Research & Commentary: South Carolina Income and Gas Tax Swap
In her 2015 State of the State address, South Carolina Gov.
Research & Commentary: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Tax Hike Proposal
Washington state legislators face a serious budget problem due to overspending and a court-ordered mandate to increase education funding.
Research & Commentary: Rolling Back Colorado’s Costly Energy Mandate
In November 2004, Colorado became the first state to enact into law (by ballot initiative) a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), also referred to as a renewable power mandate.
Research & Commentary: North Dakota's Tobacco Tax Advantage
North Dakota policymakers are considering raising the state's tax on cigarettes by as much as 250 percent, taking it from a competitive rate of 44 cents per pack up to $2.44 cents per pack.
Research & Commentary: Minnesota Higher Education
Minnesota starts the 2015 legislative year with a $1 billion surplus, but Gov.
Research & Commentary: Indiana Nursing Home Moratorium
The two mechanisms commonly used by states to limit health care competition are the approval process known as “certificate of need” (CON) and the use of state-imposed morator
Research & Commentary: Alaska Medicaid Expansion
The Alaska State Legislature opposed expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with many arguing it is an expensive endeavor that would not provide better or more aff
Research & Commentary: Idaho Medicaid Expansion
The expansion of Medicaid programs in some Republican-controlled states under the false mantle of a “free market alternative” to Obamacare has emboldened some Republican governors to reconsider the
Research & Commentary: Florida Municipal Pensions
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
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
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