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Research & Commentary: Arkansas’ Mediocre Education Quality

October 4, 2012

As significant education reforms sweep the country, Arkansas has made few consequential reforms in the past decade.

Research & Commentary: Voice over Internet Protocol Deregulation

October 3, 2012

A product that is quickly changing the telecom industry and how people communicate is voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calling, where voice and multimedia communication are conducted and transmi

Research & Commentary: Texas Pension Reform

October 3, 2012

Like many other states across the nation, Texas faces tough decisions about the pension benefits it provides its state employees.

The Ryan Budget vs. the Obama Budget

September 21, 2012

By selecting House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney reframed the 2012 presidential election as a contest between Ryan’s 2013 proposed

21 Reasons Why the San Antonio Pre-K Tax Plan Is a Bad Idea

October 2, 2012

On November 6, voters in San Antonio, Texas will vote on whether the city should own and operate a network of early childhood education centers. The initiative is controversial, and rightly so.

Research & Commentary: Omaha Cigarette Occupation Tax

September 14, 2012

In the past two years, Omaha restaurant customers have paid around $50 million in taxes, and the city is now considering levying a new occupation tax on smokers.

Research & Commentary: Idaho Unemployment Insurance and Overpayments

September 13, 2012

Idaho, like most U.S. states, has struggled to keep its unemployment insurance fund solvent. The unemployment trust fund already faced insolvency once as a result of the 2008 recession.

Research & Commentary: The Connect America Fund and Broadband Internet Taxes

September 13, 2012

In 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Connect America Fund (CAF) by taking $4.5 billion from the Universal Service Fund (USF) designed to provide advanced telecommunicatio

Research & Commentary: Food Stamp Reform

September 13, 2012

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the Food Stamp program, has become one of the fastest-growing welfare programs of the U.S. government.

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