Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Illinois' Alcohol Tax Is Helping Neighbor States

November 2, 2009

Illinois' alcohol tax increases, which the legislature pushed through to fund a $31 billion capital works plan, are beginning to have their troubling consequences.

Research & Commentary: Illinois’ Pension Problem and How to Fix it

September 30, 2009

The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported some very alarming facts about Illinois’ public pension system, among them:

Research & Commentary: Federal Reserve Transparency

Matthew Glans and Brian Costin
September 23, 2009

Research & Commentary: Top Ten Reasons Not to Raise Tobacco Taxes

September 11, 2009

Smokers have become a favorite target of many legislators across the country.

Research & Commentary: The Damaging Effects of Tourism Taxes

July 28, 2009

Tourism taxes have become an increasingly trendy pick for elected officials hoping to raise additional revenue to cover increases in government spending.