Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: States Shouldn’t Depend on Unreliable Sin Taxes

September 9, 2015

States across the nation have increasingly looked to sin taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and gaming to fix budget gaps.

Research & Commentary: California Tobacco Tax Hike

September 8, 2015

California lawmakers

Research & Commentary: Affordable Care Act CO-Ops Are Failing

September 1, 2015

In an effort to improve competition in the health care insurance marketplace and on the new health insurance exchanges, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a program to assist in the creation

Research & Commentary: Tennessee’s Transportation Funding

August 31, 2015

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently began a barnstorming tour across the state promoting additional funding for state transportation and road projects.

Research & Commentary: Alabama Gov. Bentley’s Tobacco Tax Hike Proposal

August 28, 2015

Tobacco and electronic cigarettes have become popular targets for tax increases across the nation.

Research & Commentary: Right-to-Work Debate Continues in Missouri

August 28, 2015

Missouri is considering becoming the 26th right-to-work state, a reform that would have a dramatic effect on the state, creating new jobs and improving the state’s business climate and economic com

Research & Commentary: Oklahoma Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

August 13, 2015

Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture laws give law enforcement officials significant financial incentives to seize property, according to the Institute for Justice.

Research & Commentary: New Hampshire Tax Reform

August 13, 2015

New Hampshire is one of nine states without an individual income tax, but it has several other broad-based taxes, including a 9 percent tax on restaurant meals and room rentals and a 5 percent inco

Research & Commentary: Are Regulations Slowing Growth of the Craft Brewing Industry?

August 13, 2015

The Brewers Association reports production at craft breweries – facilities making no more than six million barrels annually – increased by roughly 18 percent last year over the previous year, gener

Research & Commentary: The 'Cadillac Tax'

August 5, 2015

Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been plagued by legal, financial, and technological problems, many of which remain unaddressed.

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