Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: The Future of the 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage

December 19, 2011

Legislators and regulators in Washington, DC are now considering a gradual winding down of the two giant government-supported mortgage-securitizing enterprises, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Research & Commentary: Economic Impact of Casino Development

December 16, 2011

During its 2012 session, the Florida legislature will consider bills to allow the construction of large destination casino resorts in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

Research & Commentary: Medical Fee Schedules for Michigan Auto Insurance

December 13, 2011

Auto insurance will be one of the key issues Michigan legislators face in the upcoming legislative session.

Research & Commentary: The Parent Trigger, One Year Later

December 13, 2011

California passed the first Parent Trigger law in January 2010, taking until September 2011 to confirm permanent regulations governing it.

Research & Commentary: Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

December 12, 2011

On November 17, 2011, the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, a bill d

Research & Commentary: Accountable Care Organizations

December 1, 2011

As states begin to estimate the price of implementing President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), one costly component of the law has yet to receive much-needed att

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure

November 22, 2011

In just a few short years, shale gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing has transformed the domestic energy landscape, providing billions of cubic feet per day to the nation’s energy supply and

Research & Commentary: Harkin-Enzi NCLB Reauthorization

November 22, 2011

The U.S. Senate is considering an 860-page bill and 868-page amendment by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) to reauthorize No Child Left Behind.

Research & Commentary: Shallow Loss Coverage and the CROP Act

November 21, 2011

The U.S. agriculture industry receives billions of dollars ($6.5 billion in 2010) in federal insurance subsidies each year.