Research & Commentary: High-Speed Rail
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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