Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Iowa Minimum Wage Reform

February 6, 2014

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Minority Leader Mark Smith have said members of their caucuses will introduce proposals this session to raise the state’s legal minimu

Research & Commentary: West Virginia Wireless Taxes for Tourism

February 5, 2014

In January, West Virginia state Sen. H. Truman Chafin proposed a $10 million increase in the tax on wireless services to increase funding for the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

Research & Commentary: Connecticut Pension Reform

February 5, 2014

According to the most recent available data (2011), Connecticut’s pension system is the second-most underfunded in the United States, trailing only Illinois, which passed minor reforms in late 2013

Research & Commentary: Should Illinois Move to a Progressive Tax System?

February 5, 2014

Just a few years ago Illinois’ tax competitiveness compared well to its neighbors and other states.

Research & Commentary: Net Metering

February 3, 2014

In 43 states and the District of Columbia, utility customers who purchase their own generation source (also called distributed generation, most often a rooftop solar panel) can sell any excess elec

Research & Commentary: Michigan Income Tax Reform

January 22, 2014

Michigan is facing a budget surplus, and as a result

Research & Commentary: Wyoming Medicaid Expansion

January 15, 2014

After voting in 2013 not to expand Medicaid, the Wyoming Legislature is now considering

Research & Commentary: Wisconsin Income Tax Repeal

January 9, 2014

A new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Center for State Fiscal Reform found 18 states made a total o

Research & Commentary: Utah Medicaid Expansion

January 9, 2014

Most states across the country already have decided whether to expand their Medicaid programs as part of Obamacare.