Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Michigan Renewable Energy Portfolio Mandate

August 20, 2012

A petition bearing more than 500,000 signatures has been turned in to state election officials to put the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative on the November ballot.

Research & Commentary: Electronic Cigarettes

August 16, 2012

Nearly 50 million U.S. adults—more than a fifth of the total adult population—smoke cigarettes.

Research & Commentary: Reconciliation and Obamacare

August 14, 2012

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law, the conversation on Capitol Hill is focused on the parliamentary issue of rec

Research & Commentary: Diverging Education Opportunities

August 6, 2012

Recent research demonstrates a growing divide among America’s wealthier and poorer households.

Research & Commentary: Michigan Teacher Pension Reforms

August 6, 2012

Michigan lawmakers are considering addressing the state’s debilitating $22 billion teacher pension deficit by switching incoming state teachers to a 401(k)-style plan instead of the traditional def

Research & Commentary: Carbon Tax Swaps

August 6, 2012

Carbon taxes have regained traction with several prominent Republican lawmakers and political leaders publicly voicing support for a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax in exchange for tax cuts on capital

Research & Commentary: Congestion Traffic Pricing

August 6, 2012

According to a report by the Texas Transportation Institute, the cost of urban traffic congestion, converted to a dollar value, quintupled between 1982 and 2007.

Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Overpayments

August 6, 2012

With the nation’s economy still in the doldrums, unemployment compensation funds in many states have become insolvent. One reason is that waste and fraud plague the system.

Research & Commentary: Estate Taxes

August 6, 2012

Few taxes imposed by state and local governments are more controversial than the estate tax, popularly referred to as the “death tax.” Estate taxes are levies on the net value of the estate of

Research & Commentary: Teacher Shortages

July 30, 2012

North Dakota is reporting extreme teacher shortages as the state booms economically thanks in great part to oil extraction, but it’s not the only place where such shortages are occurring.

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