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John Nothdurft: Fairness Act Just a Tax Grab

BTN PODCAST - Momentum appears to be building in Congress for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to collect sales tax from online sales even when a retailer has no physical presence in the state. Heartland Institute Government Relations Director John Nothdurft tells us what's happening and explains some of the problems with the proposal.

Bill Maurer: Louisiana Union Threatens Private Schools

SRN PODCAST - Louisiana’s new statewide voucher program for poor and middle-class families has, like most school-choice programs, been subject to lawsuits since it passed. An attorney for the state’s teachers union recently contacted 95 private schools set to accept vouchers, threatening them with lawsuits if they accepted state funds through the voucher. Joining the School Reform News podcast to discuss the legal and political questions at stake is Bill Maurer, the Institute for Justice's lead attorney on the case representing families who want the vouchers available to their children.

Marita Noon: Alternative Energy

ECN PODCAST - Townhall.com columnist Marita Noon explains why alternative energy is hamstringing the U.S. economy.

Mattie Duppler: Cost of Government Day

BTN PODCAST - Mattie Duppler of Americans for Tax Reform tells us about Cost of Government Day, an annual report that looks at the combined costs of taxes, fees and regulations. Nationally, Americans worked until July 15 to pay for government, though people in some states with higher- than-average taxes and regulations are still working to pay the costs of government.

Michael Casserly: How Big School Districts Improve

SRN PODCAST - A new report examines how urban school systems that significantly improved on the National Assessment of Educational Progress did it. It concluded the biggest influence was instructional and organizational practices. Michael Casserly is executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which co-published the report. He’s with us today to discuss its implications for education reform, instruction, and coming implementation of the Common Core standards across 45 states.

Dean Clancy: Why State's Should reject Medicaid Expansion

HCN PODCAST - Benjamin Domenech talks with Dean Clancy of Freedomworks on why the states should reject Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
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