Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: E-Cigarette ‘Smoking’ Bans

November 3, 2014

As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, state and local governments are finding ways to regulate and tax them.

Research & Commentary: Certificate of Need Reform

November 13, 2014

Thirty-six states currently use certificate of need (CON) laws to slow the growth of health care prices, promote consolidation of health care providers, and limit duplication of services.

Research & Commentary: Preschool Expansion and Development Grants

November 3, 2014

In 2014, Congress appropriated $250 million for a program offering preschool grants for states that apply for them.

Research & Commentary: South Carolina Common Core

October 31, 2014

South Carolina became the second state in the nation to repeal Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math

Research & Commentary: Tax Reform in Wisconsin Is Not Yet Complete

October 27, 2014

Since 2011, Gov. Scott Walker (R) and the General Assembly have cut taxes by nearly $2 billion.

Research & Commentary: Tennessee Medicaid Expansion

October 27, 2014

Recent moves by Pennsylvania and Indiana to expand their Medicaid programs under the false mantle of being a “free-market alternative” to Obamacare have emboldened some Re

Research & Commentary: Utah Medicaid Expansion Update

October 13, 2014

As Gov. Gary Herbert’s (R) “Healthy Utah” Medicaid expansion plan awaits approval by the Obama administration, it remains unpopular with many Utahans.

Research & Commentary: Maryland Renewable Portfolio Mandate

October 13, 2014

Maryland’s renewable portfolio mandate, also known as a renewable power mandate, requires utilities in the state to procure from renewable sources 20 percent of the electricity they supply to retai

Research & Commentary: College Affordability and Student Loan Debt

October 13, 2014

Some 40 million Americans have a total of more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, surpassing the national total of credit card debt.

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