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January 2012 - Volume 18, Number 1


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What's New at Public Interest Institute?

by Deborah D. Thornton

If summer was busy, fall and winter have been even busier at the Public Interest Institute.


The major event is the creation and implementation of a new Website by IT Specialist Jennifer Crull. The address is the same,, but the look is new and exciting. It includes the ability to search the site by both topic and author, as well as date and publication.


The lead quotation on the Website is by George Washington, “A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master!” This is truer today than it was over 235 years ago! Check out the new site! Be sure to “Friend” us on your Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter at #PIIatLimitedGov.


In December Brief #18-34 The Benefits of Broadband: Connecting Iowa to the 21st Century Economy was written by PII Chief Operating Officer Dr. Don Racheter.


#18-35, Changing the Energy/Environment Discussion was by guest author Marita Noon, Executive Director of Energy Makes America Great, Inc.


#18-36, Replace the Job-Killing Corporate Tax with a Border-Adjusted Consumption Tax was by another guest author, Tom Pauken, Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.


POLICY STUDY #12-1, Iowa’s Privileged Class: Time for a Change! by Deborah D. Thornton, on the issues and concerns surrounding the financial status of IPERS, was published in January 2012.


As always, if you would like a staff member to present at a meeting or conference, please ask. We are available!


FACTS & OPINIONS is one of our quarterly membership newsletters, arriving in January, April, July, and October. It consists of short articles of public interest with an emphasis on current issues.


FACTS & OPINIONS is published by Public Interest Institute at Iowa Wesleyan College, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, research and educational institute, whose activities are supported by contributions from private individuals, corporations, companies, and foundations. The Institute does not accept government grants.


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