Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Tax Increment Financing

August 31, 2012

Tax increment financing has become a popular tool for encouraging economic development in municipalities across the country.

Research & Commentary: Financial Transaction Taxes

August 28, 2012

Since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, legislators in the United States and across the world have proposed new taxes on certain financial transactions, including securities trading and stock trans

Research & Commentary: Race-Based School Discipline

August 27, 2012

In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating two federal panels to review public schools’ discipline policies and actions toward African-Americans, citing data that schools su

Research & Commentary: Internet and Broadband Reclassification

August 22, 2012

The Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission has undertaken several efforts to increase its regulatory power over the Internet by reclassifying broadband access services from their

Research & Commentary: Education Property Tax Reform

August 21, 2012

Several states—including Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont—are currently discussing restructuring the property taxes that pay for education.

Research & Commentary: Parent Trigger Success in Adelanto

August 6, 2012

A judge recently ruled that a Parent Trigger petition from parents in Adelanto, California is valid and their request to convert their children’s school to a charter must go into effect.

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.

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