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LITHUANIAN REFORMS LOWER TAX BURDEN FOR 1.3 MILLION

July 13, 2018

In late June, the Lithuanian parliament consolidated the tax base for the country’s social security contributions and reduced the contribution rate. This reform was a part of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s (LFMI) project within Atlas Network’s Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or LIFE, program. The reforms will lower the tax burden for 1.3 million and reduce the cost of labor for businesses. According to LFMI, the increase in the tax-exempt income threshold from 1.3 to 2 average wages (EUR 1,760 per month) will directly benefit about 75 percent (1 million) of the working population.

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BIKALPA, AN ALTERNATIVE REACHED OVER 500 STUDENTS WITH THEIR FREE MARKET SERIES

July 13, 2018

In the last 28 years, Nepal has changed its government 25 times, culminating with the election of the Communist Party Alliance in 2017. Despite this tenuous stability, populism and broader illiberal sentiments crowd out entrepreneurial innovation in the country. To help light the spark of free enterprise, Atlas Network partner Bikalpa, an Alternative organized a series of “Open Market Promoting Entrepreneurship” workshops that have reached over 500 students.

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VILNIUS SFL DISCUSSES DRUG POLICY IN LITHUANIA

July 12, 2018

After the 2017 election in Lithuania, the country saw an increased crackdown on the use of drugs. Being caught with a small amount of marijuana among friends can lead to a distribution charge and 2–8 years of imprisonment. Vilnius Students for Liberty (Vilnius SFL), is looking to change public opinion concerning Lithuania’s drug policy through an educational campaign. At its peak, the campaign received over 100 thousand views on social media.

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TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE SEEKS SUPPORT FOR IGOWATCH

July 12, 2018

Many Atlas Network partners fight bureaucracies at home, but few target the international bureaucratic machine. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has recently launched International Governmental Organization (IGO) Watch, a coalition of pro-liberty non-profit groups demanding more accountability and transparency from global bureaucracies.

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AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE BOOK EXAMINES CHINA’S ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

July 12, 2018

The Independent Institute has been active for over 30 years and presents a forward-looking, optimistic, and solutions-oriented vision in its work. In its many publications it seeks to reach communities of impact with real solutions to the problems of limited economic freedom and overbearing government. Its latest effort is the book China’s Great Migration: How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation, written by Research Fellow Bradley M. Gardner, a former East Asia correspondent for The Economist who has since become a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

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LIBERTAD Y DESAROLLO DISCUSSES IMMIGRATION IN CHILE

July 11, 2018

Nearly one million immigrants live in Chile, making up almost 5.5 percent of the country’s population. Chile's immigration laws, most of which were passed in 1975, are struggling to keep up. To help ease the situation, Libertad y Desarollo (LyD, Freedom and Development), an Atlas Network partner based in Santiago, is advocating for sustainable and regulated immigration in Chile. It organized a seminar with two other organizations, El Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo (CED, The Center for Development Studies) and El Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (The Jesuit Migrant Service), to foster further discussions about immigration policy.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: PERU’S PEOPLE’S CHAMPION CONNECTS A NATION ONE INFRASTRUCTURE REFORM AT A TIME

July 11, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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LIFE CASE STUDY: INDIA'S POLICY RUDDER NAVIGATES MARKET REFORM WATERS IN WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY

July 11, 2018

The Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or “LIFE,” project was designed to promote policy reforms that demonstrably move the needle on economic policy, measured by marginal change in a specific prominent ranking or index. Such indices include the Doing Business Index by the World Bank Group, the Economic Freedom Index by the Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, and the Economic Freedom of the World Report by the Fraser Institute. The program provided grants to Atlas Network partners to conduct research, advocacy campaigns, and media campaigns to affect change. The grant awarded $100,000 to each selected organization, divided over the course of three years, and was generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. In the inaugural iteration of the project, 16 think tanks were selected for participation. Lessons learned from three of the participating organizations have been detailed in three Atlas Network case studies.

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