Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Tax Reform in Wisconsin Is Not Yet Complete

October 27, 2014

Since 2011, Gov. Scott Walker (R) and the General Assembly have cut taxes by nearly $2 billion.

Research & Commentary: Tennessee Medicaid Expansion

October 27, 2014

Recent moves by Pennsylvania and Indiana to expand their Medicaid programs under the false mantle of being a “free-market alternative” to Obamacare have emboldened some Re

Research & Commentary: Nuclear Power

October 13, 2014

Almost 20 percent of the United States’ electricity is generated by nuclear power, with more than 100 nuclear power units in 31 states.

Research & Commentary: Maryland Renewable Portfolio Mandate

October 13, 2014

Maryland’s renewable portfolio mandate, also known as a renewable power mandate, requires utilities in the state to procure from renewable sources 20 percent of the electricity they supply to retai

Research & Commentary: Georgia Common Core

October 13, 2014

On September 24, 2014, a Georgia House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education examined Common Core State Standards.

Research & Commentary: Utah Medicaid Expansion Update

October 13, 2014

As Gov. Gary Herbert’s (R) “Healthy Utah” Medicaid expansion plan awaits approval by the Obama administration, it remains unpopular with many Utahans.

Research & Commentary: Oregon Carbon Tax

October 13, 2014

On August 14, 2013, Oregon passed a bill authorizing a study of the feasibility of a statewide carbon tax. The study is expected to be presented to legislators on November 15, 2014.

Research & Commentary: College Affordability and Student Loan Debt

October 13, 2014

Some 40 million Americans have a total of more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, surpassing the national total of credit card debt.

Research & Commentary: New Jersey Estate Taxes

October 10, 2014

Few taxes imposed by state or local governments are more controversial than the estate tax, popularly referred to as the “death tax.” Estate taxes are levies on property transferred from a deceased

Research & Commentary: SNAP Update and the Return of Work Requirements

October 10, 2014

For the first time in several years, the number of enrollees in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the food assistance program also known as food stamps, has begun to shrink in m