Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Interstate Health Care Compacts

May 29, 2012

While the Supreme Court considers the fate of the federal health care law, some states are attempting to take more control over health care by engaging in interstate health care compacts.

Research & Commentary: Stafford Student Loans

May 29, 2012

As outstanding U.S. college student debt passed the $1 trillion mark this year and college costs continued to rise faster than health care costs, U.S.

Research & Commentary: Illinois Cigarette Tax Won't Fix Medicaid

May 17, 2012

After raising the state’s personal income and corporate tax last year, Illinois is considering a $1 per pack hike in the state’s cigarette tax.

Research & Commentary: Crop Insurance Reform

May 15, 2012

Farmers buy crop insurance for protection against the financial impact of natural disasters affecting their crops and the loss of revenue caused by declines in agricultural commodity prices.

Research & Commentary: School District Budgets

May 10, 2012

School districts often finalize budgets in the spring, so it’s an opportune time to consider how they can convert the “new normal” of budget cuts into benefits for schools and children.

Research and Commentary: Pet Insurance as a Policy Model

May 8, 2012

According to 2011–12 statistics from the Humane Society of the United States, U.S. residents own approximately 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats.

Research & Commentary: Levees and Flood Mitigation

May 2, 2012

For more than a century, the United States has attempted to control water almost entirely with levees and other “structural” means.

Research & Commentary: Medicare Physician Reimbursement

May 2, 2012

Physicians were given insight into their cost-effectiveness last month when the federal government sent reports detailing the cost and quality of their services.

Research & Commentary: Plastic Bag Bans

April 30, 2012

Following the San Francisco city council’s decision in 2007 to ban the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and chain pharmacies, a number of local governments have implemented si

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