Recent Research & Commentary

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

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