Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Florida Municipal Pensions

December 16, 2014

State pension issues have received much attention from lawmakers and the media, but many municipalities also face pension liabilities leading them toward bankruptcy.

Research & Commentary: Requiring Legislative Approval for Carbon Dioxide Regulations

December 9, 2014

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the authority of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, proposed a plan to mandate a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions

Research & Commentary: New Jersey Motor Fuel Tax Increase

December 8, 2014

Legislators in New Jersey are considering a major gas tax hike, which would move the state from having one of the lowest gas taxes in the country to one of the highest.

Research & Commentary: Nevada Pension Reform

December 8, 2014

The fiscal health of Nevada’s pension system may be far worse than most people recognize.

Research & Commentary: Medical Device Tax Update

December 8, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had many disruptive effects on both the health care industry and the economy as a whole.

Research & Commentary: Kentucky Schools’ Administrative Bloat

November 25, 2014

The number of administrative staff in Kentucky schools grew by 43 percent between 1992 and 2009, despite just a 4 percent increase in students.

Research & Commentary: Municipal Broadband in Connecticut

November 25, 2014

Municipal broadband systems remain a popular idea in many cities, despite their failing track record.

Research & Commentary: Experimental Drugs and the Right to Try

November 25, 2014

Utah is one of several states expected to consider legislation allowing terminally

Research & Commentary: Bloomington’s Vaping Ban

November 17, 2014

As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, state and local governments are debating whether and how the products should be regulated and taxed.