Research and Commentaries

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.

Research & Commentary: Reforming Wisconsin’s Income Tax

Tom March
July 24, 2012

Wisconsin State Rep. Robin Vos recently called for a legislative council committee on state income tax reform to look at the state’s current, progressive, income tax structure.

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

July 23, 2012

In states and municipalities across the country, the high cost of traditional defined-benefit public pensions has become a hot-button issue as unfunded liabilities have raced out of control.

Research & Commentary: Gasoline Taxes

July 17, 2012

(An updated verison of this policy document can be found here)

Research & Commentary: States Should Avoid Medicaid Expansion

July 3, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Research & Commentary: Internet Privacy and Do Not Track Legislation

June 29, 2012

Internet privacy has become a hot issue as technology to track user movements online has become more widespread.

Research & Commentary: Wireless Spectrum Sales

June 28, 2012

Wireless communications have improved the lives of millions of people across the United States and the world.

Research & Commentary: Loosening Teacher Tenure in New Jersey

June 27, 2012

New Jersey is one of several states—including Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota, and Virginia—that recently considered tightening qualifications for teacher tenure or replacing it with

Research & Commentary: Sea-Level Rise in North Carolina

June 27, 2012

The North Carolina House is considering a bill that would reassess how state agencies extrapolate data on future rates of sea-level rise affecting coastal communities.

Research & Commentary: Proprietary Trading and the Volcker Rule

June 21, 2012

Proprietary trading is a common financial activity that is currently being targeted for additional regulation in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and several high-profile losses by major

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