Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Work Requirements for TANF and SNAP

April 29, 2015

In March 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee issued a report describing the $799 billion spent through 129 programs for lower-income Americans in 2012.

Research & Commentary: Does Minnesota Need a Gas Tax Increase?

April 29, 2015

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has proposed a 6.5 percent increase to the state’s excise tax on gasoline at the wholesale level, an increase of 16 cents per gallon over the next four years.

Research & Commentary: Louisiana Tobacco Tax Hike

April 28, 2015

Louisiana legislators are now considering several proposals to increase the state’s tobacco tax.

Research & Commentary: Electronic Cigarettes Can Save Medicaid Billions

April 24, 2015

Electronic cigarettes have quickly become one of the most popular nicotine replacement products, with the total market expected to hit $1.7 billion this year.

Research & Commentary: Arkansas Vaping Tax

April 24, 2015

Tobacco and electronic cigarettes have become popular targets for tax increases. States with growing budget problems have flocked to sin taxes as potential sources of new or increased tax revenue.

Research & Commentary: North Carolina Certificate of Need Repeal

April 22, 2015

North Carolina is one of 36 states which have certificate of need (CON) laws.

Research & Commentary: Ending Texas’s Margins Tax

April 20, 2015

Texas’s franchise tax, commonly known as the “margins” tax, has been controversial since its inception, facing lawsuits and repeated repeal attempts.

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