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Steve Stanek: Could you live on $77 a week?

BTN PODCAST - The other day Research Fellow for Budget and Tax Policy Steve Stanek was a guest on Illinois Watchdog Radio. He was on the program to discuss efforts to raise the minimum wage.

Sean Parnell: The Self Pay Patient - Opt Out of Obamacare

HCN PODCAST - Author Sean Parnell discusses his new book 'The Self-Pay Patient - Affordable Healthcare Choices in the Age of Obamacare' with Heartland's Jim Lakely. "The Self-Pay Patient" reveals secrets to taking control of both your healthcare and your health costs, explaining how to find affordable care outside of conventional insurance, how to escape bureaucratic medicine, and how to opt-out of Obamacare.

Tom Tresser: 'TIF Illumination' Shines Light on Dubious Economic Development Tool

FIRE PODCAST - All around the country, municipal governments have been using tax increment financing. It's supposed to be used to redevelop blighted areas, but it's often used as a political slush fund to hand tax money to politically connected real estate developers and property owners in areas that no reasonable person would consider blighted. With one-third of its land in TIF districts, Chicago could be the poster child for TIF. This high-tax, financially troubled city has $1.7 billion sitting in TIF accounts, says Tom Tresser of the CivicLab's TIF Illumination Project. He discusses Chicago's TIF districts and the implications for the city's taxpayers. Much of what he says applies to TIFs elsewhere.

Isaac Orr: Park Foundation and Anti-Fracking Movement

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr discusses the Park Foundation and the NY Anti-fracking movement.

Brian Wise: 'Operation Choke Point' is Fundamentally Changing Commerce for the Worse

FIRE PODCAST -The Obama Administration has launched a program called "Operation Choke Point" with the justification of preventing consumer fraud, but legitimate businesses including those in the firearms, lending, tobacco and gambling industries are losing their bank accounts and ability to stay in business. "This fundamentally changes the liability that banks have when they do business with their customers . . . If you could imagine, now the bank that a certain casino does business with, that bank is now liable for not only knowing how that casino is receiving their money, but it's also now liable for knowing how the casino's clients are receiving their money."

Issac Orr: Wastewater Disposal Wells

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr discusses GAO Findings on EPA Fracking Injection Wells.
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