Research & Commentary: Sequestration Impact on Education
In the 2011 federal budget deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, Congress set up automatic cuts to federal spending that would kick in if they could not agree on how to cut each department speci
Research & Commentary: Arkansas’ Mediocre Education Quality
As significant education reforms sweep the country, Arkansas has made few consequential reforms in the past decade.
Research & Commentary: Texas Pension Reform
Like many other states across the nation, Texas faces tough decisions about the pension benefits it provides its state employees.
Research & Commentary: Voice over Internet Protocol Deregulation
A product that is quickly changing the telecom industry and how people communicate is voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calling, where voice and multimedia communication are conducted and transmi
Research & Commentary: Wyoming Health Insurance Exchange and Medicaid Expansion
Like most states after the Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Wyoming continues to debate how best to maintain control over its health care system.
Research & Commentary: Omaha Cigarette Occupation Tax
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: Food Stamp Reform
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: The Connect America Fund and Broadband Internet Taxes
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
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: Democratic and Republican Party Education Platforms
In 2012, the Republican and Democratic parties held their national conventions sandwiched around Labor Day weekend.
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