Research Fellow Randall Holcombe is a guest on the Larry Conners USA Radio Show on KTRS St. Louis. Holcombe discusses President Obamas push for shorter prison sentences and why the move is a mistake. The war on drugs has been waged for 35 years. Drugs are impossible to control and their use should not be illegal, according to Holcombe. Transactions among consenting adults shouldnt be prosecuted, he says. Only if property crimes or violence occurs, should drug users be prosecuted.
Nov. 12, 2015
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, is interviewed on the Tom Brown Radio Show on WEZS in New Hampshire. McQuillan tells of the unfunded pension crisis facing cities, counties and states across America. Services are being cut by municipalities in order to pay for the retirement benefits of public employees. Recently bankruptcy courts have cut payments to retirees in settlements. McQuillan has a better plan which involves switching pension plans into private enterprise style 401k retirement plans.
Independent Institute Senior Fellows John C. Goodman and Lawrence J. McQuillan speak on a panel with Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara at the 2015 FreedomFest held in Las Vegas, NV. The program is moderated by Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax Limitation Committee.
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Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax Limitation Committee, moderates a panel with Independent Institute Senior Fellows John Goodman and Lawrence McQuillan and Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara at the 2015 FreedomFest held in Las Vegas, NV.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed on the nationally syndicated Bill Martinez radio show. McQuillan's book outlines a plan to switch public pensions to a 401(k) style plan. This way, public pensions won't threaten to bankrupt cities, counties, and states when they become underfunded.
Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radios All Things Considered about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WSVA in Virginia to talk about the public employee pension crisis facing municipalities across the US. When public pensions are underfunded, there is not enough money to pay promised benefits to retirees. Recent bankruptcy courts have ruled that these pension benefits can be cut in the event of a bankruptcy of a city, county or state. McQuillan has a plan that if enacted, could resolve the crisis within decades, while fulfilling promises made to public workers.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KLIF radio in Dallas to discuss public pension crisis in America. In cities, counties and states across America, the pension funds for public employees are underfunded. Money that should be in the bank to pay promised retirement benefits isnt there and the taxpayers are losing because of it. Vital services for cities are being cut to pay retirement benefits that were promised by politicians. In California, the politicians who made those promises to increase pension benefits, are no longer in office. McQuillan outlines what must be done to prevent more public bankruptcies.