Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Common Core Math Standards

October 3, 2014

The United States scores below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in mathematics literacy, behind 29 other nations, predominantly from Europe.

Research & Commentary: New Jersey Renewable Portfolio Standard

October 3, 2014

The New Jersey Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires all state utilities serving retail customers to procure 22.5 percent of the electricity they sell from renewable sources by 2021.

Research & Commentary: U.S. Growth in Non-Teacher Staff

October 3, 2014

The United States spends more of its operating budget on non-teaching personnel than every other country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), except Denmark.

Research & Commentary: Mississippi Franchise Tax Repeal

September 24, 2014

A tax reform proposal being floated in Mississippi could eliminate the state’s franchise tax, which is levied on businesses and partnerships chartered within the state.

Research & Commentary: Chattanooga Municipal Broadband Expansion

September 24, 2014

The electric utility company running Chattanooga, Tennessee’s municipal broadband recently filed a petition to override a state law that pre

Research & Commentary: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act and the Grandfather Clause

September 24, 2014

Congressional leaders are now looking to move the vote on extending the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and on discriminatory taxes on emails and other data to the lame du

Research & Commentary: Common Core English Language Arts Standards

September 23, 2014

Common Core State Standards, a grade-by-grade set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English language arts (ELA), have been said

Research & Commentary: The Clean Water Act

September 23, 2014

After creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Congress passed numerous landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), which achieved a bipartisan majority in 1972.

Research & Commentary: Endangered Species Act Repeal and Replace

September 17, 2014

In 1973, Congress passed and President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The law is administered by the Interior Department’s U.S.

Research & Commentary: Gov. Mike Pence’s Medicaid Expansion

September 5, 2014

Expanding Medicaid can have repercussions beyond state budgets and the health care industry.