Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Florida’s Online Travel Agent Tax

Marc Oestreich
July 15, 2011

Florida’s tourism industry brings in more than $60 billion each year and is the state’s most profitable industry.

Research & Commentary: State Prison Reforms

Elizabeth Henderson
July 1, 2011

Research & Commentary: Federal Earthquake Insurance Backstop

Matthew Glans
June 1, 2011

Legislation to create a new federal earthquake insurance backstop is currently being considered in Congress.

Research & Commentary: Protecting Privacy in Cloud Computing

July 1, 2011

The 25-five-year-old federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) doesn’t protect individuals’ data stored remotely in the Internet “cloud” (such as gmail, mobileme, and skydrive).

Research & Commentary: Standardized Loss Allocation System for Hurricane Claims and the COASTAL Act

Matthew Glans
June 28, 2011

The two major forces of a hurricane—wind and water—can do grave damage to homes.

Research & Commentary: Contracting Out Prison Services

Matthew Glans
June 6, 2011

The cost of incarceration, rehabilitation, and security in state, local, and federal prisons has become a serious budget problem.

Research & Commentary: Use of Gender in Auto Insurance Scoring

Eli Lehrer
June 24, 2011

Some stereotypes about groups are pure calumny, others have a small grain of truth, and some are absolutely, 100 percent true.

Research & Commentary: National ‘Common Core’ Curriculum Standards

June 23, 2011

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, supported and created by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers, sets grade-by-grade content requirements for K–12

Research & Commentary: Early Learning Challenge

June 21, 2011

Under the federal government’s "Early Learning Challenge" for state early education and childcare programs, states will offer a proposal, then follow through if they win a grant.

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