Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Strings-Attached NCLB Waivers

October 10, 2011

President Barack Obama has announced his administration will grant states waivers from enforcement of the federal No Child Left Behind law, contingent on their adopting specific policy changes favo

Research & Commentary: Commuter Tax Subsidies

September 21, 2011

With the price of fuel on the rise in recent years, millions of American workers are paying more attention to the growing cost of commuting to work.

Research & Commentary: Picking Education Winners and Losers

September 30, 2011

Recent studies of government and philanthropic funding methods have led to criticism of these entities’ lackluster ability to sponsor successful schools.

Research & Commentary: South Dakota School Funding

September 20, 2011

In 2006, two-thirds of South Dakota’s public school districts sued the state for more money, claiming the legislature didn’t provide enough for the system to ensure all South Dakota students receiv

Research & Commentary: Lowering Idaho’s Corporate Tax Rate

Elizabeth Henderson
September 19, 2011

Many business and civic groups, including the Idaho Chamber Alliance, have recommended reducing the state’s 7.6 percent corporate income tax rate.

Research & Commentary: Crop Insurance and Farm Subsidies

September 13, 2011

Farmers buy crop insurance for protection against the financial impact of natural disasters affecting their crops and the loss of revenue caused by declines in agricultural commodity prices.

Research & Commentary: School Turnarounds

September 13, 2011

How to turn a failing school into a successful one has stumped educators and policy analysts for decades.

Research & Commentary: National Flood Insurance Update

September 8, 2011

On Thursday, September 8th, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee held its first formal markup of a bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.

Research & Commentary: Kansas Income Tax Elimination

Elizabeth Henderson
September 6, 2011

State of Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson has expressed hope the state legislature will approve a bill to eliminate the state’s personal income tax over time.

Research & Commentary: No Child Left Behind Waivers

September 5, 2011

In July 2011, Education Secretary Arne Duncan ignited a media and political firestorm by announcing his intention to grant waivers to states that could not meet No Child Left Behind requirements if

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