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Energy
August 4, 2022
Energy at a Glance: Biomass
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.
Taxes
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
October 1, 2010
By Herbert J. Walberg & Marc Oestreich
A Nation at Risk pointed out more than 25 years ago that the poor quality of public schools in the United States is a threat to the continuing prosperity of the country.
September 24, 2010
By Peter Ferrara
Earlier this year, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
September 14, 2010
By Margo Thorning
The imposition of greenhouse gas permitting requirements on stationary sources will negatively impact U.S. investment, job growth and economic competitiveness during the next several years and beyond.
June 28, 2010
By Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013)
McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. ___, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010), was a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 28, 2010, that determined whether the Second Amendment applies to the individual states.
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May 31, 2010
By Eli Lehrer
For the past three years The Heartland Institute has annually released a report asking two simple, fundamental questions about America’s system of state insurance regulation:1.
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April 1, 2010
By Steve Stanek
Taxpayers in almost every U.S. state owe large and possibly unpayable retirement pensions to the men and women who work for the government.
January 25, 2010
By Greg Scandlen
A revolution is underway in American health care, but you won’t read about it in newspapers or see it on TV.
October 5, 2009
By Jim Lakely
The election of Barack Obama as president ushered in a new era of regulatory zeal in Washington, with both Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined to solve alleged problems with access to and management of the Internet.
October 5, 2009
By Jim Lakely
This Heartland Policy Study by telecommunications and information technology expert James G. Lakely examines the philosophy that underlies the movement for network neutrality.
August 6, 2009
By Peter Ferrara
President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are rushing to enact legislation that would overhaul the way health care is financed and delivered in the United States.
June 18, 2009
By Richard Dolinar, M.D.
Congress is currently exploring legislation that would create a new drug approval process in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what are called follow-on biologics, or “biosimilar” therapies.
May 18, 2009
For the second year in a row, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and The Heartland Institute asked two fundamental questions about America’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance regulations:How free are consumers to choose the property and
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April 27, 2009
By Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013)
On Monday, April 27, 2009, The Heartland Institute filed an Amicus brief in the California Supreme Court supporting the defendants in the case who argue California cities and counties ought to be barred from hiring contingent fee lawyers to prosecute
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July 24, 2008
By William Higginson
In "Housing Policy for the 21st Century," William Higginson outlines several key policy recommendations he says "would have a dramatic effect on affordable housing.
July 23, 2008
By George A. Clowes
This Heartland Policy Study by education expert George Clowes addresses concerns about the efficacy of school vouchers that have been raised recently by some school reform advocates.
June 30, 2008
By Gary MacDougal, Kate Campaigne, Dane Wendell
Welfare Reform after Ten Years assigns grades to the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how they implemented the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), which gave states unprecedented flexibility
June 11, 2008
By Robert D. Foss
This academic study, conducted in 2008 by University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center Senior Research Scientist Robert D.
April 14, 2008
By Michael Van Winkle
Choice & Education Across the States ranks state efforts to increase accountability and improve student achievement with four kinds of school choice: vouchers, charters, tax credits, and public school choice.
March 17, 2008
By Eli Lehrer
This report card outlines the methodology and results of a joint Heartland Institute/Competitive Enterprise Institute project to produce a 50-state report card on insurance regulation.
March 3, 2008
By Ronald J. Rychlak, J.D.
With a lack of traditional science, partisans on both sides, and enormous consequences depending on popular opinion and political will, it is important that people understand the evidence in the debate over global warming.
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November 15, 2007
By Wendell Cox
This Heartland Policy Study by transportation expert Wendell Cox describes how to prevent a freight rail bottleneck in the U.S.
April 4, 2007
By John Skorburg, James Speta, and Steven Titch
Illinois has the opportunity to join a growing number of states that have streamlined the process of competitive entry into cable TV markets by giving the state the authority to grant a video franchise to a new entrant seeking to launch service anywhere
February 28, 2007
By Michael Van Winkle
Full text of the study (pdf): http://www.heartland.org/article.cfm?artId=20732 The Heartland Institute has released a study challenging assertions that climate scientists have come to a consensus about global warming.
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February 28, 2007
By James Taylor
The Heartland Institute has released a study challenging assertions that climate scientists have come to a consensus about global warming.
January 1, 2006
By Fred E. Foldvary
This analysis explains why land value taxation is, as Milton Friedman once put it, the “least bad” tax. An ideal tax system respects a person’s right to privacy, does not discourage work or savings, and does not induce dishonesty.
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September 10, 2005
By Ronald J. Rizzuto, Ph.D.
This report documents the financial performance of three municipal communications systems operating in Iowa: Cedar Falls, Muscatine, and Spencer.
June 21, 2005
By Joseph Bast
Download PowerPoint presentation Presentation to the Pennsylvania House Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy.
June 20, 2005
By Steven Titch
This paper compares the financial performance of a municipal fiber-to-the-home system in Bristol, Virginia with projections made by the same consultant for a proposed fiber-to-the-home system in Lafayette, Louisiana.
May 24, 2005
By Steve Stanek
This analysis finds Illinois is facing a serious public pension fund crisis due to systematic underpayment of the state’s obligations for more than 25 years.
February 10, 2005
By Joseph Bast
Philanthropists who want to make the world a better place to live have many choices of worthy groups and causes.
October 22, 2004
By Joseph Bast
This analysis, revised and updated to reflect national and local changes during the past two years, finds the case for municipal ownership of broadband networks is even weaker than it was then.
October 20, 2004
By Ross Korves
Quick Links News Release (html) Executive Summary (html) Executive Summary (pdf) Changes in consumer demand for pork products over the past 20 years have led to rapid changes in the way hogs are produced and marketed.
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December 18, 2003
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Should meat packers be allowed to own livestock, and hogs in particular? The issue deeply divides farm communities and both political parties in many Midwest states.
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August 28, 2003
By Maureen Martin (1947 - 2013)
The Heartland Institute filed an amicus brief with the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia urging that court to enter judgment in favor of the plaintiffs in the Heller gun case.
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August 1, 2003
By Joseph Bast, Dennis Avery (1936 - 2020), James L. Johnston
Legislation is being considered at the federal and state levels to slow the onset or ameliorate the effects of global warming.
May 22, 2003
By Thomas Kane, Peter Orszag, David Gunter
The more states spend on Medicaid, the less they spend on higher education.
March 26, 2003
By Developing Neighborhood Alternatives project
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is an economic development tool that uses the expected growth (or increment) in property tax revenues from a designated geographic area of a municipality to finance bonds used to pay for goods and services calculated to spur
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March 26, 2003
By Developing Neighborhood Alternatives project
Evaluations of TIF typically focus only on the number of new jobs thought to be created in the TIF district and how much property values rose. Such evaluations overlook what happens to community residents and to areas surrounding the TIF district.
February 15, 2003
By Joseph Bast, James Taylor, Jay Lehr
This is a summary of Joseph L. Bast, James M. Taylor, J.D., and Jay Lehr, Ph.D., “State Greenhouse Gas Programs: An Economic and Scientific Analysis,” Heartland Policy Study #101 (Chicago, IL: The Heartland Institute, February 2003).
February 15, 2003
By Joseph Bast, James Taylor, Jay Lehr
State greenhouse gas programs aimed at reducing emissions to 7 percent less than 1990 levels could cost the average state government $3.2 billion in direct expenses and lost revenues, or 28.6 percent of an average state government’s entire 2001 revenues.