Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Coal Power

October 7, 2013

Coal, a black or brownish rock made from highly compressed plants that lived and died hundreds of millions of years ago, is the most plentiful fossil fuel in current use.

Research & Commentary: Tennessee Common Core

September 30, 2013

The Tennessee legislature is holding hearings on Common Core, national education standards and tests in math and English that 46 states, including Tennessee, have adopted.

Research & Commentary: Regulating Payday Loans

September 30, 2013

Over the past several years, states have begun considering new laws that would place severe limits (interest rate caps) or even bans on certain types of short-term loans, often called “payday loans

Research & Commentary: Age Restrictions for Electronic Cigarettes

September 30, 2013

Thousands of American smokers trying to quit have tried electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” sales of which have doubled in recent years.

Research & Commentary: Raw Milk Legalization

September 30, 2013

Local laws against the consumption of raw milk (unpasteurized and un-homogenized) were first created in the 1920s as a response to supposed health threats posed by the product.

Research & Commentary: Massachusetts Computer and Software Service Tax

September 25, 2013

Massachusetts has had great success in recent years developing a burgeoning technology market, employing thousands across the state.

Research & Commentary: Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Extension

September 25, 2013

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is currently set to expire at the end of 2014, and both its proponents and detractors have been pushing Congress to act by either extending the program or al

Research & Commentary: Social Cost of Carbon

September 12, 2013

The Obama administration recently increased the federal government’s estimated social costs for carbon emissions.

Research & Commentary: Estate Tax

August 30, 2013

The modern estate tax, which taxed an individual’s assets upon death, was created in 1916 alongside the first income tax.

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