The Heartland Institute was pleased to honor Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute, with the Heartland Liberty Prize, at our 32nd Anniversary Benefit Dinner on September 15, 2016. Blackwell is introduced and awarded the prize by Jameson Campaign, Founder and president of Green Hill Publishers and Jameson Books, and Joseph Morris, President of the Lincoln Legal Foundation. For more videos from Heartland's benefit dinner, please visit http://benefit.heartland.org/.
States are seeking ways to create a better business climate to attract jobs and businesses to their states. Some states have been passing right-to-work laws, pushing tax reform, and reforming their public pension systems, while others have increased taxes and regulations. This panel discusses which policies are working and which are not. Speaking on this panel are Tax Foundation Vice President of Legal and State Projects Joe Henchman, National Taxpayers Union Executive Vice President Brandon Arnold, and Kansas state Sen. Forrest Knox (R-Wilson County).
America has become a leader in energy production despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to discourage the use of traditional energy sources, such as coal, natural gas, and oil. This panel discusses the rise of hydraulic fracturing, demise of renewable power mandates, and other pro-environment, pro-energy, and pro-jobs solutions. Speaking on this panel are Texas Public Policy Foundation Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment Kathleen Hartnett-White, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Isaac Orr, and Kansas State Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Butler County).
Education outcomes in America continue to lag globally; the debate over Common Core State Standards remains heated; and educational choice options such as education savings accounts and charter schools continue to grow. This panel analyzes roadblocks to transforming education and explores ways to improve access to a quality education. Speaking on this panel are Goldwater Institute Education Director Jonathan Butcher, Heritage Foundation Will Skillman Fellow in Education Lindsey Burke, and Illinois State Rep. John Anthony (R- Grundy County).
This panel discusses how states can expand competition and reduce the cost of health care – even with the Affordable Care Act in place. Solutions discussed include using telemedicine, rolling back certificate of need laws, and embracing direct primary care. The panel also addresses Medicaid expansion. Speaking on this panel are Cato Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner, Opternative Chief Executive Officer Aaron Dallek, and Georgia state Sen. Judson Hill (R-Cobb County).
Elizabeth Allin Clarke, a long-time political and social activist, educator, American patriot, and resident of Lake Forest, Illinois, passed away on July 2 at the age of 98. On Saturday, August 20, 2016 we held a memorial service in celebration of her life.
Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A., educational entrepreneur "The Collectivist Control of Education" Jeffrey D. Horn is a grassroots activist, and a data scientist. "Its Not What You Think: The Goals Standardized Education"
Dr. Barry Poulson warns about the impending financial collapse of the United States economy, which is the largest and most influential in the world. A $20 trillion federal debt calls for a new fiscal rule: a national debt brake.
The 2016-2017 Lincoln Douglas Debate Resolution - Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in criminal justice systems. Greg Rehmke, program director of Economic Thinking explores this topic with a discussion and examples for rehabilitation, retribution, and restitution (restorative justice) being used today and in the past.