Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: National and State Standardized Tests

June 21, 2011

As Congress gears up to reauthorize No Child Left Behind, the largest federal law on education, and various school districts display the fruits of the act’s mandated testing, experts have begun to

Research & Commentary: Early Learning Challenge

June 21, 2011

Under the federal government’s "Early Learning Challenge" for state early education and childcare programs, states will offer a proposal, then follow through if they win a grant.

Research & Commentary: Weight-Based Smokeless Tobacco Taxes in Wisconsin

June 20, 2011

Wisconsin is considering a revenue neutral tax proposal that would change the tax structure for smokeless tobacco from an ad valorem tax to a weight-based tax.

Research & Commentary: Contracting Out Prison Services

Matthew Glans
June 6, 2011

The cost of incarceration, rehabilitation, and security in state, local, and federal prisons has become a serious budget problem.

Research & Commentary: Federal Earthquake Insurance Backstop

Matthew Glans
June 1, 2011

Legislation to create a new federal earthquake insurance backstop is currently being considered in Congress.

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Auto Insurance

Matthew Glans
May 31, 2011

North Carolina is currently considering several types of changes to its auto insurance regulatory system.

Research & Commentary: Louisiana Shouldn’t Concede Its Tobacco Tax Advantage

May 13, 2011

Louisiana is considering a proposal for a significant tax hike on cigarettes, smoking tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products.