Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Blended Learning

Rebecca Schieber
May 14, 2014

Blended learning initiatives are becoming increasingly common in K–12 schools. These programs combine in-person “bricks-and-mortar” education with supervised and individualized online learning.

Research & Commentary: Medicare Part D’s Success

May 14, 2014

Medicare Part D has been a great success by most objective measures.

Research & Commentary: Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion

May 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand Medicaid to cover individuals making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

Research & Commentary: Education Tax Credits

May 13, 2014

As education options have expanded and states have tried different kinds of laws, research and experience are showing even states currently offering some forms of school choice can benefit by impro

Research & Commentary: Vergara v. California and Teacher Tenure

Rebecca Schieber
May 9, 2014

Many state and local elected officials have tried to reform teacher tenure. The issue is back in the spotlight as a result of the Los Angeles County Superior Court case Vergara v.

Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance in North Carolina

May 5, 2014

During the recent recession, the federal government expanded the number of weeks an individual could receive unemployment benefits, and most states accepted the increased weeks and funding.

Research & Commentary: State's Reliance on Federal Funds

May 5, 2014

Decreases in tax revenue, soaring government spending, and the growing burden of unfunded liabilities have created budget crises in many states.

Research & Commentary: Occupational Licensing

Rebecca Schieber
April 28, 2014

Government regulation of occupations comes in the form of registration, certification permits, and licensure. A license gives an individual a “right to practice” legally.

Research & Commentary: Severance Taxes

April 28, 2014

Severance taxes are levied when landowners sell nonrenewable resources such as oil, natural gas, iron, copper, and other natural resources for extraction.

Research & Commentary: The Good and Bad of the Kasich Tax Plan

April 28, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich in March began a renewed push for tax reform in 2014, following up on the state’s 2013 tax reforms, which lowered income taxes while increasing sales taxes.