Across the States

Across the States

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52: How to Fix the Safety Net w/ FGA
Aug 4 • 29 min
Balancing state budgets is always important, but during the pandemic, doing it right is even more important. On the podcast today to discuss this is FGA Director of Government Affairs Roy Lendardson, FGA Senior Fellow Scott Centorino and ALEC Executive…
51: Certificate of Need Laws w/ Pacific Legal Foundation
Jul 20 • 13 min
What are Certificate of Need laws and how do they affect businesses across the country? Anastasia Boden, Senior Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, weighs in on CON laws and COVID-19, how the Pacific Legal Foundation is defending individual liberty…
50: Criminal Justice Solutions w/ MI Rep. Graham Filler
Jul 9 • 14 min
This episode of Across the States, recorded in early 2020, takes us back to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where host Dan Reynolds sits down with MI Representative Graham Filler, a speaker at the event and Chair of the MI House…
49: Education Reform w/ Jim Blew from the U.S. Department of Education
Jul 2 • 21 min
In this special episode of Across the States recorded at the U.S. Department of Education in early 2020, host Dan Reynolds sat down with Jim Blew, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, and Sherry Street, ALEC Vice President…
48: The Road to Higher Taxes w/ Stephen Haner
Jun 26 • 18 min
On this episode of Across the States, host Dan Reynolds is joined by Senior Fellow of State and Local Taxes at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy Stephen Haner, ALEC Vice President of Policy Jonathan Williams and ALEC Center for State Fiscal…
47: State Labor Reforms for Public Sector Unions w/ Vincent Vernuccio
Jun 23 • 16 min
In the 2018 case Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court reshaped the interaction between public sector employees and unions, affirming the 1st Amendment rights of individual employees. Joining host Dan Reynolds to discuss this landmark decision, its…
46: Youth Involvement in State and Local Government w/ State Legislator of the Month Del. Joshua Higginbotham and TPUSA
Jun 19 • 17 min
Youth involvement in free enterprise and individual liberty will play a crucial role in COVID-19 recovery and onward. On the podcast to discuss this is State Legislator of the Month and 23-year old WV Del. Joshua Higginbotham, who recently sponsored a…
45: A Free Market Approach to Content Moderation w/ John Samples
Jun 16 • 21 min
Social media and free speech: they truly go hand in hand. Knowing this, Facebook recently started funding an oversight board made up of independent individuals as a non-governmental and free market solution to oversee content moderation on the platform.…
44: Social Media and the Section 230 Executive Order w/ Ash Kazaryan and Carl Szabo
Jun 12 • 35 min
President Trump’s executive order, social media and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. To discuss these hot topics, and why they’re so important right now, host Dan Reynolds is joined by TechFreedom Director of Civil Liberties Ash Kazaryan,…
43: Protecting Patients’ Rights During COVID-19 w/ MI Rep. Johnson and the Mackinac Center
Jun 9 • 18 min
With the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, ensuring patients’ rights and wishes are not being disregarded protects individual liberty across the states. In response to the responsibility to uphold these wishes and rights is the COVID-19 Patient…
42: The US Trade Deficit w/ Christine McDaniel
Jun 5 • 23 min
Joining host Dan Reynolds on this episode of Across the States to discuss the trade deficit in the United States is Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and Karla Jones, Senior Director of the Federalism and International…
41: A Deep Dive into Higher Education During COVID-19 w/ Armand Alacbay and Dr. Lindsey Burke
May 29 • 22 min
On this episode of Across the States, host Dan Reynolds takes a deep dive into higher education, and how COVID-19 has impacted its landscape with guests Armand Alacbay, Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs at the American Council of Trustees and…
40: What is the Swiss Debt Brake? w/ Barry Poulson
May 26 • 30 min
As we progress through the Coronavirus pandemic, the national debt remains a growing concern. It’s time to look closely at international models to restore fiscal restraint and responsible spending in the United States. One of those models is the Swiss…
39: Sports Betting and the Gaming Industry During COVID-19 w/ the American Gaming Association
May 22 • 25 min
During the COVID-19 pandemic, sporting events of almost every kind were cancelled. How has this affected the online sports betting and gaming industry, and what will we see from that industry as states and society begin to reopen? Here to discuss this is…
38: School Choice, Higher Education and COVID-19 w/ Dr. Lindsey Burke and Martin Lueken
May 19 • 19 min
Joining host Dan Reynolds on the podcast are 3 education experts: Lindsey Burke, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow in Education Heritage Foundation, Martin Lueken, Director of Fiscal Policy Analysis at EdChoice…
37: Tracking China’s Policy Changes During COVID-19 w/ Dr. Weifeng Zhong
May 15 • 21 min
Joining host Dan Reynolds on the podcast to discuss Chinese government policies, a policy change index and how it can be used to track China’s response to COVID-19 is Dr. Weifeng Zhong, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center. Also joining the…
36: Trying to Take a Pay Cut for COVID-19 w/ Cheyenne, WY City Councilman Dicky Shanor
May 12 • 12 min
When we increase government spending, it’s a good idea to decrease spending somewhere else – especially during a pandemic. On the podcast to discuss how Cheyenne, WY is working to do just that is City Councilman Dicky Shanor, who recently introduced a…
35: Debate: National Popular Vote vs. Electoral College
May 8 • 28 min
In this very special edition of Across the States, our podcast studio is transformed into a virtual debate stage. The topic? Electoral College vs. National Popular Vote. Listen in as Trent England, Executive Director of Save Our States and Ray Haynes,…
34: Home Schooling and COVID-19 w/ the Home School Legal Defense Association
May 5 • 17 min
Home schooling has quickly become the reality for every family across the states, and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has been well-versed in the multi-faceted schooling option long preceding the pandemic. Joining host Dan Reynolds to…
33: An Electoral College Primer w/ John Ryder
May 1 • 18 min
The Electoral College: what does it do, why does it do it and is it a good thing? Serving as your Electoral College primer, in this episode of Across the States host Dan Reynolds is joined by John Ryder, the former General Counsel of the Republican…
32: Reform Occupational Licenses During COVID-19 w/ MO Rep. Grier and Shoshana Weissmann
Apr 27 • 20 min
The COVID-19 pandemic has made visible many of the existing, hidden barriers to enter the workforce: barriers in front of health care professions, those paying off student loans or new to the workforce. These barriers existed before the pandemic. But it’s…
31: How a National Federalism Task Force Would Deal with COVID-19
Apr 21 • 26 min
How could a National Federalism Task Force benefit the country during the COVID-19 pandemic? Dive into the answer in this episode of Across the States, where host Dan Reynolds is joined by Karla Jones, ALEC Senior Director of the Federalism and…
30: How Utility Companies are Supporting Consumers during COVID-19
Apr 16 • 25 min
As we fight on during the COVID-19 pandemic, the private sector has stepped up to support consumers. Utility companies are just one, but they have an important role to play. To discuss the topic, host Dan Reynolds is joined by Grant Kidwell, ALEC Director…
29: Legislative Response to COVID-19 w/ State Legislator of the Month Rep. Jena Powell
Apr 14 • 17 min
As a COVID-19 response, many states have delayed their tax deadlines, but have done so via executive order or by a government agency’s decision. However, one bill in Ohio stands out. On this episode Dan Reynolds is joined by the April 2020…
28: Locally Executed Solutions During COVID-19 w/ ACCE
Apr 10 • 22 min
To discuss the local response efforts during COVID-19, host Dan Reynolds is joined by Jon Russell, Director of the American City County Exchange (ACCE), an ALEC sister organization working to advance free market solutions at the local level. Also joining…
27: Civil Justice Policy Solutions for COVID-19 w/ Ronald Lampard
Apr 8 • 19 min
In this episode of Across the States, host Dan Reynolds is joined by ALEC Senior Director of the Civil Justice and Criminal Justice Task Forces, Ronald Lampard to discuss COVID-19 policy solutions and how they can help civil justice and regulatory reform.…
26: Use Virtual Learning During COVID-19 w/ K12 Inc.
Apr 6 • 23 min
Following national school closures due to COVID-19, all schools have been forced to transition to remote learning. In this episode of Across the States, host Dan Reynolds is joined by Jeff Kwitowski, K12 Inc. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and…
25: Criminal Justice Solutions to COVID-19 w/ Ronald Lampard
Apr 3 • 21 min
How is COVID-19 impacting the criminal justice system? Host Dan Reynolds is joined by Ronald Lampard, ALEC Senior Director of the Criminal Justice and Civil Justice Task Forces, to scratch the surface on how the pandemic is affecting law enforcement…
24: Reforming the Jones Act w/ Colin Grabow from the Cato Institute
Mar 31 • 22 min
In this episode of Across the States, host Dan Reynolds is joined by Colin Grabow, Trade Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, and Karla Jones, Senior Director of the International Relations and Federalism Task Force at ALEC. The topic is the Jones Act:…
23: Newt Gingrich on Getting America Back to Work
Mar 27 • 27 min
On this special episode of Across the States, ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson speaks with Newt Gingrich in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss what needs to be done to keep the American economy running. Gingrich highlights realistic and practical steps…
22: Fight COVID-19 w/ State-Based Telehealth
Mar 23 • 14 min
Today’s podcast is being recorded in a completely virtual manner – we’re practicing social distancing. What if there was a virtual tool that kept you at home – that kept you social distancing – but still put you in front of a doctor for your check-ups and…
21: Market Volatility and State Solutions
Mar 17 • 19 min
Host Bill Meierling sits down with ALEC EVP for Policy Jonathan Williams and ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform Senior Director Lee Schalk to discuss the recent market volatility. The United States is currently facing this market situation because of…
20: Improving Safety for Foster Children w/ Gen Justice
Mar 12 • 16 min
Darcy Olsen, Founder and President of Gen Justice, sits down with Across the States host Dan Reynolds to discuss the organization’s work in improving safety for more than 35,000 foster children. Gen Justice seeks to give abused and abandoned foster…
19: Understanding the Drug Crisis: A New Perspective
Mar 5 • 26 min
Christina Dent is the founder of End It for Good, a conservative nonprofit that offers alternatives to the Drug War. Dent sits down with host Dan Reynolds to discuss the organization’s approach to solving America’s drug crisis – beginning by challenging…
18: From Autonomous Vehicles to Licensing Reform in Oklahoma
Feb 27 • 11 min
In this episode of Across the States, Oklahoma Senator and February’s ALEC-FreedomWorks State Legislator of the Month Micheal Bergstrom discusses his work with innovative policies, from autonomous vehicles to occupational licensing. This month, Senator…
17: Trying to Reform Taxes in North Dakota
Feb 20 • 23 min
This episode of Across the States features North Dakota Representatives Vicky Steiner and Craig Headland, who filed House Bill 1530 in 2019 to repeal the state personal income tax. While this bill didn’t pass, the story is one other state legislators…
16: The Presidency, States, and Federalism
Feb 13 • 21 min
At the time of this posting, Presidents’ Day is right around the corner. The Constitution gives instructions and limits on power, including the President’s power. But how does the Presidency relate to the local states? Former Utah state representative Ken…
15: State Energy Policy w/ Life:Powered
Feb 6 • 20 min
Jason Isaac is a former Texas state representative who is now the senior manager at Life:Powered — a new policy initiative from the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He joins Dan Reynolds on Across the States with Grant Kidwell, the ALEC director of the…
14: Your Primer on State Sports Betting
Jan 17 • 17 min
A 2018 Supreme Court decision freed states to allow - or disallow - sports betting on their own volition. New Jersey took advantage of this opportunity and has seen success, including an increase in government revenue. In December, Michigan just allowed…
13: Solutions in Sumner County, TN
Jan 15 • 25 min
A lot of effort and energy is spent looking at the issues in the national and state governments. Rightly so - they both need a lot of fixing. But county governments by-and-large affect your day-to-day life more than other governments and certainly more…
12: Victims of Communism Day w/ PA Rep. Dush
Nov 7, 2019 • 16 min
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11: Victims of Communism Day w/ WV Sen. Rucker
Nov 7, 2019 • 19 min
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10: Adoption in the States
Oct 30, 2019 • 9 min
Getting adoption right is imperative for policy makers everywhere – but it is especially important for state legislators. Felicia Curcuru is the co-founder and CEO of Binti, an organization dedicated to ensure every child is raised by a loving family. The…
9: The ALEC for State Financial Officers
Oct 7, 2019 • 14 min
State legislators consistently remark on the great educational opportunities ALEC offers them. But state financial officers seemed to need the same support: that’s where the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) comes in. On this episode of Across…
Saving Lives with Health Care Tech
Oct 4, 2019 • 31 min
Wearable technology like smart watches are becoming more and more popular. They aren’t just great to stay in touch with your friends and family or stay on top of your business relationships – they can have a significant benefit to your health. ALEC…
7: TX Rep. Tan Parker, Sept. State Legislator of the Month
Sep 24, 2019 • 15 min
Texas Representative Tan Parker is the September 2019 State Legislator of the Month – congratulations! Rep. Parker discusses medical freedom and how important it is for individual liberty. He’s had continual success with policies in Texas that defend…
6: The Dangers of Drug Importation
Sep 23, 2019 • 23 min
Prescription drug pricing has been the subject of much debate recently. Many think we should turn to Canada or other countries to address our domestic issues. But importation programs seem to be unsafe and ineffective ways to lower the price of…
5: States Prefer a Low “SALT” Diet
Sep 23, 2019 • 7 min
It’s not widely known, but states with high taxes technically get a discount from their federal taxes. Lower-tax states are left to cover the difference. This is because of the “State and Local Tax Deductions” in the federal tax code. ALEC Chief…
State-Based Environmentalism
Jun 6, 2019 • 26 min
The conversation around conservation and environmentalism usually starts and stops in the federal government. But states and state legislators have such an important role to play. The ALEC Director of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force…
3: The FORUM Act w/ UT Rep. Kim Coleman
Mar 26, 2019 • 22 min
Utah House Representative Kim Coleman joins ALEC Director Shelby Emmett to discuss the best practices a state legislator can focus on to get campus free speech right in their state. This is hugely important for college students.Support Across the States
2: Executive Order on Campus Free Speech w/ OK Rep. Mark Lepak
Mar 22, 2019 • 29 min
President Trump invited Oklahoma Representative Mark Lepak to the White House to be there for the signing of his executive order on March 20th. The order deals with campus free speech, a growing issue in America today. Rep. Lepak sits down and explains…
1: State Legislative Blockchain w/ Chet Love
Mar 16, 2019 • 23 min
What is a “distributed ledger technology?” Well you will probably better recognize the term “Blockchain,” which is a type of distributed ledger technology. The ALEC Director of the Communications and Technology Task Force Jonathon Hauenschild sits down…