Recent Research & Commentary

Public Education Is Being Redefined

Brandon Dutcher
April 8, 2011

On March 15 in Oklahoma City, the past met the future.

Carrying signs that read “Stop the War on Workers,” “Collective Bargaining: Backbone of the Middle Class,” and “Don’t Dismantle Public Education,” hundreds of Oklahoma schoolteachers rallied at the state capitol. They expressed concern over school spending, pension reforms, and legislation making it easier to fire bad teachers.

Research & Commentary: Higher Education Regulations and the Disadvantaged

April 7, 2011

Congress and the president stress the importance of providing higher education opportunities to traditionally disadvantaged groups.

Research & Commentary: FCC’s Data-Roaming Mandate

Marc Oestreich
April 3, 2011

On April 7, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on a data-roaming mandate that would force mobile operators to offer their data networks to smaller carriers on “commercia

Research & Commentary: Effect of 2011 Japan Earthquake on the Reinsurance Industry

Matthew Glans
April 1, 2011

With billions of dollars in property losses expected in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, insurers will have to pay enormous claims.

Research & Commentary: The Price-Anderson Act

Matthew Glans
March 31, 2011

The generation of electricity through nuclear power carries risk.

Research & Commentary: The Safety of Nuclear Energy Generation

Jay Lehr, Ph.D
March 31, 2011

The earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11 caused a series of explosions and fires at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, setting off a storm of media attention and public con

Research & Commentary: Competitive Bidding for Medical Devices

Matthew Glans
March 29, 2011

This year Medicare is implementing a change in how it determines which companies can provide durable medical equipment to the system’s beneficiaries.

Research & Commentary: Georgia Tax Reform

March 29, 2011

The Special Council on Tax Fairness for Georgians was established to conduct a study of the state’s revenue structure and make a report of its findings and recommendations for legislation.

Tapping the Rainy Day Fund & School Fund Balances

March 28, 2011

Balancing the 2010-11 Budget without Raising Taxes

The Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF): Appropriate Uses and Legislative History

Research & Commentary: FCC Set-Top Box Regulation

Marc Oestreich
March 25, 2011

Section 629 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorized the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the television hardware market.