Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Montana Medicaid Expansion

January 22, 2013

As states begin implementing provisions of the federal health care law, many, such as Montana, are still debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs in order to receive a larger federal subs

Research & Commentary: Minnesota Millionaire Tax Hikes

January 16, 2013

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a new top marginal tax rate for high-income-earners several times.

Research & Commentary: Massachusetts Public Pensions and the Assumed Rate of Return Update

January 10, 2013

In Massachusetts, as in many other states and municipalities across the country, the high cost of traditional defined-benefit public pensions has become an important issue as unfunded liabilities h

Research & Commentary: Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

January 9, 2013

With the Illinois legislature back in session, representatives of the oil and gas industry and environmental activists are directing their attention to Senate Bill 3280, an amendment to the Oil and

Research & Commentary: Missouri Parent Trigger

January 7, 2013

Missouri legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger.

Research & Commentary: State Universal Service Fund Reform

January 3, 2013

First established as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Universal Service Fund was designed to provide telephone service to underserved areas of the country.


Research & Commentary: The Medicaid "Cure"

December 28, 2012

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has told the states there will be no flexibility in implementing Medicaid expansion: either expand fully or don’t expand at all.

Research & Commentary: Internet Access Taxes

December 17, 2012

The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 was designed to promote the growth of the Internet by placing a moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and the creation of discriminatory tax

Research & Commentary: High Frequency Trading

December 17, 2012

Increasing computerization of financial trading has had a profound effect on financial markets by introducing a new element: high frequency trading (HFT).

Research & Commentary: Oklahoma Parent Trigger

December 14, 2012

Oklahoma legislators will soon consider an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger.