Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Wyoming Beer Taxes

October 9, 2013

At 2 cents per gallon, Wyoming’s beer tax is well below both the national average of 28 cents per gallon and considerably less than all its neighboring states’.

Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Plastic Bag Tax

October 9, 2013

Under a proposal by state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Wayne), Pennsylvania would become the first state to impose a statewide tax on the use of plastic bags.

Research & Commentary: Global Climate Models and Their Limitations

Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
October 9, 2013

Many scientists, policymakers, and engaged citizens have become concerned over the possibility that manmade greenhouse gas emissions, in particular carbon dioxide (CO2), may be causing dangerous cl

Research & Commentary: Coal Power

October 7, 2013

Coal, a black or brownish rock made from highly compressed plants that lived and died hundreds of millions of years ago, is the most plentiful fossil fuel in current use.

Research & Commentary: Age Restrictions for Electronic Cigarettes

September 30, 2013

Thousands of American smokers trying to quit have tried electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” sales of which have doubled in recent years.

Research & Commentary: Regulating Payday Loans

September 30, 2013

Over the past several years, states have begun considering new laws that would place severe limits (interest rate caps) or even bans on certain types of short-term loans, often called “payday loans

Research & Commentary: Tennessee Common Core

September 30, 2013

The Tennessee legislature is holding hearings on Common Core, national education standards and tests in math and English that 46 states, including Tennessee, have adopted.

Research & Commentary: Raw Milk Legalization

September 30, 2013

Local laws against the consumption of raw milk (unpasteurized and un-homogenized) were first created in the 1920s as a response to supposed health threats posed by the product.

Research & Commentary: Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Extension

September 25, 2013

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is currently set to expire at the end of 2014, and both its proponents and detractors have been pushing Congress to act by either extending the program or al

Research & Commentary: Massachusetts Computer and Software Service Tax

September 25, 2013

Massachusetts has had great success in recent years developing a burgeoning technology market, employing thousands across the state.