Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: State Waivers from EPA Regulation

May 19, 2014

The federal environmental regulatory system is broken.

Research & Commentary: Ohio Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard

May 19, 2014

The Ohio Senate took a small but important first step for electricity consumers by voting to freeze the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, also known as a Renewable Portfolio Standard (

Research & Commentary: Medicare Part D’s Success

May 14, 2014

Medicare Part D has been a great success by most objective measures.

Research & Commentary: The Myth of a Global Warming Consensus

May 14, 2014

Many legislators are told they must enact climate change legislation because an alleged “scientific consensus” holds that man-made climate change requires urgent action.

Research & Commentary: Blended Learning

Rebecca Schieber
May 14, 2014

Blended learning initiatives are becoming increasingly common in K–12 schools. These programs combine in-person “bricks-and-mortar” education with supervised and individualized online learning.

Research & Commentary: Education Tax Credits

May 13, 2014

As education options have expanded and states have tried different kinds of laws, research and experience are showing even states currently offering some forms of school choice can benefit by impro

Research & Commentary: Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion

May 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to expand Medicaid to cover individuals making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

Research & Commentary: Vergara v. California and Teacher Tenure

Rebecca Schieber
May 9, 2014

Many state and local elected officials have tried to reform teacher tenure. The issue is back in the spotlight as a result of the Los Angeles County Superior Court case Vergara v.

Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance in North Carolina

May 5, 2014

During the recent recession, the federal government expanded the number of weeks an individual could receive unemployment benefits, and most states accepted the increased weeks and funding.

Research & Commentary: State's Reliance on Federal Funds

May 5, 2014

Decreases in tax revenue, soaring government spending, and the growing burden of unfunded liabilities have created budget crises in many states.