Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Nevada Margins Tax, Round 2

February 19, 2015

Nevada’s tax system, which has neither individual nor corporate income taxes, has brought the state significant increases in population, employment, and economic growth.

Research & Commentary: New Taxes, Regulations Proposed for E-Cigarettes in Indiana

February 18, 2015

As the use of electronic cigarettes has grown, state and local governments across the nation have moved to increase taxes on these products.

Research & Commentary: Federal Gasoline Taxes

February 18, 2015

According to Forbes, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that in 2024 alone

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

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