The Leaflet – Heartland Moves to Arlington Heights and Adds Staff!

Published June 18, 2015

 

Heartland Moves to Arlington Heights and Adds Staff!

After 31 years of renting office space in downtown Chicago and surrounding areas, The Heartland Institute is moving to its own building in Arlington Heights, a suburb northwest of the city. Heartland staff will say a final “au revoir” to One South Wacker Drive on Tuesday, June 23. During the move Internet and phones will be down from June 23 to June 25 as we move office equipment including our server. Our new office is located at the following address:

3939 North Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

As Heartland moves to a new office with more space, we have expanded our staff. The government relations team is thrilled to welcome two new state government relations managers: MaryAnn McCabe and Robert Paquin.

MaryAnn is an Illinois native and previously worked with the Illinois Policy Institute. She has extensive experience in development and outreach. MaryAnn will manage Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas. If you’re a lawmaker in one of those states, please do not hesitate to contact her at [email protected]

Robert hails from Rhode Island and is the first Heartland nor ‘easterner. He has carried the banner for free-market principles in Rhode Island as he helped double the Republican Caucus in his home state from six to 12 members. Robert currently resides in Providence and is covering Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. State legislators in Robert’s states can contact him at [email protected]

Heartland’s two other state government relations managers will continue to cover many of their same states with a few slight changes. Logan Pike will now manage Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Nathan Makla will continue to manage California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Government Relations Director John Nothdurft will cover Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Tennessee, and Wyoming.

Budget and Tax
Research & Commentary: The Growing Illinois Municipal Pensions Problem
On May 12 and 13, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago credit ratings for the seventh time in two years. Its credit rating is now above only Detroit’s. Moody’s rationale for the downgrade focused on the city’s high unfunded pension liabilities. In this Research & Commentary, Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Glans argues lawmakers should enroll all newly hired public-sector workers in defined-contribution pension plans and give current workers the option of transferring into such plans. Under these plans, workers own their pensions and can change employers without losing their accrued benefits. Defined-contribution plans prevent the burden on taxpayers from automatically rising in future years. Read more

Energy and Environment
Solar Net Metering Subsidies Are Too Costly for Louisiana
Louisiana is currently giving the solar power industry a special competitive advantage via “net metering” subsidies. Net metering is an intentionally vague term used by the solar power industry to describe laws that require non-solar power customers to purchase electricity from small-scale power equipment at above-market prices, even when non-solar power customers have no need for the solar electricity. James Taylor, a Heartland senior fellow and vice president for external relations, argues Louisiana should not give favorable treatment to the solar power industry, stating, “the motivations behind Louisiana’s net metering program and other solar power subsidies may have been noble, but the programs have proven to be a costly failure. It is time for Louisiana policymakers to relegate net metering to the state’s past.” Read more

Education
Florida School Boards Association Abandons Lawsuit against Tax Credit Scholarship Program
The Florida School Boards Association has decided not to appeal a ruling against the group’s challenge to Florida’s tax credit scholarship program for low-income youths. Heartland Research Fellow Heather Kays, managing editor of School Reform News, notes, “The FSBA board of directors voted to abandon the lawsuit, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.” Kays continues, “FSBA made this decision after Leon County Judge George Reynolds III threw out the case, saying FSBA and the other plaintiffs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit, according to the report.” Read more

Health Care
Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Should Not Backslide on Certificate of Need
Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that do not require hospitals to acquire a certificate of need (CON) to introduce new medical services or facilities. Pennsylvania’s CON statute expired in 1996, but legislators are now discussing whether to reestablish the program. No other state without a certificate of need law is currently considering a bill to impose such regulation, and at least a half-dozen states are considering rolling back parts or all of their CON laws, to reduce health care costs and increase competition.

In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans argues CON laws are burdensome regulations that increase the cost of health care while limiting access and benefitting those with political connections. Pennsylvania lawmakers should not revive a failed policy the state wisely abandoned decades ago. Read more

Telecom
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In this letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, The Heartland Institute and other free-market and limited-government organizations examine the new Internet taxation bill, the Remote Transactions Parity Act, and argue against its passage. “In seeking to address the failures of the ‘use tax’ systems employed by states, the RTPA ends up blessing a massive expansion in state tax-collection authority and dismantling a vital taxpayer protection upon which virtually all tax systems are based. This will harm online sales, which – despite their dramatic expansion – still only account for roughly $0.07 of every $1 in retail spending. Conservatives in Congress should oppose this unwise legislation and instead work to preserve geographical limits to tax authority and to encourage tax competition.” Read more

From Our Free-Market Friends
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The Cato Institute recently released Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, a book by Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner that explores the growing national debt and its dire implications for America’s future. The book explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects. Read more

 

 

 

The May issue of Health Care News reports Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is suing the federal government for trying to coerce his state to expand Medicaid. “It is appalling that President [Barack] Obama would cut off federal health care dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare,” Scott said in a statement.

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