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  • Ethanol

    Published April 19, 2007
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    Ethanol and other biofuels increasingly are becoming controversial. Supporters of ethanol cite its potential to decrease our dependence on oil from the Mideast while also providing a cleaner and cheaper fuel alternative for consumers.
  • Excise Taxes – Focus on Michigan’s Liquor Taxes

    Published April 11, 2007
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    Alcohol, beer, tobacco, and other items have become big targets of tax-hiking lawmakers in recent years.
  • The Great Lakes Compact

    Published March 29, 2007
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    Some environmental groups champion the Great Lakes Compact as an important way to protect water resources in the region. However, they overlook the compact’s profound negative impact on business and residents.
  • Research & Commentary: Retail Health Clinics

    Published March 1, 2007
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    Some critics claim these clinics sacrifice quality for expediency, and collectively pose a threat to high standards of care offered in a traditional doctor’s office setting.
  • Research & Commentary: Utah’s Parent Choice in Education Act

    Published March 1, 2007
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    Today, The Heartland Institute is releasing a Research & Commentary package addressing school choice, using Utah's Parent Choice in Education Act as a case study.
  • Gross Receipts Taxes

    Published February 27, 2007
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    Today, The Heartland Institute is releasing a Research & Commentary package addressing gross receipts taxes.A gross receipts tax imposes a levy on all business transactions, regardless of a firm's profits or losses.
  • Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards

    Published January 25, 2007
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    In his State of the Union Address on January 23, 2007, President George W. Bush promised to modernize fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. This Research & Commentary package collects key background articles on the subject.
  • Education Funding Reform In Illinois

    Published January 1, 2007
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    In Illinois, local public schools are funded primarily through local property taxes.
  • Education Funding Reform In Illinois

    Published January 1, 2007
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    In Illinois, local public schools are funded primarily through local property taxes.
  • Clean Air Act Issues

    Published July 26, 2006
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    States are working on State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to meet air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Two criteria pollutants – ozone, a precursor of smog, and fine particulate matter (PM 2.
  • The Costs, Benefits, and Regulation of Prescription Drugs

    Published January 20, 2005
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    A 54-page collection of essays addressing prescription drug regulation, first assembled for distribution to state attorneys general and speakers at a January 2005 Presidential Initiative Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General in Chicago.
  • State Constitutional Reforms: Recent Experiences

    Published September 1, 1997
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    This document authored by Janice C. May highlights various constitutional reform efforts in the decade of the 1990's.Term limits on state legislators were just one of many popular reforms considered during the decade.

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