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Government Spending
January 24, 2020
Trump in Davos on the American Economic Boom and the Prophets of Climate Doom Podcast
Trump made explosive headlines in Davos this week. Director of Communications Jim Lakely and Research Director Edward Hudgins delve deep into the great economic news.
Government Spending
January 15, 2020
Summing Up the Jan. 14th Democratic Debate Podcast
Heartland pundits Billy Aouste and Chris Talgo go over the bevy of topics from yesterday's CNN/Des Moines Register debate including trade, health care, environment, and constitutional issues, and of course the Sanders/Warren feud.
Government Spending
January 8, 2020
Twenty-One and You Podcast
Media specialist Billy Aouste and editor and research fellow Chris Talgo discuss recent laws banning activities until the age of 21. These include both smoking and vaping across the nation, and females stripping in Reno, Nevada.

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Government Spending
August 23, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
In November, Colorado voters will be asked to approve Amendment 93, a ballot question creating a progressive income-tax structure to "soak the rich" and raise money for government schools.
August 16, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
California inmates fighting wildfires in the state will be unable to obtain gainful employment as firefighters due to the state's occupational licensing regulations.
August 2, 2018
By Dan Pilla, Jesse Hathaway
Recently, the US. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced a redesign of the individual income tax return form some people say will be able to fit on a single postcard. However, this policy may be misleading.
July 25, 2018
By John A. Tatom, Jesse Hathaway
Research Fellow Jesse Hathaway and John Tatom, president of Thoroughbred Economics, talk about what "tax reform 2.0" should look like when Congress gets to work.
July 18, 2018
By Michael Schaus, Jesse Hathaway
Following the Supreme Court’s monumental decision on Janus v. AFSCME, National Employee Freedom Week begins with the most freedom union employees have ever seen.
July 12, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with the Mercatus Center’s Conor Norris about how the free market can replace government occupational licensing regimes.
July 5, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Ohio State Rep. John Becker (R-Union Township) joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about his ‘AWFUL’ idea to encourage pro-growth policies in the Buckeye State.
June 11, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) joins the show to talk about his new bill under consideration in Congress, H.R. 5861, the “JOBS for Success Act.”
June 7, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
People worry about perceived abuse and political bias at Facebook and other big tech companies, but is this a real concern or a passing panic? R Street’s Tom Struble joins the podcast to cut through the noise.
May 30, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about how big-government policies are blowing up in the state — literally!
May 21, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
There is a new public-health scare: children and e-cigarettes. Sally Satel examines the truth behind this issue.
May 10, 2018
By Dustin Chambers, Jesse Hathaway
In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, the relationship between government regulations and income inequality is exposed.
May 3, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Prevailing wage laws are bleeding taxpayers dry by removing competition between private contractors. Missouri State Rep. Warren Love discusses an effort to help taxpayers get more bang for their bucks.
May 2, 2018
By H. Sterling Burnett, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.
Regulations impose between $2 and $10 trillion in costs on the economy each year. These regulations offer little benefit, lack transparency, and disregard any semblance of accountability.
April 26, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Dave Trabert joins the show to discuss what went wrong—and right—with Kansas’ tax policy.
April 24, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Americans for Prosperity-Ohio Director Micah Derry to discuss a new online hotel-tax bill that would make tourism in the Buckeye State more expensive.
April 17, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
In the Live Free or Die State, New Hampshire’s State Rep. Bill Ohm is fighting to reduce occupational licensing abuse and get people back to work.
April 4, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Current laws allow law enforcement to confiscate and transfer ownership of property from the original owner to the government without any criminal conviction. Wisconsin state Senator David Craig explains how S.B. 61 aims to end this process.
March 22, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.
President Donald Trump has done a lot to reform the federal rule-making process, but what reforms can help roll back the “deep state” and reduce the costs of big government?
March 13, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
The American Cancer Society has altered their position on e-cigarettes from condoning them to viewing them as a boon for public health.
March 6, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Is it just Democrats that want a larger government or is it both parties? Who benefits from a larger government, the people or the bureaucrats?
February 22, 2018
By Jeff Stier, Jesse Hathaway
In this delicious episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Consumer Choice Center Senior Fellow Jeff Stier joins the show to talk about a new bill in New York regulating Tide Pods. Bon appetit!
February 14, 2018
By H. Sterling Burnett
Through a series of studies from the Mercatus Center, Michael Farren and other scholars show farm subsidies are wasteful, unfair and corrupt.
February 12, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
What is the most effective way to fund road construction? How are lobbyists fighting to stay with the status quo despite its inefficiencies? Robert Poole from the Reason Foundation discusses this and more in this episode of Budget & Tax News!
February 5, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
The president of the National Right-To-Work Foundation previews what may be the most important Supreme Court case of 2018: Janus v. AFSCME, a case over whether government employees should be compelled to join labor unions to keep their jobs.
January 30, 2018
By Jim Lakely
It’s a known fact that government is never as efficient as the private sector. The question is, how far can privatization go? Two experts from the Reason Foundation give their thoughts on the topic.
January 29, 2018
By Adam Hoffer, Jesse Hathaway
Sin taxes are generally accepted, but do they outline a form of fiscal discrimination? Sin taxes affect some more than others, something that can hurt those in low income brackets while being negligible to higher earning individuals.
January 23, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
A Chicago small-business owner is fighting an antiquated ordinance that prohibits food trucks from operating within 200 feet of a restaurant and restricts the amount of time the trucks may serve customers in any given area.
January 17, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway
Jason Mercier with the Washington Policy Center joins the show to explain how Seattle's sugar-sweetened beverage tax is leaving a bad taste in people's mouths.
January 2, 2018
By Jesse Hathaway, Peter Ferrara
After Congress passed tax reform in 2017, entitlement reform is the next big reform lined up in 2018. Heartland Institute senior fellow Peter Ferrara talks with research fellow Jesse Hathaway about what Congress can do to make work pay off for Americans.
December 13, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
University of Minnesota labor professor Morris Kleiner talks about how occupational licensing is a real drag for workers.
December 11, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai joins the show to separate the truth from fake news about net neutrality.
December 5, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
Jeff Rhodes from the Freedom Foundation talks about how taxpayers defeated Seattle’s efforts to soak the rich.
November 27, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway, David Guldenschuh
State legislatures will soon be returning to work in 2018, David Guldenschuh says, including 28 states with resolutions on file with Congress calling for new constitutional restrictions on federal spending.
November 23, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway, John Berlau
Home mortgage backers, underwritten by taxpayers, could get $100 billion in taxpayer bailout money, according to Competitive Enterprise Institute’s John Berlau.
November 20, 2017
By Dan Pilla, Jim Lakely
Heartland Institute Policy Advisor and taxpayer advocate Dan Pilla talks about the House Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill.
November 13, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
Manhattan Institute policy analyst Charles Hughes joins the show, to talk about New York State’s new e-cigarette ban.
November 9, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
Adam Michel, a federal tax policy expert with The Heritage Foundation, explains why President Trump and Congress’ proposed corporate tax relief could translate into higher wages for everyday workers.
November 1, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
Dan Johnson, executive vice-president of We Do Better, formerly known as the Tax Revolution Institute, talks about promoting voluntary service work and giving government more competition.
October 26, 2017
By Kevin Dayaratna, Jesse Hathaway
Kevin Dayaratna, a senior statistician with The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to talk about why cutting tax deductions is a good deal for taxpayers.