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Leslie Hiner: States to Watch on School Choice for 2014

SRN PODCAST - What states will seriously consider new school vouchers or building on existing programs? Leslie Hiner, vice president of programs and state relations for the Friedman Foundation, joins the podcast to help answer that question. She also discusses problem areas in existing school choice laws that lawmakers should fix, where education savings accounts may show up next, and the difference between public school-style accountability and school choice-style accountability. Above all, she says, consider every policy in light of this question: How does it benefit kids?

Brent Skorup: Spectrum Crunch

ITTN PODCAST - In this "best of," host Jim Lakely talks with Brent Skorup, director of operations and research at the Information Economy Project at the George Mason University School of Law. Skorup is the author of a new paper published by the Mercatus Center titled "Reclaiming Federal Spectrum: Proposals and Recommendations." Skorup and Lakely talk about why government policy is creating a "spectrum crunch" that is affecting everyone with a mobile device, and what to do to solve the problem.

Ed Ring: Municipal Workers Receiving Far More Than Taxpayers Know

FIRE PODCAST - In this "best of", we revisit the shocking amounts taxpayers are spending on municipal workers. When perks including pensions, health insurance, paid vacations, disability insurance, and other forms of compensation are included, many municipal workers in California are receiving triple the compensation typically reported in newspapers and even by the State Controller. Ed Ring of the California Public Policy Center explains.

Karen DeCoster: Businesspeople Starting to Make Motown Their Hometown

BTN PODCAST - After decades of decline, Detroit appears to be on the rise. Lifelong Detroit-area resident Karen DeCoster discusses the reasons many entrepreneurs are deciding Detroit is a good place to be.

Peter Ferrara: Social Security Personal Accounts

BTN PODCAST - In this "best-of" podcast, Peter Ferrara, senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy at The Heartland Institute, discusses his latest policy brief "Social Security Personal Accounts: Prosperity for All."

John Nothdurft and Matthew Glans: Wireless Tax Fairness Act

ITTN PODCAST- In this "best of" podcast, John Nothdurft and Matthew Glans discuss the introduction of the 'wireless tax fairness act' with Heartland's Jim Lakely.
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