Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance in North Carolina

May 5, 2014

During the recent recession, the federal government expanded the number of weeks an individual could receive unemployment benefits, and most states accepted the increased weeks and funding.

Research & Commentary: The Good and Bad of the Kasich Tax Plan

April 28, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich in March began a renewed push for tax reform in 2014, following up on the state’s 2013 tax reforms, which lowered income taxes while increasing sales taxes.

Research & Commentary: Severance Taxes

April 28, 2014

Severance taxes are levied when landowners sell nonrenewable resources such as oil, natural gas, iron, copper, and other natural resources for extraction.

Research & Commentary: Occupational Licensing

Rebecca Schieber
April 28, 2014

Government regulation of occupations comes in the form of registration, certification permits, and licensure. A license gives an individual a “right to practice” legally.

Research & Commentary: What the Australian Carbon Tax Means for the United States

April 25, 2014

Anti-fossil-fuel activists have long advocated federal and state governments should impose carbon taxes.

Research & Commentary: Rideshare Regulation

April 24, 2014

Over the past several years, the popularity of “ridesharing” services has grown exponentially across the country.

Research & Commentary: The Future of High Frequency Trading

April 24, 2014

High frequency trading has come under increased scrutiny since the “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010.

Research & Commentary: Illinois’ Unfair “Fair Tax”

April 24, 2014

While its neighbors have undertaken positive tax reforms, lowering rates for businesses and individual taxpayers, Illinois has been moving in the opposite direction and is now considering moving fr

Research & Commentary: Taxing and Regulating E-Cigarettes in New Jersey

April 14, 2014

Over the past five years, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have emerged as a popular alternative for smokers looking to quit or substantially reduce their cigarette use.

Research & Commentary: Regulation of Online Gambling

April 14, 2014

The debate over the expansion of online gambling in the states continues to move forward while Congress considers the

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