Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Should Kentucky Increase Its Minimum Wage?

February 25, 2014

Kentucky legislators are now considering a bill, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, that would increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over a three-year period.

Research & Commentary: Regulating and Taxing E-Cigarettes in Washington

February 25, 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: Medicaid Expansion and Healthy PA

February 24, 2014

Pennsylvania has yet to approve an expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but in September 2013 Gov.

Research & Commentary: Illinois Corporate Income Tax Reform

February 13, 2014

Illinois’ combined federal and state corporate income tax rate is 41.2 percent, fourth-highest in the United States and the industrialized world.

Research & Commentary: Examining the Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Model

February 11, 2014

In several of the states that have chosen not to expand their Medicaid programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), lawmakers are offering proposals to expand Medi

Research & Commentary: Iowa Minimum Wage Reform

February 6, 2014

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and House Minority Leader Mark Smith have said members of their caucuses will introduce proposals this session to raise the state’s legal minimu

Research & Commentary: West Virginia Wireless Taxes for Tourism

February 5, 2014

In January, West Virginia state Sen. H. Truman Chafin proposed a $10 million increase in the tax on wireless services to increase funding for the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

Research & Commentary: Should Illinois Move to a Progressive Tax System?

February 5, 2014

Just a few years ago Illinois’ tax competitiveness compared well to its neighbors and other states.

Research & Commentary: Connecticut Pension Reform

February 5, 2014

According to the most recent available data (2011), Connecticut’s pension system is the second-most underfunded in the United States, trailing only Illinois, which passed minor reforms in late 2013

Research & Commentary: Net Metering

February 3, 2014

In 43 states and the District of Columbia, utility customers who purchase their own generation source (also called distributed generation, most often a rooftop solar panel) can sell any excess elec

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