Recent Policy Briefs

Liberating the Poor from the Medicaid Ghetto

October 6, 2014

Medicaid is a massive federal-state entitlement program desperately in need of reform. Its mission is to provide health care to the poorest of the nation’s poor ...

Replacing Common Core with Proven Standards of Excellence

David V. Anderson
October 1, 2014


Merchants of Smear

September 19, 2014

For about two decades we’ve been told the science behind human-caused global warming is settled, and to ignore skeptic scientists because they’ve been paid by industry to manufacture doubt about th

North Carolina’s Capital Gains Tax: It’s Time to Consider a Change

September 15, 2014

This policy paper by John Locke Foundation Vice President of Resarch Roy Cordato explains the effects of North Carolina's recent tax reforms, as well as the implications and imperatives of further

Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency

July 15, 2014

In 1968, when I was serving as the head of a groundwater professional society, it became obvious to me and a handful of others that the United States did not have any serious focus on potential pro

Block Grants for All: Liberating the Poor and Taxpayers Alike

May 5, 2014

The remarkable success of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 – better known simply as “welfare reform” – is well known.

Climate Change, Energy Policy, and National Power

March 21, 2014

Global warming alarmism threatens U.S. national power and national security, say Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, and Captain Donald K. Forbes.

A Better Medicare for Seniors and Taxpayers

February 12, 2014

Of all the entitlement programs in the U.S. requiring reform, Medicare – the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older – presents the most difficult problem of all.

AMS Survey Shows No Consensus on Global Warming

November 28, 2013

In a November 2013 Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland President Joseph Bast examines an American Meteorological Survey of its members which found only 39.5% of those who responded say they

Scientific Critique of IPCC’s 2013 'Summary for Policymakers'

October 16, 2013

The Summary for Policymakers released in September by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filled with concessions that its past predictions were too extreme and mislead