Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Levees and Flood Mitigation

May 2, 2012

For more than a century, the United States has attempted to control water almost entirely with levees and other “structural” means.

Research & Commentary: Plastic Bag Bans

April 30, 2012

Following the San Francisco city council’s decision in 2007 to ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and chain pharmacies, a number of local governments have implemented si

Research & Commentary: Obamacare Costs Taxpayers $4 Trillion

April 26, 2012

A new report from the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, using Congressional Budget Office data, reveals the federal health care law will impose $4 trillion in tax increases by 2035.

Research & Commentary: Credit Union Member Business Lending and Bill S. 2231

April 25, 2012

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would lift—but not eliminate—the current cap on credit unions’ ability to lend to businesses.

Research & Commentary: Federal Flood Insurance Subsidies in Puget Sound

April 23, 2012

For more than four decades, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has subsidized construction in floodplains in the United States.

Research & Commentary: Onshore Reserving in the District of Columbia

April 18, 2012

Many insurance and reinsurance companies reserve assets for U.S. catastrophe coverage in “offshore” locations such as Bermuda, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany.

Research & Commentary: Taxing Internet Sales in Connecticut

April 18, 2012

Connecticut is one of many states struggling to balance their budgets by introducing taxes on Internet goods and services.

Research & Commentary: Digital Learning Possibilities and Pitfalls

April 11, 2012

Harnessing modern technology to tailor education personally and make it efficient is new and greatly unsettled territory.

Research & Commentary: Subsidies for Renewable Energy in Florida

April 11, 2012

Sometime in the next few days, Florida Gov.