Recent Research & Commentary

Higher Education in South Carolina: Cut Administrative Costs and Focus on Student Performance

Simon Wong
September 28, 2010

While South Carolinians can take pride in our state’s higher educational system, costs and tuition have skyrocketed in recent years, even as graduation rates remain below 40 percent. At the same time, South Carolina’s leading universities have been drawn away from their core mission and increasingly become conduits for the Legislature’s economic development plans. The solution is to refocus on student performance, cut administrative costs and look to innovative technology that will improve both access and affordability.

Research & Commentary: Capital Gains Taxes

August 30, 2010

The current capital gains tax rate of 15 percent is set to increase substantially at the end of the year as the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts sunset.

Research & Commentary: Privatization

August 26, 2010

The concept of privatization is relatively simple: a shifting of a government-provided service or aspects of it to a private business subject to the rigors of a competitive marketplace.

Research & Commentary: The Upcoming Dividend Tax Increase

August 25, 2010

One tax hike set to take effect January 1, 2011 unless Congressional action is taken is a 164 percent increase in the tax on dividends.

Research & Commentary: Virtual Schools

Marc Oestreich
August 23, 2010

Research & Commentary: Nutrition Information Overload

Ben Domenich
August 4, 2010

One of the new requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation concerns disclosure of nutrition information in restaurants — essentially a tactic designed to shame people into bett

Research & Commentary: VAT Will Increase Both Debt and Taxes

July 15, 2010

A value-added tax (VAT) is a sales tax applied at each stage of production for a good or service, instead of only at the point of final sale.

Research & Commentary: A Different Way to Budget

July 15, 2010

States are beginning to turn away from baseline budgeting, a method that has proven ineffective in keeping the size of government to a responsible level.