Recent Research & Commentary

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: 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: 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: 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.

Research & Commentary: The Effects of Dividend Tax Changes

June 5, 2012

Several tax increases are set to go into effect at the end of 2012 unless Congress renews the “Bush Tax Cuts.” One of the most significant increases would be a tax hike on dividends of up to189 per

Research & Commentary: The Public’s Knowledge and Opinions of School Choice

June 4, 2012

In the past 18 months, the number and reach of school choice programs have increased exponentially across the United States, bolstered by Republican governors and legislative majorities elected in

Research & Commentary: Carried Interest Taxes

May 31, 2012

One issue currently under debate is how carried interest, the share of the profits of an investment or investment fund that is paid to an investment manager as compensation, will be taxed.

Research & Commentary: Stafford Student Loans

May 29, 2012

As outstanding U.S. college student debt passed the $1 trillion mark this year and college costs continued to rise faster than health care costs, U.S.

Research & Commentary: Interstate Health Care Compacts

May 29, 2012

While the Supreme Court considers the fate of the federal health care law, some states are attempting to take more control over health care by engaging in interstate health care compacts.

Research & Commentary: Illinois Cigarette Tax Won't Fix Medicaid

May 17, 2012

After raising the state’s personal income and corporate tax last year, Illinois is considering a $1 per pack hike in the state’s cigarette tax.