Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Omaha Cigarette Occupation Tax

September 14, 2012

In the past two years, Omaha restaurant customers have paid around $50 million in taxes, and the city is now considering levying a new occupation tax on smokers.

Research & Commentary: The Connect America Fund and Broadband Internet Taxes

September 13, 2012

In 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Connect America Fund (CAF) by taking $4.5 billion from the Universal Service Fund (USF) designed to provide advanced telecommunicatio

Research & Commentary: Idaho Unemployment Insurance and Overpayments

September 13, 2012

Idaho, like most U.S. states, has struggled to keep its unemployment insurance fund solvent. The unemployment trust fund already faced insolvency once as a result of the 2008 recession.

Research & Commentary: Food Stamp Reform

September 13, 2012

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the Food Stamp program, has become one of the fastest-growing welfare programs of the U.S. government.

Research & Commentary: Democratic and Republican Party Education Platforms

September 12, 2012

In 2012, the Republican and Democratic parties held their national conventions sandwiched around Labor Day weekend.

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.