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The State Policy Network is a professional service organization for the "state-based free market think tank movement" whose stated mission is "to provide strategic assistance to independent research organizations devoted to discovering and developing market-oriented solutions to state and local public policy issues."[1] It was formally organized in 1992 by founding chairman Thomas A. Roe, who died in 2000. It was formerly known as the Madison Group. SPN is currently in all 50 states. The current board members are listed below.[1]

Support for the American Legislative Exchange Council

SPN was a "Chairman" level sponsor of 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Conference, with a required sponsorship level of $50,000 in 2010.[2] ALEC is also an Associate Member of State Policy Network, as of Aug. 11, 2011.[3]

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Education Privatization Agenda

SPN offers policy mobilization networks and leadership development. It co-sponsored a summit with the Alliance for School Choice and the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation in 2006. Summit partners included the Agudath Israel of Illinois, Black Alliance for Educational Options, The Center for Education Reform, the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Parent's in Charge Foundation and School Choice Wisconsin. The SPN reserves the right to "refuse admittance to private events."[4]

Member Think Tanks

The SPN website states "Membership in State Policy Network is voluntary and by invitation-only."[5] There are regular members and associate members.
Regular Members: "A regular member operates as a full-service think tank, addressing a variety of relevant policy issues, not just a single-issue. They will operate independently with their state, and not as part of a state chapter, franchise, other effort of a separate organization. Their primary goal is to provide educational materials to the citizenry, public officials, and members of the media with a state-based focus. They refuse to accept or solicit government funding, and are IRS approved 501(c)(3)s."
Associate Members: "Like regular members, associate members are organizations that display a commitment to a market-oriented foundational public policy. They are also IRS approved 501(c)(3) organizations primarily focused on education and operate independently of all government funding. However, unlike regular members, SPN Associate Members can be national in scope and are not necessarily oriented towards a single state."

Members include: [6]

Alabama

Alabama Policy Institute
alabamapolicy.org
205-870-9900

Alaska

Alaska Policy Forum
alaskapolicyforum.org
907-334-5853

Arizona

Goldwater Institute
goldwaterinstitute.org
602-462-5000

Arkansas

Arkansas Policy Foundation
arkansaspolicyfoundation.org
501-537-0825

California

Pacific Research Institute
pacificresearch.org
415-989-0833

Colorado

Independence Institute
i2i.org
303-279-6536

Connecticut

Yankee Institute for Public Policy
yankeeinstitute.org
860-297-4271

Delaware

Caesar Rodney Institute
caesarrodney.org
302-535-6523

Florida

James Madison Institute
jamesmadison.org
850-386-3131

Georgia

Georgia Public Policy Foundation
gppf.org
404-256-4050

Hawaii

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
grassrootinstitute.org
808-591-9193

Idaho

Idaho Freedom Foundation
idahofreedom.net
208-921-6749

Illinois

Illinois Policy Institute
illinoispolicyinstitute.org
312-346-5700

Indiana

Indiana Policy Review Foundation
inpolicy.org
260-417-4094

Iowa

Public Interest Institute
limitedgovernment.org
319-385-3462

Kansas

Kansas Policy Institute
kansaspolicy.org
316-634-0218

Kentucky

Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
bipps.org
270-782-2140

Louisiana

Pelican Institute for Public Policy
pelicaninstitute.org
504-920-4727




Maine

Maine Heritage Policy Center
mainepolicy.org
207-321-2550

Maryland

Calvert Institute for Policy Research
calvertinstitute.org
410-752-5887

Free State Foundation
freestatefoundation.org
301-984-8253

Maryland Public Policy Institute
mdpolicy.org
240-686-3510

Massachusetts

Pioneer Institute
pioneerinstitute.org
617-723-2277

Michigan

Mackinac Center for Public Policy
mackinac.org
989-631-0900

Minnesota

Center of the American Experiment
americanexperiment.org
612-338-3605

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
freedomfoundationofminnesota.com
612-354-2192

Mississippi

Mississippi Center for Public Policy
mspolicy.org
601-969-1300

Missouri

Show-Me Institute
showmeinstitute.org
314-726-5655

Montana

Montana Policy Institute
montanapolicy.org
406-219-0508

Nebraska

Platte Institute for Economic Research
platteinstitute.org
402-452-3737

Nevada

Nevada Policy Research Institute
npri.org
702-222-0642

New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
jbartlett.org
603-224-4450

New Jersey

Common Sense Institute
csinj.org
973-927-9860

Solutions for New Jersey, Inc.
solutionsfornewjersey.com
609-882-1071

New Mexico

Rio Grande Foundation
riograndefoundation.org
505-264-6090

New York

Empire Center for New York State Policy
empirecenter.org
518-434-3100

North Carolina

John Locke Foundation
johnlocke.org
919-828-3876

John William Pope Civitas Institute
jwpcivitasinstitute.org
919-828-1400



North Dakota

North Dakota Policy Council
policynd.org
701-223-8155

Ohio

Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
BuckeyeInstitute.org
614-224-4422

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
ocpathink.org
405-602-1667

Oregon

Cascade Policy Institute
CascadePolicy.org
503-242-0900

Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Foundation
commonwealthfoundation.org
717-671-1901

Rhode Island

Ocean State Policy Research Institute
oceanstatepolicy.org
401-228-6691

South Carolina

South Carolina Policy Council
scpolicycouncil.com
803-779-5022

South Dakota

Great Plains Public Policy Institute
greatplainsppi.org
605-334-9400

Tennessee

Tennessee Center for Policy Research
tennesseepolicy.org
615-383-6431

Texas

Texas Public Policy Foundation
texaspolicy.com
512-472-2700

Utah

Sutherland Institute
sutherlandinstitute.org
801-355-1272

Vermont

Ethan Allen Institute
ethanallen.org
802-695-1448

Virginia

Thomas Jefferson Institute
thomasjeffersoninst.org
703-440-9447

Virginia Institute for Public Policy
virginiainstitute.org
703-753-5900

Washington

Evergreen Freedom Foundation
effwa.org
360-956-3482

Washington Policy Center
washingtonpolicy.org
206-937-9691

West Virginia

Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia
westvirginiapolicy.com
304-282-8249

Wisconsin

MacIver Institute for Public Policy
maciverinstitute.com
608-588-6477

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute
wpri.org
262-367-9940

Wyoming

Wyoming Liberty Group
wyliberty.org
307-632-7020[7]

Associate members

Former Members

Former Members include:[8]

Other organizations in its directory

Funding

The State Policy Network has received funding from the Olin Foundation, the Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation, the Bradley Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation (Coors affiliated).[9]

Revenue and Expenses

Below is information from the SPN's 2010 Annual Report:[10]

Revenue
Primary Revenue: $4,749,695
Other Revenue: $62,818
Total Revenue: $4,812,513

Expenses
Program Expenses: $766,175
Administrative Expenses: $863,178
Fundraising Expenses: $920,056
Total Functional Expenses: $3,941,133


Payments to Affiliates: $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year: $871,380


Net Assets: $3,534,009

Principal staff (as of June 2006)

Board of Directors (as of June 2006)

Publications

SPN news

SPN News publishes six times a year.[11]

Policy exchange

Policy Exchange Publications

Think tank toolkit

Think Tank Toolkit

Contact details

State Policy Network
PO Box 5208
Richmond, CA 94805-5208
Phone: 510-965-9700
Fax: 510-965-9701
Email: info AT spn.org
Web: http://www.spn.org/

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 State Policy Network, SPN News May 2006, organizational newsletter, May 8, 2006
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Sponsors, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 11, 2011
  3. State Policy Network, Directory, organizational site, accessed August 11, 2011
  4. SPN 14th Annual Meeting and K-12 Education Reform Summit, organizational event description, October 4, 2006, accessed August 18, 2011
  5. State Policy Network, SPN Membership Information, organizational site, accessed August 2011
  6. State Policy Network, Member Directory, organizational site, accessed September 17th, 2012.
  7. State Policy Network, Directory of State Think Tanks, organizational member directory, accessed April 12, 2012
  8. State Policy Network, Member Directory, organizational site, accessed August 18, 2011. The organization has changed their site and pages listing these members are no longer available
  9. People for the American Way, State Policy Network, "Right Wing Watch" think tank profile, accessed August 18, 2011
  10. State Policy Network, 2010 Form 990, form filed with the IRS, Guidestar non-profit organizational profile, accessed August 18, 2011
  11. State Policy Network, Publications: Browse by SPN News, organizational site, accessed August 18, 2011