Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Common Core Science Standards

April 16, 2013

A consortium of consultants and science educators has released its final draft of what it plans will become national education standards for K-12 science.

Research & Commentary: Stockton, California and Municipal Bankruptcies

April 15, 2013

According to Governing magazine, there were 28 public bankruptcies in 2011 and 2012.

Research & Commentary: Colorado Renewable Portfolio Standard

April 12, 2013

Colorado legislators are bucking the national trend and considering a proposal that would boost the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

Research & Commentary: Vermont Tax Hikes

April 12, 2013

The Vermont Legislature is considering a vast new

Research & Commentary: National Minimum Wage Hike

April 12, 2013

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed increasing the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour, with the stated goal of raising the incomes of millions

Research & Commentary: President Obama’s Universal Pre-K Proposal

April 12, 2013

Included in President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget is a proposal to expand federally funded pre-K, to be paid for by raising the federal cigarette tax from $1.01 per pack to $1.95.

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Renewable Portfolio Standard

April 2, 2013

North Carolina legislators are considering repealing the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

Research & Commentary: Early Effects of Dodd-Frank

March 31, 2013

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank Act, created many new restrictions on financial instruments and activities.

Research & Commentary: The Benefits of Shale Energy on Other Industries

March 28, 2013

As advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling continue to revolutionize the nation’s energy outlook, it’s important to consider the economic ripple effect expanding shale energy h

Research & Commentary: Illinois Pension Reform

March 28, 2013

The state employee pension system in Illinois is broke, both financially and structurally.

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