President and CEO of The Heartland Institute

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"Bast is the author or editor of 21 books, including Rebuilding America's Schools (1990), Why We Spend Too Much on Health Care (1992) Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism (1994) ... Bast is publisher of six monthly newspapers sent to every national and state elected official and 8,400 county and municipal officials. "


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President and CEO, The Heartland Institute

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Joseph Bast - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Can Mayors Solve School Problems?, by Joseph Bast, Matthew J. Brouillette, Michigan Education Report, 16 Apr 1999
Argues for tuition tax credits after examining recent and potential changes at the Chicago and Detroit public schools
"Ultimately, a mayoral takeover of schools is a short-term Band-Aid. Something more fundamental is required when only one-third of the students entering the ninth grade are able to graduate, and of those who do, fewer than one-half can read at the eighth-grade level or solve sixth-grade level math problems. The really substantive and lasting changes that are needed will occur only when families are empowered with the ability to leave a failing school and choose another."
Related Topic: Compulsory Education
Comments on New Source Review Reform, by Joseph Bast, 16 Jul 2002
Comments to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Judiciary Committee
"Everyone agrees that clean air is one of the most important rights of American citizens and goals of national environmental policy. The failure to apply common sense to the New Source Review program, though, has burdened American consumers and American industry with higher economic costs and higher levels of pollution than were envisioned by Congress when it wrote the Clean Air Act amendments of 1977."
Vouchers and Educational Freedom: A Debate, by Joseph Bast, Policy Analysis, 12 Mar 1997
Joseph L. Bast, Heartland Institute president, and David Harmer, former Heritage Foundation researcher, versus Douglas Dewey, National Scholarship Center president
"Bast and Harmer argue that voucher plans would eventually lead to the complete separation of school and state ... Dewey counters that vouchers would not substantially reduce the state's role in education. Indeed, vouchers would create a vast system of government contractors and parents with 'school stamps,' a massive lobby for ever-increasing subsidies. He warns that government money always comes with strings attached."
Related Topic: Educational Freedom
Why Carbon Sequestration in the Agricultural Sector May Not Be the Best Way to Control Greenhouse Gas Emissions, by Joseph Bast, 8 Jul 2003
Testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety
"The ubiquitous presence of carbon dioxide in ambient air makes it very difficult to associate emissions with any specific source. Unlike sulfur dioxide, there are potentially hundreds of thousands or even millions of sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. To avoid participants 'gaming the system,' complex and probably unenforceable rules would be needed to determine that emission reductions are genuine, entity-wide, and net of any increases in emissions caused by higher energy use or other emission-generating activity in some other division of a plant or company, either concurrently or at some later time."

Books Authored

Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism
    by Joseph Bast, 1994