The Heartland Institute Government Relations team and President James Taylor have created six principles for state legislators seeking to protect free speech in light of increased social media censorship. “Political free speech in the United States is under attack. Tech media giants who own and control virtually all social media platforms available to Americans are working together to silence groups with whom they do not agree.” Read the Six Principles Now.
This week, Cameron Sholty, director of Government Relations, provided testimony on pending Big Tech censorship bills in Missouri (HB 482), Montana (HB 587), New Hampshire (HB 133), and Utah (SB 228). Additionally, State Government Relations Manager Samantha Fillmore testified in South Dakota (HB 1223) and Nebraska (LB 621). All of these bills would provide individuals a private cause of action in court if they have been unduly censored or “de-platformed.” Read the South Dakota Testimony Now.
In her latest Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore analyzes the economic effects of House Bill 1439 in Mississippi—legislation that would eventually eliminate the income tax in the Magnolia State. Mississippi experienced a 12.8 percent increase in unemployment from December 2019 to December 2020, due primarily to the coronavirus pandemic. Cutting the personal income tax rate and enticing small businesses to the state would mitigate the rise in unemployment due to the ongoing pandemic. Read Now.
In a new Research & Commentary, Tim Benson examines a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives that would establish an education savings account program for low-income students in the Land of Lincoln. Evidence shows school choice programs offer families improved access to high-quality schools that meet their children’s unique needs and circumstances. Furthermore, these programs improve academic attainment at a lower cost than traditional public schools, which have been in flux during the pandemic. Read Now.
In a new Research & Commentary, Christina Herrin evaluates a bill moving through the South Dakota House that that would allow direct primary care (DPC) agreements in the Mount Rushmore State. A 2018 United Health Group report found 13 percent of Americans live in a county with a primary care physician shortage. South Dakota’s rural populations are the most vulnerable to this problem, being five times more likely to live in a county with a primary care physician shortage than urban and suburban areas. DPC would help to rectify this problem. Read Now.
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