Strategies for State Think Tanks – May / June 2009 Grassroots Grow Deep in Maine By TarrEN r. BraGDoN The following Tale of Tea Parties, censorship legislation and 501(c)4s demonstrates how the Maine heritage Policy Center is invigorating the grassroots – and achieving organizational and policy success. working the grassroots can mean long hours, extensive travel and passing around a clipboard. however, said investment by MhPC has paid significant dividends: expanded email lists, growth in donor lists and increased personal involvement that brings added value to our organization. Many Tea Party participants in Augusta showed their support for the TABOR initiative, drafted by The Maine Heritage Policy Center, which will be on the November 2009 ballot. The april 15 Tea Parties that took place around the country were a big splash, the ripple effects of which are still view was, killing this censorship bill • 21st Maine, an insider’s club being felt. like other states, Maine saw in a blue state like Maine would send thousands of folks turn out to protest a strong message to government- • Create a petition and get it online out-of-control government spending. employee unions in other states: Don’t even think it. • Skin in the game in Maine, ironically, these Tea Parties occurred at the same time that The question for MhPC was, how do • YouTube MhPC was waging battle against we capitalize on the broad, existing legislative Document 1353. had it nationwide grassroots movement • Partner up, get 501(c)4 involvement been enacted, this state legislation and simultaneously build our own would have censored public employee’s grassroots movement? The simple 21ST MaiNE – aN iNSiDEr’S CluB salary information, hidden Maine answer: get people informed and get government spending and dealt a them involved. The result was the defeat early this spring, MhPC launched major blow to MhPC’s transparency of the anti-transparency legislation. the 21st Maine club. (The name website, Maineopengov.org. pays homage to Joshua Chamberlain To get people informed and involved and the men of the 21st Maine with so many think tanks launching the Center used five successful Regiment, who helped turn the battle their own transparency sites, our strategies: continued on page 21 SPN 703-243-1655 • Fax: 703-740-0314 • info@SPN.org • www.SPN.org 2020 North 14th Street • Suite 250 • Arlington, VA 22201 • Phone:NEWS 1 May / JuNE 2009 New Tech at Personal Democracy Forum MAY / JUNE 2009 By NiColE WilliaMS Vol 10 • IssUE 3 SPn news reports on issues of importance to state-focused, market-oriented, non-profit public policy research organiza- the guest speakers will be: Steve grove, tions. 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KrAMEr onCe in a rare while, a fight over Mackinac Center for Public Policy, There is an important epilogue to rights captures the nation’s attention. evergreen freedom foundation Susette Kelo’s fight. in just the past four and Cato institute. Benedict also years since the Kelo ruling, 43 states Such battles offer transformative spoke on behalf of the goldwater have now changed their laws to better opportunities – chances to change institute. protect the rights of property owners. the world through the retelling of This is an enormous accomplishment the stories of those at the center of Texas Public Policy foundation made possible by the teamwork of the struggle. Think of Rosa Parks and used the opportunity to kick off a SPn organizations nationwide and the civil rights. legislative briefing before a packed institute for Justice. even the weakest house. afterwards, So it was with Susette Kelo and her Benedict, Kelo, institute fight to protect her little pink house in for Justice senior attorney new london, Connecticut. Much like Dana Berliner and TPPf Ms. Parks, Susette Kelo wasn’t asking representatives appeared for much; all she wanted was to be left at a press conference alone ... in Susette’s case, to enjoy the with the governor calling home that was rightfully hers. for improved eminent domain reform, including But at the behest of her new next-door a state constitutional neighbor, Pfizer, the city and a private amendment. development agency conspired to Barren is the land where Susette Kelo and her neighbors' homes once take her home from her for a private The Mackinac Center, stood – four years after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed governments development. now – four years after which in 2006 used the to take property under the guise of economic development. the ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Kelo ruling to draft and Court allowed the taking of Kelo’s land pass “Proposal 4” to better protect of these reforms is an improvement for another private party who merely property in Michigan, preceded their over the pre-Kelo legal landscape. in had the prospect of creating more jobs book forum with a major local media the more than 20 states that changed and taxes with the property – the land expedition and followed it with a bus their blight laws, property owners are where Susette Kelo’s neighborhood tour of local areas where property actually better protected than they once stood remains a brown, barren rights are still under assault. would have been even if Kelo had come field: this after spending $78 million out the right way. in taxpayer money. evergreen freedom foundation used the Kelo book event to launch its new all of this and the reforms still to as award-winning investigative Property Rights Center, which seeks come are especially remarkable when journalist Jeff Benedict recently to educate and activate washington you consider the powerful interest pointed out to SPn organizations residents in the fight to protect groups – municipal officials, developers from coast to coast , “ The only private property against unwarranted and planners – who have fought so jobs created from the Kelo debacle government encroachment. a pre- desperately to preserve their power. Such were for the crews that bulldozed event briefing with Jeff Benedict reforms sparked by the fight for Susette the neighborhood.” Benedict, the was packed with representatives Kelo’s little pink house are testimony to author of little Pink house: a True from property rights groups across the power of ordinary americans, who Stor y of Defiance and Courage wa shing ton, forming the core don’t have full-time lobbyists or special (grand Central Publishing), recently of a coalition eff’s new center can work access to legislators, when they demand made the rounds to SPn members with to advance individuals’ rights. their rights be respected. telling how such a miscarriage of justice could happen in america. The institute for Justice will gladly John E. Kramer is the Institute Benedict and Kelo spoke together at team up with other SPn members. for Justice’s vice president for communications. He can be events organized by the Texas Public we can co-sponsor events, or train reached at email@example.com. Policy foundation, Pioneer institute, activists through iJ’s Castle Coalition. SPN NEWS 3 May / JuNE 2009 lE DErSHIP DEVELoPMENT INITIATIVE are your interns Pillagers or Producers? By SHANE MAzzELLA AND PATrICE J. LEE inTeRnS aRRiVe on your doorstep Consider busy seasons. are there performed and changes in their energized to learn or change the tasks that can be done in preparation knowledge or skills. world. although the majority desire for busier times in your office? a productive working experience, Feedback, hand and mouth. Provide when interns are not challenged Solicit department managers and constant feedback to interns. Make unproductive behavior results. interns staff. Managers have ideas about major sure feedback is both a written, formal and organizations each fail to benefit. projects and lower-level staff likely report for them to take and verbal so have smaller tasks to pass on. they can hear your explanation and Below are a few tips to help boost ask questions. pro duc tiv ity and optimi ze the Question the interns – before they experience for interns and managers. arrive. ask your interns about their The fund for american Studies all organizations can use these tips, professional goals, issues they’re supplies hundreds of associations, whether they host one intern or dozens passionate about and skills they’d like agencies, firms, news outlets and in a long-established program. to build. incorporate their goals into non-profits in washington, D.C. with their work plans. high-caliber interns throughout the Think functions. Recruit interns not year. our experience shows: Students just for administrative tasks but also for Check for Chex. Mix up your intern’s want and are capable of producing functional areas (research, marketing/ workload with administrative and substantive work. To achieve the public relations, online media and function-related long-term projects best results, organizations need development) where your organization (requiring weeks or months) and structured internships that both needs support, especially during low- short-term tasks (requiring daily or challenge and set high expectations. staff periods like the summer. weekly attention). Get it together … Now. how often Measure success. Set quantitative Shane Mazzella is do you see managers scrambling to and qualitative goals for your interns director of U.S. Programs, find work on their intern’s first day? that will indicate the value of their and Patrice J. Lee Correct this mistake; organize projects presence at your organiz ation. is media relations and tasks early. These can be outlined during an manager and Koch Associate with The Fund for American Studies. Write Mazzella at orientation meeting on their first firstname.lastname@example.org. Put your ear to the ground. During day and discussed at the end of their staff meetings listen for tasks tabled tenure. Consider the quality of their due to limited manpower. work over time, variety of tasks they The long Tail: why the future of Business is Selling less of More The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, by Chris Anderson, comes at the recommendation of SPN management and technology advisor Nicole Williams. The book offers great insight into how cheaper distribution methods, such as the internet, give consumers easy access to specialized products. Williams asserts, “The book is a must-read for think-tank leaders who wish to tap into the internet audience. It examines how the combined power of numerous niche markets can outvote single-message majorities and why tailoring your message in many ways will get you further than a single Wall Street Journal hit. Understanding long tail economics is an excellent step in the right direction for all who wish to tap into online communities.” SPN NEWS 4 May / JuNE 2009 Don't be Content With Just Good Content How to reinforce publication value through engaging visual appeal By DaNiEl MoNTGoMEry ReqUiReD ReaDing aT many free market think tanks are books like The law, economics in one lesson and atlas Shrugged — books that inspire and educate. Unfortunately, the best books on personal responsibility, free enterprise and limited government don't come with a users manual of how best to pass the ideas along. The temptation, of course, is to think that the fundamental principles we believe in will speak for themselves. we speak the truth, and it will not return void. Right? wrong. The presentation of our ideas matters. The look and feel of our publications and websites add value to our message. Colors alone can send a message. The McCain for President website started off by using a palette of blacks and greys – it almost looked as if they were in mourning. These are not new concepts. Virginia Postrel, in her good book (add this to colors and cool colors mean things your institute's required reading) The to the reader, the viewer. Black and Substance of Style attempts to make white may conjure up ansel adams or the same case. "from our earliest vintage. Sepia tones carry with them moments, the look and feel of our specific messages. You have the chance surroundings tell us who and where to capitalize on built-in preferences as we are. But as we grow we imbibe well as create your own. a different lesson: that appearances are not just potentially deceiving but Take, for example, the above snapshots frivolous and unimportant." and so we of the obama and McCain websites. Take a glance at the above yard sign set out to examine aesthetics with the early on in the presidential campaign, graphics. Since 1960, there have only hopes of discovering (or rediscovering) the look and feel of McCain's site was, been two presidential races (1976 and the right balance between substance obviously, dark. i'd even say it was 1980) where both major parties did not and surface. depressing. The site's early display of use a red, white and blue theme for their the U.S. flag was displayed in grey- campaigns. Perhaps the use of the colors let’s take a look at three design ele- scale, too. of the american flag are so ingrained ments: color, typeface and illustration/ into the american psyche that without photography. These elements will help Th e s e a re n o t th i n g s w i th o u t them, something's missing. McCain you add value to your rock star research co n s e q u e n ce , e s p e c i a l l y w h e n lacked red in his motif, obama didn't. whether it is in digital or print format. compared to the vibrancy of your competitor's product. fortunately, the TyPEFACE McCain presidential campaign later Color tried to turn its design theme around a typeface, often referred to as a font, The goal is to help people see better (although the end can go a long way in helping your and more clearly. The use of color product was looking organization reinforce the value of can have a dramatic impact on the eerily similar to its research. ideas you are trying to convey. warm obama's). continued on page 22 SPN NEWS 5 May / JuNE 2009 State UpdateS AlABAMA foundation recommendations, made near the peak of a bull market, were designed to protect retirees – and arkansas taxpayers The Alabama Policy Institute – from a multi-year bear market. recently added aPi new Media arkansaspolicyfoundation.org (apinewmedia.com) to its list of resources. aPi new Media’s goal CAlIFoRNIA is to produce concise educational videos and investigative reports that raise citizen awareness. in april the institute presented a The Pacific Research Institute series of statewide Sound Science Newly-elected Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane spoke at the Goldwater published John R . graham’s programs based on environmental Institute’s “A New Charter for American Cities” forum, which “leviathan’s Body Count: The focused on ways to increase freedom at the local level. policy. aPi president gary Palmer, Cost of fDa Delay in approving communications and science future management decisions. team members, lauren Pemberton new Medicines,” which proposes programs director David Sawyer, The gathering will identify gaps and Joe DeMenna. To complement americans be allowed the freedom and Dr. John hill, author of “an in existing management regimes our selection as arizona’s “Best to use non-fDa-approved alabama Citizen’s guide to the and potential steps to address Capitol watchdog,” the Phoenix medicines so long as their non- environment,” shared facts on those gaps, as well as the need Business Journal recently named approval is disclosed. The study global warming, proposed cap-and- for improved scientific programs g oldw ater Pre sident D arc y also proposes the fDa be required trade legislation and the condition to support conser vation and olsen one of its forty Under 40. to report regularly to Congress of alabama’s environment. Several management of future arctic goldwaterinstitute.org on the reasons for not approving Chambers of Commerce have fisheries. institutenorth.org new medicines. PRi also released invited aPi to attend meetings ARKANsAs Vicki Murray’s “Citizen’s guide to and share our sound science ARIZoNA arkansas State Police Retirement California Public School finance,” presentation. alabamapolicy.org System investment losses have led which helps parents understand to a 2009 merger with the arkansas how much funding public schools in AlAsKA Rock star teachers deserve rock Public employees Retirement California are receiving. The study, star paychecks. But teachers get System, a proposal first made with accompanying database, aims paid based on how long they’ve by the Murphy Commission, an to provide school districts with taught, not how well they’ve Arkansas Policy Foundation more transparent information. The Institute of the North is taught. So, where’s the incentive proj e c t in 1998. The St ate To a c c e s s t h e C a l i f o r n i a hosting an international arctic to do better? The Goldwater Police Retirement System has School finance database, visit fisheries Symposium oct. 19-21 in Institute report, “new Millennium lost 47 percent since mid-2007, schoolfinancecenter.org. finally, anchorage. The three-day event is Schools: Delivering Six-figure according to published reports. PRi’s Benjamin Rush Society expected to draw 200-plus arctic Teacher Salaries in Return for The foundation’s 1998 report, hosted its inaugural debate on government officials, fisheries outstanding Student learning “The arkansas Public employees universal health care at Columbia scientists, industry representatives gains,” shows how top teachers Retirement System,” estimated University. The event was a great and stakeholders . Changing can be identified and paid what “a 20-to-25 percent savings in success, drawing an audience of global climate regimes, coupled they deserve, with no new funding administrative expenses” by over 200 medical students and with the possibility of expanded required. goldwater has also merging the state’s five retirement professors. pacificresearch.org commercial fisheries due to the released a policy brief detailing the systems. The report estimated retreat of summer sea ice, make true per-student funding available savings of $28 million in a 10-year ColoRADo a focus on fisheries management to arizona public schools. not period. The arkansas Teachers systems even more critical. The only did the brief arm legislators Retirement System, Judicial symposium will identify current with reliable data, it helped provide Retirement System and State management regimes in the arctic cover for the looming K-12 budget highway employees Retirement Climate change has been the hot region and how relevant scientific cuts. The goldwater institute System are also discussed in topic lately, as the Independence fisheries data can be used to inform welcomes two new development the report. The arkansas Policy Institute welcomed two SPN NEWS 6 May / JuNE 2009 speakers to discuss this issue. Trinity College in hartford. georgia. The legislative session Patrick J. Michaels from the Yankee is working on projects ended without funding legislation Cato institute dispelled the myth on state taxation, citizen audit for transportation in georgia – not of the catastrophic impact of committees focused on municipal a bad result, from the foundation’s global warming. The Property budgets and Connecticut’s new standpoint. The foundation’s a n d e nv i ro n m e nt R e s e a rch publicly-financed campaigns law. proposals for prioritizing projects Center’s Terry anderson spoke yankeeinstitute.org and diverting through traffic on “Cutting Through the Rhetoric statewide and away from metro of the obama administration’s DElAWARE atlanta have, however, found a ‘green’ Policies.” Research director receptive audience and are being David Kopel spoke recently on JMI president Bob McClure (r) actively promoted by 2010 political congratulates Florida’s CFO “Second amendment Rights: Alex Sink following the press candidates. gppf.org a Collision Course Between The Caesar Rodney Institute conference unveiling Florida’s state government spending website. the obama administration and obtained its first batch of financial HAWAII the U.S. Supreme Court,” and data for fiscal years ’06, ’07 and Tax Credit Scholarship recipients justice-polic y director Mike ’08 from the Delaware State and parents at the Capitol as they Krause published an op-ed on accounting office to populate visited legislators to advocate the sentencing reform. “The Secret its new DelawareSpends website, expansion of school choice. During Sick Tax” in Colorado was fought which should go live in July. The the april 16 launch of JMi’s Civics by health-policy director Dr. linda data was provided on discs in a education initiative, more than hawaii voters have a powerful new gorman, and operations director format utilized with the winXnet 150 attendees spanning three tool in hawaiiVotes.org, sponsored amy oliver led the fight both for platform with a minimum amount generations listened as Claremont by the Grassroot Institute of transparency in government and of manipulation. The institute is institute scholar Dr. Charles Kesler Hawaii. gRih recently held demos against hB 1299, which would inviting select community, business spoke on the life and influence of the new site for legislators and have made Colorado a national and political leaders to attend of James Madison. JMi scholars staffers at the State Capitol. The popular-vote state. i2i.org its quarterly board of director’s have been busy as well: “Tax and meetings for a short PowerPoint expenditure Policy in Uncertain CoNNECTICUT presentation and social hour, Times ,” “Creating a Public/ followed by dinner. This is an Private Partnership for florida’s effective way to allow high profile Conservation land Management” individuals the opportunity to and “Re stor ing the Pr iv ate T h e Ya n k e e I n s t i t u t e i s meet CRi’s leadership and support Property-insurance Market to restructuring and adding staff. The its mission. caesarrodney.org Reduce florida’s Risk of financial new executive director is fergus insolvency.” jamesmadison.org. Cullen. Previously, Cullen was FloRIDA chairman of the new hampshire Grassroot Institute president Jamie Republican Party (where he was Story speaks to the media after the youngest state chairman in after addressing 2,000 attendees at the Hawaii Tax Day Tea Party, the country) and an editorial page co-sponsored by the Institute. columnist for the new hampshire fueled by events, publications, The G eorgia Public Polic y Union leader. he has an MPa committee testimony, policy Foundation’s Climate Change institute released its first policy from the harvard Kennedy School. summits and more, spring was a education Proje ct officially paper on Climate Change, “global The new policy director is heath whirlwind at the institute. March launches this month with “Red warming: Rethinking the Co2 fahle, who was executive director 17 marked a high point in James hot lies,” an event keynoted by and Temperature Relationship” at Connecticut Republicans and Madison Institute’s legislative Christopher C. horner, author by policy analyst Pearl hahn. it is skilled in new Media. lew efforts with the unveiling of of The Politically incorrect has received great acclaim from andrews stays with Yankee as florida’s website for tracking state guide to global warming. This leading national experts. gRih was senior policy analyst; he’ll focus government spending. in april, campaign is critical to ensuring a major organizer and co-sponsor on education policy. The institute institute staff assisted “Step Up that common sense and sound of the honolulu Tax Day Tea Party, had four interns this spring from for Students” in hosting Corporate science guide public policy in where 2,000 hawaii residents SPN NEWS 7 May / JuNE 2009 protested and received widespread problems – gov. Pat quinn improve job prospects for their fhCPP hosted Burton folsom, media coverage. hundreds signed announced his plan to hike the constituencies. inpolicy.org who spoke about the fallacies of up to receive our updates. Keep state income tax. in response the government spending pulling the your eyes open for a re-designed institute revealed how the hike IoWA country of a recession, as detailed website. grassrootinstitute.org would target working and middle in his book fDR: new Deal or Raw class families, the damaging long- The Public Interest Institute Deal? fhCPP also co-sponsored IDAHo term economic costs, the state’s played a part in stopping the legislative presentations on the long-running spending problems i o w a l e g i s l atu r e a n d g o v. pitfalls of decoupling from the and proactive budget reforms. as a Chet Culver from hiking taxes. federal tax code, private sector job result, the institute was featured in Taxpayers are currently able to losses caused by federal stimulus The Idaho Freedom Foundation six major television appearances, deduct their federal income tax spending and “Rich States, Poor has had several high-profile among them a debate with the payments on iowa income tax States.” flinthills.org successes increasing government governor; four major newspapers, returns. State legislators had transparency. for the first time in including The wall Street Journal proposed eliminating this federal KENTUCKY the state’s history, a transparency and The Chicago Tribune; and deductibility, forcing iowans to pay bill made it to the floor of the 17 high-profile radio shows. The a tax on a tax. institute research house. while the bill didn’t pass, institute was also featured at demonstrated that eliminating lawmakers spent considerable time the Chicago Tax Day Party, federal deductibility would force To put a little fun into tax season, discussing it, and have agreed to successfully recruiting more than iowans to pay an additional $500 to o n ap r i l 1 8 th e Blueg r a ss provide idaho’s spending data to 350 new volunteers for its liberty $600 million annually, and would Institute celebrated its first ever iff for use on the foundation’s leaders program. The institute’s increase taxes across all income Bluegrass Tax liberation Day. own website. other cities next liberty Speakers Series event, levels. institute president Dr. Don This liberty fair drew a crowd of and school districts have also the latest featured amity Shlaes, Racheter spoke against eliminating around 1,000 for the afternoon. provided the foundation with will host P.J. o’Rourke on June 17. federal deductibility at a public leland Conway, host of “The detailed expenditure data. largely illinoispolicyinstitute.org hearing at the legislature. while Pulse” on lexington’s wlaP-aM, through iff’s efforts to promote legislators did not have the votes was among the speakers who transparency at the local level, to eliminate federal deductibility addressed the crowd on the virtues Canyon County and the cities INDIANA this year, Pii will remain vigilant. of liberty, economic freedom of nampa, Meridian and eagle To make statewide presentations limitedgovernment.org and limited government. games have agreed to post their line- about market-orientated economic included Big government Corn by-line expenditures on online. policies to small and mid-sized KANsAs hole and lexington golf – where idahofreedom.net city councils, the Indiana Policy every putt is subsidized with your Review Foundation has put tax dollars. The event also offered IllINoIs together a team of indiana experts as the Kansas legislature began a great opportunity to recruit on municipal debating whether to close a $350 citizen journalists for the institute’s government million budget shortfall by raising wiki at freedomKentucky.org. Shortly after the release of the led by Dr. Sam taxes or cutting K-12 spending, See the video montage at bipps Illinois Policy Institute economic S t a l e y, u r b a n the Fl i nt Hill s Center for .org. Recently, Tim Yessin took Reform agenda – a four-point affairs director Public Policy’s new investigative up a position on the BiPPS board. plan addressing the state’s root Dr. Sam Staley for the Re a s on journalist, Paul Soutar, reported Yessin, an investment advisor foundation. The team, which that local school districts had includes both economists and $1.36 billion in unencumbered veteran council members, will cash balances scattered across offer indiana councils alternative 27 separate funds as of June 30, models actually in place somewhere 2008. Most of the money is in in the country. The project was restricted funds but the legislature first suggested to the foundation could change the rules and give by city- and county-level office schools the option of tapping Illinois Policy Institute CEO John One thousand attended the holders skeptical that the federal into these excess funds to offset first Bluegrass Tax Liberation Tillman debates Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on his proposed tax hike. government’s stimulus plan would state funding cuts. on March 26 Day on April 18. SPN NEWS 8 May / JuNE 2009 at a lexington bank, is active site earned a unanimous thumbs- to School Choice.” a white paper on the institute’s development down in the Judiciary Committee – of the same name, authored by committee. affirming the public’s right to know on april 15 the Maryland Public Cornelius Chapman of Burns and and MhPC’s freedom of speech! Policy Institute launched the Tax levinson llP, was released at the loUIsIANA education and research efforts estimator. This new online tool event. The paper and the forum on the MhPC-written november educates Marylanders on the taxes touched on the prejudice and ballot questions are a high priority. that they pay and how policymakers nativism that led to the passing of The Pelican Institute for Public The Taxpayer Bill of Rights and spend them. The estimator takes the amendments, and the obstacles Policy recently contributed to the a roll-back of Maine’s high auto information entered by users such they create for parochial and private defeat of a proposed cigarette tax excise taxes are being explained as income or federal, state and local education. pioneerinstitute.org hike in louisiana. “i happened to in a new series of publications income taxes, along with data the be reviewing an update from the called “Path to Prosperity,” and institute has compiled on spending MICHIGAN Mackinac Center and noticed that presentations throughout the state. to estimate how much one pays in they had done a study highlighting MhPC’s Center for Constitutional sales tax, property tax, other taxes the impact of tax increases on law will be filing an interesting and fees (including alcohol, gasoline, Mackinac Center for Public cigarette smuggling” said institute first case soon, to protect property cigarette and telecommunication Policy is finding webcasting an president Kevin Kane. “i contacted owners’ rights from an aggressive taxes), indirect taxes against effective and successful tool for Michael lafaive and he was able to government project. employers, investment taxes and communicating the free-market do a calculation for louisiana based mainepolicy.org future tax liabilities. This transparent message. More than 24,400 people on our current and proposed tax look at how Maryland’s government watched recent speeches by senior rates.” institute vice president Jeb MARYlAND collects and spends taxpayer dollars economist David l. littmann Bruneau testified to the likelihood len lazarick has joined the Free helps the MPPi make the case for and president emeritus lawrence of increased smuggling in the State Foundation as a visiting limited government, free enterprise w. Reed, including a combined legislative committee hearing, fellow. lazarick will primarily focus and lower taxes. Since its launch, the 16,550 who watched live when where the bill was defeated. The on Maryland state government Tax estimator has generated a great the speakers appeared at Michigan institute is preparing to issue issues, including budget reform and deal of attention from the media, State University and Central the first “louisiana Pork Report,” fiscal accountability. Previously, policymakers and visitors to the site. Michigan University, respectively. prepared in association with he was the State house bureau mdpolicy.org isaac M. Morehouse, director of Citizens against government chief for the former Baltimore campus leadership and the Center’s waste. and the institute is proud e x a m i n e r a n d h a s co v e re d MAssACHUsETTs first director of Students for a free to announce the hiring of Steve state and lo cal government PIONEER INSTITUTE economy, has accepted a position Beatty, an investigative journalist and politics in Maryland for a PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH with the institute for humane with extensive experience reporting variety of newspapers for more Spring has been busy for Pioneer Studies. James M. hohman, fiscal on fraud and waste in louisiana. than three decades. lazarick Institute. Building on its work in research assistant, has completed pelicaninstitute.org already has had a commentary education, Pioneer released “a Step the Koch associate Program. published in the Baltimore Sun, “a Backwards: an analysis of the 21st The Center in May awarded four MAINE Spending Problem,” urging that the Century Skills Task force Report.” $1,000 scholarships to high school legislature cut spending and not This policy brief highlighted the students who attended the fall 2008 raise taxes in the current legislative shortcomings and missteps the high School Debate workshops The government transparency site, session. he also wrote “Curing Task force has made regarding and wrote essays from a free- Maineopengov.org, launched last Maryland’s Structural Deficits: a standards-based education in market perspective on the national September by the Maine Heritage Call for Mandates Reform,” which Massachusetts. on april 6 Pioneer debate topic of federal assistance Policy Center, has received plenty explains the deleterious impact also hosted an event concerning for alternative energy incentives. of notice, including being the on Maryland’s fiscal situation the 19th century Know-nothing mackinac.org target of a censorship bill in the caused by unrestrained growth amendments. Kevin Chavous, Maine legislature. an ambitious in mandates. The paper makes co-founder of the Democrats for MINNEsoTA leader was pressured by the state specific recommendations for education Reform and a national employees’ unions to attempt to achieving cost savings by curbing figure in school reform, presented remove the employee-specific the mandates. keynote remarks at “The Know- Recent Center of the American payroll data. The plan to censor this freestatefoundation.org nothing amendments: Barriers Experiment publications have SPN NEWS 9 May / JuNE 2009 included a symposium featuring parency in Minnesota’s 87 coun- senior and research fellows Chuck ties and 854 cities. a highlight of Chalberg, laurence Cooper, Tom the day was the morning session Kelly and Peter nelson on “when led by lee Mcgrath, founder of will americans and Minnesotans the institute for Justice, Min- get Serious about the impending nesota chapter who explained entitlement Crisis?” it’s the latest what is public data and what legal installment in the Center’s multi- rights citizens have to obtain that year project, “Stopping Boomer information in a timely manner. health Care Budgets from going freedomfoundationofminnesota.com Bust.” nelson also authored MIssIssIPPI Show-Me Institute vice president Jason Hannasch (c) poses in Los Angeles “Preparing for an even More with Atlas president Alejandro Chafuen and program director Yiqiao Xu Demanding future: american The Mississippi Center for Public after SMI received a 2009 Dorian and Antony Fisher Venture Grant. experiment’s 2010-11 Budget Policy joined with the institute for Recommendations.” Containing 25 Justice, nfiB, Mississippi farm of five organizations from around government abuses and otherwise market-based proposals, it’s part Bureau and others to support the the world to receive this grant doing the digging traditional media of the Center’s “Policy in Detail” override of gov. haley Barbour’s during 2009, and the only U.S. can’t or won’t. MPi’s transparency series. also tied to the budget – veto of a property rights bill group. atlas chose to fund the focus is shifting to local and Minnesota faces a nearly $5 billion to address issues arising out of institute’s proposal to develop a county le vels by expanding biennial shortfall – is a critique by the Kelo eminent domain case. new cooperative research model SchoolsopenMT.org, providing Center president Mitch Pearlstein MCPP is also leading a diverse for free-market think tank s a series of founding Principles of Democratic proposals to raise coalition of local, state and throughout the Midwest. Those seminars around the state, and business taxes. Dr. Pearlstein national organizations to execute working to change public policy expanding the message to more also wrote a high-profile op-ed in a legislative and public relations within the same broad geographic Montanans through increased the Star Tribune about vulgarity effort to enact an effective charter region often face many of the same outreach and networking on hennepin avenue, home to school law. MCPP president forest research issues and challenges, programs. MPi’s BigSkySearch.info Minneapolis’ theater district. Thigpen spoke at the Tax Day duplicate basic legwork and find media campaign was successful it was generally well-received, Tea Party at the State Capitol. themselves unable to undertake in pressuring the governor and though one blogger did call him a MCPP has launched the first of as many projects as they might legislature to support transparency “shriveled albino prune.” its Regional advisory Boards, otherwise have tackled if they legislation, but in the legislature’s americanexperiment.org with more than 40 businesses had shared resources. Through final days petty political and community leaders attending extended research cooperation, maneuvering killed two similar on May 9 the Freedom Foun- the first breakfast in hattiesburg. think tanks can save money while bills. montanapolicy.org dation of Minnesota hosted its MCPP has obtained state spending expanding output and create a first watchdog Training Seminar data from the past five fiscal years united front in combating the NEBRAsKA with over 30 participants repre- and is designing a searchable, terrible economic ideas that are so senting 12 Minnesota counties. entertaining website to display it. prevalent today. Co-sponsored with the Taxpayers mspolicy.org showmeinstitute.org league of Minnesota, participants in March the Platte Institute received practical advice on their MIssoURI MoNTANA for Economic Research released legal rights to obtain public data, “nebraska’s Spending habits: proven research techniques, and are we frugal or frivolous?” what to do and how to analyze The study compared nebraska to information they obtain. The Montana Policy Institute is its bordering states and showed purpose of these training sessions Th e S h o w - Me I n s t i t u t e i s rolling ahead with its post- that if nebraska had adjusted is to equip local citizens with the immeasurably proud and grateful legislature agenda by shifting its its spending to match that of its skill sets to become an additional to accept a Dorian and antony focus from lawmaking to citizen neighbors, overall savings would set of eyes and ears in their local fisher Venture grant this year education. new investigative have been $1.97 billion – or $1,110 communities so they can provide from the atlas economic Research reporter Michael noyes is hard per capita. The release of the study even greater government trans- foundation. The institute is one at work tracking stimulus dollars, included a State Capitol press SPN NEWS 10 May / JuNE 2009 budget debate. The state’s largest newspapers used institute budget research in a series of op-eds that called out legislators for dramatizing the budget situation as an excuse to raise taxes. Visit nPRi’s blog , writeonne vada .com, and follow nPRi on Twitter, nevadaPolicyRi. npri.org Platte Institute economist Dr. Ernie Goss addresses more than 75 in the State Capitol about his study NEW MEXICo “Nebraska’s Spending Habits: Are We Frugal or Frivolous? conference that received more than $100,000 in earned media. in april, the Platte institute released During the legislature’s 2009 the report “a Case for abolishing session, the Rio Grande Founda- n e b r a s k a’s C o m m i s s i o n o f tion achieved important victories, industrial Relations.” also in april, among them a $500 million budget The John Locke Foundation recently redesigned its CarolinaJournal.com site to emphasize video and audio content. Platte launched blog, facebook and reduction, defeated tax hikes and Twitter pages while also crossing significantly improved legislative the 1,000 subscriber mark for its and budgetary transparency. The per-capita spending and tax rates the following morning, people weekly e-newsletter. foundation raised its profile in albu- for counties, towns, cities and could watch the entire event platteinstitute.org querque dramatically by broadcast- villages. Benchmarking new York, on the John Locke Foundation ing live from albuquerque’s Tax Day an online database, includes per- Carolina Journal website NEVADA Tea Party for four hours on a local capita spending and tax totals for (carolinajournal.com), thanks to aM radio station. The foundation is 16 categories as well as effective a recent redesign emphasizing now focusing attention on educating property tax rates and debt levels. video and audio content. Tea Party leaders on policy issues The database includes information Speaking of tea parties , Jlf for months the Nevada Policy and organizing effectively to limit for 1,604 localities, excluding only staffers spoke at 17 events in Research Institute has exposed government. a new report by the new York City. The data is derived three days stretching from the waste and corruption at the foundation’s investigative journalist from 2007 local government mountains to the coast. Jlf’s n.C. t a xp aye r- f u n d e d l a s Ve g a s shed light on the state’s wasteful and finance reports compiled by the history Project is highlighting Convention and Visitors authority. special interest-driven film subsidy office of the state comptroller, and the state constitution through along with generating extensive program. economic impact studies can be used to rank and compare a s e r i e s o f e v e nt s , s t a r t i n g media coverage, nPRi’s findings have been done by state agencies; to spending, tax and debt measures april 23 in edenton, home of a have prompted the lVCVa to great media interest, the foundation for one or more local governments. famous pre-Revolutionary war shorten its contract with the analyzed the merits of each study By helping taxpayers ask better Tea Party. Recent Jlf research advertising giant R&R Partners and determined that the $60 million questions, this tool advances has targeted carbon dioxide from five years to three. R&R annual program is not achieving a more-informed discussions about regulation, state tax reform, has been the largest beneficiary positive economic impact. what causes high local taxes across back-to-basics budget writing, of lVCVa largesse. nPRi fiscal riograndefoundation.org the empire State. local government budgets and policy analyst geoffrey lawrence empirecenter.org n.C. dropout prevention efforts. gave a rousing speech to the 2,500 NEW YoRK johnlocke.org people gathered for las Vegas’ Tax NoRTH CARolINA Day Tea Party. nPRi produced a video of the event that was a new and innovative Empire widely distributed and praised in Center for New York State Thousands of people gathered in March more than 60 activists and the blogosphere. nPRi also led Policy tool has been helping outside north Carolina’s Capitol bloggers attended the John William the way in reframing nevada’s residents compare and evaluate for a Tax Day Tea Party. By Pope Civitas Institute investigative SPN NEWS 11 May / JuNE 2009 journalism training, which featured entine that shines a light on Texas watchdog’s editor-in-chief the politics of prosecution: how Trent Seibert and Carolina Journal’s and why the government targets associate publisher Don Carrington. individuals and corporations, Tea Parties throughout north sometimes recklessly, and the Carolina on, and around, april 15 enormous human toll that results. were a great success. institute staff no Crime but Prejudice outlines traveled almost 2,000 cumulative the egregious case of the federal miles to visit and speak with prosecution of Cincinnati-based thousands gathered in 19 different fischer homes and its founder cities across the state. Civitas and Ceo, henry fischer. Buckeye was a co-sponsor of the north also just released a study with Carolina Coastal Conservative americans for Prosperity ohio, Conference in wilmington held in cooperation with arduin, in May. as usual, the institute l affer & Moore economics , Tyleur Kotzian-Upshaw, winner of the $10,000 grand prize continues to conduct its monthly on the negative impact of drawing of the first annual Oregon School Choice Video Contest, organized by Cascade Policy Institute. statewide polls (nccivitas.org/ the federal stimulus money ; media/poll-results), tracking voter a public education campaign in Portland. Cascade also scored endangered species list. Doing so sentiment regarding issues and and legislative briefings are a victory during the legislative would have put a halt to sand and politics. Civitas’ 4th annual north a l s o u n d e r w ay. finally, the session advocating for the passage gravel extraction on area rivers Carolina Conservative leadership Buckeye institute is proud to of the hB 2500, a transparency and created serious environmental Conference will be held September welcome two new staff members: bill that would create an online, and highway damage by forcing 11 and 12 in Raleigh and will feature lauren Kresge, development searchable state revenue and movement of aggregates on to the national speakers, investigative coordinator, and lynn walsh, expenditure database. The bill region’s roadways. journalism training and panels investigative reporter. Kresge’s passed the house unanimously alleghenyinstitute.org covering topics of interest to north communication backg round and is now in the Senate. The Carolinians. nccivitas.org and walsh’s journalism/new oregon open Books website Media background add valuable would be administered by the oHIo new dimensions to the Buckeye state. in June Cascade will host team. buckeyeinstitute.org Cato institute senior fellow Dan Ted, Tea Parties and Taxes. in Mitchell. cascadepolicy.org april, legendary guitarist and oREGoN Second amendment advocate The Buckeye Institute recently PENNsYlVANIA Ted nugent helped launch the released no Crime but Prejudice, inaugural livefreePa event with a a book by noted author Jon day of shooting, drinks and cigars Cascade Policy Institute, with Allegheny Institute research (pictures at livefreePa.com). in the support of the friedman into property assessment prob- early March, the Commonwealth foundation innovation grant, lems showed the base-year plan Foundation gathered more than successfully hosted the first used in allegheny County to be 1,200 citizens on the Capitol steps annual oregon School Choice in violation of the state constitu- in the first Tea Party protest. Then, Video Contest. More than 100 tion. a lawsuit challenging the on Tax Day, more than 2,000 citi- entries were submitted by K-12 County’s base-year system was zens braved the driving rain and parents and students. The 20 upheld by the state Supreme just-above-freezing temperatures finalists received $250 awards Court, which ruled the County’s to deliver thousands of tea bags and from this group one winner, base-year scheme to be uncon- to gov. edward Rendell’s office Tyleur Kotzian-Upshaw, was stitutional. The Pennsylvania fish door as he held a news conference selected for the $10,000 grand and Boat Commission listened to calling for another gun ban. also prize drawing. Tyleur will use the institute’s recommendation in april, the foundation hosted this award to fund her education that it not add two new freshwa- luncheons across the state to at Central Catholic high School ter mussels to the threatened and discuss “The future of free enter- SPN NEWS 12 May / JuNE 2009 prise” with Pat Toomey, former More than 3,000 angry taxpayers past president of the national Club for growth president and listened to 23 speakers explaining Society of Professional Journalists. former Commonwealth founda- why they have “had enough” of on June 15 Johnson v. Bredesen, tion board member. Through the unresponsive government and a case brought by TCPR against summer the foundation will be runaway taxation. The rally had the State of Tennessee, will be fighting tax increases as the state a direct impact on the general argued before a three-judge panel attempts to fill a multi-billion assembly as well. Standing on of the U.S. Court of appeals for dollar budget deficit. the stage, Representatives Joseph the Sixth Circuit. TCPR initiated commonwealthfoundation.org Trillo and John loughlin and the case on behalf of Tennesseans Sens. frank Maher and Michael in protest of the state’s method Pinga all signed a pledge that Speaking at an SCPC conference, of selecting Tennessee Supreme city of Columbia Mayor Bob Coble they would not raise taxes. To committed the state’s capital city Court judges, which violates date, only Sen. leonidas Raptakis to online spending transparency. the state constitution and strips on May 5, the REACH had sig ne d the Ta x Ple dge. residents of their right to vote. Foundation hosted its 8th annual future plans include taking that release of that report multiple tennesseepolicy.org educational improvement Tax power to the municipal level. local governments have begun Credit Birthday Party at the State as the primary sponsor, oSPRi working with the Policy Council TEXAs Capitol. The event attracted was honored to nurture this to prov ide online sp ending approximately 2,000 students, grassroots movement. transparency. parents, teachers, administrators oceanstatepolicy.org scpolicycouncil.com T h e Te x a s P u b l i c P o l i c y and citizens. facing a huge state Foundation led an initiative by budget deficit and the possibility soUTH CARolINA TENNEssEE several SPn members to document of funding cuts to the popular in april, award-winning the federal stimulus package’s eiTC program, ReaCh unveiled investigative journalist Clint Brewer harmful effects on state economies. its “Cut our Cake, not our Budget” joined the Tennessee Center for Dr. arthur laffer’s economic initiative at the rally. Several key The mayor of South Carolina’s Policy Research as director of research firm produced the legislative leaders, representing capital city joined the South government accountability. a report, which concluded that the both sides of the aisle, spoke Carolina Policy Council april familiar name in Tennessee for his federal spending surge would cost about the success of the program 6 to commit to placing all city penetrating reporting style, Brewer 1.7 million private sector jobs. The within the commonwealth and financial re cords online for was most recently executive findings bolstered gov. Rick Perry’s how it has specifically impacted public review. Columbia Mayor editor for The City Paper in rejection of the unemployment their constituents. ReaCh is Bob Coble referenced the city’s nashville. Brewer is the immediate stimulus funds. The executive also in the midst of its Visions w el l - p u b l i c i z e d a cco u nt i n g of Choice campaign around the shortcomings, including cost state, highlighting individual overruns in employee healthcare students and families for whom costs, as well as the failure to school choice is a reality. track other city expenses dating paschoolchoice.org back several years. The mayor said openness and transparency RHoDE IslAND are an essential part of regaining the public’s trust. The Policy Council drew attention to the The Ocean State Policy Research lack of transparency in South Institute, like hundre d s of Carolina government last year thousands of people around the with its report showing a dearth country, participated in a local of recorded votes in the state Tax Day Tea Party. as several le g i sl ature and a follow - up participants said, “we haven’t report showing how local seen a demonstration this large governments trail the nation in TPPF’s David Guenthner (l) and Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael since the war protests of 1969.” terms of transparency. Since the L. Williams after receiving their 2009 Texas Social Media Awards. SPN NEWS 13 May / JuNE 2009 editor of a prominent Texas and civilization would be brought Richmond Times-Dispatch and WAsHINGToN magazine wrote, the foundation to its knees. national Public Radio. This was “made a real contribution to the sutherlandinstitute.org followed by a nation-wide radio debate over the stimulus package” podcast hosted by the american with its March 26 Capitol event, VERMoNT Petroleum institute. The institute’s during which three legislators public policy e-zine, Bacon’s The Everg re en Fre e dom debated these funds. The austin Rebellion, is now distributed to Foundation sponsored two Tax american-Statesman selected more than 8,500 individuals every Day Tea Party – Push Back no David guenthner, director of two weeks. looking ahead, the Tax rallies, one in olympia on media and government relations, Two Vermont governors, Democrat Thomas Jefferson institute will the steps of the State Capitol from 125 nominees to receive Thomas P. Salmon (1973-77) host a prospective school board with 5,000 attending, another one of its inaugural Texas Social and Republican Jim Douglas candidates’ “Campaign School,” as in Sp okane with over 3,000 Media awards. The judges praised (2003-present), were honored part of its effort to place education attending . officials at b oth his use of podcasting, facebook guests april 14 at the Ethan Allen reformers into key elective policy- venues said these were the largest and Twitter to “help keep Texans Institute’s 15th annual Jefferson making positions. The school crowds in memory at an event informed about what’s going on Day event. Dr. nicholas Muller, a will focus on the nitty-gritty of of this type. eff takes pride in with their government.” well-known Vermont historian, political campaigning – from announcing that it is bringing texaspolicy.org developed the evening’s topic: “Tom creating an effective message to glenn Beck to Seattle Sept. 26. eff and ethan: Together for the first effective distribution of yard- looks forward to the May launch UTAH Time.” he observed that although signs, literature and bumper of its School Report Card, an the intellectual Virginia slaveholder stickers. evaluation of every washington and the brawling, blasphemous thomasjeffersoninst.org state public elementary school. Vermont backwoodsman had B a s e d u p o n wa s h i n g t o n strikingly different personalities, assessment of Student learning in april Sutherland Institute hosted they shared three important test scores analyzed by a program a number of experts, including characteristics: a passion for liberty, on June 17 the Virginia Institute developed by the fraser institute scientists, business leaders, elected recognition that private property for Public Policy will host a dinner of Vancouver, B.C., the SRC will officials and film-makers, who ought to be widely distributed and for northern Virginia Ceos at assign a numerical grade to each addressed topics ranging from the a commitment to free thought in the Ritz-Carlton in Mclean. The school based upon five years of flawed “science” of global warming matters of religion. on april 30 the featured speaker will be John allison, waSl results. effwa.org to the economic impacts that institute unveiled the beta version chairman of BB&T Corporation, proposed federal legislation could of Vermont Transparency, its long who will speak on “The financial have on Utah. as a part of “earth awaited website highlighting state Crisis: Causes and Possible Cures.” Economists warn raising taxes week 2009: The future of Utah,” and school district taxing and This is the first in a series of salon will hurt our economy. John Coleman, founder of The spending, plus information on dinners to be held across Virginia. D espite some news reports, not all economists believe increasing taxes is the best way to overcome Washington state’s budget deficit. weather Channel; John Christy, funding how legislators voted. on april 15 Tax Day Tea Parties In fact, we believe that raising taxes during a recessionary period is contrary to responsible economic policy and instead will thwart the state’s economic recovery. Leaving earnings in the hands of individuals and businesses is the best way to help grow the private sector, create jobs and lead to higher levels of consumption. alabama state climatologist; and The site will go live in June. were held throughout Virginia. Increasing taxes at this time will shift necessary capital from the private sector to the public sector, thereby depriving private enterprise of the source of true economic growth and making Washington state even less competitive for new businesses and jobs. Cascade Policy institute Ceo John ethanallen.org John Taylor was a featured speaker Higher taxes will depress the short-term economic growth needed to bring Washington out of the recession and will reduce prosperity in the medium and long-term. Charles reinforced the message at rallies in both Charlottesville and Signed by the following state and national economists: Dean Baim Stephen Happel Judd Patton Prof. of Economics and Finance Prof. of Economics Prof. of Economics Pepperdine University Arizona State University Bellevue University, NE that global warming is not human- VIRGINIA Richmond. nearly 7,000 people Doug Berg Assistant Prof. of Economics Sam Houston State University James W. Henderson Prof. of Economics Baylor University Barry Poulson Prof. of Economics University of Colorado at Boulder Noel Campbell Christopher R. Inama Peter Saunders caused and that those who contend The Thomas Jefferson Institute braved the cold and rain at these Associate Prof. of Economics Adjunct Prof. of Management and Economics Prof. of Economics University of Central Arkansas Golden Gate University, San Francisco Central Washington University Andrew Chamberlain Barry Keating Stephen Shmanske Chief Economist and Principal Prof. of Finance Prof. of Economics Chamberlain Economics, LLC University of Notre Dame California State University, East Bay it is are ignoring scientific evidence put a new emphasis on the need rallies, where Taylor unveiled Boyd Collier Arthur B. Laffer Richard Sweeney Prof., Accounting, Finance, & Economics Founder and Chairman Chair of International Finance Tarleton State University Laffer Associates Georgetown University Thomas Cook Glenn MacDonald Michael Welker Prof. of Economics and Strategy Prof., Accounting, Business Administration, & Economics to the contrary. Documentary film- for energy independence and Tertium quids’ newest campaign: Economics Instructor Seattle Washington University in St. Louis Franciscan University of Steubenville Kirby R. Cundiff Yuri N. Maltsev Douglas Wills Associate Prof. of Finance Prof. of Economics Associate Prof. of Economics Northeastern State University Carthage College University of Washington - Tacoma maker Phelim Mcaleer previewed off-shore oil and gas drilling “Raise My Taxes, lose My Vote.” Frank Falero Andrea Mays (Griffith) Wayne Winegarden Prof. of Economics (Emeritus) Lecturer in Economics Senior Economist California State University California State University, Long Beach Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics LLC Dave Garthoff Tom Means Gary Wolfram Lecturer in Economics Director, Center for Economic Education Prof. of Economics and Public Policy his upcoming film, not evil Just for Virginia . The release of in less than two weeks after the The University of Akron San Jose State University Hillsdale College Ernie Goss Adrian Moore Richard Zerbe Prof. of Economics Vice President, Reason Foundation Associate Dean for Academics Creighton University PhD, Economics, University of California Irvine Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs University of Washington wrong: The True Cost of global two new papers written by TJi event, more than 3,500 people had Dennis Halcoussis David B. Mustard PhD, Economics, Duke University Prof. of Economics Associate Prof. of Economics California State University, Northridge University of Georgia Affiliations are listed solely for identification purposes warming hysteria, wherein he senior fellow Dr. David Schnare signed pledges to withhold their argues that if cap and trade were s p a rke d co v e r a g e i n m e d i a support from politicians who vote enacted millions of jobs would be outlets throughout the state, led for higher taxes. w w w.wa shingtonpolic y. or g PO Box 3643 | Seattle, WA 98124 | p 206.937.9691 924 Capitol Way S, Suite 218 | Olympia, WA 98501 lost, industry would be shut down, by the capitol newspaper, The virginiainstitute.org SPN NEWS 14 May / JuNE 2009 well received. Check out Moore’s what is a Christian response to the freedom, mobility and affordable speech on YouTube, linked from health care system? Visit acton’s homeownership, and is your Washington Policy Center sent a westvirginiapolicy.com health Care Resources Page to find in-house resource for fighting letter to state lawmakers signed by answers. acton.org wasteful and ineffective government 32 state and national economists WYoMING policies in metropolitan areas. warning that tax increases will hurt Wyoming Liberty Group is Maybe you’ve heard that Yale’s americandreamcoalition.org the economy. wPC ran full-page honing in on the mechanics of conservative newspaper often gets advertisements with the letter in communication with a series of 18 stolen, and harvard’s $28 billion a new American Legislative two large daily newspapers. Due in videotaped workshops. The aim is endowment doesn’t have room for Exchange Council report offers part to this, tax increase proposals to enable innovative approaches to a great Books program. But did you a roadmap to recovery based on polled poorly and died in the last transparency, health care, political know that economics is optional at economic performance trends days of the legislative session. The messaging, information accuracy the University of georgia, or that a from states over the last 10 state attorney general appointed and building trust in networks. majority of students at Mizzou and years. “Rich States, Poor States: Carl gipson and Dann Mead The skillful presence of Charles Missouri State reported pressure aleC-laffer State economic Smith to his regulatory reform ware and Shane Scheid during the to agree with professors’ political Competitiveness index” (2nd ed.) task force. in april wPC hosted 2009 legislative Session sparked a views in order to get a good the 9th annual Preserving the request from the bicameral interim grade? Most people, including american Dream Conference in Revenue Committee for assistance state policymakers, don’t realize Bellevue. on earth Day wPC from wlg economist Sven larson that the serious problems at the showed Phelim Mcaleer and ann as it produces a comprehensive ivies afflict state universities as Mcelhinney’s new film, not evil analysis of government spending well. That’s why the American Just wrong: The True Cost of and taxes. wyliberty.org Council of Trustees and Alumni global warming hysteria, at the publishes state higher education local Rachel Carson elementary NATIoNAl report cards, now in partnership School. Jason Mercier, wPC’s with SPn. They get results, already government reform director, prompting the largest voluntary was appointed to the executive The global economic crisis has survey of the academic climate committee of aleC’s fiscal policy re op ene d the long r unning ever conducted, this one in the task force. Currently four wPC d eb ate b e t w e e n th o s e w h o state of georgia. if you want to research directors serve on aleC advocate for a market economy reform higher education in your task forces. and those who demand bigger state, call aCTa. goacta.org shows how bailing out states may washingtonpolicy.org government, trade protectionism just encourage out-of-control and collectivist policy solutions. are the cities in your state pushing lawmaker spending , without WEsT VIRGINIA But fundamentally, this crisis is light rail boondoggles, Smart requiring them to impose tough The economist Club, a major moral in nature. from the outset, growth and other congestion- but necessary budget restraints. initiative of the Public Policy the Acton Institute has been at inducing, property rights infringing Co-author and renowned Foundation of West Virginia, was the forefront of this important policies? The American Dream economist arthur B. l affer, launched in april. in conjunction debate in the media and in public Coalition is your go-to source Stephen Moore of The wall Street with the government Policy forums. Visit acton’s economic for urban issues like housing and Journal and Jonathan williams, Research Center at west liberty Crisis Resource webpage to learn transportation policy, property director of the Tax and fiscal Policy University, the foundation hosts why free markets require a moral right s and eminent domain Task force for aleC, analyze a monthly luncheon, open to framework. as the threat of a crisis abuse, growth management and how economic competitiveness the public, featuring renown in our current health care system the environment. The aDC has drives income, population and economists. in March, PPfwV’s looms larger and health care dynamic speakers and important job growth in the states. alec.org inaugural event featured the spending continues to increase, policy papers available to assist John locke foundation’s Dr. the sustainability of our current you. aDC exposes the central- The Atlas Economic Research Roy Cordato. Steve Moore of employer-based health care system planning doctrine called Smart Foundation announces the 2009 The wall Street Journal was the comes into question. how do growth that is gaining ground Templeton freedom awards. april luncheon speaker. Both we best reform health care? is and has advocates in every state institutes, apply by the May 31 events were well attended and socialized medicine the answer? capitol. The aD C promotes deadline for the opportunity SPN NEWS 15 May / JuNE 2009 to win $10,000. awards are celebration at BillofRightsinstitute University, the institute’s premier presented in eight categories. Visit . o rg / C o n s t i tu t i o n D ay. a l s o educational event, July 26-31 in atlasnetwork.org for more details available is BRi’s Celebrate the San Diego. This annual program and the application form. atlas Constitution tabloid, which brings together outstanding has announced that syndicated urges readers to think about how faculty and participants from talk show host Michael Reagan government impacts their lives, across the country who share is serving as its first Templeton with a special focus on the first a commitment to liberty and leadership fellow during 2009 amendment. learning. cato.org BHI exec. director David G. Tuerck, and 2010. his goal: to bring more addresses the Boston Tea Party billofrightsinstitute.org publicity to institutes connected April 15 on the Boston Common, The Center for Education Reform to atlas, particularly those that once the cradle of liberty. has released “The accountability win prizes within the Templeton as cap and trade. Communications Report: Charter School” (edreform freedom awards Program. atlas director frank Conte delivered CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER .com/accountability), an analysis invites think tanks to present remarks in april for the Sutherland Capital Research Center of all 40 states, and the District of their ideas about how to utilize institute that underscored the education watch director Phil Michael Reagan in events or other excessive economic costs of Brand is writing a book based on programs during 2009 and 2010. the western Climate initiative. his personal visits to two schools for more information about the beaconhill.org in each of 49 states (sorry, alaska). above opportunities contact atlas’s Brand will describe how parental director of programs Yiqiao Xu at once again, the Bill of Rights choice and local control really email@example.com. Institute will celebrate Constitution work in K-12 education. Read his Day (Sept. 17, 2009) with free blog at educationinamerica.org. Beacon Hill Institute executive resources for teachers, students Recent CRC newsletters on the d i r e c t o r D a v i d g . Tu e r c k and the general public. This year nonprofit sector investigate labor highlighted the consequences the institute will challenge students union activism, the radical group of extensive bailouts and bigger aCoRn, and grant-making by government at the tax-day Boston george Soros and the Democracy Tea Party protests. along with a alliance. a recent CRC conference number of anti-tax activists, Tuerck on labor union activism is profiled Columbia, that have charter laws, called into question President in the May CRC labor watch and the history of accountability obama’s long-term march to a newsletter. capitalresearch.org over time to determine whether planned economy radically at odds charter schools are reforming with the founding fathers’ vision The Cato Institute has added public education. what’s clear of limited government. More than Jeffrey Miron and Mark Calabria from CeR’s analysis is that in 300 people attended the Boston Supreme Court Justice Clarence to its policy staff. Miron, an states with strong charter school event. Meanwhile, the institute Thomas congratulates Being an economist at harvard University, laws, and where good data is released a study critical of a American essay contest winners will assist Cato’s economic team available to all parties, charters are at the Bill of Rights Awards Gala. planned 20 percent Massachusetts in promoting dynamic market making notable gains. Those that sales-tax hike. Using its trademark to harness the power of social capitalism and economic freedom have not performed, especially in STaMP model, the institute found networking, and connect with through me dia app earances states whose laws ensure objective that such an increase would result the great minds that established and policy analyses. Calabria, a oversight from independent in the loss of 10,000 jobs and $41 our form of government, by veteran staff member of the Senate authorizers, have been closed. million in business investment. responding to Constitutional Committee on Banking, housing “accountability lies at the heart forecasts of new revenue would questions posed by our nation's & Urban affairs, joins Cato as of the charter school concept,” also fall short once consumers founders in a brand new web- director of financial services says CeR president Jeanne allen. shift their spending to sales- based activity. interactive online regulation. on June 17 Cato will “The singular focus on student tax-free new hampshire. Bhi games and lessons that inform host a one-day conference in achievement challenges all public expanded its research into the about constitutional principles washington, D.C. on the state schools to raise the bar. Knowing dubious economics of climate- and the history behind the writing and future of health care reform how charter schools are held change mitigation measures such of our Constitution continue the in america. Please join us for Cato accountable is a guidepost for all SPN NEWS 16 May / JuNE 2009 engaged in educating our nation’s be mentored by conservative icons youth.” edreform.com such as Phyllis Schlafly, Star Parker and Bay Buchanan. if you know of Citizens in Charge Foundation a young woman who would benefit wants to make sure citizens know from a semester working for the “in 24 states they can” use the ballot luce Policy institute, please visit initiative and referendum process. cblpi.org . in this effort the foundation has embarked on an educational campaign, using tools like YouTube The 2009 Freedom Scholars take in the view from atop the Washington, to spread the message (YouTube D.C. Newseum during the TFAS Annual Conference dinner. Channel: CitizeninCharge). The first video featuring a four year on apr il 7 the Claremont Using viral marketing to maximize watch the website for details. old explaining american history Institute’s golden State Center online reach, the series is targeted freedomworks.org created a buzz with activists. published a new report analyzing at high school students, many harnessing the growing interest six measures on California’s May of whom are heavily exposed to over 200 supporters of The Fund ab out b allot me a sure s , the 19 special election ballot. The fiscal environmental misinformation. for American Studies gathered foundation has sent out a call implications of these complicated in addition, fraser researchers in washington, D.C. april 16-17 for Citizen State Coordinators to propositions is in the billions, and have published timely pieces for its annual conference. Tom volunteer in helping strengthen they come at a time when the state on protectionism, ameriCorps, Donlan, editorial page editor regional efforts. as a trans- is facing the largest budget crisis energy exploration and the recent of Barron’s national Business partisan grassroots membership in its 159-year history. how voters naTo summit. and financial weekly, provided organization, Citizens in Charge respond to these measures will keynote remarks on the financial strives to find common ground with influence not only how California crisis. TfaS awarded the 2009 groups on all sides of the political corrects its $42 billion structural outstanding Professor award spectrum that believe in protecting deficit, but how other states as the april 15 Tax Day Tea to R ichard B ene de tto, USa citizen rights. in order to foster respond to similar difficulties. Parties drew to a close, requests Today founding member and these types of relationships, the authored by Tom Karako, “grading for a national tea party or march white house correspondent, organization launched Citizens on the Propositions” analyzes their on washington began to pour in and The David R. Jones lifetime Tap, an informal networking event. political, fiscal and constitutional from around the country. eager to achievement award to Kenneth CitizensInCharge.org effects. The report concludes that maintain the energy, passion and Tomlinson, former chairman these measures fall far short of “no taxes and spending” message of the U.S. Broadcasting Board Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute the reforms needed to restore the of the Tea Party movement, of governors. other speakers is welcoming summer interns to its golden State to either political or FreedomWorks reached out included political columnist Ron Virginia headquarters. Designed fiscal normalcy. claremont.org to allies old and new to form a hart, The wall Street Journal’s Steve to help young women develop their broad coalition of free-market Moore and georgetown University leadership abilities and learn how The Fraser Institute offers a note groups to organize a Sept. 12 law professor Randy Barnett. to promote conservative principles of caution in its latest “waiting national Taxpayer March on D.C. on april 24 fox news senior on campus, the intern program Your Turn” report, which details So far, this growing group includes producer Chad Pergram provided teaches interns to coordinate the unresponsive nature of the other Beltway non-profits, state keynote remarks for the Spring special events, improve their single-payer system in Canada, think tanks, brand-new Tea Party Capital Semester commencement. writing and researching abilities, where waiting lists can reach organizations and a host of bloggers Pergram challenged 47 public and learn how to succeed in a almost 18 weeks. The report is to help spread the word. RSVP’s at policy and journalism students to professional office environment. available at fraseramerica.org. 912dc.org are compounding day by “take the dome off Congress” and Training sessions also focus on on the environmental front, day. People are booking flights and explain to families and friends how sharpening their public-speaking fraser launched the first in a hotels. and the national march so washington works. skills to prepare them for television series of videos on YouTube to many began to clamor for months and radio inter vie ws . Many debunk alarmist claims about ago will soon be a reality. if you The Galen Institute is working to students have the opportunity global warming (youtube would like to be a part of 912DC, “Put Patients first” in the health during their internship to meet and .com/user/questionThehype). please contact freedomworks and reform debate. The institute has SPN NEWS 17 May / JuNE 2009 said, “The theme of conference imposed on Texas interior designers. The Galen Institute’s reflects the fact that the scientific with the institute’s assistance, video contest and debate is not over about climate long Beach activists launched the petition urged politicians to “Do No change and global warming , north long Beach Citizens against Harm” to patients. and that economic analysis is eminent Domain abuse. in the taken the lead in disseminating a more important than ever, now past few weeks, iJ attorneys and new statement from the health that legislation is being seriously cases have appeared in numerous Policy Consensus group on health considered.” The conference media outlets, including the aBa reform initiatives. The group attendees included Members of Journal, air america, Marketplace, includes health policy experts Congress, congressional staff, national Review, The new York who understand the importance policy makers, opinion leaders and Times, Volokh Conspiracy and of free-market, patient-centered journalists. heartland.org The wall Street Journal. iJ is proud health care. galen distributed the to welcome lancee Kurcab, Mary statement, which warns against McPherson and Britany Skipper to reforms that would harm patients, its team. iJ looks forward to having on Capitol hill and online. and TCPR vice president Shaka Mitchell galen developed a “Do no harm Th e H e r i t a g e Fo u n d a t i o n Independent Institute senior fellow back in June for the “lawyers have Petition,” which is active online produced the first booklet in a ivan eland assessed his performance heart” dinner and 10k race. (Shaka at DonoharmPetition.org, based series, The economy hits home, to in the San francisco Chronicle, thinks he can beat iJ’s running upon the Consensus group’s explain basic economic principles reminding all of us that the new legend, luke “Pre” Preus, but that’s principles. You’re invited to sign the with common sense language. President still has 1,300 days to probably not going to happen.) petition urging politicians to “first, heritage’s Center for Data analysis follow. we would be well advised ij.org Do no harm” and “Put Patients is producing timely research on not to underestimate what may be first.” galen also is running a the potential economic impacts of yet to come even though his actions The Institute for Policy Innovation video contest, seeking submissions a proposed energy tax via cap and to date to greatly expand federal hoste d it s sig nature world that debunk popular myths about trade. heritage’s new Manufacturing power and spending are bad enough. intellectual Property Day forum april government-run health care. To Vulnerability index demonstrates as author of the new institute 30 in washington, D.C. The sold-out see winning videos, please visit the areas of the country most book, Recarving Rushmore, Dr. event shed light on intellectual galen.org. follow galen’s activities susceptible to economic damage eland suggests that while President property ’s role in the global on Twitter @galeninstitute and from energy taxes. heritage’s health obama is still polling positively in recovery and featured a dynamic @aemenefee. care team is writing on the dangers terms of personality, charm cannot line-up of key insiders advocating of the proposed public plan and outweigh the more important the protection of innovation national health board to the quality metrics of peace, prosperity and worldwide, including Rep. Marsha of health care in the U.S. also, liberty. Speaking on this same topic, Blackburn, DC Comics’ Dan DiDio, heritage analyst Ron Utt produced Dr. eland was recently interviewed Techamerica president Phil Bond as the obama administration research on the efforts by the by former presidential candidate and U.S. Trade Representative’s and Congress consider global obama administration to force the Rep. Ron Paul on C-SPan’s “after Chief iP negotiator Kira alvarez. warming legislation that would implementation of smart growth words” program on the need to on Tax Day, iPi president Tom cost consumers hundreds policies on local governments. radically reduce presidential power. giovanetti and resident scholar Dr. of billions of dollars a year, finally, heritage hosted more than independent.org Merrill Matthews championed fiscal scientists and economists met 600 participants representing 340 responsibility and lower taxes before in washington, D.C. to say such organizations and 40 countries at thousands at north Texas tea parties legislation is unnecessary at the its 32nd annual Resource Bank in in Denton and Dallas. additionally, Third international Conference los angeles. heritage.org iPi’s Peter ferrara appeared on the on Climate Change hosted by free speech victories! The Institute fox Business network warning the heartland institute. The for Justice had a Tennessee of the damaging effects new ePa theme of the June 2 conference judge dismiss a defamation regulations have in store for the was “Climate Change: Scientific lawsuit brought against property economy. Join the institute online Debate and economic analysis.” as President obama closed the rights activists and had a federal through facebook and Twitter. heartland president Joseph Bast chapter on his first 100 days in office, appeals court block a speech ban ipi.org SPN NEWS 18 May / JuNE 2009 The Jesse Helms Center news from each of the 50 states and schools. Showing how america’s Foundation held its first helms a centralized Sunshine Calendar public school system wastes billions foreign Policy School this year on for 2009 that lists all sunshine- of dollars each year while children the campus of liberty University related events from around the learn less and less, The Cartel argues on March 21. over 30 liberty country. wikifoia.org for immediate reform centered students heard from former on school choice. incorporating helms staffers, Deborah DeMoss health care reform is a Manhattan interviews with former alliance fonseca and Robert wilkie, former Institute top priority. in May, it for School Choice president Clint assistant Secretary of Defense released a paper by Douglas holtz- Bolick, the fordham foundation’s for legislative affairs. Students eakin that lays out the priorities Chester finn, Black alliance for learned how Senator helms applied and principles policymakers should educational options’ gerard conservative principles to foreign focus on for sustainable health Robinson and more, The Cartel is policy issues and how to effectively care based on the principles of a humane and accessible film that communicate those principles with limited government, market- can do for education reform what communication training conducted based innovation and patient- needed to make informed funding no op-ed, policy analysis or white by Beverly hallberg, executive centered care to expand coverage and policy decisions. U.S. Senator paper can do. To learn how to bring director of District Media group. i n c re m e nt a l l y i n a f i s c a l l y Mark warner from Virginia joined the film to your area, please contact on March 19 the helms Center responsible manner. The institute’s Mercatus scholars Dr. Jerry ellig firstname.lastname@example.org. MPi is accepting hosted BB&T chairman John webzine, MedicalProgressToday. and Maurice McTigue to discuss applications for internships; the allison as part of its acclaimed com, launched “innovative ideas,” the findings, the evolution of best ideal candidate has an informed a series of podcast interviews practices and specific improvements appreciation of american liberty with doctors, scientists, health in transparent disclosure that and a demonstrable interest in film economists and policy experts agencies have made in the past production. thempi.org about how to reform our system so decade that may make oversight it promotes innovation, competition easier. additionally, in response and more affordable insurance to the growing number of state options. how might new York legislatures proposing spending- successfully overcome wall Street's t r a n s p a re n c y w eb s i te s , th e National Center for Polic y A college student participates in meltdown and be competitive Mercatus Center recently released Analysis president John C . communication training at the in the 21st century? To address a paper, “The Cost of State online goodman, distinguished fellows March 21 Helms Foreign Policy this question, City Journal has Spending Transparency initiatives.” Terry neese and Bob McTeer, and School at Liberty University. commissioned a special issue, “new author Jerry Brito looked at 10 Devon herrick testified before lecture Series. also this spring, the York’s Tomorrow,” which covers recently established state-spending several Congressional committees helms Center received essays from three main components of reform: sites to address the most common to advocate free-market reforms. 17 states and one foreign country political economy, social order and argument against these efforts: McTeer was named a contributor to for its annual laws of life essay fixing schools. it’ll be released at a the potential high cost of such CnBC and continues to be a leading Contest, a character education- July conference in new York City websites. Mr. Brito’s research figure in public policy debate about based writing competition for and available on city-journal.org. concluded: initial cost estimates the nation’s banking and financial middle and high school students, manhattaninstitute.com often overestimated the final cost. crises. Both Pulitzer-prize winning originally developed by the John The cost of the surveyed sites range nationally syndicated columnist Templeton foundation. on May 5 in washington, D.C the from $30,000 to $300,000, and there george will and Martin wolf, chief jessehelmscenter.org Mercatus Center at George Mason is little correlation between the economics commentator for The University released its annual amount spent and the quality of the financial Times of london, offered Th e Lu c y B u r n s I n s t i t u t e “Performance Report Scorecard website. mercatus.org analysis and solutions for the continues to build an encyclopedia Report: which agencies Best current U.S. economic and financial of state sunshine law-related inform the Public?” for the tenth The Moving Picture Institute is crisis and its global implications at material in the wikifoia portal of consecutive year, the study ranked pleased to introduce The Cartel, a this year’s first nCPa/hatton w. Sunshine Review. The encyclopedia the 24 largest federal agencies on feature-length documentary film Sumners foundation Distinguished now includes topical information, how well they supply citizens and exposing the corruption, waste and le ctures . John Stossel told including transparency headline elected leaders with the information intimidation in our nation’s public a capacity crowd at Rivercrest SPN NEWS 19 May / JuNE 2009 Country Club in fort worth that and $209 completing their returns. The latest issue of Privatization View all of Reason.tv’s videos at the current financial crisis need not nTU hosts a weekly podcast, “The watch, focused on bailouts and youtube.com/reasontv. lead to government intervention Taxpayer’s Turn,” every Thursday the recession, is available on reason.org in financial markets. ncpa.org on RedCounty.com. Join nTU’s Reason Foundation’s new and grassroots mobile membership by improved website. The weighted after the success of the 2nd annual texting “fighT” to 67292 and fight Student formula Yearbook, which Sammies awards, the Sam Adams The U.S. Court of appeals for the big government with your mobile creates best practices based on Alliance was able to capture the Tenth Circuit reversed itself and phone! follow nTU on Twitter, analysis of 15 school districts growing interest in new Media and ruled to uphold a Utah statute @ntu. ntu.org pioneering the practice, is online. citizen activism at SamSphere– prohibiting union officials from Reason Magazine’s May feature Chicago. This one day forum, held using payroll deduction to divert when members of Students for story explains how states’ fiscal in May, brought together bloggers teachers’ and other government a Democratic Society protested irresponsibility caused the current and new Media activists as well workers’ money into union political against former U.S. congressman budget crises. Reason’s Michael as individuals who wanted to start action committees. National Right To m Ta n c re d o’s s p e e ch o n C. Moynihan has made multiple learning about online activism. The to Work Foundation attorneys, in immigration at the University of n. appearances on the glenn Beck turnout could only be described as a joint amici brief with the Utah- Program in recent weeks, and inspiring, as liberty-minded thinkers based Sutherland institute and CnBC featured Reason.tv’s nick came together in the heartland of others, successfully argued in Utah gillespie in an auto bailout debate. corruption to learn from new Media Education Association et al. v. Mark Reason.tv continues to follow experts, discuss ideas and network, Shurtleff – just as they did in the U.S. the trial surrounding California sending a clear message that even Supreme Court victory in Ysursa medical marijuana dispensary in a state that has produced two v. Pocatello Education Association owner Charlie lynch, whose indicted governor’s in the same at al. – that union officials have sentencing date has been delayed to decade, “real” hope and change can no constitutional right to use June 11. for Reason.tv’s complete be found. for more information Students for a Democratic Society government resources to deduct protesters sent a confused message coverage of the lynch saga, go to call emily Zanotti at 312-920-0080. monies from workers’ paychecks. about speech: They prevented reason.tv/video/show/760.html. samadamsalliance.org Tom Tancredo from speaking. however, there is a much cleaner, more effective way to address such union abuses: legislatures in Right to Carolina-Chapel hill, Pope Center work states, including Utah, should for Higher Education senior simply ban all payroll deductions for writer Jay Schalin and outreach government unions. nrtw.org coordinator Jenna Robinson were on the scene. Schalin and Robinson T h e N a t i o n a l Ta x p a y e r s recounted the turmoil, which SPN Now ShowiNg Union released its 2008 Rating prevented Tancredo from finishing of Congress, a scorecard based his speech and led to the arrest on every roll call vote affecting of a student, as eyewitnesses on fiscal policy. only 48 lawmakers wPTf radio in Raleigh and in an scored high enough to merit “a” article in human events. a week grades and a Taxpayers’ friend later, Schalin covered a speech NoW oNlINE 2009 LEADErSHIP DEVELoPMENT award, down from 52 in the 2007 by former congressman Virgil BrEAKFAST PrESENTATIoNS FroM LoS ANGELES Rating. a record 267 Senators goode on “Multiculturalism, hate - Featuring Guest Speakers - and Representatives captured the Speech, and free Speech” – where “ U N C H A r I TA B L E ” B y D A N PA L L o T TA title of Big Spender for posting six protesters were arrested. That Author, Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential and founder of Pallotta TeamWorks “f” grades. nTU’s 11th annual article appeared in The american Tax Complexity Study found Thinker. Both goode and Tancredo “ N o N - P r o F I T I N N o VAT I o N ” B y T o N y W o o D L I E F Vice-president of Academic Programs, that individuals and corporations had been invited to speak by the Market-Based Management Institute spend nearly $300 billion on tax UnC-Chapel hill chapter of Youth compliance. Taxpayers this year for western Civilization, a new Download. Learn. Action! spent an average of 26.4 hours student group. popecenter.org SPN NEWS 20 May / JuNE 2009 GRAssRooTs GRoW DEEP CoNTINUED FroM PAGE 1 at gettysburg in the north’s favor.) to see action and motion, and a petition a day. (This is a big number when you MhPC’s supporters and monthly that quickly gathers signatures is consider Maine’s population.) luncheon attendees are invited to enough to get even the least motivated become a part of the 21st Maine, grassroots participant involved. MhPC also posted videos on YouTube which requires a modest monthly of its supporters who testified against $8 contribution and completion of a the bill, which gives them credit for SKIN IN THE GAME small task each month. their good work and fosters their People want to be part of the team, overall engagement. Moreover, MhPC for example, the first task was to bring a they want the opportunity to partici- supporters get their well-deserved guest, for free, to a policy luncheon. The pate in the cause, to get some skin in andy warhol fifteen-minutes-of- next was to sign MhPC’s online petition, the game. policy fame and then some. described below, against the censorship bill and get friends to as well. The we asked several of our supporters PArTNEr UP – (C)4 INVoLVEMENT response was superb and the short- and to testify against the bill before the long-term results were three-fold: committee that was handling it. They Building a relationship w ith a did. Moreover, those who testified friendly 501(c)4 organization, and • we increased luncheon went back to their town groups and getting it involved in our grassroots attendance and expanded citizen organizations and shared stories revitalization, yielded substantial our grassroots support about how they worked with MhPC to results. a (c)4 has knowledge of defeat censorship legislation proposed political workings, has many political- • Donors who had contributed only by unions and Senate leadership. world relationships, and the ability to occasionally now give consistently engage in political activity. give individuals the opportunity to • we built a base that was have a hand in a big victory and you MhPC coupled with Maine leads for opposed to the censorship will invigorate them. outreach efforts. Maine leads organized legislation and pushed the our involvement and participation in issue into the public view the Tea Parties and local political party youTuBE gatherings. further, it organized public Utilizing popular new Media tools hearings. our (c)4 partner’s relationships CrEaTE a PETiTioN aND like YouTube is absolutely essential to with press, coalitions, political groups, GET iT oNliNE energizing the grassroots. YouTube has grassroots supporters and elected one of the valuable things about a been an effective way to get MhPC officials provides a great opportunity to crisis, in this case bad legislation, is the supporters excited about what’s going reach out to people and build teams to ability to rally the grassroots against it. on. YouTube makes our hard work deliver testimony, write letters and get MhPC created a petition opposing the much more tangible. involved with particular issues. legislation and publicized it on MhPC websites, including facebook. This Particularly compelling to the grassroots By engaging the grassroots in innovative petition caught fire, with 30-50 people has been YouTube footage of public and effective ways the Maine heritage signing it daily. we created it for free at hearings where MhPC has testified in Policy Center soundly defeated the iPetition.com, and linked to it from our support of, or opposition to, legislation. censorship bill, expanded its support Maineopengov.org site. The Center This continues to be one of the most base and got people involved with also circulated a hardcopy petition popular items in our weekly email news- substantive calls to action. at the Tea Parties; a long afternoon letter – apparently more people prefer to of clipboard wielding yielded several watch videos than read reports. now i just have to tell my facebook hundred signatures. 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