Recent Policy Briefs

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.

Four Problems, Four Solutions: A Blueprint for Reforming Texas’s Insurance Environment

Eli Lehrer
March 9, 2011

This report reviews four major problems with Texas’s insurance environment and proposes four categories of action that elected leaders should take in order to remedy them.

Solutions to Restore Florida’s Property Insurance Marketplace to Protect Taxpayers and the Insured

Eli Lehrer
February 4, 2011

The 2011 session of the Florida Legislature will convene in the midst of state budget worries, a lingering real estate crisis, and a still-sluggish national economy. Therefore, lawmakers will face a challenging series of problems that a single legislative session will be hard-pressed to solve.

Regulatory Issues Affecting Recycled Auto Parts

Alan B. Smith and Eli Lehrer
October 8, 2010

Analysis: New International Survey of Climate Scientists

September 25, 2010

In a September 2010 Heartland Institute Policy Brief, Heartland President Joseph Bast examines an international survey of climate scientists conducted by German scientists Dennis Bray and

The Parent Trigger: A Model for Transforming Education

Joseph L. Bast, Bruno Behrend, Ben Boychuk, and Marc Oestreich
August 10, 2010

The Parent Trigger is an innovation in education reform recently passed into law in California.

Why Regulate? New Applications of the 'Johnston Test'

August 1, 2010

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22 Reasons Why Free-Market Think Tanks Are More Effective than Anyone Else in Changing Public Policy

June 1, 2010

Jeff Judson, past president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute, makes the case for free-market think tanks as the most effective drivers of public