Tank Works

Next, Donny and John talk about an article produced by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) titled "Three Cheers for 'Cost Avoidance.'" Oklahoma was recently trying to figure out how to deal with an $878 million budget shortfall. The OCPA proposed a series of spending cuts. Many of these cuts could be applied to states across the country.

Donny and John then talk about an article authored by Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute titled "Trump Pursues Air Traffic Control Reform." This article, and a longer report on the subject, explains how privatizing Air Traffic Control would result in increased efficiency and safety, as the case with Canada. Donny says that the Canadian test case proves that this plan is not radical as some would suggest.

In the last segment, Donny asks for John's opinion on a proposed bill in New York that would force beauty schools to teach domestic violence awareness training.

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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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