Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: President Obama’s Student Loan Executive Order

November 9, 2011

President Barack Obama announced in October 2011 he will issue an executive order changing the federal student loan system.

Research & Commentary: Alternatives to Federal Terrorism Insurance

November 8, 2011

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act can claim broad support, but it has deep flaws and imposes billions of dollars in liabilities on taxpayers. Signed into law in 2002 by President George W.

Research & Commentary: Section 652 and Cable-CLEC Mergers

November 8, 2011

On June 21, 2011, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) filed a petition of regulatory forbearance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Section 652 of t

Research & Commentary: Oil Spill Liability Caps and the Oil Pollution Act

November 3, 2011

Oil spills can cause long-term damage to the environment and cost billions of dollars to clean up.

Research & Commentary: State Chemicals of Concern Lists

November 3, 2011

At least eight states have implemented de facto regulations on chemicals they deem “hazardous” by creating “chemicals of concern” lists.

Research & Commentary: Iowa Education Overhaul

November 1, 2011

Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor have released a preliminary blueprint for “systemic” education reforms designed to make Iowa the nation’s top education state and enable Iowans to compete be

Research & Commentary: Michigan’s ‘Right to Teach’ Legislation

October 26, 2011

This year Michigan state lawmakers capped the amount school districts pay toward employee health care coverage (thus requiring school employees to pay part of their premiums), lengthened the time r

Research & Commentary: Michigan School Reforms

October 26, 2011

In September 2011, Michigan state senators introduced seven education reform bills to lift the state cap on charter schools, introduce a Parent Trigger, expand online learning, allow schools to out

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