Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Ohio Health Insurance Exchange

Uncertainty over the future of the federal health care law has led many states, including Ohio, to avoid implementation of health insurance exchanges. Recently state Sen.

A Constitutional Solution to Runaway Federal Spending

Mario Loyola

The protections for individual freedom in the Constitution of the United States have been significantly weakened since the 1930s. Through periods of GOP as well Democratic majorities, the federal government’s authority has increased at the expense of the states and the people. During this time, the federal courts have abdicated their role as guardians of the constraints on federal power, eliminating a vital check-and-balance of our Constitution.

Games Legislators Play: Tricks, gimmicks, and fuzzy accounting in the 2011-2012 budget

SCPC
  • Using money that’s only available for one year to fund ongoing functions of government

    Legislators are taking $150 million from various earmarked/restricted funds to pay for ongoing obligations at the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (Medicaid).

  • Using millions in “anticipated” revenue to fund pet projects

Research & Commentary: Carbon Dioxide Restrictions Will Devastate Environmental Treasures

James Taylor

Forcing nationwide cuts in carbon dioxide emissions offers only speculative environmental benefits, if any, as a switch to wind and solar power will certainly cause environmental degradation.

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.

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."

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.