Policy Studies

Social Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining: Land Use and Value

February 16, 2016

The “social” impact of sand-mining operations, including their impact on land use, scenic beauty, and property values, can be a sensitive topic.

State Fiscal Constraints and Higher Education Spending: The Role of Medicaid and the Business Cycle

Thomas Kane, Peter Orszag, David Gunter
May 22, 2003

The more states spend on Medicaid, the less they spend on higher education.

Nebraska's $1 Billion Medicaid Expansion Plan - 10-Year Analysis

February 8, 2016

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services commissioned Optumas, a private firm, to analyze the 10-year cost of state Sen.

Certificate-of-Need Laws: Implications for Florida

Thomas Stratmann
March 31, 2015

The Mercatus Center's comprehensive study of certificate of need (CON) laws breaks down their harmful effects by state. This analysis explains their findings for Florida.

Arkansas' Failed Medicaid Experiment: Not a Model for Nebraska

Jonathan Ingram, Nicholas Horton
January 19, 2016

Nebraska lawmakers are considering expanding Medicaid by using federal dollars to fund private insurance options.

Roadway Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining

September 18, 2015

As many as 9,000 non-metallic mines operate in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin – approximately one mine for every 3,000 residents.

Amending the Constitution By Convention: A More Complete View of the Founder's Plan

Robert Natleson
December 1, 2010

Rob Natleson, senior fellow of the Independence Institute, presents his first policy study relating to amending the Constitution of the United States through an Article V convention. 

Environmental Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining

May 11, 2015

The rate of silica sand mining in the United States has increased in recent years, due in large part to the tremendous growth in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas using horizontal drilling techn

In Defense of Private Civic Engagement: Why the Assault on ‘Dark Money’ Threatens Free Speech – and How to Stop the Assault

April 20, 2015

Being able to speak freely and donate money anonymously has a long and distinguished history in the U.S. The Declaration of Independence, the campaigns for approval of the U.S.

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