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Commonwealth Insight

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A podcast of the Commonwealth Foundation, featuring policy makers and thought leaders tackling issues critical to Pennsylvania's economic future.

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A podcast of the Commonwealth Foundation, featuring policy makers and thought leaders tackling issues critical to Pennsylvania's economic future.

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By policy change needed - Jan 23 2017
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Fantastic issues centered on policy issues in PA, that port well to other states.

iTunes Ratings

3 Ratings
Average Ratings
2
1
0
0
0

Great stuff

By policy change needed - Jan 23 2017
Read more
Fantastic issues centered on policy issues in PA, that port well to other states.
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Commonwealth Insight

Updated 3 days ago

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A podcast of the Commonwealth Foundation, featuring policy makers and thought leaders tackling issues critical to Pennsylvania's economic future.

Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Rank #1: Ep. 7: Civility in a Clickbait Culture

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Has political discourse turned into one big social media flame war? Jeff Coleman, former Pennsylvania state representative and author of "With All Due Respect" joins us for a conversation about engaging in politics with those we disagree with, the harm of labeling your opponents, and creatively engaging in a heightened political environment without giving into clickbait culture.
Nov 30 2016
18 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 6: Matt Lewis on the Roots of Conservatism

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What are the roots of conservatism? How has conservatism and its messengers changed over time and what are the consequences for the nation?

Political commentator Matt Lewis, author of “Too Dumb to Fail,” answers these questions and more in our latest episode. Matt argues that to stay relevant, conservatives must overcome the media’s soundbite culture and advocate for long-term policy solutions consistent with the values of our nation’s founding.

Read more from Matt at The Daily Caller or The Week.

www.commonwealthfoundation.org
Oct 18 2016
19 mins
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Rank #3: Ep. 5: Understanding America

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All men are created equal. This simple idea—just five words—changes world history, according to Matthew Spalding, author of We Still Hold These Truths and Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. “It’s the key to everything. It’s the key to understanding America.” In this week’s episode, we talk to Matthew about the forces that shaped the American Mind and why now, more than ever, people fear the federal government.
Oct 05 2016
30 mins
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Rank #4: Ep. 4: Why Charter Schools—and School Choice—Matter

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More than 100,000 kids in Pennsylvania attend charter schools—about 5 percent of schoolchildren.

For many of these kids and parents, charter schools are a lifeline to a safer, better future. But charter opponents call them a drain on traditional public schools and give a national spotlight to charters that have failed.

In this week's episode of Commonwealth Insight, we talk with Nina Rees, president & CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, about why charter schools matter, what to do about failing charter schools, and the elements that bring success to a charter school.

www.publiccharters.org

Then, James Paul, a senior policy analyst and education expert for Commonwealth Foundation, joins to discuss school choice in Pennsylvania—and why claims that choice drains resources from schools don't pass muster.

www.commonwealthfoundation.org
Sep 20 2016
40 mins
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Rank #5: Ep. 3: Killing Jobs & Playing Favorites: Meet Pa.’s Tax Code

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Pennsylvania has more than 3,000 taxing authorities—a staggering number that exceeds almost any other state in the nation. Not only does this create confusion and raise costs for job creators, it also enables politicians to manipulate the tax code to benefit special interests.

The result? Entrepreneurs and job-seekers are taking their talents to other states.

What’s the solution?

Jared Walczak of the non-partisan Tax Foundation says simplification and neutrality are the keys to a tax structure that promotes, rather than stymies, business investment. We talk to Jared about what Pennsylvania can learn from North Carolina, which is enjoying a boom after responsibly reforming its tax code.

Pennsylvania suffers when politicians try to pick winners and losers, but broadening our tax base and reducing rates for everyone will make us more competitive.

Visit www.taxfoundation.org for more from Jared Walzcak.
Sep 06 2016
37 mins
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