Samantha Fillmore

Samantha Fillmore is a State Government Relations Manager for The Heartland Institute.
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Research & Commentary: Michigan House Considering Harmful Minimum Wage Hike

Throughout 2021, many states have suffered from labor shortages, unprecedented inflation, and the supply chain crisis. Because of the perilous economic situation, many states are considering quick fixes to address their financial...

Wisconsin Senate Stands Up for Free Speech

The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection held a public hearing on October 26  to consider Senate Bill 525, also known as “an act relating to censorship...

Thirty-three States Challenge Big Tech Censorship, with 77 Pieces of Legislation

This year we have had 77 pieces of legislation in 33 states all attempting to challenge Big Tech censorship. The volume of bills on this topic throughout the nation is indicative of...

Public Confidence in U.S. Economy Continues to Wane

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index has shown yet another decrease in public confidence about the U.S. economy, landing at the third-lowest point since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll serves as a...

Research & Commentary: Texas Senate Passes Big Tech Censorship Bill

The Texas Senate has voted to pass Sen. Bryan Hughes’ (R- District 1) Senate Bill 5, which stipulates complaint procedures and disclosure requirements related to social media censorship. This legislation would effectively classify...

States Should End Federal Expanded Unemployment Benefits

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Included in this relief package was a program that expanded unemployment...

Massachusetts House Proposes New Fuel Taxes

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering levying additional gas taxes on the local level. Gas taxes are regressive and an unreliable source of revenue for transportation construction and maintenance.

Delaware Considers Commonsense Minimum Wage Economic Impact Analysis Reports

By Samantha Fillmore  State legislatures are no strangers to bills that would increase the minimum wage, particularly following the economically tumultuous year that was 2020. However, the First State is setting a refreshing...

Rhode Island Senate Will Consider Minimum Wage Hikes

Following the financial roller coaster that was 2020, many state legislatures are beginning sessions reeling from budget deficits due to lost tax revenue courtesy of the coronavirus-related recession. Because of the perilous...

Rhode Island House Considering Bills to Increase Minimum Wage

Like most state legislatures, Rhode Island has spent substantial time in 2021 focused on economic concerns after a tumultuous 2020. Lawmakers in the Ocean State are spending a significant portion of their legislative...

Samantha Fillmore

Samantha Fillmore is a State Government Relations Manager for The Heartland Institute.

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