Research and Commentaries

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

Research & Commentary: Retransmission Fee Update

Matthew Glans and Marc Oestreich
January 24, 2013

Increasing broadcast retransmission fees have caused much tension between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and broadcasters.

Research & Commentary: Montana Medicaid Expansion

January 22, 2013

As states begin implementing provisions of the federal health care law, many, such as Montana, are still debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs in order to receive a larger federal subs

Research & Commentary: Minnesota Millionaire Tax Hikes

January 16, 2013

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a new top marginal tax rate for high-income-earners several times.

Research & Commentary: Common Core Draft Science Standards

July 16, 2012

A consortium of consultants and science educators has released a draft of what they plan will become national education standards for K-12 science.

Research & Commentary: Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

January 9, 2013

With the Illinois legislature back in session, representatives of the oil and gas industry and environmental activists are directing their attention to Senate Bill 3280, an amendment to the Oil and

Research & Commentary: Missouri Parent Trigger

January 7, 2013

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

Research & Commentary: State Universal Service Fund Reform

January 3, 2013

First established as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Universal Service Fund was designed to provide telephone service to underserved areas of the country.

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