Recent Research & Commentary

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: 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: 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.

Research & Commentary: Prevailing Wage Laws

September 25, 2013

Thirty-two states have prevailing wage laws.

Research & Commentary: Social Cost of Carbon

September 12, 2013

The Obama administration recently increased the federal government’s estimated social costs for carbon emissions.

Research & Commentary: Estate Tax

August 30, 2013

The modern estate tax, which taxed an individual’s assets upon death, was created in 1916 alongside the first income tax.

Research & Commentary: Smart Growth Update

August 30, 2013

“Smart growth” refers to a city planning philosophy intended to reduce administrative costs, increase population density, decrease urban sprawl, reduce pollution, and similar goals.

Research and Commentary: Welfare Reform Policies

August 27, 2013

In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was implemented.