Recent Research & Commentary

“Sin Taxes” Are Flawed Tax Policy

April 15, 2009

More than 20 states are considering “sin taxes”—such as excise taxes on tobacco, beer, and spirits—in order to shore up their budget deficits.

Research & Commentary: April Fool’s Day Tobacco Tax Hike—The Joke’s On States

April 1, 2009

A 62-cent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco products, intended to fund the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), goes into effect April 1.

President Barack Obama's Cap-and-Trade Plan

Zonia M. Pino
March 27, 2009

Illinois Cannot Afford Governor Quinn’s Budget

March 25, 2009

Tough decisions are a part of governing, and Illinois’ $11.5 billion budget shortfall will undoubtedly force many of them.

Universal Access Fund Reform

March 9, 2009

Federal and state Universal Access and Service Funds (UASFs) have become an inefficient and unnecessary use of taxpayer money.

Research & Commentary: The Best And Worst Ways To Eliminate A Budget Deficit

February 20, 2009

Research & Commentary: The Best And Worst Ways to Eliminate a Budget Deficit