The happenings "inside" the Wisconsin State Treasury and across the street at the State Capitol

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s