Recent Policy Briefs

Regulating For-Profit Colleges in Ohio

October 31, 2011

The Ohio legislature is considering H.B.

Five Things to Consider Before Raising Tobacco Taxes: A Review of the Research

Eli Lehrer
July 25, 2011

Tobacco use poses well-known health risks. Smokers, on average, die earlier than nonsmokers.

You Call This Consensus?

July 7, 2011

Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast writes a 2011 paper examining the common sound bites surrounding the idea that there is a scientific "consensus" surrounding the idea that humans are the p

The Indiana School Scholarship Act (House Bill 1003): Commentary and Analysis

Joseph L. Bast
June 7, 2011

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Solving the Flood/Wind Problem After Hurricane Losses:

Scott Richardson and Eli Lehrer
June 1, 2011

In the aftermath of a hurricane landfall, there often isn’t enough data or experience relating to the losses to make known for certain whether a given loss resulted from wind or water.

State Insurance Exchanges: The Case against Implementation

Benjamin Domenech
April 20, 2011

State policymakers face a complex task as they decide whether to implement President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Budget Impact of the Texas Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program

John Merrifield, Ph.D. and Joseph L. Bast
April 1, 2011

The Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program (TSGP) is a very concise piece of legislation, apparently intended to address the state’s looming biannual budget deficit by reducing enrollment and associated

How Teachers in Texas Would Benefit from Expanding School Choice

Joseph L. Bast, Herbert J. Walberg, Ph.D.
April 1, 2011

Teacher unions often lead the opposition to legislation that would expand the ability of parents to choose the schools – whether public or private – their children attend.