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From the Swamp to the States- an ATR Podcast
30 minutes | May 25, 2022
Axing Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying
Most states allow the government to hire lobbyists to push for more taxpayer handouts to the government. Texas Rep. Mayes Middleton & Elizabeth Stelle from Commonwealth Foundation join From the Swamp to the States to discuss fixing this conflict of interest.
33 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Tri-State Turnaround: Can the New York City Area Make a Comeback?
New York and New Jersey have driven out millions of residents, and billions of tax dollars. Can the exodus be stopped? Dipal Patel, Founder and CEO of Hexa Builders, LLC, and Garden State Initiative Board Member joins “From the Swamp to the States” to discuss.
27 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Can’t Miss This Opportunity in PA, All States Should Copy This Policy
A constitutional spending cap is a deal Pennsylvania Republicans need to jump on, and the clock is ticking. AFP’s Ashley Klingensmith joins us for a livestream podcast to discuss as Swamp to the States returns!
49 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
How States Can Stop Wasting Time & Start Improving Safety
We were joined by PEW experts Tracy Velasquez and Connie Utada to talk about new data showing opportunities many states are missing to improve probation practices and public safety along the way.
43 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
What’s Next for Sports Betting? Grover Norquist, FanDuel, American Gaming Assoc. Discuss
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, FanDuel's Andrew Winchell, and Jessica Feil with American Gaming Association talk about how states can win with low taxes and good regulatory policies for sports betting during a recent panel event.
24 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
How Ranked-Choice Voting Twists Elections
Election Day is almost here! For voters in some states, ballot questions offer the chance to save taxpayer dollars, but others would drastically change the election process. How would radical reforms like ranked choice voting change elections forever? Former Representative Bruce Poliquin joins the podcast to discuss!
27 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
2020 State Ballot Measures: Tax Hikes You Need to Know About, Plus Florida Amendments
ATR’s 2020 State Ballot Measure Guide is out (ATR.org/ballotguide), covering all the key measures taxpayers need to know before they head to the polls. Sal Nuzzo from the James Madison Institute joins to discuss Florida’s proposed Amendments, and we run down some of the big tax hike threats.
30 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Is There Hope for a State Wilting Under High Taxes?
The spending, borrowing, and taxing continue in New Jersey. The Garden State just added a tax on healthcare, wants a piece of your retirement investments, & the legislature has yet to wrangle with Gov. Murphy’s budget plan tax hikes. Garden State Initiative’s Regina Egea joins to discuss.
24 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Runaway Pensions, High Taxes, & Govt Employees Scamming Taxpayers
Government employees get raises in the middle of a pandemic, some fraudulently claim unemployment. Just a sample of the challenges Connecticut faces. Yankee Institute’s Carol Platte Liebau joins the podcast to talk about fixing Connecticut and lessons for other states.
30 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Politics vs. Police Reform
Policing in the U.S. is facing blame – often for problems driven by overcriminalization, and aggressive revenue grabbing practices, that they did not create. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress block reforms they used to support for cynical political reasons. We discuss reforms that are on the table with Jeremiah Mosteller of the Due Process Institute (idueprocess.org).
9 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Nevada Special Session Tax Threat
It has been a rough pandemic for Las Vegas, and the state of Nevada. Now, the Governor has pressed legislators back for a special session to cut spending, and potentially hike taxes. Is this a sign of things to come in other states? Nevada Policy Research Institutes’ Michael Schaus explains.
36 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Doctor Will Zoom You Now
A special panel discussion with ATR President Grover Norquist, who is joined by Tay Kopanos with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Latoya Thomas, Doctors on Demand, and Nick Schilligo, 1-800 Contacts.
25 minutes | May 18, 2020
Cuomo Takes Visiting Healthcare Workers as Tax Hostages
A special panel: ATR’s Grover Norquist, Katie McAuliffe, & Doug Kellogg discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s betrayal of healthcare workers who answered his pleas for help in New York by promising to tax them, & send aggressive tax authorities after them.
27 minutes | May 7, 2020
Andrew Cuomo Wants Your Money
If there is another round of coronavirus legislation, Nancy Pelosi & Governor Cuomo are among those who want no-strings-attached money in the bill. ALEC's Lee Schalk joins the podcast to discuss what is going on with state finances and how many have mismanaged their budgets.
25 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Free to Move, But Not Work - Licensing Reform Part 2
When it's time to move, many Americans have to leave their right to work in their chosen profession behind until they've jumped through the necessary hoops to get a new occupational license in their destination state. Steven Slivinski with the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at Arizona State explains why these restrictions are harmful, and how universal licensing recognition can unlock jobs and lead to additional reform.
20 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Getting Govt. Out of the Way with Licensing Reform - Part 1
Less licensing, more jobs! R Street Institute's Shoshana Weissmann joins to talk occupational licensing, and deregulating labor so Americans can fight coronavirus.
30 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Improving Criminal Justice in Age of Coronavirus
Right on Crime’s Julie Warren talks coronavirus complicating policing, threat to vulnerable people in jail or prison, as well as state criminal justice bills that have stalled, including civil asset forfeiture reform, drug sentencing, reducing recidivism through job training.
37 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Freedom Keeps Advancing in Florida Legislature, Not Without Effort
The Sunshine State is a beacon of great tax and free market policy. The 2020 legislative session saw more progress made, but not always smoothly, as some priorities were left behind. AFP Florida State Director Skylar Zander joins the podcast to talk occupational licensing, health care reform, improving the criminal justice system and more.
31 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Free Speech Under Attack Even During Pandemic
Nancy Pelosi & House Democrats went after citizen privacy & free speech with their coronavirus bill, highlighting just how at-risk freedom of speech is. Many state governments also have attempted to silence citizen advocacy. Matt Nese from the Institute for Free Speech joins the podcast to discuss these issues, and how to proactively protect citizen privacy.
29 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
It's a Tax!
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's Paul Craney breaks down what the Transportation Climate Initiative is, and how it will impact you and your gas tank.
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