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August 4, 2022
Policy Study: Biomass for Energy
Although it may make sense to get as much use out of timber scraps and garbage as possible, growing trees with the intent of using them strictly for densified biomass fuel does not make sense over the short- or long-term.
October 28, 2020
Will the Last Taxpayer in Illinois Please Turn Out the Lights: An Economic Assessment of the Illinois ‘Fair Tax’
We find that the Illinois “Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment” would have significant negative effects on the state’s economy and its citizens.
Health Care
June 10, 2020
States are about to be hit by a Medicaid Tidal Wave
This report describes the fiscal burden states will face from anticipated Medicaid growth from the recession and congressional restrictions on enrollment control.
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Health Care
April 22, 2020
Congress's Medicaid funding increase creates massive legal uncertainty for states during COVID-19 Crisis
The report by the Foundation for Government Accountability shows how new funding could restrict states from running Medicaid as they see fit.
Health Care
April 1, 2020
Is Medicaid Expansion Worth It?
The report reviews three economic studies to determine Medicaid expansion impact on mortality and health outcomes.
Health Care
February 26, 2020
Competitor's Veto: State Certificate of need Laws Violate State Prohibitions on Monopolies
This paper reviews the constitutional issues involved with certificate of need laws and argues how such laws allow governments to establish monopolies.

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Policy Studies
March 22, 2018
By Frederick D. Palmer, Isaac Orr
The eight-year tenure of the Obama administration inflicted intentional, serious damage on the country’s capacity to provide the electricity that runs our computers, heats, cools, and lights our homes, powers our factories, and fuels our economy.
March 8, 2018
By Frederick D. Palmer, Isaac Orr
Why would anyone scrap perfectly good high-quality computers, smartphones, or cars for more costly, lower quality, and less reliable products? Yet, that is exactly what policymakers do when they push coal-fired power plants into early retirement.
February 28, 2018
By Jay Lehr
This Heartland Policy Study critiques and rebuts the “Climate Science Special Report” released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in November 2017. It refutes the earlier report’s assumption that “the science is settled” and exposes its biases.
February 15, 2018
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer
Coal has been a mainstay of economic growth and human well-being in the United States for more than a century.
February 1, 2018
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer
More than 250 coal-fired power plants in the United States have been retired since 2010, and more are scheduled to be retired. The premature retirement of these coal-fired units poses a threat to the country’s electricity supply.
September 12, 2017
By OECD Publishing
This 2017 study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides information and trends on education.
April 2, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
This Heartland Policy Study examines the best available scientific data on the effects of industrial sand mining on air quality, concluding those operations do not pose a threat to human health or the environment.
December 5, 2016
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
Industrial silica sand mining is governed by a comprehensive regulatory apparatus established to protect human and environmental health from the potential impacts of all industrial activities, including industrial sand mining.
December 1, 2016
By The College Board
A report by The College Board examining college and university costs in 2016-17, including how prices have changed, and variance between types of institutions, states, and regions.
August 19, 2016
By Isaac Orr
In an article published at The Nation, founder Bill McKibben portrays methane as a dangerous greenhouse gas. Here's why he's wrong.