Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

June 26, 2013

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was passed as an amendment to the Hiring Incentives to Rest

Research & Commentary: The Emergence of E-Cigarettes

June 26, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” have quickly become one of the most popular nicotine replacement products.

Research & Commentary: 2013 Farm Bill Full of Wasteful Subsidies

June 18, 2013

On June 10 the U.S. Senate approved its version of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, also known as the Farm Bill.

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing in California

June 17, 2013

The California Assembly recently defeated a proposed moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a technology requiring water mixed with trace amounts of sand and chemical additives to be injected under pr

Research & Commentary: Hydroelectric Power and Renewable Portfolio Standards

June 17, 2013

Several states are taking second looks at the renewable portfolio standards (RPS) they passed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Research & Commentary: Oregon Tobacco Tax

June 13, 2013

Two proposals are being considered in Oregon to increase tobacco excise taxes at the state and local levels.

Research and Commentary: Arizona Medicaid Expansion

June 12, 2013

As states begin debating whether to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), many, including Arizona, are still debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs.

Research & Commentary: Fossil Fuels and the Environment

June 6, 2013

Eighty percent of the world’s energy and 60 percent of its food and clothing are produced or transported using fossil fuels.

Research & Commentary: Texas Parent Trigger

June 4, 2013

Texas legislators are considering strengthening an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger.