The Leaflet – Missed Heartland’s Emerging Issue Forum? Watch It Online!

Published August 20, 2015

Missed Heartland’s Emerging Issue Forum? Watch It Online!

On August 7, The Heartland Institute hosted the first of its three Emerging Issues Forums (EIFs) in 2015. More than 60 state elected officials and policy experts from west of the Mississippi attended the inaugural EIF-West event. If you missed it, Heartland will be hosting its Emerging Issues Forum-Midwest on September 25 in Chicago, Illinois and the Emerging Issues Forum-South in Nashville, Tennessee on December 9. You can register for either or both events here!

Heartland has uploaded video of each of the four panels held during the EIF-West event, as well as the keynote address on education entrepreneurship from Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute. You can view all the videos here.

On the health care panel, Goldwater Institute Director of Healthcare Policy Naomi Lopez Bauman, Foundation for Government Accountability Senior Fellow Christina Herrera, and Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward (R-Mohave County) discussed the debate over the expansion of Medicaid, the future of Obamacare after the King v. Burwell decision, and welfare reform. Video

On the education panel, Freedom Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Jami Lund, Nevada Policy Research Institute Communications Director Chantal Lovell, and Nevada state Senator Scott Hammond (R-Clark County) discussed the recently passed education savings account program in Nevada, which effectively creates universal school choice in the state. Panelists also examined what some states are doing to fight back against increased federal control of education. Video

The energy and environment panel featured Washington Policy Center Environment Director Todd Myers, Heartland Institute Vice President of External Relations James Taylor, and Utah state Representative Ken Ivory (R-Salt Lake County). The panelists discussed what states can do to push back against the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as topics such as the federal lands issue. Video

The final panel featured Cascade Policy Institute President Steve Buckstein, State Budget Solutions President Bob Williams, and Arizona state Sen. Andy Biggs (R-Maricopa County), the Senate majority leader. They spoke about best practices for approaching budget and pension problems. Video

State Senator Scott Hammond (R-Clark County) praised Heartland’s EIF-West event, stating, “The Emerging Issue Forum in Seattle tackled all the major issues facing our country in a timely and efficient manner. The forum provided relevant academic research to current policy questions applicable to states out West and around the nation. The information at this EIF was tailored to the attendees. I never felt as though my time was wasted.”

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The July issue of 
Budget & Tax News reports on the downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, a credit rating agency headquartered in New York City, of Chicago’s government-issued bonds to one of its lowest ratings, citing the city’s massive underfunded pension liabilities as a significant credit risk for investors. Bill Bergman, director of research for Truth in Accounting, commented, “we’ve got to try to address the reasons why we got into this situation in the first place. Part of the way out is being honest, as soon as possible, about our own knowledge of the finances and how we present those finances to the public.”

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