The Leaflet: Special Invitation

Published October 6, 2017

The Heartland Institute would like to invite you to its 2017 Emerging Issues Forum and America First Energy Conference, which will be held November 7–9 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas.

The Emerging Issues Forum (EIF) will look to the future and explore state public policies in the areas of economics, education, health care, and more. Immediately following EIF, Heartland will host the America First Energy Conference. This event will examine President Donald Trump’s bold proposal to transform the United States’ energy goals beyond mere energy independence and determine where America stands today in the global energy market.

During these two conferences, elected officials, policy analysts, and government affairs professionals from more than 25 states will convene in Texas to explore innovative solutions to the top policy issues facing the states in 2018 and beyond.

Admission is free for elected officials and legislative staff. Registration includes admission to the forum and conference. The Heartland Institute also has a limited number of travel scholarships and complimentary accommodations at the host hotel still available for state lawmakers who become members of Heartland’s Legislative Forum. If you are not currently a member of membership is only $99 for two years and $179 for a lifetime – it pays for itself!

Below is just a small sample of what will be covered at the events:

Health Care. There are many steps states can take to encourage competition and reduce the cost of health care, despite federal inaction on Obamacare. Solutions that will be discussed include how states can use the waiver process to get more flexibility from federal Obamacare and Medicaid requirements. The panel will also discuss certificate of need laws, dental health care, and direct primary care.  

Budget and Tax. In recent months and years, some states have been passing right-to-work laws, lowering taxes, and reforming their public pension systems, while others have been increasing taxes and adding regulations. This panel will discuss which policies are working and which are failing.

Education. Education outcomes in America continue to lag compared to other industrialized nations, but educational choice options such as education savings accounts and charter schools continue to expand in many states. This panel will analyze the roadblocks to transforming education and offer solutions for how states can expand education freedom for parents everywhere.

To reserve your place at the events or to join the Legislative Forum, contact Government Relations Coordinator Arianna Wilkerson at 312/377-4000 or by email at [email protected].

See you in November!


What We’re Working On

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Budget & Tax
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Energy & Environment
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From Our Free-Market Friends
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