Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Tax Reform

February 11, 2013

This year North Carolina joined the growing number of states considering major changes to its tax system.

Research & Commentary: Ohio Medicaid Expansion

February 11, 2013

As states implement provisions of the federal health care law, many are debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs in order to receive a larger federal subsidy. Gov.

Research & Commentary: South Carolina Parent Trigger

January 31, 2013

South Carolina legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger.

Research & Commentary: Reducing School Violence

January 28, 2013

A wave of political rhetoric and action immediately followed the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting that ended 27 lives, in which a mentally ill young man used his mother’s legally acquired guns

Research & Commentary: 9-1-1 Fund Raids

January 30, 2013

The 9-1-1 and emergency response systems play a key role in public health and safety.

Research & Commentary: Uranium Mining and Property Rights

January 28, 2013

The world’s 14th-largest deposit of known recoverable uranium is in southern Virginia at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County.

Research & Commentary: Wisconsin Income Tax Reform

January 28, 2013

In his 2013 State of the State Address, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed cuts in the state’s income tax rates to be phased in over a few years.

Research & Commentary: Minnesota Frac Sand Mining

January 28, 2013

According to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, topping the list of environmental issues for the 2013 state legislative session is silica or “frac” sand mining.

Research & Commentary: Massachusetts Public Pensions and the Assumed Rate of Return Update

January 10, 2013

In Massachusetts, as in many other states and municipalities across the country, the high cost of traditional defined-benefit public pensions has become an important issue as unfunded liabilities h

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