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January 21, 2016
By Tim Benson, Taylor Smith
According to the United States Geological Survey, nearly half the land in the Western United States is owned by the federal government. This includes 84.9 percent of land in Nevada, 64.9 percent of Utah, 61.6 percent of Idaho, 61.2 percent of Alaska, 52.
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Government Spending
Environment
June 19, 2015
By Matthew Glans, Taylor Smith
The U.S.
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Energy
June 4, 2015
By Taylor Smith, Nathan Makla
North Carolina is considering joining Ohio, West Virginia, and Kansas by rolling back its Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), a law which arbitrarily requires utilities to generate 12.
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Energy
May 26, 2015
By James Taylor, Taylor Smith
Exelon claims three of its Illinois nuclear power plants are uneconomical and has asked the Illinois legislature to allow it to force ratepayers to pay more to keep them operating. The authors of a new Heartland Policy Brief say that would be a mistake.
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Energy
Environment
April 30, 2015
By H. Sterling Burnett, Taylor Smith
by H. Sterling Burnett and Taylor SmithClassrooms have emerged as a new front in the increasingly contentious debate over the causes and implications of climate change.
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Environment
April 15, 2015
By John Nothdurft, Taylor Smith
North Carolina is considering rolling back its Renewable Energy and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law requiring utilities to generate from renewable sources 12.5 percent of retail electricity sales by 2021.
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Energy
March 23, 2015
By Taylor Smith
Wisconsin has a $283 million budget deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30. That shortfall is expected to balloon to approximately $2 billion in 2015–17, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which spurred Gov.
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Education
March 11, 2015
By Nathan Makla, Taylor Smith
In 2009, then-Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) signed into law Kansas’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), requiring at least 10 percent of electricity generation capacity in Kansas be from renewable sources.
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Energy
Environment
March 5, 2015
By Taylor Smith
West Virginia legislators are debating a proposal that would repeal the state’s implementation of Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English.
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Education
February 24, 2015
By Taylor Smith
Montana legislators are debating a proposal that would repeal the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English.
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Education
February 23, 2015
By Taylor Smith
Vermont is the only state in the Northeast without a renewable portfolio mandate. In his inaugural address, Gov.
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Energy
February 23, 2015
By Taylor Smith
Arizona legislators are debating a proposal that would repeal the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English.
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Education
February 17, 2015
By Taylor Smith
In November 2004, Colorado became the first state to enact into law (by ballot initiative) a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), also referred to as a renewable power mandate.
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Energy
February 5, 2015
By Taylor Smith
The following text is complete except for the omission of two graphs. To view the complete Policy Brief, open the PDF using the link above.
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Climate Change
Environment
January 27, 2015
By Taylor Smith
Minnesota starts the 2015 legislative year with a $1 billion surplus, but Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) reports he has already received $3 billion in spending requests.
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Education
January 22, 2015
By James Taylor, John Nothdurft, Taylor Smith, H. Sterling Burnett
The West Virginia House today passed a bill that would repeal the state’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio by a vote of 95-4.
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Environment
December 17, 2014
By H. Sterling Burnett, Richard J. Trzupek, Taylor Smith, Paul Crovo, Marita Noon, Mischa Popoff
The environmental commissioner of the state of New York today said he will ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” in his state following a study by the New York Department of Conservation.
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Environment
December 15, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Pennsylvania law now requires state legislature approval of any state-developed carbon-dioxide reduction plan before it is submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under its proposed Clean Power Plan rule.
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Environment
Climate Change
December 11, 2014
By Taylor Smith
On Monday, the City Council’s Committee on Finance voted to approve an ordinance mandating gas stations sell gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, also called E15.
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Energy
December 9, 2014
By Taylor Smith
On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the authority of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, proposed a plan to mandate a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants’ 2005 levels by 2030.
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Energy
Environment
November 25, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The number of administrative staff in Kentucky schools grew by 43 percent between 1992 and 2009, despite just a 4 percent increase in students.
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Education
November 5, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Vermont has several interventionist policies designed to encourage the development of wind and solar power. These include a 7.
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Energy
Environment
November 5, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 2008, then-governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), requiring all state utilities to generate 10 percent of all retail electricity sales from renewable sources by 2015. Recently, state Rep.
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Energy
Environment
November 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 2014, Congress appropriated $250 million for a program offering preschool grants for states that apply for them.
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Education
November 2, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Thirty states, including Ohio, have renewable portfolio mandates. These laws require a certain percentage of electricity to be generated from renewable sources, primarily wind and solar power.Such laws were mostly enacted in the early 2000s.
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Environment
October 31, 2014
By Taylor Smith
South Carolina became the second state in the nation to repeal Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English, when Gov.
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Education
October 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
On September 24, 2014, a Georgia House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education examined Common Core State Standards. It was the third of four such meetings, with the fourth scheduled for October 21 in Gainesville, Georgia.
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Education
October 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
On August 14, 2013, Oregon passed a bill authorizing a study of the feasibility of a statewide carbon tax. The study is expected to be presented to legislators on November 15, 2014.
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Taxes
Environment
October 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Maryland’s renewable portfolio mandate, also known as a renewable power mandate, requires utilities in the state to procure from renewable sources 20 percent of the electricity they supply to retail customers by 2022.
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Energy
Environment
October 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Almost 20 percent of the United States’ electricity is generated by nuclear power, with more than 100 nuclear power units in 31 states.
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Energy
Environment
October 13, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Some 40 million Americans have a total of more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, surpassing the national total of credit card debt.
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Education
October 11, 2014
By Taylor Smith
More than seven billion people now populate Earth, including six billion who live in developing economies.
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Environment
October 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The United States spends more of its operating budget on non-teaching personnel than every other country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), except Denmark.
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Education
October 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The New Jersey Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires all state utilities serving retail customers to procure 22.5 percent of the electricity they sell from renewable sources by 2021.
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Energy
Environment
October 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
The United States scores below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in mathematics literacy, behind 29 other nations, predominantly from Europe.
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Education
September 25, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Back to School on Higher Ed ReformEducation issues always get a boost in media coverage when the new school year begins. But that boost is intensified even more when it's also an election year.
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Education
September 23, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Common Core State Standards, a grade-by-grade set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English language arts (ELA), have been said to establish “rigorous” and “internationally
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Education
September 23, 2014
By Taylor Smith
After creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Congress passed numerous landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), which achieved a bipartisan majority in 1972.
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Environment
September 17, 2014
By Taylor Smith
In 1973, Congress passed and President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The law is administered by the Interior Department’s U.S.
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Environment
September 3, 2014
By Taylor Smith
Ohio legislators are debating HB 597, which if approved would repeal the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in each grade in math and English.
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Education
 

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