Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: State Chemicals of Concern Lists

November 3, 2011

At least eight states have implemented de facto regulations on chemicals they deem “hazardous” by creating “chemicals of concern” lists.

Research & Commentary: Oil Spill Liability Caps and the Oil Pollution Act

November 3, 2011

Oil spills can cause long-term damage to the environment and cost billions of dollars to clean up.

Research & Commentary: Iowa Education Overhaul

November 1, 2011

Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor have released a preliminary blueprint for “systemic” education reforms designed to make Iowa the nation’s top education state and enable Iowans to compete be

Research & Commentary: Michigan School Reforms

October 26, 2011

In September 2011, Michigan state senators introduced seven education reform bills to lift the state cap on charter schools, introduce a Parent Trigger, expand online learning, allow schools to out

Research & Commentary: Michigan’s ‘Right to Teach’ Legislation

October 26, 2011

This year Michigan state lawmakers capped the amount school districts pay toward employee health care coverage (thus requiring school employees to pay part of their premiums), lengthened the time r

Research & Commentary: Oklahoma Income Tax Elimination

October 25, 2011

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are saying tax reform involving the reduction of personal income tax rates will be one of the top priorities this upcoming legislative session.

Research & Commentary Hydraulic Fracturing in Ohio

October 24, 2011

Chesapeake Energy has announced that exploratory hydraulic fracturing wells in the Utica shale, a deep rock formation stretching from upstate New York to Kentucky, have produced significant quantit

Research & Commentary: Strings-Attached NCLB Waivers

October 10, 2011

President Barack Obama has announced his administration will grant states waivers from enforcement of the federal No Child Left Behind law, contingent on their adopting specific policy changes favo

Research & Commentary: Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Update

October 5, 2011

The uncertain future of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which expires in 2014 and was recently the subject of an amendment to sunset it, has some individuals and organizations calling for