Policy Briefs

Five Things to Consider Before Raising Tobacco Taxes: A Review of the Research

Eli Lehrer
July 25, 2011

Tobacco use poses well-known health risks. Smokers, on average, die earlier than nonsmokers.

Amicus Brief: Deseret Power Electric Cooperative

March 21, 2008

U.S. EPA issued a Clean Air Act permit last year to the Deseret Power Electric Cooperative, ending a three year process costing the utility millions of dollars.

Solving the Flood/Wind Problem After Hurricane Losses:

Scott Richardson and Eli Lehrer
June 1, 2011

In the aftermath of a hurricane landfall, there often isn’t enough data or experience relating to the losses to make known for certain whether a given loss resulted from wind or water.

How Teachers in Texas Would Benefit from Expanding School Choice

Joseph L. Bast, Herbert J. Walberg, Ph.D.
April 1, 2011

Teacher unions often lead the opposition to legislation that would expand the ability of parents to choose the schools – whether public or private – their children attend.

Budget Impact of the Texas Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program

John Merrifield, Ph.D. and Joseph L. Bast
April 1, 2011

The Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program (TSGP) is a very concise piece of legislation, apparently intended to address the state’s looming biannual budget deficit by reducing enrollment and associated

State Insurance Exchanges: The Case against Implementation

Benjamin Domenech
April 20, 2011

State policymakers face a complex task as they decide whether to implement President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Four Problems, Four Solutions: A Blueprint for Reforming Texas’s Insurance Environment

Eli Lehrer
March 9, 2011

This report reviews four major problems with Texas’s insurance environment and proposes four categories of action that elected leaders should take in order to remedy them.

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