Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: The Connect America Fund and Broadband Internet Taxes

September 13, 2012

In 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Connect America Fund (CAF) by taking $4.5 billion from the Universal Service Fund (USF) designed to provide advanced telecommunicatio

Research & Commentary: Food Stamp Reform

September 13, 2012

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the Food Stamp program, has become one of the fastest-growing welfare programs of the U.S. government.

Research & Commentary: Democratic and Republican Party Education Platforms

September 12, 2012

In 2012, the Republican and Democratic parties held their national conventions sandwiched around Labor Day weekend.

Research & Commentary: Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard

September 11, 2012

In July, the Kansas Policy Institute and Beacon Hill Institute released a joint report assessing the expected economic results of the Kansas renewable energy mandate, signed into law by Gov.

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing and Air Quality

September 10, 2012

Earlier this year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama’s science advisor, John P.

Research & Commentary: The Best, Most Recent Voucher Research

September 6, 2012

In 2011, researcher Greg Forster examined all the highest-quality research available on voucher programs; he found 10 of 11 studies demonstrated vouchers benefit students, and the 11th showed parti

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

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