From: Heartland Institute: The Government Relations Team
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Heartland's Emerging Issues Forum is Headed to Minneapolis
Date: Thu May 29 18:01:42 MDT 2014


Heartland's Emerging Issues Forum is Headed to Minneapolis!

A limited number of travel scholarships are available.
The Heartland Institute invites you to join more than 100 of your colleagues in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the 2014 Emerging Issues Forum on Saturday, August 23. Join us as we explore emerging issues in state public policy in the areas of energy, the economy, education, health care, and more!
The Emerging Issues Forum is a day-long policy forum during which elected officials, policy experts, and government affairs professionals can hear from the leading free-market experts as we explore solutions to the top public policy issues facing states.
This event will be directly following The National Conference of State Legislatures Summit, so extend your visit or make the Emerging Issues Forum a destination of its own! 
Admission to the event is free for elected officials, their spouses, and staff. Members of the Legislative Forum at The Heartland Institute are also eligible for a limited number of travel scholarships. Not a member yet? Join today!
Check out what state lawmakers said about past Emerging Issues Forums:
“Heartland’s EIF is the one-stop place to go for the latest and best policy ideas. It is a ‘must attend’ event for freedom-loving, free-market public servants.”
Kentucky State Representative Tim Moore
“Great program, informed speakers, knowledge presented in a very entertaining way!”
Illinois State Representative Renee Kosel
“I think the Heartland Institute’s meetings are some of the best learning opportunities out there. I am always grateful for the opportunity to attend.”
Iowa State Senator Nancy Boettger
“I am a better rounded and informed legislator for having attended the Emerging Issues Forum.”
Connecticut State Representative John Piscopo
Tickets for the public to attend are $100 and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Reserve your place at this event today by clicking here or by contacting Alex Monahan, Heartland’s government relations coordinator, at 312/377-4000 or email



Energy & Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has become increasingly intrusive in many states’ economies. In this Research & Commentary, Policy Analyst Taylor Smith explains how Congress can allow states to apply for “regulatory waivers” from EPA using a model that has already worked in the real world.   Read More



A bill that would allow students to enroll in any school district they can transport themselves to in the state has been deferred to a summer study committee. While there isn’t likely to be a new open enrollment law for North Carolina in the short-term, in the long-term there is a growing possibility. 21 states currently have open-enrollment policies.   Read More
Municipal broadband efforts have failed in nearly every place they have been implemented costing taxpayers millions while tackling a nonexistent problem, and a new effort by the FCC would end in the same. In this Research & Commentary, Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Glans concludes, “Keeping government-funded broadband providers out of the market while promoting competitive tax rates and business regulations would help foster a vibrant market that would encourage telecom companies to expand their services.”   Read More
Health Care
In this week’s Consumer Power Report, Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech examines the issues of the government-run VA hospitals and how to solve them with reforms that could be mirrored in programs such as Medicaid and Obamacare. Domenech concludes, “The reality of the current VA scandal is that it represents the government failing at one of the few things it’s actually supposed to do – provide for the care for those who defended the country.”   Read More
Budget & Tax 
In an article appearing on the Heartlander, American’s for Tax Reform Patrick Gleason examines the differences in spending between states depending on whether they are controlled by Republicans or Democrats. Gleason notes, “States under full Democrat control have increased total spending over 400 percent faster than states under full Republican control, according to a newly released analysis by Americans for Tax Reform.” Read More
From Our Free-Market Friends
In order to attract companies and keep existing ones in their states, state governments frequently rely on using targeted benefits such as tax credits and exemptions. However, research recently published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, “casts doubt on whether these targeted benefits actually achieve their stated goals of promoting employment, innovation, economic growth, and revitalization.”    Read More



The May issue of School Reform News reports the Arizona state supreme court refused to take up an appeal of a lower court’s decision in favor of the state’s education savings account (ESA) program. By allowing the lower court decision to stand, the state supreme court may have paved the way for other states to take up the innovative program. “The life cycle of school choice programs is almost predictable,” notes Jonathan Butcher, education director of Arizona’s Goldwater Institute. “It gets passed into law, the union sues, the court decides, and if the decide favorably, other states start doing it.”

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