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.
Heartland’s Director of Government Relations, Cameron Sholty, submitted testimony this week to the Georgia House Committee on Judiciary regarding House Bill 358, which would reform Georgia’s emergency declaration and preparedness statutes. HB 358 would address gubernatorial overreach and the lack of a legislative check that we have seen in the Peach State and throughout the nation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read Now.
In her latest Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore analyzes the economic effects of Senate Bill 676 in Hawaii, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022. A minimum wage hike is a deeply ineffective way to improve the economy. Hawaii, one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, cannot afford to lose jobs and small business, which is what would happen if the state minimum wage is raised during these trying times. Read Now.
In a new Research & Commentary, Tim Benson examines a bill in the South Dakota Senate that would expand eligibility for the Partners in Education Tax Credit Program (PETCP), a tax-credit scholarship program designed for low-income students. PETCP expansion would allow more South Dakota children more education choices. If passed, all South Dakota families with household incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level would be eligible for the popular program. Read Now.
In a new Research & Commentary, Christina Herrin evaluates a bill moving through the Montana Senate that that would allow direct primary care agreements in the Treasure State. The need for expanded direct primary care in Montana, and throughout America, is higher than ever. By 2030, the demand for direct primary care is projected to increase by 38 percent for patients over the age of 65, and by 55 percent for those aged 75 and older. The Montana Senate should carefully consider SB 101. Read Now.
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