Research and Commentaries

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

Research & Commentary: Local Control in Education

October 22, 2012

Parents and voters like the idea of local control in education, but they and politicians have differing definitions of it.

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

October 22, 2012

On Wednesday, October 24, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will auction off state-owned rights to several oil and gas leases affecting approximately 164,000 acres in the state.

Research & Commentary: Silica (Frac) Sand Mining

October 19, 2012

Activists recently have been pressing local and state governments in Wisconsin and Minnesota to ban silica sand mining.

Research & Commentary: Illinois’ Pension Problem and How to Fix it

October 18, 2012

The pension system in Illinois is broke, both literally and structurally. Funding Illinois’ pension system is becoming increasingly difficult.

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