Recent Policy Briefs

The Economics of Climate Change Proposals in Wisconsin

David G. Tuerck, Ph.D., Paul Bachman, MSIE, Sarah Glassman, MSEP, Michael Head, MSEP
November 1, 2009

Executive Summary

In April 2007, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed Executive Order 191 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming (GTF).  The Task Force brings together members of the business, industry, government and environmental consulting communities to create a plan of action for the state of Wisconsin that addresses issues related to climate change.1

The Prognosis for National Health Insurance: A Florida Perspective

Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, and foward by Robert F. Sanchez
September 1, 2009

Health care now comprises about one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Given the aging of the population, that portion is likely to grow. Therefore, making major changes in the system that delivers and funds health care requires especially careful analysis, not a rush to judgment.

The Economic Impact of Regulating U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

Margo Thorning
June 9, 2009

The imposition of greenhouse gas permitting requirements on stationary sources will negatively impact U.S.

When Will The Recession End?

Greg Kaza
June 5, 2009

(June 5, 2009) The most frequent question we hear is: 'When will the recession end?'1 Last May 2 we announced the U.S. economy entered recession in January 2008. Our forecast missed by one month. The National Bureau of Economic Research declared Dec. 1, 2008, that economic activity peaked in December 2007. 3

Looking in the Wrong Places

Amicus Brief: Deseret Power Electric Cooperative

March 21, 2008

U.S. EPA issued a Clean Air Act permit last year to the Deseret Power Electric Cooperative, ending a three year process costing the utility millions of dollars.

Phase Out Sales Tax On Groceries

February 13, 2007

Freshman Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe in 2007 proposed a 50 percent reduction in the state sales tax on groceries. The tax cut, enacted by the General Assembly reduced the grocery tax from six to three cents. Gov. Beebe has proposed reducing the grocery tax from three to two cents when the legislature meets in session in 2009.

No Income Tax Increase. Reduce Top Rate to Highest Border State Rate.

July 13, 2004

Once upon a time many economists did not accept the idea that tax rates are a factor of economic development. The literature suggests that is no longer the case. Tax rates are a factor of economic development along with private property, the right of contract and the rule of law; infrastructure; a functional education system and skilled labor force; and a non-capricious regulatory policy. Rates are not the only factor, but entrepreneurs do take them into consideration when making decisions about employment.