Research & Commentary: Carbon Tax Swaps
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
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
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
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
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
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
(An updated verison of this policy document can be found here)
Research & Commentary: Common Core Draft Science Standards
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
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
Internet privacy has become a hot issue as technology to track user movements online has become more widespread.
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