Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: FCC Set-Top Box Regulation

Marc Oestreich
March 25, 2011

Section 629 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorized the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the television hardware market.

Research & Commentary: Higher Education Regulations, State Authorization

Marc Oestreich
March 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education will begin implementing two new regulations on for-profit colleges in July 2011.

Research & Commentary: Georgia Sunday Sales Local Option

March 1, 2011

Georgia is one of only three states that prohibit the retail sale of liquor, wine, and beer on Sundays.

Research & Commentary: Airline Passenger Tax

Charlie Vidal
February 24, 2011

Congress is considering an increase in the airline passenger facility tax from $4.50 to $7.00 per takeoff and landing. In total this would be a massive $2 billion tax increase on consumers.

Research & Commentary: Maryland’s ‘Dime a Drink’ Tax

February 17, 2011

Maryland is once again considering a “dime a drink” increase in the state’s alcohol taxes. Proponents say it will bring in $215 million toward reducing the state’s budget deficit.

Research & Commentary: Medicaid and State Budgets

Benjamin Domenech
February 3, 2011

As many legislators are now learning, perhaps the greatest impact President Barack Obama’s health care regime will have on state budgets comes from the dramatic expansion of Medicaid to cover milli

Research & Commentary: Indiana Parent Trigger

Marc Oestreich
February 8, 2011

Schools in Indiana are failing to make the grade, and parents are afforded virtually no recourse when their children fall victim to a failing school.

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