Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard

September 11, 2012

In July, the Kansas Policy Institute and Beacon Hill Institute released a joint report assessing the expected economic results of the Kansas renewable energy mandate, signed into law by Gov.

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing and Air Quality

September 10, 2012

Earlier this year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama’s science advisor, John P.

Research & Commentary: The Best, Most Recent Voucher Research

September 6, 2012

In 2011, researcher Greg Forster examined all the highest-quality research available on voucher programs; he found 10 of 11 studies demonstrated vouchers benefit students, and the 11th showed parti

Research & Commentary: Tax Increment Financing

August 31, 2012

Tax increment financing has become a popular tool for encouraging economic development in municipalities across the country.

Research & Commentary: Financial Transaction Taxes

August 28, 2012

Since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, legislators in the United States and across the world have proposed new taxes on certain financial transactions, including securities trading and stock trans

Research & Commentary: Race-Based School Discipline

August 27, 2012

In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating two federal panels to review public schools’ discipline policies and actions toward African-Americans, citing data that schools su

Research & Commentary: Internet and Broadband Reclassification

August 22, 2012

The Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission has undertaken several efforts to increase its regulatory power over the Internet by reclassifying broadband access services from their

Research & Commentary: Education Property Tax Reform

August 21, 2012

Several states—including Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont—are currently discussing restructuring the property taxes that pay for education.

Research & Commentary: Michigan Renewable Energy Portfolio Mandate

August 20, 2012

A petition bearing more than 500,000 signatures has been turned in to state election officials to put the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative on the November ballot.