Research & Commentary: The Myth of a Global Warming Consensus
Many legislators are told they must enact climate change legislation because an alleged “scientific consensus” holds that man-made climate change requires urgent action.
Research & Commentary: Blended Learning
Blended learning initiatives are becoming increasingly common in K–12 schools. These programs combine in-person “bricks-and-mortar” education with supervised and individualized online learning.
Research & Commentary: Education Tax Credits
As education options have expanded and states have tried different kinds of laws, research and experience are showing even states currently offering some forms of school choice can benefit by impro
Research & Commentary: Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand Medicaid to cover individuals making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
Research & Commentary: Vergara v. California and Teacher Tenure
Many state and local elected officials have tried to reform teacher tenure. The issue is back in the spotlight as a result of the Los Angeles County Superior Court case Vergara v.
Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance in North Carolina
During the recent recession, the federal government expanded the number of weeks an individual could receive unemployment benefits, and most states accepted the increased weeks and funding.
Research & Commentary: State's Reliance on Federal Funds
Decreases in tax revenue, soaring government spending, and the growing burden of unfunded liabilities have created budget crises in many states.
Research & Commentary: The Good and Bad of the Kasich Tax Plan
Ohio Gov. John Kasich in March began a renewed push for tax reform in 2014, following up on the state’s 2013 tax reforms, which lowered income taxes while increasing sales taxes.
Research & Commentary: Occupational Licensing
Government regulation of occupations comes in the form of registration, certification permits, and licensure. A license gives an individual a “right to practice” legally.
Research & Commentary: Severance Taxes
Severance taxes are levied when landowners sell nonrenewable resources such as oil, natural gas, iron, copper, and other natural resources for extraction.
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