Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Alabama Pension Reform

July 10, 2014

Unfunded state pension liabilities have become an increasingly troubling problem for states across the country, including Alabama.

Research & Commentary: State Income Tax Revenue Since the Fiscal Cliff

July 10, 2014

More states have been lowering or eliminating income taxes in order to spur economic growth in recent years.

Research & Commentary: Common Core in Pennsylvania

Hailey Vrdolyak
July 1, 2014

Pennsylvania is one of 45 states that adopted national Common Core State Standards.

Research & Commentary: Teacher Tenure in California

Hailey Vrdolyak
June 30, 2014

The Los Angeles County Superior Court case Vergara v. California attracted national attention because of the possible ramifications it could have on teacher tenure across the nation.

Research & Commentary: Mandated “Three-Tier” Distribution of Alcohol

June 30, 2014

Alcohol products (beer, wine, and spirits) are some of the most tightly regulated consumer products in the United States.

Research & Commentary: Pence’s HIP 2.0 Is Not Conservative Medicaid Reform

June 27, 2014

In May 2014, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence introduced a proposal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).

Research & Commentary: Reimbursement Flaws in Medicaid and the ACA

June 27, 2014

Fewer doctors are accepting new Medicaid patients today, in part due to low reimbursement rates and a large increase in Medicaid enrollment caused by states expanding Medicaid in response to the Af

Research & Commentary: Right to Work in Kentucky

June 26, 2014

Implemented in 1947, the Taft-Harley Act (THA), Section 14(b), allows states to adopt right-to-work laws.

Research & Commentary: Car Rental Taxes

June 25, 2014

Tourism taxes have become increasingly popular with city and state governments as a source of new revenue.

Research & Commentary: Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard

June 23, 2014

In August 2007, the Illinois General Assembly enacted legislation creating a Renewable Portfolio Standard.