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Government Spending
December 24, 2019
Blind Budgeting: A Look into Springfield’s Court-Ordered Public Spending
An Examination of the Extent of Court Ordered Spending in the State of Illinois
Government Spending
December 11, 2019
Beacon’s 2019 Pork Report
This annual reports highlights the most ridiculous waste, fraud, and abuse in state and local government spending in Tennessee.
Education
December 3, 2019
A New Experimental Site: Institutional Investment in Student Success
Presentation at Session #32 of FSA Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals, Reno NV, U.S. Department of Education, December 2019.
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Economy
November 14, 2019
Poverty: 2017 and 2018
U.S. Census Bureau Brief Using Data from the 2017 and 2018 American Community Survey
Health Care
November 6, 2019
Tennessee Draft of Medicaid Block Grant Proposal
Tennessee is proposing to convert the federal share of its Medicaid funding into a block grant. This is the draft proposal, "Amendment 42" of the TennCare II Demonstration
Taxes
October 29, 2019
IRS Draft Regulations: Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds
Notice of proposed rule-making and public hearing (postponed to Feb. 14, 2019)

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Government Spending
April 29, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
During the 2019 session, the Washington State legislature again declined to pass a bill imposing single-payer health insurance on the state.
April 24, 2019
The study shows how the cost of welfare fraud and abuse is substantial.
April 24, 2019
By Ashley Bateman
Virginia lawmakers failed to push through a bill to create a Medicaid oversight office after faulty forecasting resulted in a $462.5 million Medicaid shortfall over two years.
April 24, 2019
The paper discusses how value questions need to be answered in determining a price tag for Medicare for All.
April 24, 2019
By AnneMarie Schieber
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt requested an audit of the state’s Medicaid program to determine whether enrollees meet federal eligibility requirements.
April 24, 2019
This report is a study by the Office of Inspector General which looked at a sample of 150 Medicaid beneficiaries in California to see if they actually qualified for benefits.
April 19, 2019
This Senate Finance Committee Majority Staff Report is a review of Medicaid supplemental payments to states.
April 5, 2019
By Jane M. Orient, M.D.
This paper is about alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.
April 3, 2019
By Adam Andrzejewski
Presents and Analyzes Data on Federal Aid to Colleges and Universities
March 29, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
Crumbling infrastructure in many states have prompted legislators to propose higher fuel taxes to fund road repairs. Fuel tax hikes should always be paired with other tax cuts and spending cuts.
March 27, 2019
By U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg
U.S. District Court Decision in Gresham v. Azar
March 15, 2019
By Baruch Feigenbaum
If project is built and put into operation, Texas Central could default on its loans, require a taxpayer bailout, or both.
March 11, 2019
By Betsy DeVos
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act: Providing Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Children, Teachers and Families – Updated Non-Regulatory Guidance (2019)
March 8, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
Tax-credit scholarships are being considered in several states across the country. These scholarships are extremely popular with parents and their children, but teacher unions oppose them.
March 4, 2019
By Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye
Upholds public pension reform that eliminated the purchase of additional benefits by employees
February 28, 2019
By Greg George
This study finds that short-term health insurance plans can be an affordable option for the uninsured and that they could reduce the ranks of the uninsured by 2.5 million people.
February 8, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
States with tax-and-spend policies continually fall at the bottom of economic outlook and performance rankings.
February 4, 2019
By Matthew Chingos, Tomas Monarrez, Daniel Kuehn
This study finds that students who enroll in private schools through the FTC program enroll and graduate from college at higher rates.
February 1, 2019
By Arianna Wilkerson
Cities all across the country are sinking into a financial morass. Only 12 of the nation's 75 most populous cities had budget surpluses in fiscal year 2017 and collectively are in the hole $330 billion.
February 1, 2019
By Naomi Lopez Bauman, Rea Hederman, Lindsay Boyd Killen
Prepared on behalf of the State Policy Network, this report describes 20 reforms that states can seek through Section 1115 waivers to reform their Medicaid programs.