Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Mining Regulation

June 20, 2012

Mining is the process of extracting raw minerals from the earth to be converted into valuable materials used by society.

Research & Commentary: Earned Income Tax Credit vs. Minimum Wage Laws

June 19, 2012

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and minimum wage laws have been two of the primary mechanisms the federal and state governments have used to help low-income families move out of poverty.

Research & Commentary: Health Insurance Exchanges in Small States

June 18, 2012

Several states have halted the creation of health insurance exchanges, awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the federal health care law.

Research & Commentary: Mitt Romney’s Education Platform

June 18, 2012

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his education policy platform in May.

Research & Commentary: Capital Gains Taxes Update

June 13, 2012

Absent Congressional action, several tax increases will go into effect at the end of the year.

Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Liquor Privatization

June 12, 2012

The Pennsylvania House is considering a bill that would privatize the state’s liquor sales. Currently all liquor sales in Pennsylvania are done in state-run stores.

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

June 7, 2012

Despite there being no known natural gas resources in Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin recently signed into law the nation’s first state ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Research & Commentary: Enterprise Value Tax

June 7, 2012

A proposal from the Obama administration that has generated significant opposition from the financial sector is the enterprise value tax.

Research & Commentary: Designing Tax Credit Scholarships

June 5, 2012

The New York Times published an article in May purporting to indict tax credit scholarship programs with evidence some scholarship-granting nonprofits were poorly and unethically managed.