Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Rolling Back Colorado’s Costly Energy Mandate

February 17, 2015

In November 2004, Colorado became the first state to enact into law (by ballot initiative) a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), also referred to as a renewable power mandate.

Research & Commentary: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Tax Hike Proposal

February 17, 2015

Washington state legislators face a serious budget problem due to overspending and a court-ordered mandate to increase education funding.

Research & Commentary: South Carolina Income and Gas Tax Swap

February 17, 2015

In her 2015 State of the State address, South Carolina Gov.

Research & Commentary: North Dakota's Tobacco Tax Advantage

February 13, 2015

North Dakota policymakers are considering raising the state's tax on cigarettes by as much as 250 percent, taking it from a competitive rate of 44 cents per pack up to $2.44 cents per pack.

Research & Commentary: Minnesota Higher Education

January 27, 2015

Minnesota starts the 2015 legislative year with a $1 billion surplus, but Gov.

Research & Commentary: Indiana Nursing Home Moratorium

January 26, 2015

 The two mechanisms commonly used by states to limit health care competition are the approval process known as “certificate of need” (CON) and the use of state-imposed morator

Research & Commentary: Alaska Medicaid Expansion

December 29, 2014

The Alaska State Legislature opposed expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with many arguing it is an expensive endeavor that would not provide better or more aff

Research & Commentary: Idaho Medicaid Expansion

December 29, 2014

The expansion of Medicaid programs in some Republican-controlled states under the false mantle of a “free market alternative” to Obamacare has emboldened some Republican governors to reconsider the

Research & Commentary: Florida Municipal Pensions

December 16, 2014

State pension issues have received much attention from lawmakers and the media, but many municipalities also face pension liabilities leading them toward bankruptcy.

Research & Commentary: Requiring Legislative Approval for Carbon Dioxide Regulations

December 9, 2014

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the authority of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, proposed a plan to mandate a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions

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