Bipartisan participation at Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum
Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum in Chicago. I was joined by many other elected officials from a whole host of states, with some even travelling from as far away as Hawaii. Wisconsinwas well represented on both sides of the aisle at Thursday’s forum; in addition to me, there were 2 Republican representatives and 2 Democratic representatives, as well as Senator Frank Lasee, who was both an attendee and a presenter.
The forum featured presentations on our energy policy, tax policy, education policy, and issues involving governing on both the local and national level. The Heartland Institute is a libertarian/conservative think tank, but the presentations spared neither major political party from criticism. The current administration was criticized for its spending policies, while past Republican administrations were admonished for their massive expansion of the farm subsidy program.
The conference’s general theme was that subsidies in general, including oil and gas, as well as green energy, were counterproductive to a fair and free marketplace.
Entitlement programs were also discussed. President Clinton’s welfare reform, which distributed block grants to states came in for high praise, and was suggested as a model for other entitlement programs.
I would encourage you to go to the Heartland Institute website and explore the wealth of information there. No matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, their page is worth a read.