Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: EPA Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Marc Oestreich

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed guidance for regulating greenhouse gas emissions was released in mid-November and is set to go into effect on January 2, 2011.

Opening closed doors: Bringing sunlight and fairness to state-driven economic development

SCPA

For years, the General Assembly has shut the door, cut deals with lobbyists and given away billions of dollars in incentives.

Research & Commentary: Health Care Retail Clinics

Jeff Emanuel

Affordable, convenient health care has become more available to average Americans as a result of the proliferation of so-called "retail clinics."

Research & Commentary: School Vouchers Are a Cost-Saver for Taxpayers

James VonderHaar

The evidence is in: If your goal is efficiency and saving tax dollars, K-12 education voucher programs are an astounding success.

Research & Commentary: Teachers Association Options

For many decades, unions were the only large-scale professional organizations available to teachers and education administrators.

The Simplicity of Goverment Transparency

Kevin Kane

Governor Bobby Jindal’s short tenure in office has received extensive coverage from local and national media. And while several pieces of new legislation have garnered much attention, two important developments have gone largely unnoticed: Executive Order No. BJ 2008-2 and Senate Bill 37.

These new laws mandate the creation of a website where state spending will be posted and require increased transparency in state finances. Together, they signify that Louisiana is moving towards making all government spending information accessible via the internet.