Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Carbon Tax Swaps

August 6, 2012

Carbon taxes have regained traction with several prominent Republican lawmakers and political leaders publicly voicing support for a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax in exchange for tax cuts on capital

Research & Commentary: Estate Taxes

August 6, 2012

Few taxes imposed by state and local governments are more controversial than the estate tax, popularly referred to as the “death tax.” Estate taxes are levies on the net value of the estate of

Research & Commentary: Michigan Teacher Pension Reforms

August 6, 2012

Michigan lawmakers are considering addressing the state’s debilitating $22 billion teacher pension deficit by switching incoming state teachers to a 401(k)-style plan instead of the traditional def

Research & Commentary: Teacher Shortages

July 30, 2012

North Dakota is reporting extreme teacher shortages as the state booms economically thanks in great part to oil extraction, but it’s not the only place where such shortages are occurring.

Research & Commentary: Reforming Wisconsin’s Income Tax

Tom March
July 24, 2012

Wisconsin State Rep. Robin Vos recently called for a legislative council committee on state income tax reform to look at the state’s current, progressive, income tax structure.

Research & Commentary: Public Pensions and the Assumed Rate of Return

July 23, 2012

In states and municipalities across the country, the high cost of traditional defined-benefit public pensions has become a hot-button issue as unfunded liabilities have raced out of control.

Research & Commentary: Gasoline Taxes

July 17, 2012

(An updated verison of this policy document can be found here)

Research & Commentary: Common Core Draft Science Standards

July 16, 2012

A consortium of consultants and science educators has released a draft of what they plan will become national education standards for K-12 science.

Research & Commentary: States Should Avoid Medicaid Expansion

July 3, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Research & Commentary: Internet Privacy and Do Not Track Legislation

June 29, 2012

Internet privacy has become a hot issue as technology to track user movements online has become more widespread.