Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Retransmission Fees

Marc Oestreich
March 25, 2011

Increasing broadcast retransmission fees have caused much tension between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and broadcasters.

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.

Research & Commentary: Higher Education Regulations, State Authorization

Marc Oestreich
March 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education will begin implementing two new regulations on for-profit colleges in July 2011.

School Choice Is Back

Greg Forster
March 2, 2011

School vouchers, like the Republican Party, are back in a big way. The question for vouchers, as for the GOP, is: Have they learned their lesson?

Just a few years ago, the smart people were declaring vouchers dead. “An Idea Whose Time Has Gone: Conservatives Abandon Their Support for School Vouchers” declared the headline of a much-discussed article in Washington Monthly. The article declared that vouchers were on the way out, permanently.

Research & Commentary: Georgia Sunday Sales Local Option

March 1, 2011

Georgia is one of only three states that prohibit the retail sale of liquor, wine, and beer on Sundays.

Research & Commentary: Airline Passenger Tax

Charlie Vidal
February 24, 2011

Congress is considering an increase in the airline passenger facility tax from $4.50 to $7.00 per takeoff and landing. In total this would be a massive $2 billion tax increase on consumers.

Parents should have choice in education

Dr. Matthew Lander
February 19, 2011

A vast majority of Tennesseans believe their public school system needs changing, as found by a recent Vanderbilt University poll. Thankfully, state leaders don’t have to play a guessing game to determine which reforms would best serve Tennessee’s children.

Research & Commentary: Maryland’s ‘Dime a Drink’ Tax

February 17, 2011

Maryland is once again considering a “dime a drink” increase in the state’s alcohol taxes. Proponents say it will bring in $215 million toward reducing the state’s budget deficit.

Research & Commentary: Indiana Parent Trigger

Marc Oestreich
February 8, 2011

Schools in Indiana are failing to make the grade, and parents are afforded virtually no recourse when their children fall victim to a failing school.