Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Commodities Position Limits

November 9, 2012

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the effect of speculation on commodities pricing has been hotly debated.

Research & Commentary: The Fiscal Cliff and Taxmageddon

November 8, 2012

Absent action from Congress and the president, the United States will face what many are calling a “fiscal cliff” at the beginning of 2013.

Research & Commentary: Wind Power Subsidies

November 6, 2012

Wind power generation has been generously subsidized since the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.

Research & Commentary: Education Spending and Student Achievement

November 1, 2012

Polls consistently show voters generally think public schools need more money – but they estimate school spending is at most half of what it really is.

Research & Commentary: State Capital Gains Taxes

October 31, 2012

As Congress decides whether to allow the national capital gains tax rate to increase at the beginning of next year, states across the country are debating whether to change their own capital gains

Research & Commentary: Worldwide vs. Territorial Taxation

October 30, 2012

The United States has the highest corporate tax rate among the 34 nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in addition to being one of the few nations still usin

Research & Commentary: Pre- and Post-Election Health Care Decisions

October 25, 2012

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney vie for the presidency, state elected officials are preparing to determine which health care policies they should pursue with the future

Research & Commentary: High-Speed Rail

October 24, 2012

In 2009 in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Congress allocated $8 billion to send to states for intercity rail projects, with “priority to projects that support the development of

Research and Commentary: Blaine Amendments

June 28, 2011

Thirty-eight states have Blaine Amendments to their constitutions, which prohibit public dollars from supporting religious private schools.

Research & Commentary: Multiple Charter School Authorizers

October 22, 2012

Of the 41 states that allow charter schools, approximately 18 allow viable multiple authorizers to applicants hoping to open the schools, which are fully public but given freedom in matters such as

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