Recent Research & Commentary

What A Smoking Ban Would Mean For Indiana

February 5, 2009

While Indiana’s legislature and citizens debate the merits of a draconian statewide smoking ban, business owners are already taking steps to balance the wishes of the smoking and nonsmoking populat

Federal Cigarette Tax Increase Unfit for SCHIP

January 12, 2009

Proposals to increase the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents (156 percent), in order to pay for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), are problematic.

An Economic Examination of West Virginia 's Prevailing Wage Law

Andrea Dean
January 1, 2009


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Cap-and-Trade in Pennsylvania

Zonia Pino
December 22, 2008

Virginia Needs Spending Reform, Not Higher Cigarette Taxes

December 18, 2008

For years tobacco consumers have been flocking to Virginia to take advantage of the 30 cents-per-pack cigarette tax in order to avoid taxes in Maryland and Washington, DC, where the tax is currentl

Credit Default Swaps

Matthew Glans
November 25, 2008

Reforming Ohio’s Unemployment Fund

Matthew Glans
November 25, 2008

Film Tax Credits: Do They Work?

November 21, 2008

States are increasingly interested in expanding subsidies to the film industry through the use of refundable tax credits and sales tax exemptions.