Research & Commentary: Tax Increment Financing
Tax increment financing has become a popular tool for encouraging economic development in municipalities across the country.
Research & Commentary: Financial Transaction Taxes
Since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, legislators in the United States and across the world have proposed new taxes on certain financial transactions, including securities trading and stock trans
Research & Commentary: Race-Based School Discipline
In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating two federal panels to review public schools’ discipline policies and actions toward African-Americans, citing data that schools su
Research & Commentary: Internet and Broadband Reclassification
The Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission has undertaken several efforts to increase its regulatory power over the Internet by reclassifying broadband access services from their
Research & Commentary: Education Property Tax Reform
Several states—including Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont—are currently discussing restructuring the property taxes that pay for education.
Research & Commentary: Michigan Renewable Energy Portfolio Mandate
A petition bearing more than 500,000 signatures has been turned in to state election officials to put the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative on the November ballot.
Research & Commentary: Electronic Cigarettes
Nearly 50 million U.S. adults—more than a fifth of the total adult population—smoke cigarettes.
Research & Commentary: Reconciliation and Obamacare
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law, the conversation on Capitol Hill is focused on the parliamentary issue of rec
Research & Commentary: Michigan Teacher Pension Reforms
Michigan lawmakers are considering addressing the state’s debilitating $22 billion teacher pension deficit by switching incoming state teachers to a 401(k)-style plan instead of the traditional def
Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Overpayments
With the nation’s economy still in the doldrums, unemployment compensation funds in many states have become insolvent. One reason is that waste and fraud plague the system.
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