CHALLENGES TO THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY IN EAST AFRICA STIFLE GROWTH ACROSS THE CONTINENT

September 24, 2014

Trucking is the lifeblood of the economy in the East African Community, a trade group comprised of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Every day thousands of freight trucks roll across East African borders in a network of international trade. The free flow of goods across borders is vital to economic development, a fact that is no less important in East Africa than anywhere else. But a new report from the Kenya-based East Africa Policy Centre (EAPC) shows that barriers to trade are running up shipping costs and crippling growth in the region.

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LITHUANIA’S LFMI MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE INDEX NAMED FINALIST FOR 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 23, 2014

Vilnius, Lithuania-based Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its Municipal Performance Index for Freedom and Free Enterprise. To build the case for policy change at the local government level, in 2011 LFMI designed and launched its Municipal Performance Index to measure and rank the performance of municipal governments in three overarching categories: municipalities for citizens, municipalities for investors, and municipal governance and administration.

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IPEA’S ONE MILLION YOUTH FOR MEXICO CAMPAIGN NAMED FINALIST FOR 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 23, 2014

Mexico City-based IPEA (Agora Institute for Strategic Thinking) was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its campaign “One Million Youth for Liberty and Responsibility in Mexico”. The campaign was started to address barriers to freedom throughout Mexico and has produced a growing network of more than 155,000 young leaders in more than 20 cities across Mexico.

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ILLINOIS POLICY'S WORK TO STOP UNFAIR PROGRESSIVE INCOME TAX - 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALIST

September 23, 2014

Chicago and Springfield-based Illinois Policy Institute was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its work to defeat a movement to amend the Illinois Constitution and replace the state’s flat income tax with a progressive rate structure. This victory means that over the next five years alone, nearly $30 billion dollars will stay in the hands of Illinois’ families and businesses instead of going to politicians in Springfield. The defeat of the progressive tax was a major victory against an entrenched culture of overspending, cronyism and blatant disregard for taxpayers.

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GOLDWATER INSTITUTE’S WORK ON EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS NAMED 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALIST

September 23, 2014

Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its work advancing Education Savings Accounts in Arizona and Florida. Unlike school vouchers, education savings accounts create the maximum possible choice for parents and opportunities for competition among government schools, private schools, and other education providers.

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THE FGA'S CAMPAIGN TO LIMIT MEDICAID EXPANSION NAMED 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALIST

September 23, 2014

Naples, Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its Uncover ObamaCare initiative which resulted in 24 states saying no to ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. The initiative has kept 9.4 million Americans from becoming dependent on government and will save taxpayers almost $500 billion over the next decade.

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CIVISMO’S LOW TAXES CAMPAIGN FOR SPAIN NAMED FINALIST FOR 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 23, 2014

Madrid, Spain-based Civismo was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its campaign to lower taxes and promote economic freedom all throughout Spain. This campaign paved the way to significant tax reform. One component of the reform package is that the average income earner will save about 600 euros (US$777) per year.

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CEPOS(CENTER FOR POLITICAL STUDIES) PRIVATE PROPERTY PROJECT - 2014 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALIST

September 23, 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark-based CEPOS (Center for Political Studies) was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its Private Property Project. CEPOS President Martin Ågerup said, “It’s a great honor for us to receive this nomination. It will boost our effort to continue and expand the project. That’s important since no other research institutions pay much attention to property rights issues in Denmark.”

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