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It’s Not Too Late to Save the Nation’s Public Pension Crisis—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KNWZ radio in Palm Springs, CA to discuss the state of California’s public pension system, and how it came to be in such a mess. The underfunded system threatens taxpayers with the costs of a bailout if something isn’t done to resolve it. McQuillan talks about what is needed to reform the public pension systems across America.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Taxes

       
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California’s Pension Crisis and How to Fix It
Recorded: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KUHL radio’s Andy Caldwell show. McQuillan talks about California’s public pension system and how it is on a road to financial ruin. The state’s pension payout is gobbling up the state’s budget and other services are suffering. Politicians often take “pension holidays” and don’t contribute during periods of economic prosperity and the pension funds suffer even more. McQuillan’s book contains solutions, such as private sector 401k-type retirement plans, which fulfill promises made to retirees and keeps the state solvent.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Taxes

       
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Public Choice And Government Failure
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hillsdale College Professor of Economics Ivan Pongracic discusses the different motives that exist in the public decision-making process. He utilizes economic analysis to shed light on governmental choices. Presentation given on June 9, 2015 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Experts: Ivan Pongracic Jr.
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Politics, Public Choice Theory

       
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How to Resolve the Public Pension Crisis: An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KPBS radio in San Diego. McQuillan discusses the public pension system in California and offers a detailed plan on how to fix the underfunded system. His plan would convert public pension systems across the country into defined contribution plans, similar to private 401k-type retirement plans. This would protect taxpayers from bailing out failed public pension systems and also protect current retirees from having bankruptcy courts take away their promised pension benefits. McQuillan also talks about other reform ideas to fix the man-made financial disaster facing many cities and states across the United States.

Experts: Joseph D. McNamara, Marisa McNee, Michael J. McPhillips, Thomas J. McQuade, Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Taxes

       
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Freedom Act, Patriot Act or Status Quo Act
Recorded: Monday, June 8, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on RT’s CrossTalk program to discuss topics surrounding the US Patriot Act and whether or not Edward Snowden was a hero or a traitor. On a panel with other defense analysts, the US war against terror is debated. The panel discusses whether or not the US government is violating the constitutional rights by collecting metadata of phone calls and emails of US citizens.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Privacy

       
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Independent Publishing and Independent Institute—An Interview with Acquisitions Director Roy Carlisle
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Independent Institute Acquisitions Director Roy M. Carlisle is interviewed by IBPA Executive Director Angela Bole at the Book Expo Book Convention in New York City. Roy talks about two new books from the Independent Institute: A Better Choice by Senior Fellow John C. Goodman and California Dreaming by Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan. Both books were highlighted at the conference and the authors signed copies of the books for attendees. Carlisle is a former board member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the conversation touches on the Independent Institute’s powerful scholarly book program offering solutions to today’s public policy issues such as water markets, healthcare and education.

Experts: Roy M. Carlisle
Type: Other Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Health Care, Taxes

       
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California's Public Pension Crisis— An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KFIV radio in Modesto. McQuillan discusses the man-made financial tsunami that is threatening California: the underfunded public employee pension system. The crisis threatens to bankrupt the state unless it reforms its pension system to a 401k-style contribution plan, that is common in the private sector. McQuillan’s plan will not effect current retirees, but would reform the system over decades to avoid a catastrophe.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes

       
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The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk
Recorded: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Applauded by many governments around the world as one of the cleanest initiatives for the generation of energy, the wind industry is also one of the most expensive and heavily subsidized, compared with other power generation alternatives. Ryan M. Yonk, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, presents interesting and little-known facts, which demystify wind power's efficiency, cost, and benefits for the environment.

CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO:
00:00 Opening
00:10 History of Energy Policy
00:40 The True Cost of Wind
03:45 Federal Policies on Energy Subsidies
10:05 Federal Wind-Related Initiatives
12:05 Production Tax Credit
15:53 Cost of the Wind after Federal Policies
17:25 State Policies: Renewable Portfolio Standards
22:26 Total Costs
24:58 Social and Environmental Costs
27:38 Policy Implications
29:35 Closing

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Read the full report The True Cost of Energy: Wind here.

About Ryan M. Yonk
Ryan M. Yonk is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Director for the Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics in the Department of Economics at Utah State University, and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University. He received his PhD in political science from Georgia State University.

Experts: Ryan M. Yonk
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Environment

       
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