Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Crop Insurance and Farm Subsidies

September 13, 2011

Farmers buy crop insurance for protection against the financial impact of natural disasters affecting their crops and the loss of revenue caused by declines in agricultural commodity prices.

Research & Commentary: National Flood Insurance Update

September 8, 2011

On Thursday, September 8th, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee held its first formal markup of a bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.

Research & Commentary: Kansas Income Tax Elimination

Elizabeth Henderson
September 6, 2011

State of Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson has expressed hope the state legislature will approve a bill to eliminate the state’s personal income tax over time.

Research & Commentary: No Child Left Behind Waivers

September 5, 2011

In July 2011, Education Secretary Arne Duncan ignited a media and political firestorm by announcing his intention to grant waivers to states that could not meet No Child Left Behind requirements if

Research & Commentary: Higher Education Budget Cuts

August 31, 2011

In 2010, states cut higher education budgets by a total of $1.2 billion. In 2011, the cuts are expected to reach $5 billion.

Research & Commentary: Reform Unionism

August 26, 2011

As school choice and competition measures eke into the American education system, the implications are becoming clear to the nation’s three million public school teachers and the unions to which ma

Research & Commentary: Windstorm Insurance on the Atlantic Coast

August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene appears likely to make landfall in the United States sometime in the next few days.

Research & Commentary: Advantages of Managed Care for Medicaid

August 25, 2011

The skyrocketing costs caused by Medicaid’s fee-for-service approach have states struggling to meet their government budgets, and access to quality health care is becoming scarcer.

Research & Commentary: Credit Scoring Debate in Massachusetts

August 17, 2011

A debate over the use of credit scoring to determine insurance rates and eligibility continues to rage in Massachusetts.

Research & Commentary: School Funding Lawsuits

August 15, 2011

With state and local governments tightening their belts in response to falling tax revenues caused by the bad economy, school districts facing cuts are increasingly resorting to lawsuits to force g