Recent Research & Commentary

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

Research & Commentary: Recovery Audits

August 9, 2011

For decades, retailers and other private-sector businesses have hired independent auditors to track down improper payments and recover the money.

Research & Commentary: The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

August 8, 2011

Few public policy issues evoke more fervor than those promoting homeownership.

Research & Commentary: Online Learning and Related Technology

August 8, 2011

Online K-12 education is growing rapidly as lawmakers authorize state-run or -approved virtual education options such as single classes from myriad operators and entire virtual schools.

Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Liquor Privatization

Elizabeth Henderson
August 1, 2011

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai recently introduced House Bill 11, which would privatize the state’s liquor sales.