Recent Research & Commentary

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.

Research & Commentary: Certificate of Need Reform

November 13, 2014

Thirty-six states currently use certificate of need (CON) laws to slow the growth of health care prices, promote consolidation of health care providers, and limit duplication of services.

Research & Commentary: Vermont Wind and Solar Development

November 5, 2014

Vermont has several interventionist policies designed to encourage the development of wind and solar power.

Research & Commentary: Michigan Renewable Portfolio Standard Repeal

November 5, 2014

In 2008, then-governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), requiring all state utilities to generate 10 percent of all retail electricity sales from ren

Research & Commentary: Vermont Single-Payer Health Care

November 4, 2014

Vermont is the first state to attempt to establish a completely government-run health care system, financing and administering health care services and health insurance coverage.

Research & Commentary: New Mexico Right-To-Work

November 4, 2014

In both 1979 and 1981, the New Mexico Legislature passed right-to-work laws, but both bills were vetoed by then-Gov. Bruce King (D).

Research & Commentary: E-Cigarette ‘Smoking’ Bans

November 3, 2014

As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, state and local governments are finding ways to regulate and tax them.

Research & Commentary: Preschool Expansion and Development Grants

November 3, 2014

In 2014, Congress appropriated $250 million for a program offering preschool grants for states that apply for them.