Research and Commentaries

Federal Cigarette Tax Increase Unfit for SCHIP

January 12, 2009

Proposals to increase the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents (156 percent), in order to pay for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), are problematic.

Cap-and-Trade in Pennsylvania

Zonia Pino
December 22, 2008

Virginia Needs Spending Reform, Not Higher Cigarette Taxes

December 18, 2008

For years tobacco consumers have been flocking to Virginia to take advantage of the 30 cents-per-pack cigarette tax in order to avoid taxes in Maryland and Washington, DC, where the tax is currentl

Nicholas Stern’s Faulty Views

Zonia M. Pino
June 1, 2008

Massachusetts Bucking The Trend On State Employees — And Not In A Good Way

August 28, 2008

With 29 states expected to face budget deficits next year, many governors are realizing their state payrolls have swelled well beyond their means.

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