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PURSUING THE WEST VIRGINIA MIRACLE | GARRETT BALLENGEE

May 4, 2021

Garrett Ballengee was the first employee of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, a state-based think tank working to reverse decades of poor outcomes with the state's education system, to liberalize labor markets so workers can thrive, and much more. Hear how a small but tough team has punched above their weight to deliver hope for West Virginia's families.

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CARDINAL INSTITUTE INCREASES ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN WEST VIRGINIA

May 3, 2021

West Virginia families have lacked access to tailored education options throughout the state’s history. In 2016, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy identified these inequities in education and began conducting research and advocating for solutions that might bridge the gap between educational outcomes. These efforts, supported by strong partnerships, led to the adoption of the WV Hope Scholarship program, which is expected to provide new learning opportunities for generations.

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TENNESSEE’S STRATEGIC AGILITY IN A TIME OF CRISIS

March 8, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, an Atlas Network partner, has been at the forefront of ensuring the state legislature embraces policies aimed at sustainability and recovery. Thanks to their work, a bill to add a Right to Work amendment—which would render it illegal for workplaces to require labor union membership for employees—to the state’s constitution passed the legislature, and access to telehealth and liability protections were established.

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LIBERTAS INSTITUTE EXPANDS IMPACT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

March 3, 2021

Since Libertas Institute was founded by Connor Boyack in 2011, the organization has been pivotal in ushering through dozens of freedom-oriented reforms in its home state of Utah. Building on that policy success, the team recently started working with Atlas Network partners, other like-minded organizations, and individual lawmakers to help promote similar reforms in other states. The policies that Libertas is disseminating throughout the country include:

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FRASER INSTITUTE NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

Historically, Alberta has been a leader in sound economic governance within North America. However, that standing has declined in recent years due to poor public policy from across the political spectrum. To reverse this trend, the Fraser Institute launched the Alberta Prosperity Initiative (API) in 2012, seeking to explain to residents and government officials the extent to which Alberta’s growing challenges were being driven by economic mismanagement and how a change in policy would restore Alberta’s premier status as an economic powerhouse. Thanks to their effective research and promotion, Fraser created popular demand in the province for market-oriented reform.

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MERCATUS CENTER NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

Certificate of need (CON) laws require healthcare providers to seek regulatory approval before opening or expanding their facilities. Often a lengthy, costly, and unpredictable process, CON laws have decreased quality and access to care, while increasing costs for patients and providers. Since 2016, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has spearheaded efforts to highlight the failures of these policies. Their work has demonstrated a path to reform for the 37 states with CON laws on the books.

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PERC NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

Protecting endangered species is a fairly uncontroversial policy issue. While the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has helped to prevent 99 percent of listed species from going extinct, only two percent of those species have ever recovered their populations to warrant no longer being listed. To improve this poor track record, the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) launched its “Recovering Endangered Species” project in 2017, aimed at enhancing outcomes for endangered species through market-based incentive structures that leverage both private and public conservation efforts.

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