Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Energy Poverty

July 24, 2014

Some 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity, and 2.7 billion people, mostly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, lack clean cooking facilities, acco

Research & Commentary: Missouri Tax Increment Financing Reform

July 22, 2014

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

Research & Commentary: Physician-Owned Hospitals and the Affordable Care Act

July 22, 2014

Physician-owned specialty hospitals have faced several major challenges since the implementation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Research & Commentary: State Film Incentives

July 22, 2014

State governments across the country have been rolling out the red carpet for Big Hollywood on the taxpayer’s dime, adopting film incentive programs designed to entice motion picture production int

Research & Commentary: Medical Licensing and the Doctor Shortage

July 22, 2014

A 2011 study published in the Milbank Quarterly found Obamacare would create a need for between 4,300 and 7,000 more phys

Research & Commentary: EPA’s Clean Power Plan

July 14, 2014

On June 2, 2014, the Obama administration mandated a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 from power plants’ 2005 levels.

Research & Commentary: State Income Tax Revenue Since the Fiscal Cliff

July 10, 2014

More states have been lowering or eliminating income taxes in order to spur economic growth in recent years.

Research & Commentary: Alabama Pension Reform

July 10, 2014

Unfunded state pension liabilities have become an increasingly troubling problem for states across the country, including Alabama.

Research & Commentary: Common Core in Pennsylvania

Hailey Vrdolyak
July 1, 2014

Pennsylvania is one of 45 states that adopted national Common Core State Standards.

Research & Commentary: Mandated “Three-Tier” Distribution of Alcohol

June 30, 2014

Alcohol products (beer, wine, and spirits) are some of the most tightly regulated consumer products in the United States.