Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Endangered Species Act Repeal and Replace

September 17, 2014

In 1973, Congress passed and President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The law is administered by the Interior Department’s U.S.

Research & Commentary: Lessons of Kansas’s Income Tax Reforms

September 5, 2014

Kansas has taken several steps in recent years to bring down its tax burden and make the state more competitive for new jobs and businesses. In 2012, Gov.

Research & Commentary: Gov. Mike Pence’s Medicaid Expansion

September 5, 2014

Expanding Medicaid can have repercussions beyond state budgets and the health care industry.

Research & Commentary: New Mexico Renewable Portfolio Standard

September 3, 2014

In 2002, New Mexico implemented a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring investor-owned utilities to procure from renewable sources 10 percent of the electricity they sell.

Research & Commentary: Wisconsin Common Core

September 3, 2014

On July 17, 2014, Wisconsin Gov.

Research & Commentary: Ohio Common Core

September 3, 2014

Ohio legislators are debating HB 597, which if approved would repeal the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school ch

Research & Commentary: Oklahoma Pension Reform

August 18, 2014

Unfunded pension liabilities have become an increasingly troubling problem for states across the country, including Oklahoma.

Research & Commentary: Telemedicine

August 18, 2014

Improvements in communications technology have led to rapid increases in the efficiency and reach of industries throughout the modern economy.

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Hotel Occupancy Taxes

August 8, 2014

Several counties in North Carolina are pushing to increase their hotel occupancy taxes up to the state maximum of 6 percent.

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Film Incentives

August 4, 2014

Over the past couple of decades, state governments have been rolling out the red carpet for Big Hollywood by adopting film tax incentive programs.