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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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GROUPS FROM CANADA, COSTA RICA, INDIA, INDONESIA, & US NAMED 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALISTS

August 24, 2020

Awarded annually since 2004, Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. This prestigious prize honors Sir John’s legacy by recognizing Atlas Network’s partner organizations for exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise and the advancement of public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and is presented live during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. The winning organization receives a $100,000 grand prize and the runners-up each receive $20,000.

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"CHRONICLES OF SOCIALISM OF THE 21ST CENTURY" EXAMINES ECUADOR'S RECENT HISTORY

June 12, 2020

Atlas Network partner Libre Razón has released "Crónicas del Socialismo del Siglo XXI," a libertarian analysis of how Ecuador’s socialist government has become increasingly divided as a result of corruption scandals and a collapsing economy. Written by Andrés Ortiz Lemos and Luis Espinosa Goded, the book analyzes the country’s economic, social, and political structure in order to educate people on how "Correísmo," current president Lenin Moreno, and the local form of socialism have negatively impacted Ecuador and the region.

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ALBERTA INSTITUTE LEADS THE WAY ON ACCOUNTABILITY

June 8, 2020

The Alberta Institute, an Atlas Network partner in Canada, had been promoting accountability, transparency, and fiscal prudence in municipal governments across Alberta for years, and their efforts are bearing fruit in a number of areas.

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SECONDSTREET.ORG CHANGES THE NARRATIVE ON BIG GOVERNMENT IN CANADA

March 17, 2020

“How do government policies impact everyday Canadians?” That’s the question that Secondstreet.org, an organization based in Saskatchewan, is exploring. Through a series of videos and articles on secondstreet.org, SecondStreet.org is revealing the ways government-run healthcare, energy, and business regulations are negatively impacting millions of Canadians.

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HOW TO LEVERAGE RESOURCES WITHIN THE LIBERTY MOVEMENT | MATT WARNER ON THE BOB ZADEK SHOW

March 9, 2020

“While the ‘problem’ of development has stymied well-funded academics and supranational government bodies, Atlas Network has used the same ‘engage and exchange’ formula time and time again to spur growth and entrepreneurship without accepting a penny from any government or quasi-government institutions,” says The Bob Zadek show, which recently featured Matt Warner in an hour-long interview examining development economics.

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BOOK SERIES SEEKS TO INTRODUCE ECONOMIC CONCEPTS TO CHILDREN

March 9, 2020

David Descoteaux, a Canadian business columnist associated with the Montreal Economic Institute, has launched a book series that seeks to introduce basic economics and finance lessons to children. The books, intended for ages 6-10, tie economics and finance into a fun and easy-to-understand story. So far, Descoteaux has released 5 books: Hot Potato, Noah and the Piratouks, The Magic Banana Trees, The Little Red Hen, and Operation Elephants.

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