Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: Race-Based School Discipline

August 27, 2012

In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating two federal panels to review public schools’ discipline policies and actions toward African-Americans, citing data that schools su

Research & Commentary: Internet and Broadband Reclassification

August 22, 2012

The Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission has undertaken several efforts to increase its regulatory power over the Internet by reclassifying broadband access services from their

Research & Commentary: Education Property Tax Reform

August 21, 2012

Several states—including Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont—are currently discussing restructuring the property taxes that pay for education.

Research & Commentary: Michigan Renewable Energy Portfolio Mandate

August 20, 2012

A petition bearing more than 500,000 signatures has been turned in to state election officials to put the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs initiative on the November ballot.

Research & Commentary: Electronic Cigarettes

August 16, 2012

Nearly 50 million U.S. adults—more than a fifth of the total adult population—smoke cigarettes.

Research & Commentary: Reconciliation and Obamacare

August 14, 2012

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law, the conversation on Capitol Hill is focused on the parliamentary issue of rec

Research & Commentary: Carbon Tax Swaps

August 6, 2012

Carbon taxes have regained traction with several prominent Republican lawmakers and political leaders publicly voicing support for a “revenue-neutral” carbon tax in exchange for tax cuts on capital

Research & Commentary: Estate Taxes

August 6, 2012

Few taxes imposed by state and local governments are more controversial than the estate tax, popularly referred to as the “death tax.” Estate taxes are levies on the net value of the estate of

Research & Commentary: Michigan Teacher Pension Reforms

August 6, 2012

Michigan lawmakers are considering addressing the state’s debilitating $22 billion teacher pension deficit by switching incoming state teachers to a 401(k)-style plan instead of the traditional def

Research & Commentary: Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Overpayments

August 6, 2012

With the nation’s economy still in the doldrums, unemployment compensation funds in many states have become insolvent. One reason is that waste and fraud plague the system.