Recent Research & Commentary

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.

Research & Commentary: State Video Franchise Reform in Texas

May 12, 2011

Current cable television franchise laws in Texas favor new video service providers over existing ones by not allowing existing service providers to enter into statewide franchises.

Research & Commentary: Internet Gaming Regulations

Matthew Glans
April 29, 2011

The regulation of online gaming, including popular games such as poker, has reached a crossroads with the recent crackdown on poker Web sites in the United States.