Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Occupational Licensing

Rebecca Schieber
April 28, 2014

Government regulation of occupations comes in the form of registration, certification permits, and licensure. A license gives an individual a “right to practice” legally.

Research & Commentary: Severance Taxes

April 28, 2014

Severance taxes are levied when landowners sell nonrenewable resources such as oil, natural gas, iron, copper, and other natural resources for extraction.

Research & Commentary: What the Australian Carbon Tax Means for the United States

April 25, 2014

Anti-fossil-fuel activists have long advocated federal and state governments should impose carbon taxes.

Research & Commentary: Rideshare Regulation

April 24, 2014

Over the past several years, the popularity of “ridesharing” services has grown exponentially across the country.

Research & Commentary: Illinois’ Unfair “Fair Tax”

April 24, 2014

While its neighbors have undertaken positive tax reforms, lowering rates for businesses and individual taxpayers, Illinois has been moving in the opposite direction and is now considering moving fr

Research & Commentary: The Future of High Frequency Trading

April 24, 2014

High frequency trading has come under increased scrutiny since the “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010.

Research & Commentary: Taxing and Regulating E-Cigarettes in New Jersey

April 14, 2014

Over the past five years, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have emerged as a popular alternative for smokers looking to quit or substantially reduce their cigarette use.

Research & Commentary: Regulation of Online Gambling

April 14, 2014

The debate over the expansion of online gambling in the states continues to move forward while Congress considers the

Research & Commentary: Michigan Minimum Wage Increase

April 11, 2014

There are currently several legislative proposals in Michigan that would significantly increase the state’s minimum wage to as high as $9.50 per hour.

Research & Commentary: Solar Power in Maine

April 11, 2014

The State of Maine is considering two proposals to provide greater incentives for solar power.