Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: High-Speed Rail

October 24, 2012

In 2009 in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Congress allocated $8 billion to send to states for intercity rail projects, with “priority to projects that support the development of

Research & Commentary: Local Control in Education

October 22, 2012

Parents and voters like the idea of local control in education, but they and politicians have differing definitions of it.

Research & Commentary: Multiple Charter School Authorizers

October 22, 2012

Of the 41 states that allow charter schools, approximately 18 allow viable multiple authorizers to applicants hoping to open the schools, which are fully public but given freedom in matters such as

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

October 22, 2012

On Wednesday, October 24, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will auction off state-owned rights to several oil and gas leases affecting approximately 164,000 acres in the state.

Research & Commentary: Silica (Frac) Sand Mining

October 19, 2012

Activists recently have been pressing local and state governments in Wisconsin and Minnesota to ban silica sand mining.

Research & Commentary: Illinois’ Pension Problem and How to Fix it

October 18, 2012

The pension system in Illinois is broke, both literally and structurally. Funding Illinois’ pension system is becoming increasingly difficult.

Research & Commentary: Chicago Municipal Wi-Fi

October 12, 2012

The City of Chicago recently unveiled plans to create a municipal wi-fi system allowing free access to high-speed wireless Internet services.

Research & Commentary: Zero Interest Rate Policy

October 11, 2012

Since the 2006–07 financial crisis the Federal Reserve has taken several steps to stimulate the economy and unfreeze credit markets, which had ground to a halt after the bursting of the housing bub

Research & Commentary: Uranium Mining

October 10, 2012

Recent moratoria on uranium mining in states such as Virginia and Arizona have sparked debates about whether the benefits of uranium outweigh its costs.

Research & Commentary: Idaho Medicaid Expansion

October 10, 2012

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare), Idaho, like other states, must now decide whether to expand its Medicai